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I Have Owned This Kioti For 10+ Years
Model year: 2006Date Purchased: 2006-03-01Number of Hours:
"I have added front-end hydraulics for a grapple. I mainly do bush-hogging, fence holes, lots of grapple work, and moving trees about.
The tractor runs smoothly and has given me little to no trouble for the last 10 years. It is a very heavily built tractor and the cab is very nice.
What would I like to see improved? The loader speed - it is a bit slow.
What do I like the most? Four cylinders, not three! It has a much smoother engine.
I'm now selling it, mainly because I would like to get a John Deere. I've just bought a 5055E (cab) with an H240 loader. I've got Kubotas and I've had more than a few Ford/New Hollands.
We'll see how they compare."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: 4 cylinders, not 3Cons: Loader hydraulics could be a bit fasterType of User: Homeowner 10-50 AcresLocation: USA VAI also considered buying: John Deere 5055E REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
DK 65 C
by Al French
Model year: 2003Date Purchased: 2005-10-25Number of Hours: 586
"Good all round tractor for my use."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Great tractor for around the farm does most all that I need.Cons: A/C weak hard to keep wipers tight, fuel injection pump went out 2 weeks ago and is expensive to repair, all replacement parts are too costly.Type of User: Homeowner 50-100 AcresLocation: USA MOI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
This Is a Good Value Tractor
by John Lyon
Model year: 2007Date Purchased: 2010-08-25Number of Hours: 390
"This is a good value tractor."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Good value.Cons: Should have had ag tires.Type of User: Homeowner 10-50 AcresLocation: CND OTI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Experiences With The DK55C
by Jim Twaddle
Model year: 2008Date Purchased: 2008-09-15Number of Hours: 460
"Tractor was purchased in September 2008 for use on our acreage in Northern Alberta, Canada. Had almost bought a John Deere around the same 54 horsepower but the dealer would only supply them with a hydrostatic transmission.
The Kioti was chosen because we had read some encouraging comments on TractorByNet and the Kioti Dealer could supply the DK55C with a manual gearbox and no computers or hiTech gismo's controlling any of the functions.
I believe in the KISS policy (keep it simple stupid). Attachments purchased at the same time and from the same dealer were front end loader, rear mounted backhoe, rear mounted rough cut brush cutter, tiller and a 6 way rear mounted blade.
At the time I first looked at the Kioti DK55C tractor I asked the Dealer if it was fitted with a engine block heater. The owner of the Dealership replied that it would not need a engine block heater. As we live in Northern Alberta (the dealer is also from Northern Alberta) where winter lasts from 5 to 6 months and minus 25 is average and minus 45 not uncommon I was not convinced but he assured me there be nothing to worry about.
As we took delivery of the tractor and implements in mid September any cold weather engine starting was not a problem anyway and the only real use was grass cutting the horse arena and the fields of about 7 to 8 acres and the spreading of gravel using the front end loader on the track into the property which were coped with without any trouble.
When the winter weather arrived we quickly found the lack of a block heater was BIG, BIG problem. When the dealer was informed about the problem he returned with word that Kioti had not had any similar complaints from anyone. I can only assume that at that time Kioti had only sold tractors in the warmer states of the US.
Eventually the dealer tried to start one DK55C he had in stock and he too admitted it would not start. His answer to me was that as these were the first DK55C's he had stocked and the smaller tractor models that he had stocked always started easily in winter he presumed the DK55 would be okay too. He did actually say that he now understood why I was getting a bit frustrated about the poor cold weather starting.
I do also believe that the starter motor, battery and battery cables are not to the specification suitable for cold northern winters such as those found in Northern US and Canada.
Kioti sent an improved air intake manifold with a larger engine intake air heater element still claiming that a block heater was not required which I strongly disagreed with.
The larger intake air heater made absolutely NO improvement to the cold weather starting. This situation went on for too long and when the tractor was needed for snow clearing of the track into the acreage it had to be a planned attack with military precision to have a heavy duty battery charger attached to replenish the battery after each attempt to start.
The starter motor does not like Canadian winters as it slows down and draws more amps when trying to get the engine turning over in Winter, I think the starter motor would be happier living in Florida.
I might add here that I am an experienced heavy equipment mechanic and the frustration of the messing about from Kioti I was getting and the hassle I had with trying to get this tractor started during a 5 to 6 month winter in Northern Alberta was more than a bit frustrating.
Had I bought it from a dealer in Florida, but it was purchased from the only dealer in Northern Alberta who is well aware of the sort of temperatures we get here in the Frozen North.
The whole idea of buying a NEW tractor was to have a reliable tractor that I could just jump on and it would do the work I needed to do with it, and NOT be repairing my own equipment after a hard days work fixing other peoples equipment.
Meantime I installed a 1200 watt heater kit that connected onto the heater hoses which when used has the engine ready to start in 45 minutes.
The dealer did some experiments with a heater installed in the lower radiator hose then sent me a suitable heater kit. This I installed and I find it works when I plug it in overnight making the tractor easier to start.
I am still of the opinion that the starter motor and cables are not designed to cold weather spec.
Since the Winter of 2008 until fairly recently there has been only minor problems, the control levers for both the front end loader and on the backhoe all loosened off and had to be reassembled using threadlock on screws holding the levers in place. The cab heater now only blows cold air and the fuel level gauge does not work anymore.
The front end loader, brush cutter, tiller, and especially the backhoe (boy can that backhoe dig)have been used without any major problems, and I nearly forgot a post hole auger for fencing also without any problems. I do recommend when engaging the PTO that the engine revs be at low idle.
Lately at 400 hours on the hour meter the front axel top supports for both outer hubs were found to be badly cracked. Kioti said they have never seen this problem with these axles.
I installed new supports supplied under warranty but am worried that the new supports will also break. Also found when replacing the supports that the RHS outer hub was damaged where the support bolts onto it. Awaiting word from Dealer and Kioti on what will be done about this problem. Dealer recently informed me that there has been axle upgrades on the DK55C. Still awaiting an answer on this one "
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Spacious and well made cab. Copes well when working hard on work duties with the above mentioned attachments and the diff lock is especially handy when it is needed. Front loader and rear backhoe are very good (grease regularly and treat with respect). Two speed pto is handy and the 3 point hitch is the real deal. A/C is pretty good. No HiTech gizmo's should be more reliable long term and cheaper to fix if required.Cons: Not suitable for North American or Canadian winters as it is difficult to start due to no block heater & starter motor struggles in Northern winter weather too, cab heater is poor in cold winter days even with rad covered, fuel gauge not working. Front bucket supplied with loader could do with a wider lip on it as a fair bit of what is being dug up falls out when curling the bucket back. Time waiting for spare parts is way too long especially the axle parts. Nearest dealer is 4 hours away from me. Wish Kioti would stop saying that ''No one else has had that problem''Type of User: Homeowner 10-50 AcresLocation: CND OTI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Kioti DK55C Worth the Price
by Greg Gass
Model year: 2010Date Purchased: 2009-10-22Number of Hours: 227
"I purchased from a local dealer after searching for months. I looked at all the different brands, and shopped price. Then, I made a list of all the features that were available and marked each brand accordingly. Kioti won.
Great warranty, very sturdy piece of equipment that has never been lacking in power. I have a front end loader on it, and have even used a grapple bucket designed for skid steers and dug large trees out of the ground. Runs a large disc mower and round hay baler, no issues.
The ONLY complaint I have is that the hydraulic pump is louder than I would like. I asked the dealer and he said they were all loud, I checked a couple of other tractors, and yes, they were loud.
The dealer got a low rating because I told him at least 5 times now to order the front grill guard for the tractor and he still hasn't done it. It should have come standard with a grill guard, but hey, nothing is perfect.
If you are on the fence about this tractor, I can tell you that the tractor is a great value for the features and warranty. I have had no issues with this machine as of yet, but I have followed all of the manufacturer instructions for service and maintenance.
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: A lot of features for the price, and very sturdy built.Cons: Could use a better dealer network, hydraulic pump is loud.Type of User: Homeowner 10-50 AcresLocation: USA TNI also considered buying: John Deere 5205, Kubota M7040, Mahindra 5010 Gear Cab REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
by Shelby Smith
Model year: 2005Date Purchased: 2006-04-15Number of Hours: 210
"I purchased my DK55c used and haven't accumulated the hours I thought I would but my experience has been wonderful. I would characterize the 55 as top of the line compact tractor. I had a Mahindra 6000 prior which I would characterize as a utility category tractor.
I am using it mostly to maintain and improve a family farm. This involves bush hogging/clearing, loader work(I have a Rhino loader and versatech grapple attachment), will be spraying in a few weeks, and hope to put a recently purchased disc to some use as well.
I'm impressed with the layout of the controls, the linked lower 3pt arms(adjustable), the 3pt control from outside the tractor, the comfort of the cab, the economical operation(2 liter turbo). I pull a 7' bush hog and it seems to do fine, it's also a good counter weight to the grapple attachment.
Only issue was a transmission linkage that jammed after the warranty expired, but was covered by the manufacturer. I have a great dealer in Vale, NC as well.
Feel free to contact me with specific questions. These are great tractors, I'd love to move up to one of the newer larger Kiotis but just can't justify doing so at this time."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: economical operation, comfortCons: short wheelbase and industrial tires are not as smooth as a longer wheelbase. Rhino loader is not as strong as I would like but strong enough to easily pull a back wheel off the ground.Type of User: Homeowner 10-50 AcresLocation: USA NCI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS