BelAZ reminded me of Belarus tractors from my childhood. Some small farms had them. Relative small tractors. Gravel pits had some huge ones for the same reason – cheap as dirt and easy to repair. I’ve never seen a dealer of them as a child or young. I guess the price was dumped to get Western currency. Good for our farmers/agricultural companies, bad for the Belarus and the USSR. A lot of Western companies had a cooperation with companies in Belarus (the country). If somebody had told me a Rolls Royce engine would be in a tractor from the Belarus company, I would think, they’ve lost their mind. But it was a fact until recently. I guess the “Russian” approach is still present, if it works, it’s being used. In some parts and design it can be a little rough. It might have breakdowns, but the lines of logistic, means realible is being able to fix it on the spot or continue anyway, bypassing the faulty part until you get the needed part. In a lot of places, that’s a selling point.
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