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 01-05-2004, 15:49 Post: 73143
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Has anyone ordered a tractor directly from China as in their website chinabestproducts.com? I was somewhat serious about trying that for a while. It seemed like it would be a real adventure to order it, take care of shipping import duties, pick the crate up at the docks in Chicago and put it together.

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 01-05-2004, 15:56 Post: 73144
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I've heard of several people doing it,but for just one tractor it probably ain't the way to go,even cost wise.Course to each his own I guess,maybe if you had a lot of sperience importing things,which most people don't,it might seem more better,I wouldn't think about it myself,I'm to poor. Richard






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 01-05-2004, 20:19 Post: 73175
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Sorry to hear you backed away. There are other importers one I believe is in Canada. Search under Jinma in an internet search window for the other one. The dealer prices listed in China Best products are all FOB. The dealer has to pay the rest. The low retail price is supposed to reflect your total cost pick up for example in Chicago. It would be an adventure. Dealers in the states would discourage you for obvious reasons. You would be on you own as far as warranty work, if needed, but dealers here have most parts in stock for Jinma tractors. I picked mine up in a crate from a small dealer in Ohio for a little above what it cost him. Have never regretted the purchase.






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 01-05-2004, 22:24 Post: 73191
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To import one tractor it would not be worth it. You'd need a FCL (full container load) to make it worth while. You can avoid the whole red tape mess of import and pay under $6k for a 224 in the crate from most of the dealers and still experience the fun and joy of assembly, parts modification, and starting it up for the very 1st time.

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 01-05-2004, 22:35 Post: 73192
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And shortmag,or shortmag,just like typing shortmag,you could pay under 8,000 and have somebody put it together for you,change the fluids,test it out,and offer it with a 6 months parts and labor warrenty,a 254,thats got a nice red color,but you would be missing out on all that fun..... Richard






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 01-10-2004, 03:40 Post: 73601
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Here is some info: The container that the tractor is shipped in is filled with the tractor you order and other orders, that are coming to the same port, could be lawnmowers. In the main when the crate arrives you pick the tractor up with your trailer or truck. Because it is one unit for your personal use it does not have the same duty as a load supject to resale (duty cost etc. is in the quoted price) . Looking just at the CBP latest listing their price for the 224 4wd 2cyl is $4950 which to me is more than a little less than 6K. There may be other reasons that you do not wish to go the import route, but at least you should have the correct info to base your decision on.






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 01-10-2004, 13:52 Post: 73643
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In the interest of decision making: I bought my 3 cylinder 224 from tractorconnection for $4995. I sure wouldn't be my own importer unless I was certain I could beat that price by a wide margin. The stories out there make it sound like the self import deals typically cost substantially more than estimated, not to speak of the hassle and frustration. And a parts warranty that is FOB Shanghai isn't much help if one has problems.






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 01-10-2004, 16:14 Post: 73653
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Agree in that the Minimum differential in price between best dealer price and self import price would have to be $1000.00 or better to justify the hassle. As of January the CBP folks have increased their prices, they say due to China tax increase. That means as always shop the price. Another factor is distance from a port of entry and the buyer and the alternative of where the dealer is located with respect to the buyer. Shipping costs at $1.50 to $2.00 per loaded mile can add up. Some dealers offer 0 warranty on crate tractors, just another issue to consider.






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Yes, I agree. One needs to shop carefully. And I'd suggest they support their local dealer if it pencils out or comes near. If one ever needs parts or service, it may be helpful to have someone within driving distance.
To be clear, my crate tractor included a 1 year parts warranty, FOB dealer. And, I believe, the original purchase price applies to major US cities. So yes again, if one self imports and has to pay $1.50/mile to move it from port 700 miles, that would be a tough hit on the economics of self import. In any case, a crate tractor will require some transport and a buyer should factor it in to their decision.






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I think I bought my 354 off the same guy that Edward bought his from. He was the cheapest I could find without self importing...........seems to have worked out ok for me. I've given the 354 no mercy for her first 150 hours and so far I've been very pleased for the price. Would have liked to have had the backing of the big guys but it costs the few more dollars I did'nt want to spend on a tractor.






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