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 08-30-2006, 16:55 Post: 133825
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Dear Friends: I'm considering starting a semi-retirement business doing light-weight construction work: backhoe, loader and box blade. Looking at JD 4120 vs Kubota L39 vs Montana 3840 set-ups. I haven't found any quality comparison info on these...can anyone comment. Quite a price difference between Montana (lowest) to Kubota (highest). Hoping to average 20-30 hours a week...
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 08-30-2006, 17:42 Post: 133826
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Go with the dealer that will warrenty the tractor for industrial work.






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 08-30-2006, 19:49 Post: 133828
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The Kubota is the only industrial tractor picked! The other are normal compacts that can still have a loader and a backhoe and would work fine for the weekend warrior but could never keep up with the capicities of the L-39 or for longevity at 20 to 30 hours a week. The L-39 would definitly out perform in lift capacity as well as speed against these units. Deere offers the 110 which specs in the hydraulic department a little smaller then the L-39 but would be a more comparable unit. It is often said a good dealer is important but if working and trying to make a profit it is better not to need a dealer daily and just keep working! Kubota's 3830 would be comparable to the other two.






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 08-30-2006, 20:37 Post: 133830
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If you are going to use it commercially you are better off with the commercial unit like the Kubota. There is a Deere equivalent, JCB, Yanmar etc. but most are more $ than the Kubota's.

I started this a couple of hours ago but the power went out for a couple of hours. I see Art has beaten me to it now.






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 08-30-2006, 20:51 Post: 133832
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On I-95 in Savanna Ga. about 10 miles across the South Carolina state line there is a JCB plant. They have two Islands (an acre each) in the middle of a 20 acre pond. On the islands they have their different models of their equipment. When the sun is just right you can see the under water bridges to the islands. Quite a sight from I-95 if you are ever in the area. It is also next door to a golf course I would love to play. Bring your clubs.






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 08-31-2006, 11:36 Post: 133856
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I am afraid I don't get to that corner of the state of GA very often. Most of the time I am near Atlanta. It sounds a little like the BMW plant SC.
We had a house fire 6.5 years ago and the club went up in flames, along with everything else. I have not had time to golf since, but thanks for the offer.






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 08-31-2006, 20:03 Post: 133878
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Thanks everyone for the input, especially Art's point re: industrial model. -fs






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So...what about New Hollands (sniffle, sniffle)?

I use my 2002 TC33D (4x4 hydrostat with Super Steer) 100% commercially for grading, brushhogging, etc.

It's extremely durable. I've got close to 500 hours on it. And it's the perfect size for residential work. I don't have a loader for it but am considering it since it's another trip to get the bobcat.






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 JD vs Kubota vs Montana

There, there EW, don't get Blue over it now. Laughing out loud.

Art was referring to the category of machine, Industrial as opposed to Estate or Chore Tractor. Kind of like Car VS Truck, but we all know the abuse a police car gets and they stand up fine.

Most of my fleet is not Industrial machines, and they stand up to far more punishment in a season than most homeowners can inflict in a lifetime!!

As an aside .... FIVE HUNDRED HOURS on a 2002 machine?!!! Good Lord man, get that beast working!! Laughing out loud.

We've been averaging 200 hours per machine a MONTH up here this summer!!

Yes, you NEED a FEL on that machine!!

Best of luck.






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For most of the home owners in the area 100 hours a year is about the normal with some running 200 or more. We have found a few that have a tough time justifying the 50 hour oil change in the first year but that is the exception. We have a BX 2200 out with over 4000 hours on it and doing fine although a little ugly on the cosmetics side as he commercially mows with it as well as landscaping.






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