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Kubota M8540 Tractor Pro and Cons

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danfitter1
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 2 Hernando, Ms
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2014-10-07          191180


I'm leaning toward purchasing an M8540 machine and would like to get some feed back on the pro's and con's of this tractor.
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Kubota M8540 Tractor Pro and Cons

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kthompson
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 5219 South Carolina
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2014-10-07          191183


I do not know that model but have one of the previous models, a M6800. It has the standard transmission and that has been my only problem. Had to have repairs to the transmission twice in the 14 years have had it (have about 900 hours on it) with the last repair totally my fault as it was allowed to run low on hyd oil. First time had a gear to break with normal disking. That being said I would buy it again. Been very pleased with it. Starts and runs great. Mine trans is not fully synchronized and wish it were and at times wish had gotten the second remote hyd valve but so far have not had a need for the second valve but do recommend going so. The only tractor I can compare it to is my brothers Massey which has about 8 to 10 more hp and his Massey is heavier but I am able to pull his disk as well as he can. Same with chisel plows. At same time my Kubota uses less fuel doing so. Think it has 18 gallons of tank and for anything but true full pulling like heavy disking or chisel plows or subsoilers that is more fuel that I will burn in a 8 to 10 hour day. Drop a full load on it and running like 17 to 1800 rpms steady I have to top it off at lunch and that will take me the full day. It has pleased me well and still a joy to use. No idea what kind of improvements they have made to the M series since I bought. kt ....

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muleymuley
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 4 wv
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2014-10-07          191184


I have a new 8560. I like the tractor in every way other than my previously noted issue with the transmission. That issue was simply that PARK did not hold the tractor in park. I had mine in park, on a grade, left the baler running, got out to move a bale, the tractor was sitting there for 15 seconds and then kicked out of gear and rolled down the him and rolled. Kubota took no responsibility for this at all other than the dealer telling me he would give me a 20% discount on the repairs. Those repairs consited of a new cab and a new front end loader. The cost of this to me, including the discount which I assume was applied, was $19,000. And it obviously was an adjustment issue on the transmission given the tractor stayed in place for at least 15 seconds before kicking out of gear. So the moral of the story is to either finance the purchase (which evidently automatically brings insurance coverage I was told), insure the tractor yourself, never put the tractor in PARK on a grade (and good luck with that)or try another brand. Like I said, the tractor has plenty of power, seems solid, good turn radius, it's all good other than this tranny issue. So if you want one I am happy to sell you an M8560 with about 40 hours on it at a great price as I am actually not needing this tractor now as we are changing operations. I paid right at 59k (not including the 19k for the new cab and loader)and will sell it for 50 if you are interested. ....

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