Eleven Compact and Powerful Utility Tractors
Yanmar America Corp., located in Adairsville, Ga., is the regional headquarters of Yanmar Co. Ltd., a global company based in Osaka, Japan. Yanmar was originally established in 1912 and in 1933 became the world’s first manufacturer to develop a practical small diesel engine. In 1937, the company built upon its engine expertise by producing a simple diesel tractor popular with farmers in Japan. Ever since those early days, Yanmar has been a pioneer in high-quality, diesel-engine machinery; this is evidenced by the numerous accolades the company has received such as the Gold Diesel Medal from the Inventors’ Association of Germany and the prestigious Deming Prize for excellence in quality control.
In 1974, Yanmar started selling branded tractors in North America. In late 2011, after five strong sales seasons under the Cub Cadet Yanmar brand, Yanmar announced that the brand would begin focusing its efforts directly on the needs of customers and dealers by assuming all compact tractor sales, manufacturing and support. Today, all tractors come from its factory in Adairsville, Ga., located north of Atlanta.
Yanmar has 11 units in a series of tractors ranging from 21 to 49 hp. In April 2014, Yanmar launched its newest line of sub-compact tractors, the 221, 324 and 424, to complement its existing line of compact utility tractors. The three new tractors are totally re-designed with a focus on ease of operation and operator comfort. And, like all Yanmar tractors, they are powered by Yanmar diesel engines that provide a combination of power, fuel efficiency and durability, says the company.
All Yanmar tractors feature an ergonomic design and come standard with features like selectable four-wheel drive and fully hydraulic power steering. Yanmar says its Performance Link Technology delivers a smoother and more comfortable ride with less noise, more efficient operation and less wear and tear along with more usable horsepower and less power loss. Yanmar also offers a complete line of attachments and implements that are available through Yanmar’s authorized dealer network.
Advice to Buyers
“An experienced dealer is a great resource for determining the right tractor for your application and needs. Be sure you test drive all models you are considering before making a final decision,” says John Gierszewski, product manager for the Agriculture Division of Yanmar. “Once you’ve selected a tractor, have the dealer train you on how to properly connect and use your
attachments to get the most out of your new machine.”