As with most tractors, starting the Kioti is a matter of “clutch down and turn the key”. The three-cylinder diesel unit fires into life and we’re off. There are not many controls to learn and it takes our testers only a couple of minutes to become competent in driving the unit.
The CK30H is equipped with a heavy-duty hydrostatic drive unit for high-horsepower handling — there’s no clutching or hand shifting. Our testers especially appreciate this hands-free control when they are hedgecutting.
Using the single pedal for speed and direction control allows the testers to focus totally on the business end — steering and operating the attachment. Speed is in three ranges — low, medium or high — and is selected by a lever.
All Kioti tractors have four-wheel drive to maximise pulling power. It is selectable and is engaged by pushing a lever near the seat. The diff lock is engaged by the operator’s heel and is disengaged by rocking on the brake. The fiddly part is using the parking brake. You press the foot pedal and push the lever down to engage it. But where’s that lever again?
“This is a good tractor. There’s plenty of power for hedgecutting. The hydrostats tend to be so easy to drive and this one is light on the steering. Driving it is similar to driving a compact Kubota,” says our tester. “The only thing I had a problem with was the handbrake — it’s a bit awkward, being such a small lever underneath the steering wheel.”
We like the instrument panel — it is well laid-out and easy to read. There is good visibility from the driving seat and, on the day, we had no problems with noise or vibration. The cruise control is another useful feature — again, allowing the testers freedom to concentrate on hedgecutting rather than tractor driving.
Our tester finds the unit a good, comfortable drive. The Kioti has an adjustable steering wheel and seat. “It’s a nice and compact tractor, very stable, gives an extremely smooth ride and is easy to manoeuvre. Although it’s not a suspension seat, this seat is more comfortable than some I have sat in,” he says.
Maintenance-wise things couldn’t be simpler, plus there is easy access to do daily service checks. With a full range from 21hp through to 50hp there should be a model to suit all requirements. RECO also supplies an impressive array of matching equipment.
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