04.04.2008

Yanmar YM 1300d Compact Tractor

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This Yanmar tractor is our main workhorse here at the yardstead.  This has been a great little tractor.  We have had a lot of interest in our Yanmar tractor articles, so I thought I would post this article with more detail about this model.  The YM1300d is a 16hp 4wd tractor with gear transmisison and 13hp PTO.  It weights approximately 1135 lbs. 
When I was shoping for a tractor, I had never heard of Yanmar, so I did a little research and found out a good bit about Yanmar tractors.  Yanmar was founded in 1912.  In 1930 they designed their first diesel engine and  built the first small horizontal diesel engine in the world in 1933.  Yanmar manufactured a number of compact tractor models for John Deere and by 1986 had shipped over 100,000 tractors to the US for John Deere alone.  Today Yanmar is considered a world leader in the diesel engine market, with their engines under the hood of many tractors by numerous manufacturers.

 

17.02.2008

Grey Market Tractors

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 When I was shopping around for a used compact tractor I came upon some brands and models that I was not familliar with.   I had never heard of Yanmar tractors, but I found a handful of them at very reasonable prices scattered around the area.  After searching online I found that Yanmar had manufactered compact tractors for John Deere for several year models during the 1980s.  In fact after looking thoroughly at my fathers compact John Deere (15hp), I found the Yanmar manufaturer ID plates on the diesel engine.  My father has used his John Deere for many years and found it to be extremelly reliable.  This information  and the low price  was enough to make it an easy decision to buy the Yanmar YM-1300d I had been looking at.  This is a 13hp 4wd compact diesel tractor.    I have used this tractor for about 5 years now and have been very pleased with it.  In the first few weeks after I bought it, I spent some time online searching for user and service manuals.  During this research I learned an interesting fact.  I had purchased a "Grey Market"  tractor.   
I had never heard the term before, but I was able to find some good information online.    A "Grey Market" tractor is a used tractor imported from another country (usually Japan) which was not specifically manufactured for sale in the USA.  Many of the grey market models match nearly identical  models which were manufactured specifically for sale in the US.  The main differences lie in some of the safety features .....