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Kioti LK3054 Reviews



Overall Rating:
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Build Quality
rating
4.7
Features
rating
4.1
Performance
rating
4.6
Value
rating
4.8
Reliability
rating
4.9
(4.6 stars, 18 reviews)
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Bullet Proof
rating
4.60
Posted 10/02/2016
by Dave

"I purchased this tractor new in 1994. Back then no one ever heard of Kioti and everyone thought it was a Kubota. I put it to work right away in my landscape and grading business. The only problem that I ever had with the tractor was when the front axle broke loose because of faulty welds from the factory. A welder friend re-welded it back in place and it's been running ever since. I have recently purchased two Kubotas and do not use the Kioti much, but she is willing to go after sitting for months after a little warming from the glow plugs."

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Great Value
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4.40
Posted 06/27/2014
by HL

"Nice little machine that has been used for general land maintenance (mowing, grading and stuff) and light logging. The hydraulics for the loader leave much to be desired but other than it is a solid machine. Has needed a valve cover gasket and water pump over the last 200 operating hours."

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Solid, Basic Tractor
rating
4.60
Posted 02/03/2014
by Chuck

"I've owned this for just a few months, and have used it with a the Kioti model front end loader, box blade and landscape rake while performing excavation work for a new house. While I rent equipment to excavate the holes and trenches, I've used the 3054 for back fill and final grading around the site. I've put over 80 hours on it in 3-months and it has been a solid tractor. I'd buy another one in an instant. I've had the glow plugs fail, and right now the differential lock won't engage, but I suspect these will be easy repairs. To date. I've moved over 1,500 tons of gravel during construction."

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Kioti LK3054
rating
4.20
Posted 11/14/2013
by Richard

"Bought used with a little over 200 hours about 2.5 years ago from the original owner. We live in the mountains and have used it to clear snow, grade driveways, level building sites, etc. Has the KL122 loader with a 54" bucket which is a little light duty but has served our needs. I will be putting a 60" bucket on it sooner or later to clear a wider path of snow. We also have a 5' box scraper and a back blade. The power and traction seem adequate for the equipment we have. It has R1 AG tires which provide solid grip for most activities, but I still found it beneficial to purchase chains for the rear tires for the traction I want at times in clearing snow. Tractor is pretty basic without all the features of newer ones. It would be nice to have more hydraulic hookups. Battery access is a total pain. The previous owner told us how it took him several hours to put in a new battery 2 years before he purchased it and it was difficult to just get jumper cables on it when I needed to last year. Have had a few electrical issues. The blinking warning lights did not work as well as the turn signals. Took a while to find the problem. It is a heavy tractor for it's size which provides better traction. If I was buying a new tractor and not concerned with cost, I would buy a little larger one with a bigger bucket and more power to be able to move more snow, but have no complaints about the size."

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Kioti Kicker
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5.00
Posted 11/14/2013
by Joe Messingschlager

"I'm the third owner of my Kioti LK3054. As far as attachments, I have a snow blower, rototiller, flail mower, finish mower, a front loader, and a factor excavator. We use it for field mowing, excavating, garden tending, tree maintenance, and moving heavy objects around the property. It's a traditional gear driven tractor with hydraulics to control the attachments. It's large enough for what we do but I could use another 10 horsepower in the powerplant (rated at 30 horsepower). I don't know the year of the manufacture, but I'm guessing it's at least 20 years old. It's more tractor than what most non-farmers need, but just the right size for my 15 acres."

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Good Little Tractor
rating
4.80
Posted 08/01/2013
by Terry

"This is a great little tractor for my use (bush-hogging, digging post holes, light, excavation work, etc). It had been somewhat abused/neglected by some previous owners & needed some TLC & a new clutch at 1290 hrs. I purchased it with front end loader, bush-hog, finish mower, backhoe, single tine chisel plow and trailer. I already had a post hole digger and pallet fork so I'm set for pretty much anything around the property. It is a little light for some uses. I have to use my 3 point & pallet fork to move big hay bales because I can't pick them up with the bucket. I think it would require at least a 40 - 50 hp tractor to reliably & safely move them with the bucket. The bucket works great but is not plumbed properly, my 3-point works off the bucket controls & it's regular lever but I now have a service manual so that will be fixed soon."

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LK3054
rating
5.00
Posted 01/05/2013
by Mike

"I bought this tractor in 2000 and I've had only one issue which was a leaking valve cover gasket which I replaced. Awesome tractor with lots of power and pulling capability. I've logged with it (Farmi Winch) and done brush cutting and it just keeps chugging along. I've got a new DK40SE HST that is on order and this will be traded in soon."

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Hydraulics
rating
4.40
Posted 12/01/2012
by David Vickery

"Just added ARPS 70 3pth backhoe using machines hydraulics. Surprised at how good it digs considering what it is."

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First Tractor
rating
4.60
Posted 01/13/2012
by RidgeHiker

"We purchased this from the original owner. The price is what first attracted us and the overall very good reviews convinced us. Since we are tractor novices and have had it less than a year the value of this review is probably limited. It appears to be very solidly built and weighs more than many of the other tractors in its size range which we find an advantage. The long time Kioti dealer we get parts from speaks highly of this model. The only thing that is not great is the control to raise and lower the 3pt hitch which is not very refined. Small movements of the control often do not translate into small movements of the hitch and when you move the lever enough the hitch often jumps. We have not spent time trying to adjust it yet so that may be all or part of the issue."

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Kioti LK 3054
rating
4.80
Posted 01/07/2012
by Larry L

"Nice machine built well and I have pushed her to the max many times without a hiccup. For the money I spent, I feel I got a good package deal from Group farm Equipment in Bedford PA."

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Kioti 3054
rating
4.80
Posted 01/06/2012
by Daniel E Moeman

"This has been a great tractor for me for 15 years. It's primary job has been moving snow, but it has also been great for clearing brush with a brush hog, chopping up trees and branches with a chipper, and a million other things. After I had it for about 4 years or so, the dealer closed; this was tough. I had to get parts online or some other round about way. But another local equipment company got a Kioti dealership a few years ago which has been excellent."

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Nice Tractor for the Money
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4.40
Posted 01/05/2012
by Doug Anderson

"I did a lot of research before purchasing this tractor, considering many makes and models. I found that this size was right: plenty of PTO power for a 5' wide snowblower, a chipper and a backhoe, but still small enough to fit in the garage. The price was much better than anything else in its class. This is really the same model and factory as some of the earlier Kubotas, so many of the parts are interchangeable. I've also seen nearly identical models under a variety of other names and colors, so it's a proven and time-tested design. I've used the tractor and its various attachments for more than I ever dreamed of. The front loader rarely is taken off. The backhoe is on most of the summer and the snowblower most of the winter. Maintenance has been very reasonable so far, the main item being a fuel injector. An oil pan heater and radiator hose heater are almost necessities for cold winter starting. "

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Kioti just might be the leader of the pack!
rating
5.00
Posted 07/25/2011
by Juston Benefield

"Affordable, durable, versatile, simple to operate even for the novice, shall I keep going?"

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Good Enough
rating
4.00
Posted 06/02/2011
by Ohming

"I got the tractor cheap because it had been neglected. Most of the failed components were due to the tractor being left out in the elements, so its' hard to give a fair appraisal. Many of the small pesky items have failed, cables, seat, latches, key switch, handles broken, clutch frozen. Now that I have addressed everything, it performs well for a small 30hp tractor. I don't ask it to do the work of a 60hp tractor and we get along fine."

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Kioti LK3054
rating
4.80
Posted 03/02/2011
by MAUITRACTORMAN

"Well, first off, I can't say enough about my Kioti LK3054. It has been an outstanding machine, and has worked wonders around my 6.8 acre lot has a compact TLB. This particular model has been out of production for about 4 years now, but getting parts, and service has never been an issue, and shouldn't be for a long time to come. There are a ton of online sources for parts and manuals. However, if you're considering getting a used LK3054, don't go through Kioit directly for parts. They are unfortunately of very little help and their service department is somewhat non-existent. Their website is completely misleading with their service/parts departments. All you get from them is "Visit Your Local Dealer". This can be a pain, when your closest dealer is a 180 mile round trip! Back to the tractor. It's got more than enough power for being a "3 banger" with 30 horsepower. It will run all day on a full tank of diesel, and although the operator station is a bit cramped, you know that you are truly operating one of the last "real" tractors out there. You know, manual transmission, levers everywhere, that kind of thing. You won't be disappointed with this machine at all has long as you know what you're doing. I've got mine set up has a TLB, and it works great in the "mini-backhoe" role. The KB-1550 backhoe attachment is easy to remove, and service, and is a great match for the LK3054 tractor. It's not a full sized TLB, but I can do just about anything my Case 580E can do, it just takes more time because It's a smaller machine. In the almost 10 years that I've owned it, I've dug out stumps, graded driveways, loaded trucks, mowed my 4 acre pasture, and even done some "rough-in" clearing with it. With the right set of attachments/implements, the LK3054 is a very handy, if not versatile machine for any land owner that has more than a couple acres to manage. The '3054 is not perfect, but then again, it beats a rake, shovel and wheelbarrow any day! "

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Kioti LK3054
rating
4.80
Posted 01/19/2011
by Dan Moerman

"I knew nothing about tractors when I bought this one. After moving from town, out to the country with some acreage (20 acres), a friend loaned me his Kubota to help me realize what it could do for me - good thing. I subsequently bought the Kioti with a KL122 60" front bucket. It cost about $15,000. I also have a 4' brush hog, a back blade, and a rake. Also a Gooson chipper/shredder, plus various odds and ends. For light work, and mowing grass around the house, I also have a 14hp Wheel Horse garden tractor with various attachments. I've used the Kioti now for 16 years, and have always been happy with it. It does have some very odd design quirks but I've gotten used to them. For example, the front bucket blocks access to lots of important stuff in the engine. For example, it's a real struggle to replace or service a battery. Takes some real dexterity to get the battery out of its compartment past the steel bar across the front of the bucket. Second example: the machine has a screen in front of the radiator to prevent it from getting clogged while mowing or whatever. It is designed so you can slide it out to the side for cleaning. But it can't be slid out because of the side bar of the bucket etc. I've kluged these issues. The hardest part about battery removal was removing the front grill. It took hours! So I built a replacement out of plywood, screen, and Kioti paint. No one would notice the difference unless he was really familiar with the machine. Of course, I kept the grill, hanging in the barn and I can clean the radiator screen by blowing out the dust with compressed air. No big deal. I know there is a way to remove the bucket, but it looks pretty complicated to me, and I've never tried it. But what I can say is, if you are considering buying any tractor with a front bucket, check out the consequences for access to the engine, etc. These issues would not exist with a more coordinated design effort that is evident here. The tractor has relatively few hours; this is a tribute to how useful it is. I keep a dozen or more acres of meadow mowed; I do a lot of tree and brush removal (and chipping: I have a Gooson CS 1000 PTO chipper/shredder; great tool); I cut and haul a lot of firewood; and of course I plow lots of snow. I find that I can do these things in a fraction of the time it would take without the tractor. The only other issue I have with it is that it's hard to start in cold weather. I keep a trickle charge on the battery all winter so I can crank at full speed; and I use either a magnetic block heater or a dip-stick crankcase oil heater. These help a lot. It's also housed inside in an unheated pole barn; but it's always much warmer than outdoors (black shingle roof does most of it). This is usually enough, but it is a bit of a pain sometimes. I've noticed elsewhere in the forum some mention of continuing to heat the glow plugs after the engine is starting but not yet really going. I've not found anything like that in my various manuals and suggestions would be appreciated. I am always amazed at the extraordinary traction I can get with a 30 hp diesel engine and an 8 speed transmission. I've dragged 30 foot long oak trunks a half mile without any difficulty (except a gouged track behind me). It's really terrific to have that much power at hand. Finally, I do almost all the maintenance myself; its easy to do just about all of it. A local equipment dealer (Aeschilman's) started servicing Kiotis recently near by, and I took it in for "15-year service." First time anyone worked on it but me and I'm no mechanic (I'm a retired college professor). All in all, a great machine which I'm very satisfied with. The photo shows the tractor, with grandson, taken in 2002."

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KIOTI LK 3054
rating
4.60
Posted 08/17/2010
by Lee Branum

"Some engineer decided that the battery should be in front of the radiator, so it took an hour just to check the battery. "

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Early Model LK3054
rating
4.40
Posted 03/16/2010
by bbse

"I bought this tractor knowing it had been abused. It had been used in a nursery and it was in bad shape. I thought it needed a head gasket but I wound up having to completely rebuild the engine. The good news is that parts were readily available and it was not that hard to do. At 530 hours I had a brand new engine, it came with fresh tires and a new clutch. I was quite pleased with how it turned out. Everybody that has had a chance to use this little tractor all call it either a bull dozier or a tank. It is a rather simple old style tractor but the tranny is synchro except Hi/Lo and the shuttle. The newer models have the shuttle lever on the steering column and this is better. One complaint I have against this older model is the lever is on the left side and it can be confusing when you need to go from high to low and forward to reverse. Overall, I love this tractor, I always have confidence that it will get the job done and it will work circles around my new Bobcat CT225, which I do regret buying. If you find one that has not been abused they are great tractors that weigh 3000lbs, have plenty of power and work hard. Easy to maintain also. "

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