TYM T700 and Kioti DK501C

The T700 is the biggest tractor offered by South Korean firm TYM. It’s 70hp, with a three-cylinder John Deere turbo-charged engine and a 16x16 gearbox.
There are three double-acting spool valves and the cab is fully air-conditioned. Headland management is standard — a good feature for a tractor this size as it saves time and effort by automatically disengaging and re-engaging the PTO when the implement is lifted or lowered at the end of the run.
The testers say the controls are well laid out and easy to recognise. They find the tractor easy to drive. Both are impressed with the quality of build.
A new mid-size, four-wheel drive tractor with modern styling and a new cab, the Kioti DK501C promises a mix of performance and value for money. It features fully synchromesh transmission, including forward/reverse shuttle, with 12 forward and 12 reverse gears. Guppy finds them easy to use. He is also impressed with the hydraulics and PTO performance.
The operator’s station features a clear instrument panel, conveniently placed controls, tilt wheel and adjustable seat. The cab has air conditioning, heating, roof vent, door props for ventilation and a cassette radio.
Our tester is not a fan of electronic wizardry — it’s something else to go wrong — but he is impressed by the standard of finish in the cab and the layout of the controls.
“Everything is to hand and it all seems sturdy and solid,” he notes.
His only criticism is that the unit delivered to the college had a massive amount of weight on the front, which made the steering heavier than expected of a power-steering system.

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