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 08-23-2009, 22:35 Post: 165194
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Am a first time tractor buyer and am looking at a Kubota L3240, a MF 1533 and a JD3320. Have 6 acres to mow and maintain along with a 700 ft gravel drive and a garden plot. The Kubota dealer emphasized machine quality and resale, the MF dealer has been around for over 20 years and the 1533 seems to be a good machine. The JD dealer talked about the 3320 but didn't have one to show. I've heard that the JD has parts from all over kinda like a Dell computer. I'm more of a quality person and want to purchase something I can hand down to my children to use. My wife will also be using the tractor to mow grass. Kinda confused about the Kubota GST and HST transmissions. Any thoughts on these models and pointers for a first time buyer? Thanks!






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 08-23-2009, 23:04 Post: 165195
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RW,

Welcome! You will find this is a great site to learn everything you want to learn about tractors.

My first impression is an L model might be a bit much for mowing 6 acres and maintenance on 700' driveway. Have you looked at the B models?

I don't see where Kubota has ever sold an L 3240 so you may have your model #'s off a bit. In any case an L model is a pretty big tractor for what you need to do and I'm assuming you are looking at something in the 30 HP range. Is there anything else you plan on using the tractor for other than mowing, bladeing a driveway or gardening? You could do all that even with a BX model, but a B model would do nicely.

I would get a Front End Loader (FEL). A FEL is the most versatile and used implement on a CUT. I would also get a box blade for the driveway.

And I would go with HST.....no question. It's easier, faster and much more versatile and especially if your wife will be using the tractor. There are a few folks on this board that like a GST, but the HST is substantially more preferred by most.

As to mfg, all three you mentioned have a good reputable product. Go with the tractor that you like the best as to features etc, but the dealer's reputation is a big factor as well. Go with a dealer that will be around and that has a good rep for service and assistance.

Good Luck!

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 08-24-2009, 07:48 Post: 165199
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I can add only a little to the above excellent advice.

Tractors are not good for driving a distance for service, so the closer the dealer, the better.

What you heard about Deere is irrelevant. Some models were built for them by Yanmar and others have Yanmar engines, but they are fully as good as the others. (All tractors subcontract some of their parts. Even Kubota, which brags it makes everything itself, doesn't make its own gauges, batteries, tires, wiring, etc.)

There are other variables besides brands that actually will make more of a difference. You'll be doing considerable mowing, so what kind of mower? Front, mid, or rear? Gang, reel or flail? What kind of tires? And since it's the attachments that do all the work, what other ones?

Tractors last around five times longer than cars. You should learn how to do basic service yourself, and maybe include a few years' worth of items you can't buy anywhere, notably filters.






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 08-24-2009, 13:52 Post: 165207
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As has been said a tractor is only as good as the dealership that sells and services your purchase.
I have no experience with either Kubota or Massey other than their reputations. Whichever is the strongest most reliable dealership within a reasonable distance would make the chioce for me.
I used to have Case IH farm tractors and equipment till their dealerships became too far from me to be a handy supply source. Since then a local, (15 mi.) Deere dealer has did fine by me. Frank.






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 08-24-2009, 16:11 Post: 165212
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I'd actually be looking at the B3030 Kubota. You can still have a 72" belly mower and a smaller tractor for manuverablity.






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 08-24-2009, 22:58 Post: 165231
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Thanks for the advice Brian. The Kubota dealer did quote a B7800 as well. The others shown on the work sheet from the dealer were L3240's.






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Since I'm new to tractors please explain "gang", "reel", or "flail", thanks! The point about the close proximity of the dealer makes a lot of sense.






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 08-24-2009, 23:13 Post: 165233
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Makes sense - how does a B7800 HST compare with the model you suggested...B3030? The Kubota dealer has a B7800 on his lot with a belly mower. Can the 3030 handle a 5 ft. bushhog? Thanks!






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RW,

Kubota has so darned many models, I'm sure you dealer is right....it just isn't listed on Kubota's past model list.

Go to Kubota's website and they have a lot of good information and you can print out all of the specs on any tractor you are interested in and do some good comparisons.

The B3030 has a bit more lift capacity and if you want to use a bush hog, I would probably go with the B3030 over the B7800.

It might be helpful to let us know a bit more about what you are using the tractor and the implements for. You indicated mowing earlier, but if you need to be doing heavy bush hogging, then you very well may be back to an L model. My comments earlier were based on mowing as your primary usage.

Unless your wife is an experienced machinery user, an L is a lot of tractor for her, where she would be very comfortable with a B model.

A B model will handle most 5' bush hogs for light to medium usage, but if you really need to work it over unlevel ground in tough conditions, then as I said, you are probabaly back to an L....which probably eliminates your wife being comfortable with it.

There is a current thread on bush hogs you may want to look at and there was a current thread recently about the different types of mowers that I'm sure you can find.

Take a look at Kubota's site....make sure it is the official Kubota Corporate site and they have a lot good info.

Art sells Kubota's and is an authority on Kubota's and I'm sure he can weigh in on my comments as well.

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 08-25-2009, 00:54 Post: 165237
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To the person asking about mower types:

For low cutting of large areas of fine turf (think of a golf course) you might want a reel mower. They are usually ground-driven, so the tractor just pulls them. To get more width they are hitched in gangs, usually of 3 or 5.

For normal lawn mowing, you likely want a rotary mower. Here a mower blade or usually 3, sometimes 2, spins around.

For cutting rougher stuff like brush or high grass, you might want a mower that doesn't use a horizontal blade but cutters that spin radially, like a rototiller. The cutters flail around, so it's called a flail mower. Each cutter pivots independently so is less likely to be damaged if it hits a stone or tree-trunk, or can be replaced.






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