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 04-30-2003, 22:23 Post: 54082
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I have been tractor shopping for a few months now and really like the Kubota 3130. I was wondering about transmission preferences--the glide shift or the gear drive, I'm really not that interested in a hst. Tractor use=some brush hog and fel work on 6 acres mostly wooded sloping land (about 15%grade),occasional use of post hole digger, snow removal with rear blade on 1 mile paved driveway that has some steep sections and tight turns. I live in Virginia so average snowfall is around 4-6".
I know this isn't related to my question but I was qouted:L3130DT w/FEL=$16265, L3130GST w/FEL=$17478, L3130HST w/FEL$18,000. I have also been seriously looking at the Century 2535w/FEL=16500.






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 05-01-2003, 08:21 Post: 54099
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I am taking a wild guess here, but I would suspect that Kubota sells about 60% hydro, 30% GST and 10% gear. I would rethink the hydro. If you still decide against it - I would go for the GST. Not as easy to use as the hydro but better than gear. The Century is one heck of a tractor, I'm surprised at the price, kinda high for a 2535. I just purchased a 3045 that should be delivered soon. Your prices for the Kubota are very good. You don't mention the loader model, I think 723 is the one you should be getting.
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 05-01-2003, 16:03 Post: 54117
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I have a DT and wish I had upgraded to a different transmission system. While a lot of my frustration is likely operator related, the other systems seem like they would be much more efficient. However, this could also be a case where everything on the other side of the fence appears greener....

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 05-02-2003, 11:29 Post: 54165
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 KUBOTA L3130GST OR L3130DT

I looked at both and got the L3130HST. I have now put about 30 hours on it. I have planted about 220 trees, bushhogged about 2 acres, and leveled my 2000'+ driveway. The HST is worth the money for me. I generally stay in M and only adjust the throttle and the peddle. My wife uses my tractor some and she loves the HST - not hard to learn or to use.






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 05-02-2003, 16:30 Post: 54177
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 KUBOTA L3130GST OR L3130DT

For your uses, go glideshift. It's not quite what the hydro is for the loader work but does give you a hydraulic shuttle vs gear. IE: less clutch replacement!






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 05-03-2003, 17:23 Post: 54239
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Thanks to everyone for their input. I settled on the GST and is setting in the driveway. Will get back with you in a couple of months and let you know how I like it. Have already moved a couple buckets of dirt (first time I have ever ran a tractor let alone a loader and was moving dirt within 10 minutes of seat time), I wasn't very efficient but got the job done. The only thing I will have to correct or get used to is that when I am on a slope and change direction from reverse to forward I drift farther back than I am really comfortable with. I think I just need to get used to the throttle, shifting and such.
My neighbor had a New Holland CUT delivered the same day so can't wait to do some comparing.






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 05-04-2003, 22:37 Post: 54310
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Check out High View sales in West VA. 3130 hst with 4wd 513 loader heavy round back bucket and methanol in rear tires cost me about 16300.






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 05-05-2003, 12:59 Post: 54331
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I bought A 3010dt with a FEL last year and it works well for me. I use a 72" tiller and 5ft bush hog and wanted the Independent PTo and the one or two extra HP at the PTO.

The HST at that time was only Live PTO. I didn't really want the HST and thought the GST would be best for me, but the local dealers advised against the GST. They implied that there would be more repairs. I think many operators may be too agressive shifting the GST, which tends to be jerky at higher speeds. The clutching helps smooth out those jerks with the DT. I didn't really see that much difference in the GST and DT during test drives.

The HST would be better for those doing a lot of FEL work. I have learned to use the FEL without riding the clutch. I probably go slower than those with the HST would do. Also, the HST is easier to use on hills. Changing Directions on a hill with the DT takes some care.

I like being able to put the tractor in a gear and knowing exactly what speed it will be going when doing PTO work, which is what you get with the DT.






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 05-03-2004, 23:04 Post: 85131
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I'm strongly considering a Kubota L3130 DT with FST tranny, 723 loader with quick attach and diamond plate canopy.
Can you give me some pros and cons on the L3130?

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 05-04-2004, 07:39 Post: 85152
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My L3130 has done everything I expected from it. I also have the DT model. It was less expensive to buy and most likely less expensive to repair it if that is ever necessary. If you are very comfortable with a clutch then the DT model will probably work out for you. If you're not, you may want to upgrade to an HST or GST.
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