I researched every darn tractor out there and then found a deal on a 2008 Kioti. I'm confident it is far better than anything from Deere, Kubota, New Holland, and others for the price. I think I would have like the hydrostat transmission better but overall this tractor is just awesome.
Lots of great features like locking differential remote hydraulics, rear three point adjustment lever, very high quality compared to New Holland and even Kubota and so much less expensive. I got a 2008 Kioti DK45 with a blade and loader for $15,500. I drove a new New Holland tractor that just wasn't even close to the quality of parts and less power for $24,000.
Kioti is very impressive all around from the frame, seat, hoses, floor mat, stickers, just everything this thing is tough and durable and nothing about it is cheap.
One complaint is in Idaho the nearest dealer is almost 3 hours away. Luckily I have had no problems. Gets regular use almost daily and not any problems but it does not run very smooth until it warms up a bit. Starts good but just runs like crap for the first minute sounds like rocks in the engine. Maybe that's normal for a little diesel though. It also might be a bit under powered and has a real hard time in high gear.
We do mostly loader and blade work with it but also have a mower and a ripper. The loader has plenty of lifting power and structural strength.