I have been around these tractors for three years now. A friend of mine
sells them. They have always been interesting, but I shied away from them,
thinking that they would be hard to get parts or service. On reading about
them last night, and reading forums of owners, there seems to be a
precedence for people liking them vs. not liking them. Mitsubishi has been
in business for quite a while, and I would say, should be for quite a while
into the future.
As I commented in the thread over on rcm, from what I've seen of them
there's nothing wrong with them as a general utility tractor.
What I don't/wouldn't like is that despite Mitsubishi being around, what
you're hostage to is whether the US support distribution channel is
going to be around long--they certainly didn't sell many of them and as
I noted in the other response, I'm not sure there were any others
imported or are otherwise parts-compatible for other areas as well as
only the engine. There are significant differences between the US
imports and the for local consumption in the engines so can't rely on
them for certain; you really will need the current distribution chain to
survive to have much luck I think. I don't think it's real promising
that they've entirely given up selling new ones; that means there's no
additional market for service/parts being built up which means only the
existing units are the total product market base.
My personal opinion is the present value is worth $20k in comparison to
what you can get from Kubota or others; that doesn't mean in a few years
you would be able to get much for it if there is no US support.
Does your buddy have any data on how many were sold, total, in the US?
I looked some but couldn't find any indications.
I'd far prefer...
Don't have a clue where you're located so not any idea about whether
utility tractors are rampant or rare as hen's teeth there, but as I
think about how I'd feel at check-writing time for the green one, I get
less and less enthralled, personally, simply owing to the uncertainty
going forward. I'd plan on hanging onto something of that ilk for 20 yr
or more unless actually using it commercially where could/would
expense/depreciate it and expect to pay for it w/ revenue. I'm still
reluctant even if were here on the farm to commit to something w/o full
It's a crapshoot; feel lucky and the urge, I don't think you'll be
disappointed at least initially. All will depend on whether it does
develop any problem and then what state the service business is in at
the time...and who know on that one?
I get a 18' tandem trailer with this, and the guy just told me there's a 6
way front blade, scraper box, and post hole digger that goes with it. All
I agree with you about future parts availability, but it looks very much
like we will all be speaking either Spanish or Chinese here soon anyway.
But will they ship the parts???? :)
I agree it's a lot of gear for the initial outlay; it's definitely a
current value deal it would appear.
Is it a closed-cabbed version or open platform/ROPS/canopy?
Did/does your buddy have any idea on numbers sold overall before they
pulled out? Or if there are any others importing under a different
nameplate or did they quit building them entirely? The latter question
I never did ascertain; I've not been by the local place here since they
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