1984 - Volume #8, Issue #3, Page #34[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Chinese Tractor Now On Market
The Pioneer is a rugged, simply made tractor that Harper says is highly competitive in performance compared to its competition in the U.S. ù most of which is already foreign made ù 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 ù 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 ù oil pressure, water temperature, tachometer and an on-off switch ù 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 ù even in China service centers are few and far between ù 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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