It is very durable and as reliable as gravity, with excellent mechanical performance. It is simple to work on. If you canât fix this tractor, you probably canât fix anything else either!
The shortcomings are increased wear and tear issues due to advanced age, local parts availability, and awkward on/off operator access. All those issues are manageable, but do exist. It is the best used tractor you will ever find in the $4,000 price range.
It is geared very low and slow. The power-shift /power shuttle transmission Is bulletproof and convenient. It is ideal for hilly terrain or tight woods trails or skidding, but lousy for driving 3 miles to your food plot or field on the Midwest prairie. It has a great rototiller unit, which was designed as a tiller for rice paddies. If properly maintained, this strong reliable workhorse will easily outlive you.
Yanmar built the very first compact diesel engine and it is obvious they know what theyâre doing when you use and maintain this 1980 era tractor. Only a ford 8N comes close, which is produced by another non-college educated genius inventor, Henry Ford.