Model year: 2000Date Purchased: 2018-03-18Number of Hours: 725
"It starts easily in very cold weather, for 25 seconds. Then it chugs black smoke, misses, and runs that way for up to 3 minutes when below zero. Then it smooths out and runs beautifully.
I have changed the preheater controller on the firewall and one more plug in. I changed the temperature sender sensor too. Nothing has changed. When it is warm out, it starts and runs smooth. So, I can't continue trouble shooting until fall.
Anybody else have an issue like this? I haven't found any posts like this. Thanks if you can help. I call my DK 45 'Wile e. Kioti.'
By the way, I put in new air filters and a fuel filter, trans fluid and filter, and oil and filter."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Starts every time, runs well and has plenty of power, cab and front-end loaderCons: Smoking issue when starting when it is coldType of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: USA WII also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
by Dana Cross
Model year: 2005Date Purchased: 2014-05-06Number of Hours:
"I have had it less than a year. So far I have had to replace the ignition switch which was a piece of cake and it was reasonably priced. I have some issues with the FEL float setting and a slow leak in the right front tire. Other than that the tractor is nearly 10 years old and has stood up to the years surprisingly well considering you can tell it was outside for most of those 10 years. "
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Great value for the moneyCons: None yetType of User: Homeowner 10-50 AcresLocation: CND OTI also considered buying: Kubota B3200, Mahindra 3016 HST REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Kioti DK45 Eastern Canada---Very Good Tractor
by Rick Whyte
Model year: 2006Date Purchased: 2009-11-15Number of Hours: 1200
"I bought the tractor used with 600 hrs. on the clock. It worked flawlessly until 800 hrs when I started having problems with the fuel injection pump. Apparently, Kioti used a Bosch design and made their own pump with some plastic gears.
The long and short of it: the excellent dealer here installed a replacement unit and the tractor continues to give great service (Proudfoot Motors - for a very low fee).
I use it in combination with a loader, snow blower, splitter, Bush Hog, box blade and woods trailer. Does all those tasks very well.
I would prefer to see the fuel pedal and brakes separated so I could use the brakes to assist steering when pushing heavy snow (I suppose that's a double edge sword though...).
Fuel consumption is moderate to good. 4WD is very important and reliable. It would be good to have a skid plate (I'm going to add one sometime). Loader is powerful but a bit too slow.
Clutch is a stiff. Can tire your left leg with a lot of loader work. HST might be a good idea.
Keep your shuttle lever and 3PH linkages lubricated.
Cab is great. Keeps the snow off in winter and grass off when bush hogging. On the other hand, working in the woods is hard on a cab, lights, etc.
I put chains on the front tires in the winter. 1/4 long mile driveway with hills. Very icy. Even 4WD is dodgy on sheer ice. Recommend a plow to accompany snow blower.
3PH hookup is well done - extendible links, draft control on the outside, PTO guard."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Tough, good value, well designed, always starts even on coldest days (and no block heater).Cons: Can't hear the radio when engine is under load, a bit slow at top speed, lights aren't very bright.Type of User: Homeowner 100+ AcresLocation: CND OTI also considered buying: John Deere 5210, Kubota L3540, Kubota L4400 REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Beware of Kioti Engine Failure
Model year: 2003Date Purchased: 2003-08-06Number of Hours: 293
"DK45 Dadong engine. Have found on internet several people with exact same problem. In a nutshell mfg. installed a warped crankshaft in this series of engine (don't know how many). First sign is the front oil seal leaking and crankshaft pulley with what seems to be a wobble instead of true round turning.
We first thought we heard a faint knock in the engine, but had someone familiar with Kioti engines to say it was their usual sound, nothing abnormal (that's not good). Seems like more and more are popping up with this problem.
The crank seems to have wore the front main which is a bushing not a bearing over these few hours to the point it damaged the seal and oil pump gear and oil pump.
Talked with Kioti and with the age of the tractor they would not do anything to help other than apologize. No parts, no discount no nothing offered except sorry you got a bad engine.
Maintenance on the tractor was a regular thing, so no problem due to lack of oil. Just our bad luck for choosing KIOTI. PLEASE don't forget this next time you are looking to buy a tractor, unless you are looking for a disposable tractor, then choose KIOTI and good luck. They won't have the chance to do this to me again unless they have a change of conscience. We have currently 10 tractors USA made with all over 1,000 to 6,000 hours and no engine failures. This should be a good lesson for all of us. Buy American."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Versatile small tractor.Cons: Engine of course.Type of User: Commercial FarmerLocation: USA NCI also considered buying: Caterpillar D3 REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
by Hollis Calvert
Model year: 2000Date Purchased: 2009-08-07Number of Hours: 600
"Tractor has performed great, and could not ask for any better out of 45 HP tractor.
Just this year started having trouble with "cold" starting... chased it for a while, but have ordered parts for the process of elimination!
Sometime in the next week, we will be replacing all four glow plugs, along with the strip (rail) which supplies current to the plugs.
Hopefully, this will solve the problem. "
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Size/performance good, fuel economy good, comfortable to operate. Hydraulic top link and right lift arm is great.Cons: Cold starting problem.Type of User: Homeowner 50-100 AcresLocation: USA MSI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Definitely the Best Tractor for the Price
Model year: 2008Date Purchased: 2012-06-01Number of Hours: 150
"I researched every darn tractor out there and then found a deal on a 2008 Kioti. I'm confident it is far better than anything from Deere, Kubota, New Holland, and others for the price. I think I would have like the hydrostat transmission better but overall this tractor is just awesome.
Lots of great features like locking differential remote hydraulics, rear three point adjustment lever, very high quality compared to New Holland and even Kubota and so much less expensive. I got a 2008 Kioti DK45 with a blade and loader for $15,500. I drove a new New Holland tractor that just wasn't even close to the quality of parts and less power for $24,000.
Kioti is very impressive all around from the frame, seat, hoses, floor mat, stickers, just everything this thing is tough and durable and nothing about it is cheap.
One complaint is in Idaho the nearest dealer is almost 3 hours away. Luckily I have had no problems. Gets regular use almost daily and not any problems but it does not run very smooth until it warms up a bit. Starts good but just runs like crap for the first minute sounds like rocks in the engine. Maybe that's normal for a little diesel though. It also might be a bit under powered and has a real hard time in high gear.
We do mostly loader and blade work with it but also have a mower and a ripper. The loader has plenty of lifting power and structural strength."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Every part on it is strong and durable. Unbeatable price. Great looking. Great features.Cons: No dealer nearby. A few minor design bugs like the loader remote control coming loose and no way to fold down the roll bar without cracking the fender.Type of User: Commercial FarmerLocation: USA IDI also considered buying: New Holland Boomer TC45 REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Model year: 2003Date Purchased: 2010-12-01Number of Hours: 875
"This little tractor is a beast. After almost 1 1/2 yrs of bashing trees, pulling stumps, grading pasture, hauling lawn mower-sized rocks and all kinds of things it was NEVER meant to do, it starts every time (ice, rain or heat). I have used all kind of attachment and it never has even a hiccup."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Versatility.Cons: Loader sucks.Type of User: Homeowner 10-50 AcresLocation: USA MOI also considered buying: Massey Ferguson 1080 REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
by Scott Campbell
Model year: 2003Date Purchased: 2003-05-30Number of Hours: 1
"Good tractor. Backhoe (2384) has had master cylinder problems and is very jerky left to right. It also has very limited leg room. Would be a HUGE plus if controls could be reached by turning tractor seat and saving dismounting. It has loaded tires, but needs wheel weights. The tractor has done a ton of hard work (what it was built for) and performed well. Good fuel economy. I would buy it again."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Reliable, fuel efficient.Cons: Light weight.Type of User: Homeowner 50-100 AcresLocation: USA NYI also considered buying: Kubota B4200, Bobcat CT445, UTB Universal 445 REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Pretty Impressed with DK45S
by Scott Ritchey
Model year: 2006Date Purchased: 2009-11-15Number of Hours: 375
"My prior experience was limited to a borrowed 1953 Ford gas tractor with an ancient Woods mower. I was shopping for a used CUT but found very few at local dealers.
Also, a friend advised "you can do a lot with a loader" so I wanted a loader and that eliminated most of the available used machines. Almost by accident I saw a local Kioti dealer from the highway and he was selling this used DK45S who's original owner fell on hard times. And the price was right, considerably less than smaller new tractors.
To date I'm very impressed. The only unscheduled maintenance was cleaning and lubing the ignition switch, which seems to be a common problem.
Most of my use is mowing with a Phoenix (aka SICMA, or Kioti, or many other brands) 72 in mower deck, which is awesome fast and easy compared to my 42 in riding mower. I also use it with a light-duty 72 in House rotary cutter to control brush and saplings that spring up.
The loader is really impressive with about double the lift capacity of competing machines. The loader is handy as a "super wheelbarrow" but it is really awesome for maintaining my dirt trails. I had many low spots that collected water to become impassible mud after rain. The loader was great for cutting drainage troughs and retention ponds and then filling the low spots after they dry out.
The shuttle transmission is great for loader work although I can see how a hydro-static tranny would be faster if you really had a LOT of FEL work to do. Still, I prefer the manual gears for my purposes (mostly mowing with occasional FEL work) because I expect the gears will be more durable and economical, fuel-wise.
This tractor has many great standard features like telescoping 3-PH lower arms, flip-up PTO guard, locking differential, remote hydraulics, etc. that were extra cost options on most of the tractor brands I looked at. After looking at several other brands, this DK45s just looks like a better quality machine, IMO.
Now the bad things. Kioti recently fired many of their low-volume dealers so now my nearest dealer is 60 miles away vs 10 miles. Frankly, I never would have bought a Kioti if the nearest dealer was that far away and that's why I graded dealer experience as a 3. However, there still seem to be several great dealers on TractorByNet who will ship parts for good prices.
The other bad thing is the older service manuals are very poor: many errors and incomplete. The new manuals are MUCH better and there is a lot of commonality between my old DK45S and the newer DA4510 so that is a help."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Strong machine, great standard features, great web support.Cons: No close dealers. Poor documentation. Type of User: Homeowner 10-50 AcresLocation: USA NCI also considered buying: Kubota L3400, Massey Ferguson 1547 REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
What a Tractor!
Model year: 2010Date Purchased: 2011-06-17Number of Hours: 40
"There is no better tractor for the money. This will lift and pull as much a an M series Kubota I have used. There are a lot of nice standard features that are and add-ons with other manufacturers. I would highly recommend this tractor."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Great tractor with lots for features for the money. Loader and backhoe work better than I thought they would.Cons: Fit and finish is not that of other models but the price and performance make up for it.Type of User: Homeowner 100+ AcresLocation: USA MEI also considered buying: Bobcat CT445, Kubota MX5100 REVIEWER'S PHOTOS