I acquired this Kioti DK 55 in 2006. It is a 2004 model and had 200 hours on it when I bought it. Kiotis are made in South Korea by Daedong and assembled in Wendell, NC. Daedong also makes the Bobcat tractors. It is a little heavier than a Kubota of similar size and HP, although it would always be nice it it was heavier. It is very operator friendly and comfortable. The hydraulics are good. This one is a shuttle shift with 12 forwards and reverses.