Considering cost, reliability, parts etc. 20-25 HP range. Thanks.
Largest exporter from China is Jinma .... Good solid and reliable ... These tractors are shipped to the USA and other countries in SKD form ... Semi knocked down in crates.
Several USA companies assemble them, and brand them with their own name.
They should be started and run for about 30 minutes, to heat up all fluids, then a full sevice done, replacing all fluids .... we use Valvoline products...
If this is done, then they have excellent reliability.
We have clients who have used these commercially, and commonly have run up over 3000 hours ... most hours before a rebuild, is 7000 hours ... we know of 3 tractors that have reached these hours.
Service them, and house them, and they will serve you well ... join the CTOA and get other opinions.
We are from New Zealand, and get the same knockers of Chinese products here, but facts are facts, and we know they will do the hours ... Most knockers are people who have found their niche with other non Chinese brands, but we have had far more sucess wih new Chinese products, carefully researched for quality, and carefully assembled, than we ever had in importing used Japanese rice paddy tractors, that may already be 15 or more years old, and have no new parts being made for them.
Our average parts replacement cost on Jinma, YTO and DF brand tractors has been $35 per tractor, per year.
I think most other brands, regardless or which country they are made in, would not be any better than this, and probably may be a lot worse.
Dont listen to the knockers, as they usually have an axe to grind, but get in touch with the CTOA in the USA, and hear the stories from the other side of the coin.
Probably more than 20,000 Jinma alone in the USA, imported over the past 7 years.... Regards Robert / Bolder.... New Zealand and Australia importer of selected quality Chinese agricultural equipment.