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Old 12-20-2005, 07:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm looking at buying a used Yanmar 30 HP compact diesel tractor from an out of state dealer.
Anyone with comments on the durability and ease of servicing the Yanmar 2-banger diesels? Any quick tips?

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These are usually grey market tractors; although there is nothing wrong with this as long as you know it ahead of time. One big problem is lack of ROPS. The Yanmars are a very good tractor, very simple and lots of online sources for parts.
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You may want to check out TBN. Lots of good info there.
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Thanks for the info. Yes, the seller told me that it was a grey market tractor that had been refurbed. I'm going to read through that forum to see what I need to look for on that little 30 HP 2-lunger before making a committment. I suppose if it starts OK cold at this time of year, that's a good sign.

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Thanks for the info. Yes, the seller told me that it was a grey market tractor that had been refurbed. I'm going to read through that forum to see what I need to look for on that little 30 HP 2-lunger before making a committment. I suppose if it starts OK cold at this time of year, that's a good sign.

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We have a john Deere Gator with a 3 cylinder 18 hp Yanmar diesel in it. we have about 600 hours on it so far and have been very happy with the service and reliability. --- No problems and it starts easily and runs nicely.
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Old 12-21-2005, 06:47 AM   #6 (permalink)
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yes, john deere uses that engine in some of the small tractors, that should be enough to go on. I have a 1989 model johndeere 650 with a belly mower to mow yard and barnlot. it has the yanmar engine. so a john deere dealer would have your parts for you.
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I have a John Deere 870 with a 3 cyl Yanmar. 1000 hrs. No problems.
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I would not count on the JD dealer to have parts. Everything that I have read says that there are two different part numbers and nobody has a cross reference. On the flip side if you try to go to a Yanmar dealer with a JD part number they will just send you to the JD guy...

As far as the tractor goes my uncle has one with a loader, tiller and small bushhog. He is pretty happy with it. I think that the key to these tractors is to find a dealer that can get the parts.

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we also have a gator used and abused on a 2500 cow dairy, 2900hrs on the yanmar diesel.
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Yanmar's are great tough little tractors. I have a 2cyl GT14. It's a neat little tractor. Check it over good, and if it runs good, you should be in good shape. The 2cylinders sound like old JD engines. I like it.
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I'm looking at buying a used Yanmar 30 HP compact diesel tractor from an out of state dealer.
Anyone with comments on the durability and ease of servicing the Yanmar 2-banger diesels? Any quick tips?

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We have Massey Fergusons, Fords, John Deers, and a little Yanmar that we use to spray/mow in the rows of the Christmas trees. Had it for probily almost 20years, and honestly, I dont ever remember it being broke down, oh a bearing in the fan went out a few years back, thats about it, strong good running little tractors, I would recommend one [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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I have Yanmar 276d, (27hp) 3cyl diesel. A wonderful machine, and I've never had an issue getting parts. I would not expect you would need to buy parts often the way these are made.
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I ended up buying the tractor and so far am quite happy with it. It's a 30 HP Yanmar YM 2500, 3-cyl diesel, has a front end loader, power steering and brush hog, made around 1980. It's been repainted, new decals and sharp looking. Brand new rubber. No idea how many hours on the thing, the hour meter had 30 hrs on it (LOL). It starts right up on the chily mornings here and doesn't smoke unless it's really pulling hard, good signs for a diesel. No blowby out of the crankase vent. Needed a new battery, a couple of loose wires fixed, changed all the fluids, flushed the radiator and adjusted the clutch, that's about all it needed. A good, honest little tractor similar to a Deere 850.
A little light in the rear end when the loader's full, I need to hang a weight box on the back. Paid $6,000 from a Texas implement dealer for it.

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A wonderful machine, and I've never had an issue getting parts.

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Yanmar makes a TOUGH diesel. I have never had problems getting parts for mine either (filters). I usually call in and order and the brown truck has new filters at my door in a couple days.
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