Yanmar: Photos of the various Gray Market models

California

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Here is a set of photos showing the Yanmar models that are often seen in the US as gray market imports. It's on the website of a Japanese dealer who exports container quantities, 8-12 units in a 20 foot container or 16-26 units in a 40 foot container.

http://www.ksenterprise.co.jp/yanmar.html

I don't know anything about the dealer. I just liked his photos of good condition, unrestored tractors.

He also has photo sections for Iseki, Shibaura, Mitsubishi & Satoh, Hinomoto, and Kubota. (Note you can't import Kubota grays into the US.)
 

Ductape

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Pretty neat ! There is a business in the next town, a rigger who also does some site work / construction ....... who has a bunch of geys sitting in his yard. Mostly Yannys, but a Mitsu and maybe a Hinomoto thrown in for good measure. They have been sitting there in his yard for years, obviously many more years than i have known about them. I've always figured it was some sort of container-load-gone-wrong. One of these days i'm gonna stop in there and ask what the deal is, and if any of them are for sale.
 

Mark777

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Hey California,

Shame on Me!!! I thought this was going to be another typical gray market web site (ho-hum), but I was sure surprised. Some of these I've never even heard of before...Like that A10D - That's a one man show tiller rig if there ever were such a thing. And that AF400 (would sure look good in my yard!) what a beautiful tractor that thing is.

Never heard of these guy before...wonder if they're new kids on the block??

Thanks for sharing.

Mark
 

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Mark, I found that Yanmar tractor export site just by luck.

I saw a $1200 Mitsubishi D1100D on Craigslist in an ad from sactotractors.com. (the place where I got my tiller). So I searched online to find its specs.

I discovered that this Mitsubishi is pretty small, only 11 pto hp. For $1200 it would make a cute mower but it's too small for the orchard.
 

bmaverick

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Mark, I found that Yanmar tractor export site just by luck.

I saw a $1200 Mitsubishi D1100D on Craigslist in an ad from sactotractors.com. (the place where I got my tiller). So I searched online to find its specs.

I discovered that this Mitsubishi is pretty small, only 11 pto hp. For $1200 it would make a cute mower but it's too small for the orchard.

Bummer that the Sacto tractor place is gone on the web.
 

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Bummer that the Sacto tractor place is gone on the web.
Oh man I miss that place. I got a lot of small parts there to renovate my YM240 after I bought it, for example a correct fuel filter assembly off a warranty-return tractor they had parked out back.

I think what did them in was a good honest warranty-exchange policy that buried them, when too many of the tractors they received from their parent refurb factory in VN had unsolvable problems.

They then tried a second business model bringing clean Yanmars straight from Japan to sell, but I think they only sold a few of those before shutting down.

Today Coldwater near Seattle is the only firm I know of in the West importing as-is decent Yanmars. And Fredricks in the South remains the only firm where I would buy a reconditioned Yanmar, if I wanted to spend that much. (I never will).

My tiller is in this photo.

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LincTex

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I discovered that this Mitsubishi is pretty small, only 11 pto hp. For $1200 it would make a cute mower but it's too small for the orchard.

It would be a GREAT garden machine. Don't let the numbers fool you.

I used to work at a certified seed plant that ran a 8" x71' Westfield auger (with a swing hopper) with a 16 HP Kubota tractor!

Even more impressive - - I plugged that auger once when the bin got full, and the tractor NEVER lost RPM... it just made a LOT of black smoke!! I was thoroughly impressed!!!
 
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