Model year: 2002Date Purchased: 2015-02-07Number of Hours: 600
"Few loose bolts. Steering has locked up and is being diagnosed."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: economicalCons: Battery cables always need cleaningType of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: USA ARI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Model year: 2006Date Purchased: 2014-04-03Number of Hours: 380
"Good wide stance tractor. Only issue have had is with changing from high to low...very stiff. Cost $3 to fix---a can of WD40!
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Stable and tough.Cons: Keep her greased.Type of User: Homeowner 10-50 AcresLocation: AUS OTI also considered buying: Kubota L3200 REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Model year: 2005Date Purchased: 2005-04-11Number of Hours: 502
"Had a few issues, but most caused by myself.
Right now working on a charging problem."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Nice power, good running.Cons: Everyone wants to borrow.Type of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: USA NYI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Model year: 2005Date Purchased: 2010-04-12Number of Hours: 780
"I purchased this tractor used at an auction site. I have put apx. 100 hours on the tractor so far and have been happy with it so far. I had a problem with switching between hi and lo range and sheared off a support bolt that support the shifting lever mechanism. This was not difficult to fix and I now make sure I lube this mechanism more frequently."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Strong and tough.Cons: Shifting linkeages for hi/lo range and 4-wheel drive need lubrication or they get difficult to work.Type of User: Homeowner 10-50 AcresLocation: USA NYI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Buying Used...You Never Know
by Larry Corcoran
Model year: 2007Date Purchased: 2011-03-11Number of Hours: 230
"I bought it used with 230 hours - found out soon the previous owner must have had it in water (clutch plate rusted to pressure plate while gone for summer).
Shortly after getting that fixed the 4 wheel drive crapped out. It took 3 months for dealer to get parts from Korea for the rear first then the front. Kioti said it never should have broke and covered the parts and dealer (Novia) helped some with labor. Had it almost a year now and it works great. Rough start but a tractor now that will last me for years."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Good power, simple to operate, good features, HD frame.Cons: Expensive to have worked on.Type of User: Homeowner 10-50 AcresLocation: USA FLI also considered buying: NorTrac NT-204C REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Kioti DK35 with FEL
Model year: 2005Date Purchased: 2009-05-17Number of Hours: 764
"I have enjoyed owning this tractor, it is doing everything I wanted. I bought it used from an auction house and think I got good value.
My only problem has been the shifter that changes from hi to lo range. This seems to stick, and the lever arrangement seems kinda convoluted.
I recently sheared off the bolt that goes into the transmission housing and shifts from hi to lo, and am dealing with that now. If you have one of these tractors get some lubricant into that bolt area. I thought I was doing that enough, but apparently not.
I use a brush hog with the tractor and also a PTO powered chipper, the tractor has plenty of power for both."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Tough little tractor. Doesn't use much fuel.Cons: Shifter has been a problem.Type of User: Homeowner 10-50 AcresLocation: USA NYI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Model year: 2004Date Purchased: 2004-07-24Number of Hours:
"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."
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 AcresLocation: USA HII also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Kioti's are Great
by kent phillips
Model year: 2002Date Purchased: 2003-03-21Number of Hours: 189
"Have had very little trouble out of my Kioti in the 189 hours I've run it. Would I buy another? Yes."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Correctly powered for tractor size. Handles bucket loader and backhoe with ease.Cons: None.Type of User: Homeowner 10-50 AcresLocation: USA TNI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Kioti DK35 - Hard Worked
Model year: 2006Date Purchased: 2007-02-18Number of Hours: 645
"Overall extremely satisfied with my DK35 other than sometimes needing/wishing I would have purchased a DK45. This is largely due to me using it for several jobs I did not plan on i.e. baling hay and moving round bales with FEL.
Though, after seeing friend's 'comparably' sized competitor tractor I believe the DK35 is much more capable than most if not all of it's competitors.
Two of the major reasons I purchased this tractor over others was it is more of a true farm tractor due to robust design and features not on many of the competitors tractors, at least not standard. For example wider stance than many meaning more stable esp. when using FEL and weighs substantially more again more stable and more HP to the ground. Since I have used this tractor for many farm applications the standard features not included on most tractors have been esential, i.e. draft control for plowing, rear remote hydraulics for hay mowing and other implements."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Good all-around tractor.Cons: FEL could be easier to remove.Type of User: Commercial FarmerLocation: USA OHI also considered buying: John Deere 790, Kubota L3450 REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
by Bill Miller
Model year: 2003Date Purchased: 2003-08-01Number of Hours: 956
"Tractor is very solid. I have only had one hydraulic line leak and the usual directional light getting broken from hanging branches.
I can't say the same for the KB2375 backhoe. Had welds break and the backhoe's 1/4" plate was too weak to take the stress's the hoe was subjected to. I have seen a couple of other posts with the same damage as my backhoe but unfortunately mine was way out of warranty when the damage finally surfaced."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: 4wd awesome, smooth engine with quick starts even in upstate NY winters, plenty of power.Cons: None for the tractor only backhoe.Type of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: USA NYI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS