Yanmar Tractor Guide
For over a century, Yanmar has been a leader in engine and drivetrain parts for tractor companies around the world. Now, they are selling their own top-notch products for the homestead including subcompact tractors.
Why Use A Subcompact Over Compact/Garden
Subcompact tractors are small, light duty tractors that are used for medium size properties. They provide significant advantages over compact or garden sized tractors for one big reason. That is the ability to use attachments such as frontloaders, backhoes or large mowing attachments. These different options allow a homeowner to get many things done as opposed to a machine just for mowing.
Subcompacts have the ease and convenience of small property riding mowers along with the utility and options of a larger machine at a great price. Unlike the upkeep required for a heavy-duty tractor, subcompacts allow an owner to get many things done at a small cost. Aimed at owners who have anywhere from 1 to 5 acres of property, subcompacts are the middle ground between a typical riding mower and a large, heavy-duty tractor for large plots of land.
Yanmar Subcompact Benefits
Yanmar designs, engineers and manufactures all of the major drivetrain components, like the engine, drivetrain and axles, in-house. Since these parts are made to work perfectly together, you get a hard working machine with more usable horsepower, less power loss and a smooth ride. This concept, dubbed Performance Link Technology™ set Yanmar apart from other tractor manufacturers who contract out the parts of their machines to different vendors.
Yanmar has a similar commitment to serviceability and maintenance with easy access hoods and simple access to other areas in their machines. The assisted open hoods provide quick access to all key service locations without needing tools or locks. Compared to other brands, which require tools to remove and service parts, Yanmar gives operators an easy look at the guts of their machine.
Yanmar is defined by its commitment to its operators when it comes to price, reliability, serviceability and even comfort! Yanmar 221, 324 and 424 subcompact tractors come with a deluxe, high back seat and armrests with controls positioned comfortably at your fingertips, allowing for ease of use. The 221 model has control pedals and valves conveniently under feet to allow for the operator to enter and exit on either side of the device. These side-by-side pedals also allow speed and acceleration control that is far more fine-tuned than a typical subcompact.
The 221, 324 and 424 models also all have twin, side-by-side HST control pedals which are much more comfortable, precise and intuitive to operate than the treadle pedal design on other tractors. The twin pedals allow selecting both speed and direction of travel with a touch of the toe.
Fit & Finish
The Yanmar line of subcompact tractors all have fender trims and consoles purposely designed for an excellent fit and finish, preventing rust, fade or damage, unlike other brands that use plastic. Let’s not forget the fact that metal trim pieces look better than cheaper plastic ones.
Cast Iron Transaxle vs. Aluminum
One of the biggest selling points for a subcompact is its durability when compared to how little maintenance an operator must do. With that philosophy in mind, the cast iron transaxle on the 221, 324 and 424 provides exceptional strength and durability compared to the aluminum axles from other brands. With the Yanmar difference, owners do not have to worry about rocks or stray debris breaking the axle, causing expensive repairs and keeping your tractor out of commission.
Drawbar vs. Lawn & Garden Style Hitch
Subcompact tractors are appealing because of their utility and ability to tackle different projects. Yanmar subcompacts offer easy attachments to different accessories such as loaders and backhoes using a rugged, durable hitch on each model. The Yanmar 221 uses a fixed style drawbar hitch while the 324 and 424 use an adjustable drawbar hitch to attach all the tools the operator may need.
Other brands, depending on their models, only offer a garden style hitch using a pin which isn’t as strong and doesn’t allow for as much weight or offer a substandard drawbar hitch which doesn’t allow for as much utility or prevents the operator from hauling as much weight as a Yanmar drawbar hitch.
The Yanmar loader is manufactured specifically for each model of the subcompact line. The Yanmar YL110 loader, used and designed exclusively for the 221 model, is a high-end loader with multiple features that an operator may need on their property. It comes with a quick attach loader bucket, a grill guard, level gauge and features a curved arm design that distributes the load evenly across the arm and allows for better visibility and modern style. The 221 hydraulics allow for the user to lift and curl the loader and bucket at the same time.
In addition to the better visibility provided by the curved boom design, the location of the two bucket cylinders enables the loader torque beam to be positioned lower on the arms, providing better visibility when the loader is in a raised position. Also, the YL110 and its dual bucket cylinders allow the load to be balanced evenly and prevent the loader from getting out of line. These features are a testament to Yanmar’s commitment to usability and safety.
The YL220 loader, designed and built for the 324 and 424 tractors, comes with many of the same features. It comes with a loader bucket, grill guard, bucket level gauge and features the same curved arm design to evenly distribute its max carrying load of 1,199 lbs. The location of the two bucket cylinders allows for the weight to be evenly distributed while providing good visibility for the operator when the loader is lifted up.
3-Point Hitch Position Control
The 324 and 424 tractors also come with a standard 3point hitch position control. This feature allows the operator to place the implement in the same working position on every pass. Many competitors in this class of tractor do not offer position control making it impossible to be as consistent and to lower the rear implement to the same position every time.
The subcompact line also allows for backhoe utility on each model. The 221 offers the versatility of being able to install a backhoe at any time which will allow the customer flexibility on when they want to invest in a backhoe. They can either get one when they buy the tractor or invest in one later if they need it.
The 324 and 424 tractors allow similar versatility about when a backhoe is installed, whether at point of sale or later on. Other brands do not allow for the customer to make a decision later. They must decide whether they will purchase a backhoe when the purchase the tractor or not at all.
Finally, as a monument to their reliability, the subcompact tractors come with a 5 year warranty – Two (2) years overall plus an additional Three (3) on the powertrain for each model at no additional cost. The Yanmar name has been a statement to reliability, creativity and user-friendliness for over a hundred years.
The Yanmar line can serve every need an operator may have for their subcompact tractor for years to come. At Buckeye Power Sales, our trusted associates know what you need and how to help you take care for your land with a Yanmar subcompact tractor. Call us today to find out more about these amazing machines.