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"Best Buy" TYM Tractor
"I recently bought a new TYM T450 front-wheel assist tractor and couldn't be happier with it. These tractors are built well and comfortable to operate," says Robert Snider, New Norway, Alberta, who sent us a photo of his "best buy" tractor. We decided to get a little more information on the little-known brand.
  TYM tractors are made in Korea by a company that has been in the tractor business since 1958, and also has built tractors for Mahindra and Montana. They were introduced to the U.S. in 2001 and were sold in 11 western states and western Canada, before going national in 2008.
  The tractors range from 23 to 100 hp. They're powered by either Caterpillar or Mitsubishi diesel engines, and come with a choice of Power Shuttle, manual shuttle, hydrostat, or a 24-speed transmission with a creeper gear. A "9 plus 3" transmission with nine forward and three reverse gears is also available.
  Snider uses the tractor on his 840-acre grain and hay farm. "I've put about 1,000 trouble-free hours on it so far. My son also has a TYM tractor with about 600 hours on it. It's not a cheap tractor but it's built with quality.
  "I equipped it with an Allied front-end loader. It's a great loader tractor and also a great haying tractor. I like how many standard features are on the tractor, including triple remote hydraulic outlets, a loader joystick, and a radio tape deck.
  "When running a grain auger, I can idle the engine down to 1,250 rpm's speed to save fuel. And the engine burns clean - when we put the tractor in our shop and start it, a puff of smoke comes out of the exhaust. After that you can't smell anything."
  Snider bought the tractor from Dale Owen, vice president of the company's Western Distribution Center in Redmond, Oregon. Owens says TYM tractors have the shortest turning radius in the industry. "The front axle features hydrostatic power steering and uses a double-ended steering cylinder that bolts to the front end housing and pushes and pulls to ensure precise steering under all conditions. There are no tie rods or linkages."    Owen says the company promotes the use of biofuel in the tractors.
  The tractors come with a 5-year limited warranty.
  According to Owen, TYM tractors typically sell for 10 to 12 percent per less than the competition. Prices start at $10,995 for their smallest 23 hp loader tractor and go up to about $60,000.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Dale Owen, Western Distribution Center, TYM-USA, Inc., 1204 SW Lake Road, Redmond, Oregon 97756 (ph 541 504-0128; dmowen@tym-usa.com; www.tym-tractors. com)

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2009 - Volume #33, Issue #2