As a dealer, we get a slew of questions about Daedong and their Kioti tractor brand.
We want to help you understand who they both are --- and their evolution to one of the top tractor brands in history.
And as a quick aside --- we are here to help you purchase a new tractor and implements when the time is right.
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Daedong-USA, Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of Daedong Industrial Co., Ltd. specializing in the distribution of high-quality tractors, UTVs, zero-turn mowers, attachments, and implements.
Since its establishment in 1993, Daedong-USA has experienced rapid growth because of its unique ability to facilitate the responsive engineering and production of KIOTI products specifically designed to meet the growing needs of North American equipment users.
Today, Daedong-USA distributes KIOTI products through KIOTI dealers including Tractor Ranch, a strategically positioned U.S. warehouse distribution system --- and its streamlined parts, service, and fulfillment center located in Wendell, North Carolina.
Kioti Tractor ("coyote") is the trade name for Daedong tractors in North America and Europe. Daedong Industrial Company, Ltd., which is based in Daegu, South Korea, was founded in 1947, producing its first tractor in 1968.
Currently, Kioti Tractor markets over 40 different tractor models in the United States and Canada, ranging from 22 to 110 horsepower, zero-turn mowers, as well as five utility vehicle models, and several attachments and implements.
1986 --- The first KIOTI compact tractor was introduced in the US.
1993 --- Daedong-USA, Inc. was formed and KIOTI Tractor was headquartered in Wilson, NC.
1999 --- Introduced DK45, the first DK Series compact tractor.
2000 --- Introduced KL Series loaders, KB Series backhoes, and KR Series grooming mowers.
2002 --- Expanded implement line to include mid-mount mower, tiller, and bale spear.
2003 --- Expanded implement product lines to include aerator, rotary cutter, rake, box & rear blade, and more. Introduced CK20, the first CK Series compact tractor.
2004 --- KIOTI opened the new North American headquarters in Wendell, NC. Introduced CK25, CK25 HST, CK30, and CK30 HST.
2006 --- Introduced DK45SE HST, the first DK SE Series tractor with advanced technology.
2008 --- KIOTI Introduces the 4 Year Industry Leading Warranty. The DK75 utility tractor is introduced.
2009 --- The DS Series economy tractors are introduced. The DKSE Series is expanded to 10 tractors.
2010 --- KIOTI introduces the DK45SE Cab, DS4110HS, and the DS4510HS. Implement line is introduced, including 3-point tillage equipment, mowers, and UTV attachments.
2011 --- KIOTI introduces the MECHRON 2200 Utility Vehicle, CK Series Compact Kab, DS3510, and the first RX series tractor, the RX6010C.
2012 --- KIOTI Introduces the CS2410 Subcompact Tractor and the RX6010PC utility tractor with Hydraulic Power Shuttle.
2013 --- KIOTI introduces the new CK2510 & CK2510HS. The NX Series is announced which includes 45HP – 60HP Cab models available with Synchro Shuttle & Hydrostatic Transmission. The RX Series models ranging from 66 – 73HP available with Synchronized, Power Shuttle, and Power Shuttle with Creeper Transmissions and a choice of ROPS or Cab.
2014 --- KIOTI announces the completion of an extensive update to its parts warehouse to increase efficiencies and better serve customers and dealerships. NAEDA awards KIOTI with Gold Level Status for exceptionally high dealer rating levels as part of NAEDA’s Manufacturer recognition program. The first PX model is announced, the PX9020. The first DK10 Series models are introduced, including the DK4510/H, DK5510/DK5510/H. New NX ROPS models are introduced ranging from 45HP – 60HP.
2015 --- New utility vehicles are introduced, including the MECHRON® 2200PS & MECHRON® 2240 2-Row Utility Vehicle. NAEDA awards KIOTI with Gold Level Status for exceptionally high dealer rating levels as part of NAEDA’s Manufacturer recognition program. KIOTI debuted four new CK10 Series models, including the CK3510/H and CK4010/H.
2016 --- KIOTI celebrates its 30th Anniversary in North America. KIOTI expands the Field Option Cab Series to suit new and existing models in the CS Series, CK10 Series, DK10 Series and UTVs. A drive-over mid-mount mower compatible with the CK2510/H was introduced. The CS2210 and CS2510 were added to the CS Series sub-compact line. The EDA awards KIOTI with Gold Level Status for exceptionally high dealer rating levels as part of their Dealer-Manufacturer Relations Survey. New line of industry-leading implements is introduced. KIOTI Tractor adds the PX9530PC, PX1053PC and PX1153PC Models to the PX Series.
2017 --- KIOTI introduces two new models to the CK10SE Series, the CK3510SE HC and the CK4010SE HC.
2018 --- Utility vehicle product offering expanded with the K9 Series UTV. KIOTI Tractor adds new ROPS models—the CK3510SE, CK4010SE, CK3510SE HST, and CK4010SE HST. The DK10SE Series is introduced with four CAB models – the DK4210SE HC, DK4710SE HC, DK5310SE HC, and DK6010SE HC – and four ROPS models - the DK4210SE HST, DK4710SE HST, DK5310SE HST, and DK6010SE HST. KIOTI invests $13M in expanding its North American Headquarters. Canadian Distribution Center in Mississauga, ON opens.
2019 --- KIOTI Tractor enters the turf care market with its all-new Zero Turn Mower series, the ZXC, and ZXR. The EDA awards KIOTI with Gold Level Status for exemplary ratings in the EDA Dealer-Manufacturer Relations Survey. KIOTI renovated an on-site training facility for hands-on, instructor-led training to help dealers and technicians. KIOTI launched a new online learning management system for all dealers.
2020 --- The CX Series is introduced with two ROPs models – the CX2510 and CX2510 HST.
International Business Divisions
KIOTI Canada, a subsidiary of Daedong-USA, Inc., was established in 2018 with a distribution center in Mississauga, Ontario. This facility will expand KIOTI’s distribution network by strategically placing assembled inventory and parts supplies in a key market. KIOTI Canada customers benefit from a growing dealer network that’s dedicated to superior customer service across Canada.
Daedong KIOTI Europe B.V, a subsidiary of Daedong-USA, Inc., has been established near the Rotterdam port in the Netherlands to distribute high quality products to over 30 European countries. Daedong KIOTI Europe strives to provide the best support and service to all European customers. In 2019, an additional office was opened in Hamburg to support the growing dealer network throughout Germany.
Hopefully, this brief article has helped you get a very basic understanding of history of Daedong and the Kioti Tractor Company. There’s plenty more to learn. We’re here to help.
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