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Chinese Tractor Now On Market
"It comes with a complete set of tools to overhaul it," says L.C. Harper, president of Mid-American Agricultural, Ltd., importer of the Pioneer, a 25 hp. Chinese tractor that made it's debut at a recent farm show in Kansas City.
The Pioneer is a rugged, simply made tractor that Harper says is highly competitive in performance compared to its competition in the U.S. most of which is already foreign made and costs 40 to 50% less.
"It sells for $5,060, about $4,000 under its closest competitor," says Harper, noting that so far the company is only importing the 25 hp. model.
The tractor has 8 forward and two reverse gears, two pto speeds 540 and 720, and a 4.5 gpm hydraulic pump. Wheel spacing is adjustable from 39 to 55 in. and the wheel base is 61 in. The tractor weighs 2,500 lbs., is equipped with a standard 12-V battery, and is powered by a diesel engine.
When you look at the instrument panel you're apt to get confused because everything's written in Chinese characters, but the instrumentation is so simple oil pressure, water temperature, tachometer and an on-off switch that Harper says it would be hard to make a mistake.
The tractor's fuel consumption is rated at less than 1 gal. per hour at maximum horsepower. Besides a set of tools to work on the tractor even in China service centers are few and far between the tractor comes with some of the more common spare parts that will be needed. Harper says that a dealer network is being set up and
that parts are available from China in a day or two by air.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, L.C. Harper, Mid-American Agricultural, Ltd., 12800 Pflumm, Olathe, Kan. 66062 (ph 913 829-6007).

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