While a lot of people are not familiar with brands like Yanmar, Hinimoto, Mitsubishi, Shibura, and Iseki, these imported tractor manufacturers have a long and impressive history. Yanmar, founded in 1912, was the forerunner in the compact diesel engine market. Designing their first diesel engine in 1930 and built the worlds first small horizontal diesel engine in 1933.
By 1986 Yanmar had shipped over 100,000 tractors to John Deere alone. Yanmar continues to build the compact tractors for John Deere. In fact, the newer John Deere tractors even brag that they have Yanmar diesel engines in them. John Deere quality at an affordable price! It is not unusual, in fact, to find a comparable, used Yanmar for less than 1/2 the cost of a used Deere. Why pay more when they are made by the same company?
The other imported tractor manufacturers, Hinimoto, Iseki, Shibura, and Mitsubishi, but most, if not all, of the compact tractors for Cub Cadet, Ford, Massey, Allis, and Case. Most of the imported compact tractors that we sell have a nearly identical American model. All of the compact tractors that we sell go through a complete inspection. We check the tractor for any, leaks, check the belts and hoses, and make sure that everything is working the way it should.
Worried about getting parts? Yanmar, and most of the others, have been around about as long as there have been tractors. They are here to stay. The parts are usually about as easy to get as parts for any other tractor.
The majority of the compact tractors in this country originate in either Japan, China, or Korea. Our primary source is Japan. In Japan there are many small farms, each having a tractor. These tractors are used primarily for the purpose of rototilling.
Used Japanese tractors tend to have little wear. Rototiller operations are very easy on machinery. You can only rototill a field so much as it is growing crops most of the time. The engine and drive train are operated at a constant rpm and constant load hence these tractors have been used well within their design capabilities. Typically the only signs of age are cosmetic from sun and weather. The basic “guts” of the tractor have very little wear. This is in contrast to tractors used in the U.S. where typically they are used as multi-purpose units and many times with a front end loader. This, and the fact that U.S. operators will many times attempt to exceed the design capabilities of their compact tractors can lead to a shortened service life. This is why, in many cases, the tractor used in Japan is the desired tractor to purchase!
Due to cultural and financial incentives, Japanese farmers tend to get new tractors well before their current tractors are used very much. Tractors that are considered used in Japan have little value in the Japanese market. U.S. buyers on the other hand, prefer to purchase a good used tractor. In fact we will boast of how we were able to obtain a good deal on a used tractor. Hence there is a large demand for used tractors.
Unlike automobiles, tractors in North America do not change hands very much. Many times it seems like the purchase of a tractor is a lifetime purchase. Just like the acreage it was purchased for. Because there is a shortage of used tractors in the U.S., used tractors from Japan are very desirable.
We do something totally unique and cutting edge in this already unique niche market. You may see other companies selling used tractors from Japan. Some that are “checked out” and sold basically “as is.” Our tractors are reconditioned in North America. We have discovered that even though the tractors from Japan are generally low time and in great basic mechanical condition there are a lot of minor things that need to be taken care of. When we go through almost the entire tractor we can be confident of a standardized product. What is easy for us to fix in a factory environment is a pain to deal with for the end user.
Buy with confidence. Big Red’s Equipment is a full service business. With a knowledgeable parts department and service center trained on the workings of your compact tractor. Unlike others selling tractors on the side of the highway, we stand behind every purchase. Your tractor will come complete with top link, pins, clips, etc. ready to work. When purchasing our tractors you get a complete product with quality and a sales person with the knowledge of your product. We offer our tractors in two versions: fully reconditioned and “Grade-A” non-reconditioned tractors.