Compact David Brown tractor- eBay Sept 2013

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Compact David Brown tractor- eBay Sept 2013

Post by austensmith » Sat Sep 28, 2013 8:17 pm

Just seen a "Compact David Brown Tractor" apparently made in Japan as a mini version of a Selectamatic in White Brown livery.

Did they REALLY do miniature DBs? :shock:
Looks like a faithful copy of a DB bonnet, but skid unit looks a bit different. Decal lettering is nowhere near.
Seen a few Mitsubishis dolled up as MFs, and I believe a Ford minitractor may have been Japanese under the skin, but this is truly the first mini DB I have seen. Anyone know different?
Were these officially sanctioned?

It actually looks in good nick - be interesting seeing the reaction if it pulled in at a DB rally......
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RE: Compact David Brown tractor- eBay Sept 2013

Post by jasonmcg995 » Sat Sep 28, 2013 8:54 pm

The proper name for these tractor's is 'satoh' unfortunately not a mini david brown but looks a lot like a one! Would be nice to put proper david brown decals on this but what model number could be used? :shock:

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Post by austensmith » Sat Sep 28, 2013 9:38 pm

Interesting.... thought it didnt look like a Mitsu / kubota / hinomoto / yanmar -
Know any more about them ?

Be fascinating if there are hundreds of them hidden away in allotment sheds over in good old Nippon.

It actually looks a fairly workmanlike piece of kit ! 2Wd and a twin cylinder from what I can see - ? 17 - 20 HP ?? and theres an annoyingly strangey familiar coloured sticker next to the engine but I cant place where I've seen it before. :(

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Post by austensmith » Sat Sep 28, 2013 9:52 pm

,........ :P

....and if you Google "Satoh tractors" and look in the images file theres one fully dressed and even more DB like , with convincing decals in the right colours etc but saying Satoh......

Background looks like a Brit venue with Land Rovers etc so I guess there are others around.......

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Post by Guest » Sat Sep 28, 2013 10:03 pm

There's one in Cornwall, chap has had it for 20 years but you can't get parts for them anymore so I've been told.

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Satoh - Alias mini DB

Post by austensmith » Sat Sep 28, 2013 10:29 pm

Got this from www.tractorforum.com, posted by mark777 in 2006:

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Satoh was manufactured from '73 to '80 and then merged with Mitsubishi and built tractors jointly until 1984. They made eight models, all starting with the letter S and followed with three digits. Interesting, and once a very popular tractor. Models included:

S370 Beaver - 12 PTO HP - '77-'84. 2 cyl Mitsubishi diesel
S373 Beaver lll - 13.6 PTO HP - '80-'84, 3 cyl Mitsubishi diesel
S470 Buck - 15 PTO HP - '79-'84, 3 cyl Mitsubishi diesel
S550 Elk - 17 PTO HP - (? years), 4 cyl Mazda gasoline
S630 Bull - 22 PTO HP - '80-84, 2 cyl Mitsubishi diesel
S650 Bison - 22 PTO HP - '73-'83, 4 cyl Mitsubishi diesel
S670 Bison - 25 PTO HP - '80-'84, 4 cyl Mitsubishi diesel
S750 Stallion - 33 PTO HP - '77-'84, 3 cyl Mitsubishi diesel
Long manufacturing runs (Beaver, Bison and Stallion) still have pretty fair parts support.

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- wonder if it is the "Bull" 22 HP under that DB bonnet - the bits look a bit modern for a 60's unit - and if only the pic resolution was better I reckon the sticker could possibly show "S630"

OK I know I'm sad - but the sight of a petite DB was startling.

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satoh

Post by marky123 » Sat Sep 28, 2013 10:34 pm

ive got a satoh s406 i will upload pics the tractor ive got a book on them they were built under the instruction of david brown as they were loosing out in the compact tractor side of things in america the tractor has the exact same gear stick and clutch pedal as my 770 it is just a we david brown but they never had david brown decals on them but they never cought on as there was better things like kubota. but satoh was bought over by mitsubushi minesis a great we tool it works just fine
My david brown 88s ex a plant getting restored new bonnet comeing on monday

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RE: satoh

Post by richbug » Sun Sep 29, 2013 1:38 am

The 650 is pretty common here in the US. It has a 1 litre Mazda gasoline engine.

They look like a DB cosmetically.
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Post by austensmith » Sun Sep 29, 2013 9:33 pm

Found a thread that suggested they were marketed as "garden tractors" using the DB name for boosting sales - we have to accept DB was a worldwide market force in the 70's - surely Meltham management would have known about , sanctioned - or even licensed the look-alikes ??????
Cant see the Yorkshire ethic missing out on a bit of commission / royalties.......

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