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 02-06-2006, 20:36 Post: 124147
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 First time tractor buyer - Kubota vs John Deere

Hello everyone. This is my first time to this site. I hope I can gain some insight and recommendations about a first time tractor buyer.

Im currently looking into buying either a Kubota or John Deere. I would like something that can handle a minimum of 1 acre to about 10/15 acres. The research I have done so far kinda puts me at the JD 790 or 990 and the Kubota L2800. Budget is a big factor to me and I realize that tractors and implements can get rather costly. I would just like something that can handle the usual work one would do around open fields or some wooded areas, excluding excavating and non farm related uses. I guess this tractor would fall under the catagory of weekend worrier.

I've notice that there are an abundance of features. I would appreciate any advice or personal thoughts about these model tractors.

Also, what is the difference between the B and L series Kubota tractors.
If any other information is needed, please let me know.
I didn't realize tractor buying is like truck buying.

Thanks in advance.

Sonny






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 02-06-2006, 20:56 Post: 124148
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The B-series is a smaller chassis then the L-series. By being smaller also means lighter and more manuverable but also not able to carry the load of the L-series hitch or loader. I'd recommend the larger B-series like the B-7800 if money is a problem. It still takes all the mid mount attachments like mowers and snow blowers and the BH-75 backhoe if needed offers the strongest frame work of all with the highest ground clearance. For the acre of ground I'd say a BX is too much but the extra acreage says the larger tractor might be needed depending on the chores list and the time you want to spend doing the jobs you have to do.






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 02-06-2006, 21:06 Post: 124151
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I'm more familiar with JD machines. The 790/990 are good solid machines. The biggest drawback is the dry brakes on them but you can go years without trouble with them. Older and simpler technology, no frills like flat operator platform or hydro transmissions. If you're a big guy the seating might be a bit cramped. I think a first-rate dealer is more important than the brand.






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 02-07-2006, 07:58 Post: 124162
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You are "really" asking which Japanese tractor to buy. A Yanmar (remarketed as JD) or Kubota. With that hint, you can cut $2000 to $10000 off the price. Another hint is to go grey market. I have been pleased with RCO Tractors, advertisers here and elsewhere.

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 02-07-2006, 08:18 Post: 124163
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You had best go sit on them too.

I personally do not fit on certain tractors, like the 790.






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 02-07-2006, 09:21 Post: 124164
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I am VERY Pleased with my JD 4115 and I have had a JD 140, 212, 400, and now the 4115. The 400 I bought USED in 1981 and I have beaten the Livin BeJesus out of it for 25 years and it is still working. The work I have done with my 4115 is Unachieveable for Kubota or New Holland and is what I expect for JD.
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JD 4115 with R4 tires and loaded
JD 46 Back Hoe
JD FEL
JD 48" Rear Tiller
Frontier Rear Blade
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$24500
I Buy JD for the same reason I buy DODGE to work and not to look at. They BOTH have delivered for me for many years. I would go Green any day.






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 02-07-2006, 09:23 Post: 124165
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I don't think a gray market tractor is a good idea for a first time owner. Support, repair, parts availability and safety (absence of ROPS) are reasons that come to mind. If you go gray market be sure to get a ROPS with it.






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 02-07-2006, 09:42 Post: 124166
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Agreed on the ROPS. I did not buy my Grey Market until I knew that a ROPS was available. I got it from Kubota. And installed it myself. It took too long because I "knew" how to put it together and did not follow the direction.

Just had to get the "North American" model number xref from the Grey Vendor. (BTW, if the Grey Vendor cannot, with certainty, tell you the NA model number equivalent, that is a signal to not deal with them.)






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One comment, ROPS is a bit of a straw man argument. NO TRACTORS of the age of most Grey Markets had ROPs.

I would buy NO tractor WITHOUT ROPS, or a clear method of purchasing a ROPs.






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"The work I have done with my 4115 is Unachieveable for Kubota or New Holland..."

Wiper, this must be one special tractor. What can it do fly?
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