our history
  • Old time sewing machine


    105 years of history. Founded as Yamaoka Hatsudoki Kosakusho, a company with a mission to build the most reliable, compact and efficient engines for farmers, fishermen and other trades and businesses.

  • An original horizontal water-cooled diesel engine


    84 years of diesel engines. Developed the world’s first commercially successful small horizontal water-cooled diesel engine with a cold-start system.

  • A black and white image of a man in Japan on a water filled muddy patch of land driving old Yanmar tractor with an attachment.


    The first Yanmar tractor. From the beginning, Yanmar tractors like the 23 horsepower Model YM273 use Yanmar water-cooled diesel engines.

  • An industrial building in North America


    Yanmar Tractor (USA) Inc. begins operations in North America.

  • A complex modern day diesel engine with a fan


    Millions of diesels. The 10 millionth Yanmar diesel engine is produced and sold.

  • An aerial view of the massive Yanmar agricultural plant and parking lot.


    Established YANMAR AGRICULTURAL MACHINERY MANUFACTURING CO., LTD. to integrate the group’s agricultural businesses. It produced tractors targeted for the global market and their transmissions.

  • A shiny new hydromechanical transmission


    Advancing tractor technology. The first generation of HMT (hydromechanical transmission) technology for Yanmar tractors is introduced.

  • A bright red Yanmar SA series tractor


    Yanmar America introduces the
    SA Series tractors.

  • Two bright red tractors, one with a roll bar and one with a cab.


    Yanmar America introduces the YT2 and YT3 Series tractors. YT3 brings operator-labor-saving advances to compact tractors with i-HMT transmission and programmable controls.

  • A digital mock up of the new Yanmar facility with a very modern building and a water feature.


    Opening Fall 2017, Yanmar America training and customer experience facility in Acworth, Georgia.

About Yanmar

More than 100 years ago Yanmar started developing products that not only get the job done, but also do it in a manner that's best for Mother Earth. And like you, our work is never finished. We're always searching for ways to improve technology and enhance design to make your job easier. Today, Yanmar is a $6 billion company with over 15,000 employees worldwide. Our primary focus in North America is in agriculture, marine, power generation, construction, and industrial engines.

Our History

Yanmar began a legacy of innovation and environmental awareness that made this company beyond compare.

In Japan, oil has always been a scarce commodity. The engines for agricultural use in the early 20th century burned oil and were cumbersome, heavy and difficult to start. As a result, they did little to improve the efficiency of the workers who planted and harvested rice.

Finding the existing options unworkable, founder Magokichi Yamaoka created a new type of diesel engine. In 1933, he successfully developed the world's first small diesel engine with a cold-start mechanism. And since it used less oil than the conventional versions, it fulfilled his tenet: "To conserve fuel is to serve mankind."

It also established an unspoken, but loudly understood, tone for our company: Yanmar would be better than the rest.

Today, all Yanmar Tractors are assembled in our state-of-the-art facility in Adairsville, Georgia, just north of Atlanta. Service and replacement parts are quickly fulfilled from this location to anywhere in North America. Plus, a five-year limited powertrain warranty is standard on all new tractor purchases.

From the Performance Link Technology of our engine drive train to our Yanmar team in Georgia, we believe you'll find every aspect of Yanmar to be of exceptional quality. So feel free to compare our products to others. Yanmar alone runs above the competition.