Model year: 2003Date Purchased: 2010-02-14Number of Hours: 460
"The 4 wd helps the 30 hp perform up to reasonable level. However, you must be aware of limitations of a light weight tractor, as it is easily over loaded by tillage equipment. Mowing, shallow cultivation, etc, are suitable operations. Avoid deep till or more that 5 shank rippers.
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: It was cheap (or so it seemed at the time).Cons: You will get to know it through your repair bills. Parts only online, and you have a 50-50 chance of getting the right one sent to you. By 425 hours, all seals of brakes, 3 pt lifter and Frt loader (pistons and controller) failed, requiring rebuild. Gauges - only tach works.Type of User: Homeowner 10-50 AcresLocation: USA TXI also considered buying: John Deere 5055E, Case-IH Farmall 45A REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
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by Doug Jowell
Model year: 2003Date Purchased: 2010-06-23Number of Hours: 387
"My first tractor experience, so impressions could be considered naive. 30 hp x 4wd ... performs well for small farm application, but be aware of limitations to single point deep plow, 3 row cultivator, etc. Previous owner only used grease gun where physically convenient.
FEL and steering... replaced seals in all pistons.
Steering - replaced 'knuckles'
3 point lift ... leaks at arms, position drifts down.
Electrical - no work lights, fuel gauge, ammeter. Don't trust other gauges. 30 amp fuse blows after starting.
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Strong enough for small farm.Cons: A lot of 'small' conveniences are problems. Parts are only online and distant. Service manuals cryptic, hard to follow, and don't give 'how-to'. No hands-on' advice nearby.Type of User: Homeowner 10-50 AcresLocation: USA TXI also considered buying: John Deere 5055E REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
by archie stegall
Model year: 2004Date Purchased: 2010-03-20Number of Hours: 40
"The tractor was purchased new from going out of business dealer.
After running for a short period of time, the tractor loses all oil pressure.
I am now replacing the second starter within the past 6 months.
Parts are very expensive.
A lot of oil leaks.
Not happy with the tractor. Made too cheap.
The emergency break does not work very well."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Starts very good in cold weatherCons: transmission ratios is all wrong. Too fast in high, and to slow in lowType of User: Homeowner 50-100 AcresLocation: USA OHI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Model year: 2005Date Purchased: 2005-03-27Number of Hours: 189
"I've had only two problems with tractor one was starter after a few months of use Dealer came right out and replaced it the other problem was with lever 2 wheel drive 4 wheel drive weld broke bad weld they came right out and fixed problem no charge. Tractor starts right up in winter I keep it in pole barn unheated when I bought tractor I had a Koyker 160 loader installed it works great only problem rubber boot on controller split in half. I would buy again I had a dealer who was well informed and had tractor all ready to go Delivery was free. "
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: lots of power for my needs, great tractor for the moneyCons: had to disconnect horn button got stuck never used any wayType of User: Homeowner 10-50 AcresLocation: USA MII also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS