With timing that’s perfect for these economic times, KIOTI Tractor has just announced two new mid-sized tractors designed and built for folks living in the country that don’t want or need to spend the money on all the bells and whistles that can be found on much more expensive machines. Don’t get me wrong, these new tractors are fully capable and heavy-duty machines. They just rely on well-proven and re-proven technology whose development has long been paid for. And the best part is that the company is passing the cost savings on to consumers.
Based on the same field-proven chassis as the premium KIOTI line, the new DS4110 (41 horsepower; tractor only with ag tires has a MSRP of $17,750) and DS4510 (45 horsepower; tractor only, with ag tires has a MSRP of $18,650) both feature the same powerful yet fuel-efficient and well-proven Daedong Diesel engine with the injection pump tweaked for different power levels. Both tractors include standard features like a rear 540 rpm PTO (33.4 PTO horsepower DS4110 and 37.6 PTO horsepower DS4510) and a constant mesh shuttle transmission with eight forward and eight reverse gears. Both tractors are also equipped with four-wheel drive, power steering, wet disc brakes, rear differential lock, a comfortable and adjustable seat, foldable ROPS, seat belt and a choice of Ag, Turf or Industrial tires. Both also come with KIOTI's four-year, full fleet warranty.
"We have positioned this line between the so-called economy tractors offered by other OEMs and our premium line, which is highly regarded in this marketplace,” says Ron Parrish, Marketing Development Manager at KIOTI. “We believe we have an extremely competitive product here at an extremely competitive price point.”
I have not yet given these tractors a test drive, but if you are looking for good dependable power around the farm or homestead, I would definitely consider these machines.
Hank Will raises hair sheep, heritage cattle and many varieties of open-pollinated corn with his wife, Karen, on their rural Osage County, Kansas farm. His home life is a perfect complement to his professional life as editor in chief at GRIT and Capper's Farmer magazines. Connect with him on Google+.