I have had my tractor since 2008 and it is used to move dirt, rocks, maintaining the gravel drive, mow with 5 foot land pride finish mower. Had 4 inch spacers installed on the rear of the tractor due to living on a hill makes it more stable. Looked at several different brands and the Kioti was the best bang for the buck. To mow about 2 acres it takes little over a gallon of fuel. The tractor has been problem free and is a lot of fun to operate. The loader is very powerful and is easy to use. I would buy Kioti again if this one ever wears out which I don’t see happening.
40 hour follow up: I have now had my CK20S with a manual transmission and a loader for 60 days. The CK20S is the smallest of the CK series, which allows it to still be a compact tractor and be small enough to mow our large hilly yard. I am able to use a 4ft brush cutter up steep hills in high weeds using 3rd gear low range. It will do it in 1st gear high range, but is too fast for the hills.
I pull a 5 foot finishing mower in 3rd gear low range under normal cutting. The CK20S size allows it to be an effective mower not damaging the yard due to the large industrial tires. I think the HST would make it easier to mow, but I love the pulling power of the manual transmission.
The loader is very strong and built well. I have used it to cut out a bank beside my driveway. Understand it is not a 15 ton rubber tire backhoe, but with patience’s you can move a lot of dirt. I find the loader to be a work multiple. I am finding new ways to use it every day. Just dropping my chainsaw, bar oil, and gas into the bucket and going into the woods simplifies and speeds up work.
I use the tractor and boom pole to pull logs out of my woods on to level ground making it easier to cut. This is where the 2700lbs of the tractor and loader puts the CK20s in the category of compact tractor and not sub-compact. It has the weight it needs to do work around a small farm.
I am able to pull a 6 foot drag disk with ease. I have turned part of my garden with a single 14 inch breaking plow. I am almost tempted to try a double, but my garden is not big enough to warrant buying one.
Overall I am very pleased with my CK20S. Do your research before you buy (as I did) and buy a tractor that fits your tasks.
Recommend for small acreage hobby farms, mowing, brush cutting, landscaping, feeding animals, large gardens, etc.
I happen to own a CK20 HST from the previous owner that no longer want it. I have gone through many type of tractor’s specification. It is very important to know the different type of machine before buying, right? Well, this is exactly what I did and wanted to be sure that all assessment are made to the specification. So, this previous owner had 2005 CK20 HST Kioti with a loader, 2365 backhoe (last kind) up to 2900 pounds digging force. Snowblower and box scraper with 5 digging teeth with two blade front and back along with 6X14 utility on-ramp trailer. It was a fast sell-out before any one get their’s hand on it and happen to be the first one got it. I am very pleased to say that I am a proud owner of a CK20HST and especially with the KB 2365 has no trouble with it. To all new researcher, please take a good look at the specification before buying, it will save you time and effort. It does make a different comparing to all type of makes.
I received my CK20S from Green’s Trailer & Equipment. David and his young son delivered it to my home which was well out of his way. David was very helpful throughout the sales process and went over the tractor with me. I have been in Heavy Maintenance for the Army over 27 years and found this tractor offered the most bang for the buck. This is no lawn mower! It has much more lift both on the loader and three point hitch than its competitors in the comparable size and price. I now have ten hours of heavy uses. All looks great. This tractor does not have a live PTO in the geared version,but it has not caused any problems. It could be a problem for people using a finishing mower in tight places as the blades will stop when the clutch is depressed. I pulled a 4 foot wide brush cutter through 2 foot high grass and weeds in low range third gear without problem. Low range third gear is plenty fast. The tractor performed strong. Problems: I went over the tractor in detail and found two rubber grommets on the wires for the rear brake lights had not been completely installed through the fender. This would have caused the wires to rub and short. It was a simple quick fix. First impressions. After visiting and studying Kubota, Mahindra, Yanmar, John Deere, and Massey Ferguson, I found the CK20S to be the heaviest made in this price range. It feels industrial, but easy to use. I watch this video which made my mind up. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGwAfabeaC4
A better Orange tractor …
I had been wanting a new orange compact tractor to replace the one I have spent many happy hours on for the past 16 years. I am glad I had done some looking around and research and found the Kioti. My new CK27 HST has way more features and benefits than the other tractor companies tractors in the same class size at a very noticeable lower price. Everything on it is well thought out and a pleasure to operate from a comfortable seat. Implements are easy to put on and the universal loader plate will have me in useful attachments for years. The power and HST operation have allowed me to do more in the short time I have had the CK27H, than I would have ever thought of doing with my old tractor.
My Kioti Dealer, Cowlitz River Rigging, has been great to work with … from test drives to delivery, as well as taking extra time to go over how I was going to use the tractor, and pointing out operating tips and safety procedures.
I am looking forward to many more years of Kioti operation on the right Orange tractor for me …
Thank you for making an affordable tractor and not scrimping on features and performance.
Matt Ivey, Portland Oregon
Just made my 30th payment. My last tractor was a mahindra and it was wore out in the first year. (what a nightmare) I use my tractor for my landscaping business and snow removal. It’s nice to have a tractor that I can use it for what a tractor should be used for. I usually replace a tractor after 3 years but I wont be replacing this one any time soon. It still is in great working order and when I do I’m pretty sure its gonna be another KIOTI.
I bought my new CK 27 from Atv’s and more in Salem, IL 2 yrs ago this May. I have nothing but good to say about it. I grew up on a farm of green and yellow and when I went to look at the green and yellow the prices was out of reach and the quality not what it used to be. I looked at many other brands but kept coming back to the KIOTI line. It is laid out the same as the g/y tractors and not made of plastic. The guys at Atv’s and more were more than helpful and friendly and anytime I needed anything for the tractor which has been very little they have had it in stock. This lil tractor is a work horse and has went beyond its call of duty and more and never once has it let me down. I use it on a 40 acre farm we rent out and I do the up keep around it. Plus the neighbors seem to keep me busy with it as well. I would recommend a KIOTI tractor to anyone who is in the market for a tractor. These are the attachments I use on mine: 5ft land pride 3 pt finish mower, 5 ft brush hog, 5 ft blade, 3 point receiver hitch for moving trailers and the front bucket that came with it . If I decide to upgrade in the future it will be a KIOTI with a cab. I think this company makes a great product and have been very happy with mine so far after 300 hrs in the seat.
Bought my KIOTI DS 4110 nov. 2, 2012 I have put 20hrs on it so far. Bought it from Orville at southern tractor in porter tx. What a great tractor lots of power and runs great. Can’t wait till spring to start my farming, will recomend them to everyone that is looking for a new tractor. My wife is starting to see how much I can do with it than with my other tractor. Think she is glad I got it and can’t keep my son off of it. He got on it and started using it like he had been working with tractors for years and he is only 15yrs old, will update as time goes by thanks to the crew at southern tractor. Rodney
Name: Gary McMurtrey
City, State: Dora, MO
Product: CK20S/CK20S HST
I have used this model of tractor for four years now and have very little trouble with it I was a dairy farmer for three of those years and used it every day to clean the holding pen. I also used it to load the manure spreader and to feed the brewers grain. I am now an owner operator truck driver and it is used primarily to plow the garden and everyone else’s in the county. I was amazed at what it could do it took the place of my fifty horse tractor that I was using. It can climb like a billy goat, dig like a dog and pull like a mule. The hydrostat makes it quick like a cat too.
Name: Tom Cognato
City, State: Southbury, CT
Product: CK20S/CK20S HST
I bought this with a bucket loader and backhoe in Nov 2010. It was delivered about one week before the snowiest winter in years began. I put 55 hours on just moving snow. It never stopped. I had 7 foot mountains stacked all over my yard. I have 4 acres and when spring came this small but powerful tractor helped my wife and I transplant bushes, stump trees, put in a new front walkway, clean out overgrown flower beds and move rocks. Last fall after a hurricane blew through I used it to lift tree trunks so I could cut them off with my chainsaw. It is powerful, dependable and economical to run. Colin and his Dad Dick Campbell have been great whenever I’ve had any questions they’re right there with an answer. Needless to say I love my KIOTI.