This thread has had a lot of great responses, which I greatly appreciate.
We've talked quite a bit about the Japanese makes--Iseki, Hinomoto, Shibaura, Yanmar, Kubota, and they're US-branded siblings, but I haven't seen much said about the other Compact and Sub-compact tractors--the Korean-made machines like Kioti (DaeDong), LS, Tym and Branson, or the Indian-made Mahindra.
Aside from Gutbrod, I'm not sure which European manufacturer's built compacts and SCUTs and if any made it into the US market, but there are many high-quality European makes as well--Fendt, Lamborghini (yep, you can actually brag to your friends that you own a Lamborghini), Porsche, Kramer, M-B, FIAT, Klaas, Deutz to name a few.
There also hasn't been any discussion of the Jinma, Rhino, and other Chinese tractors.
I don't know if Belarus made a compact sized-tractor--I doubt it, but it would be interesting if they did.
So, if anyone owns or has experience with these machines, let's hear from you as well--including our members from across the pond. I know there's Wolfgang (jdrasentrac) in Germany, and some others in Great Britain and Scotland, and I think a member in Denmark...
Edited by Utah Smitty, February 19, 2014 - 11:03 AM.