Buying a Yanmar tractor can be an easy choice just because of their reliability, incredible durability, fuel economy and their relationship with John Deere. But locating parts at your local NAPA just isn’t true. You can find a fuel filter that’s close, and oil filter that will work but air filters, or any other hard parts (like clutch disks, T/O bearings etc.) do NOT have an exact fit. Fortunately, the OEM parts for this Yanmar are easily acquired through good gray market Yanmar dealers, and some offer help and advice right here on our forum.
Straight Up Truth about this model (and because I’ve owned for 5 years) is:
It’s size and unassuming appearance fools perspective owners or ’guests’ that this cute little thing, not much bigger than a lawn tractor, should be fun to Hop on and go for a spin. This can be a very bad decesion and, in some circumstances, a lethal mistake. The tractor WILL climb walls, tip over in a heart beat, and injure or kill the unsuspecting operator before he has time to make a life altering correction. Add the fact that the model you’re considering is equipped with a FEL and no roll over protection (ROPS) and seat belts only compounds the problems of a small, narrow frame diesel tractor. On a (foolish) bet, I have planted my YM1300D firmly against an oak tree with the throttle back 1/3rd and in 4WD. The tractor sat there and spun the tires for a full 3 minutes until I got back in the seat, took it out of gear and removed it from it’s deep tire ruts…The tractor would have kept going until it either ran out of fuel or over heated and blown the engine. Scary powerful in a very small package (I can‘t say that often enough).
I will say, that if you operate this model and remain careful, like a much larger diesel tractor, you will be safe and enjoy it. Adding a ROPS and seat belts should be a priority.
The 2TR13 engine, like similar two cylinder “Johnny Poppers” is noisy! That rod or main bearing knocking sound is really the detonation and fuel timing aftermath from the direct injected engine’s design. This engine is also cooled by thermal-siphon and convection (NO water pump) and it’s wise to keep tabs on the tractors heat range when operating during summer months or working heavy implements like a roto-tiller, finish mower, etc.
Although my claims about this tractor are all true, I have other Yanmar’s that actually do the grunt work around our property. My little YM1300D, sits around like a retired race horse out to pasture. And I had some serious offers….but just can’t seem to let ’er go
That tractor, in you’re attachment, appears to have a “BushHog or Allied” style loader, The tractor only, if in good running condition should fetch in the neighborhood of $2500-$3K and possibly + $1500-$1750 additional for the FEL.
Happy hunting and keep us posted will ya?