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 05-01-2004, 10:03 Post: 84869
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I'm a new guy to tractors and would appreciate any info to help decide which one. I've done quite a bit of research, drove both models and they seem pretty equal but the electronic stuff on the Deere scares me as well as the narrower track width and the loader mounts. I'll be trying to smooth out 7 acres of uneven ground, skidding logs and clearing brush then maintaining it with a mower when done. Any input would be greatly appreciated.






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 05-01-2004, 10:44 Post: 84871
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Sounds to me like you've already made up your mind? If you're not comfortable with the Deere, then go with the L3130HST.






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 05-01-2004, 10:53 Post: 84873
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Did you miss the electronic dash on the L3130? The track width can often be widened by swapping the tires, as documented in the manuals. What don't you like about the loader mounts? By all means by the L3130 if you're more comfortable with it, but I just wanted to add some perspective.






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 05-01-2004, 11:35 Post: 84879
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 L3130HST vs JD4310Hydro HELP can t decide

I got a 3130 about 6 months ago when we were still building our house. Its doing fine with around 160+ hr on it. We have 10ac to bush hog, moved around 55 15yrd trucks of fill dirt and take care of 1/2 mile of dirt road we live on.

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 05-01-2004, 11:51 Post: 84881
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I am the satisfied owner of a L3130HST, now with 396 hours since mid August 2003. The machine has been 100% rock solid so far. Check out my pics and previous posts or for more big (slow on dialup connection) pictures see the link below. Just remember a CUT is not a bulldozer and work slow and safe.
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 05-01-2004, 12:03 Post: 84885
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thats the very reason i shyed away from kubotas gst, is the computer contol. the hst is nit operated by a computer. the L30 dash is electronic but will run without it.
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Some have said that the JD 4310 eHydro is the same basic transmission as the older 4300 non-electronic transmission and that it could be retrofitted to operate without the electronics. AFAIK nobody as actually done this. Why would they? The electronic version is easier to operate and has great features like Loadmatch. But with complexity comes more things to break.

That said, I have about 70 trouble free hours on my JD 4310 and am totally happy with it. I found the JD ergonomics to be superior to Kubota's and my local Kubota dealer is a bottom-feeder so that swayed my decision in favor of JD. But if the JD dealer was awful and the Kubota dealer was great I would have gone the other way. IMHO, the quality of your dealer should be a major factor in your decision.






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Ken,
I too would place dealer reputation/proximity as #1. My comments apply only to my tractor. I am sure Deere, New Holland, Kioti, etc make fine machines.
How do you like your R-1's? Have you chained them up for 'Wet Work'?
82F yesterday, close to that today with a nice warm Southerly breeze. Maybe soon the frost will go out of my materials stockpiles... (:->
Have fun with your Oregon soil.
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Ken, speaking of Load Match...

I was mowing the yard yesterday and when I got through, I decided to play a little and see just how the Load Match works. There's a hill behind the house that is pretty steep. I'd say around a 20 degree slope.

I backed the tractor down, put it in C range, set the throttle to 1,000 RPMs, turned off Load Match, took off slow and put the peddle to the metal. It took off OK but when I mashed the forward peddle all the way down, it lugged down pretty good and black smoke rolled.

I did the exact same thing only with Load Match engaged. Absolutely no lugging or black smoke.

That convinced me that Load Match actually works and it's something worth having.






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Bliz, most of us like our machines and are loyal to our brands but I wouldn't hesitate to own any of 'em Smile

I haven't yet wished for chains on the R1s. It was a great day yesterday and I spent a couple of hours with the box scraper grading out a road behind our house. There was one area that was mucky and the R1s performed very well. I also drove down to the east end of the property to cruise around an area where the old R4s nearly got stuck in dry conditions. The R1s gave me great traction and confidence. I know these are the right tires for me.






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