Compact Equipment

OCT 2018

Compact Equipment is a magazine dedicated to equipment owners and operators of small, nimble, tool-carrying construction, landscape and ag equipment — such as skid steers, mini excavators, compact tractors, generators compressors and beyond.

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Page 44 of 63 45 B udget-minded property owners and contractors don't shop for "cheap" utility tractors. In the first place, the word has negative connotations. In the second, any machine costing in the neighborhood of $15,000 to 20,000 doesn't qualify as cheap. But there are plenty of shop- pers for "economy" or "value-priced" or "basic" tractors, and manufacturers offer a full range of such equipment. What constitutes a basic utility tractor — say, a machine in the 25- to 45-hp range — is up for debate. One man's optional feature is another man's gotta-have. It all comes down to who will operate the tractor and what tasks the opera- tor will be taking on. If a shopper doesn't know these things before visiting a dealership, he or she is apt to end up with the wrong tractor. A core consideration in buying a value-priced utility tractor is engine size, but even that de- cision is not clear-cut. The Kioti CK2610, for example, comes with a 24.5-hp diesel engine that pumps hydraulic fluid at 11.7 gpm and can operate a 5- or a 5 1/2-ft front-end bucket. Want something a little more powerful? The CK4010 has a 39.6-hp engine, yet it also pumps hy- draulic fluid at 11.7 gpm and operates the same front-end bucket. "We really offer three horsepower ranges for the same tractor from a physical size stand- point," says Kioti's national sales manager Tim Phillips. "The CK2610, CK3510 and CK4010. They all have the same features, but each does a little bit different job because of horsepower."

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