How Can I Tell What Year My Yanmar Tractor Is?

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How Can I Tell What Year My Yanmar Tractor Is?
Yanmar tractors have been collectors items since 2004. (tractor image by Dubravko Grakalic from

Yanmar tractors are renowned for their durability and capability. These tractors have been manufactured in Japan since 1912, but were only imported to the United States in the late 70s. Yanmar stopped shipping to the United States sometime around 2004 because of laws enacted about tractor safety. Rather than install these features, Yanmar decided to stop U.S. shipping. Some models still come to the United States from individual buyers who have them personally shipped from Japan, but most Yanmar tractors in the United States are older models.

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  • Tape measure
  • Vehicle scale

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  1. 1

    Measure the length, width and height of your tractor. These factors can be useful in identifying the year your tractor was made.

  2. 2

    Move your tractor onto a vehicle scale. The weight of the tractor varies by model and this can be used to help determine what year it was made. Keep in mind that any after market additions or non-standard repairs may affect the weight of the vehicle. Rust, or other problems associated with age, may also affect the weight. You will likely have to match the actual weight of your tractor by approximating the manufacturing weight.

  3. 3

    Note if your tractor has two-wheel or four-wheel drive. Certain models were produced using two-wheel drive for a limited number of years. This information can help you identify your tractor.

  4. 4

    Match your tractor's specifications to the list provided in the Resources links below. Most models were made for three or four year stretches, so this may only tell you the year of your tractor within three or four years.

  5. 5

    Look at the wheel rims of your tractor and search for a four digit number. This is the date the wheel rims were manufactured. The four digit number may be something like 0511. This would indicate that the wheel rims were made on 05/11. The date of rim manufacture is not the date of the tractor's manufacture, but if the rims are the original ones that came with the tractor, it is likely to be around the same date that the tractor was manufactured.

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