Model year: 2001Date Purchased: 2001-09-09Number of Hours: 564
"Wow. I inherited a Jinma 284 with the place. It is 25 horsepower maybe... no two sites say the same thing.
For small work around here, I lease a Kubota 60 horsepower. I use the 284 for snow plowing only.
This year I, for some reason, tried to use the 284 to pull a 7-shank 3-point cultivator. Gosh... it did.
Then I decided to try running a 6-foot TG 72Y King Kutter rototiller, the heavy one. Holy Moley... not only did it do it, it sunk as far as it would go, but it did it easier than the 60 horsepower Kubota. She ain't pretty, ain't roomy, all the controls are mashed together in a mighty small platform, (the Chinese have very little feet and hands), but man, I'm impressed. I've seen these in China all over the place and I've never seen a junked one anyplace.
The fuel tank holds maybe three gallons of diesel but it runs all day on that 3 gallons. I don't care what you're doing."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: The power is higher than its rating, it does everything a 40+ horsepower does, for peanuts in fuel and costCons: Leaky, ugly, small operator platform, nit picky stuff really for what you getType of User: Commercial FarmerLocation: USA WAI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
by Paul Hussey
Model year: 2010Date Purchased: 2010-10-10Number of Hours: 300
"I purchased a Jinma 284 with front-end loader, backhoe, gannon box and multi-disc. This little (inexpensive) tractor has been a workhorse on our property.
The front-end loader has worked excellently. The disc is used to keep wild grass down twice a year, and it does an excellent job.
The backhoe is limited as far as backhoes are concerned, yet there is nothing I have asked of the backhoe that it does not deliver.
Yep, it's a cheap Chinese tractor that has been worth its weight in gold. It was $13,000.00 for everything mentioned including delivery. I would buy a second one if this one were ever to wear out!!!
The 4-wheel drive has allowed me the ability to climb steep angles while carrying front-end loader bucket full loads. I have not been disappointed with this tractor. Comparable domestic rigs would have cost at least 5 times the cost of this unit. WELL WORTH THE PRICE!!! Buy one, treat it reasonably and you will not be disappointed. It is not a John Deere, Case, Allis Chalmers, etc., but you are not paying the exorbitant price for those machines. I have changed a starter, and that's it.
Love our JINMA!!!
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Durable, workhorse, affordable, and cheap yet dependableCons: I have none for the price of purchaseType of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: USA CAI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Best compact tractor for Italian terrain
Model year: 2007Date Purchased: 2007-01-30Number of Hours: 1500
"On a par with the Pasquali Era tractor - solid build, simple to fix."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Simple design, robust.Cons: no electronics.Type of User: Commercial FarmerLocation: EUR OTI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Jinma JM-284 Review
Model year: 2005Date Purchased: 2005-06-21Number of Hours: 650
"This tractor is from the Stone Age. I have yet to go out and use it without some issue, the latest is the third starting switchboard quit working. I am going find a real tractor and hopefully get rid of this joke of a tractor before it drives me insane . If anyone is contemplating getting one these don't no amount of savings is worth the aggravation."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: NoneCons: Too many to list but mostly the poor electrical componetsType of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: USA WAI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Model year: 1996Date Purchased: 2014-06-01Number of Hours: meter u/s
"Parts for the Jinma are nearly impossible to get in Australia. It's bloody annoying!"
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Pretty reliable.Cons: Parts availability.Type of User:Location: AUS OTI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Model year: 2007Date Purchased: 2014-05-31Number of Hours: >1000
"Bought new in 2008. First two years, no major issues other than hydraulic leaks from the first 2 weeks of cleaning stalls. Non-standard fittings hard to replace. 2nd year clutch failure cracked tractor in half and replaced.
About 4th year, steam in exhaust under load with probable head gasket failure or cracked head. Oil looked fine. Used two cans of head gasket/block seal down radiator and walls; no more steam.
Electric panel switches failed from about 4-5 years. Started fuse continuously blows even using a 30 amp when trying to start. But continues to start by jumping posts on starter and avoiding the switch/solenoid.
I have worked this tractor to death for almost 7 years. Recently put together a 47 rainbird irrigation wheel line with half of the drains plugged, using 4-7 gal/min. nozzles with about 5 psi flow into my PTO trash water pump.
I hooked the Jimna up and ran it with the 1000 rpm setting and have been shocked for the last 4 days the tractor has pulled the entire wheel line of birds! Measured the top end of the last bird and it had a flow pressure of about 40 psi. Now trying to determine the diesel consumption per hour and guesstimate it to be < 1 gal/hr. Wow, for the money, this thing has been worth it."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Cheap.Cons: Cheap.Type of User: Homeowner 100+ AcresLocation: USA UTI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Chinese Must Have Small Feet
by diamond"S" ranch
Model year: 2013Date Purchased: 2014-02-20Number of Hours: 20
"Love this little tractor. FEL/box scraper. Had to cut/weld brake pedal rod shorter so my big foot could fit on landing when mounting seat, otherwise, excellent value and performance from a 25 hp tractor.
Does much more than what you would expect from such a small tractor, and is very fuel efficient.With the money I saved by buying this over a Mahindra or JD, I can afford 2 more PTO powered attachments!"
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Value, ability, features, and so far, reliability.Cons: Operator controls too close.Type of User: Homeowner 50-100 AcresLocation: USA NVI also considered buying: Mahindra 275 REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Model year: 2007Date Purchased: 2007-01-01Number of Hours:
"Bought the chassis mounted backhoe with this 283, spent the first few hours fixing hydraulic leaks, changing filters, extra. First hundred hours went okay till I found engine oil under the tractor.
The bolts holdings engine block the bell housing came loss. Had to break the tractor in half to get to the damn bolts. Redid clutch and bearing seals and put in New throw out bearing. A bought 20 hours later the backhoe mounting plate snapped off, turns out.
The fools had drilled mounting bolt holes through the stress welds in the plate. After pulling the hoe out of the hole it had fell in, I took and remade a new plate that decreased the street load on the mounts. Everything fine for another hundred hours.
Found the engine is leaking fluid at the block tenants connection again. Haven't broke apart the tractor yet, Just hope it's not the block cracked this time. I would not buy another Jinma, they are total crap. "
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Cheap.Cons: Poor quality, and case will separate and dump oil.Type of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: USA HII also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
My Little Red Tractor
by Lonnie Harding
Model year: 2009Date Purchased: 2009-03-01Number of Hours: ????
"Great little tractor. The major jobs to date: buried two 1,200 gal tanks for rain water collection/irrigation system. Trench and install 350" 4" drain pipes. Redo driveway (dig, level, and then place 160 tons of gravel and crusher fines), maintain about 3/4 mile of dirt road. Use forks on front end loader to move pallets of brick and block while building brick court yard.
I've been told that this tractor is really too small to do some of the thinks I make it do---not true. This tractor will do almost everything a much larger machine will do, it just takes a lot longer. If you assume I would have to rent equipment to do all the work this tractor has already performed then this tractor has paid for itself twice and still going strong."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Very strong, great engine.Cons: Almost on par with electronics from England circa 1950. For those who are to young to get that reference, it's not good.Type of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: USA AZI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Tough, Workhorse, 4 Wheel Power
by Melody Reed
Model year: 2013Date Purchased: 2013-05-09Number of Hours: 251
"We have 160 acres in the mountains and needed roads all over our land, up super steep terrain and some very hard core places. I put about a 120 hours on the bucket and blade and now have another 125 hours on the bucket and box scrapper (great attachment).
This Jinma tractor is fantastic. It's constantly in 4 wheel drive here and no problems. Changed all on schedule. Had 1 small leak and 1 leak squirting hydraulics out everytime I lifted the box scrapper at 240 hours. Both were just the rubber on the washer (rubber, then metal) getting worn away.
Considering all it has done---no surprise. Changed the washers when doing the 250 hour (a little early) maintenance and all is again great. Bought ours from Keno Tractor in Oregon and they are fantastic to deal with; always ready to answer questions and provide parts.
Couldn't be happier! Just made several ATV tracks for my son, with rollers, jumps, tabletops, etc. He and friends are lovin' this tractor too! I can't stay off of it! 250 hours in 7 mo. and not one problem."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Workhorse, 4 wheel drive, great quality, great price.Cons: None.Type of User: Homeowner 100+ AcresLocation: USA CAI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS