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Kioti DK35 Review



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Kioti DK35 Posted by MauiHoss on 06/22/2013

We bought this tractor for a 12 acre macadamia nut farm. For the most part, she has been a trooper and was a huge help in clearing the overgrown orchard of cane grass, weed trees, rocks and eventually farming mac nuts.

The tractor came equipped with a frame mounted removable backhoe. The sales guy said it was a jack-of-all/master-of-none which is fairly accurate. When we bought it, we also got an 8' rake, 6' brush hog and later a 6' flail mower. We've used the backhoe for digging up weed trees, rocks and laying irrigation lines. It is a bit under-powered for these tasks but it worked well enough.

It seemed like a good tractor for our needs since the ROPS folds and the muffler is side-mounted---both options important for getting under the mac nut trees.

Unfortunately, with the ROPS folded, lifting implements too high will bend the top-tube of the three-point hitch. We managed to do just that within a few weeks---yes, we were newbies. The high-profile fender-mounted tail lights have also both been whacked by stuff over time so they remain broken. Later models corrected this by integrating the lights smoothly into the fenders.

Last year (2012), the clutch plate separated requiring the tractor to be split in two for repairs. This was a pricey repair which took several weeks for the dealership. The biggest problem he faced was rusted fittings since the tractor has lived out in the open most of it's life.

ITEM INFORMATION
Model year: 2004 Date Purchased: 07/24/2004 Number of Hours:
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Pros: Good all round tractor with side muffler and folding ROPS---perfect for under tree work. Cons: Fender-mounted rear/turn lights easily whacked. Type of User: Homeowner 10-50 Acres Location: United States Hawaii I also considered buying:
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