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 03-14-2000, 00:00 Post: 13740
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 Kubota 3010 or JD 4300

OK...here's a tough one...I got lotsa work to be done...front loaderin', 5' bush hoggin', and 5' box bladin'workhorse narrowed down to JD 4300 and Kubota 3010...both HSTassume cost differential is insignificant factor in trade study...PROs??.........CONs???advice.....impressions.....real world experiences??.......all help greatly appreciated......Andy






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 03-14-2000, 00:00 Post: 13752
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As the proud owner of a JD 4400, I highly recommend the 4400. I actially had a 4300 on ordered, then studied the specs more closely. I learned that the 4300 and 4400 are EXACTLY the same size and weight, only difference is the 4400 is about 3 more HP and about $1,000 more. After talking several others, I was convinced that the extra 3 HP was noticeable and worth the difference - my experience. I love the tractor and have a front loader and 47 backhoe on it. During the winter I used a 59" front blower and 6' backblade-worked great. We will be using a landscape rake, tiller, box scaraper and blly mower. It is a pleasure to operate and compares favorably to my larger JD 830. Just my thoughts ! Bob Herman in PA.






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 03-15-2000, 00:00 Post: 13762
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Andy,I was a proud owner of a 4300 12x12 with loader and 4wd.After the
rearend went out at 25hrs.pushing brush (they fixed it in about 21 days)
they had trouble getting parts.Only to have it go out again at 50hrs.They
had it for 19 days the second time.
Now we find out the front axel in the 4000 series is not to good.My
dealer told me that they couldn't replace mine because I didn't get a
belly mower with the tractor.
So I'm still the owner but not so proud. Ken
PS Brakes not real good either.






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 03-15-2000, 00:00 Post: 13765
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Ken...thanx for the input. Sorry to hear of your woes, but it can happen to anyone. From the looks of what I've read in hear, it seems that you have a somewhat isolated situation. Other than that...how did you like the operation and ability of your 4300?? Did you do much work in and around trees??...my property is fairly densely populated with some nice size trees and I really don't want to take many of them down.....






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 03-15-2000, 00:00 Post: 13769
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BobH...glad you're enjoying your 4400!...if my wife gets her way.....we'll have a 4600!*laughing*
I'm more concerned with manueverablity in and around the trees.....bushoggin' and rakin'.........how is that big boy of yours in those situations??






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 03-15-2000, 00:00 Post: 13771
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I have a Kubota 3410HST and I love it. It works great around trees and has more then enough power. I mow with a 90inch three point rear discharge and the only problem I have is scuffing the lawn in bumpy areas. The tractor is perfect for my 7.5 acre lawn and has never given me any problems at all.






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 03-15-2000, 00:00 Post: 13781
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Andy, I too have many trees in the yard. In fact my 4400 was delivered with 430 loader and 47 backhoe so I could dig out some stumps. I have yet to mow with the 60" belly mower. Howeve, manueverablity seems fine to me. Overall tractor control is great. Regarding a previous comment about 'poor brakes', I rarely find it necessary to use the brakes - let off pedal the tractor stops. Bob Herman






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 03-16-2000, 00:00 Post: 13816
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Andy, I looked at the same two tractors that are considering. I ended up with a JD 4300 HST 4x4 w/430 loader and R4 tires. The Kubota was a nice tractor, but since I will be removing the loader frequently for mowing, I wanted a loader that would come off more easily than the Kubota loader did (I went to a dealership that sold both and the guy took amost 20 minutes to get the Kubota loader off and back on. It only took about 5 minutes for the Deere). The 4300 has awsome power and the 430 loader can handle just about anything that gets in its way. Yesterday I was cutting into the side of a clay embankment that was full of tree roots and had absolutely no problem getting a full bucket. The Deere is heavier than the Kubota, but I think that helps the tires get a better bite. My 2 cents. Let us know what you decide. Steve






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 03-16-2000, 00:00 Post: 13826
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Andy, I just bought a JD 4300 HST with 4WD, R4 tires, foldable ROPS, and a 430 frontend loader. I paid $17,754.50. I had narrowed it to the Kubota L3010, B2910, JD 4200, and JD 4300. Based on information on this chat line I decided the JD 4200 was a little under powered. The L3010 felt a little big to me for what I was going to use it for so I went back to the dealers for a final price on the B2910 and the JD 4300. The Kubota dealer gave me a price of $20,142 on the B2910. I don't know if he was tired of messing with me, trying to sell a B2710 (which he had in stock) or just made a mistake on his pricing. At any rate he probably lost a sale. I thought they were all really nice tractors and it really came down to the JD dealer being more patient, I probably was a real pain for both of them. I went back and looked at them three or four times and drove them all twice. The JD appears to have more lifting power based on the specs and I liked the visibility on the JD due to the sloped hood. I also liked the plastic and based on what folks have said here on the chat line it is very durable. I am happy with my decision and haven't second guessed myself since. The tractor was being assembled today and due to be delivered next week. I will be able to tell you whether they are putting the new axles on the newly manufactured 4000 series tractors next week. Somebody a week or so ago recommended driving them and see which one feels best to you and I think that is the best advice I received, it worked for me. Sorry I can't give that sage person proper credit but I'm old and forgetful.






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 03-17-2000, 00:00 Post: 13833
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Eddie....CONGRATS!!...and thanx for the input. I'm still trying to make up my mind between the JD4300 and the L3010. Both dealers have been very patient with me and I've bothered them even more than you apparently have! *laughing* Both dealers have quoted me a very reasonable price within just a few bucks of each other. Tractor, R4s, folding ROPS, loader, 5' box scraper, 5' rotary cutter, and 5' landscape rake for just a shade over/under $20K. Kubota has a better warranty and better financing. Deere has the durable plastic and easier to remove/replace loader. The Kubota has a wider stance with he R4s (good/bad...not sure for me yet). Deere has the left/right brake on the correct side (opposite the forward/reverse pedals). Kubota is in stock. I'll have to wait for the JD in order to get the 2000 yr model (I want one with most of the bugs worked out). Both dealers want to bring their respective units out to my property to let me have some "play" time. I think that's the next step.






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