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 12-30-2010, 10:58 Post: 176037
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 Nortrac Tractors vs Kubota Quality

Hello folks. First I like to say hello. I am wondering for just general work......like using the front loader to haul mulch or carry wood; using a snow blade to push off snow; and using a rear bucket to dig trench lines is the NorTrac 20 HP 4WD tractors worth the money???? They are appealing at their price but I don't want something that breaks every other month.

No heavy work, just basic stuff. Also, can you get a finish mower for these machines?

I have a Kubota lawn tractor that I love for lawn maintenance but am looking to get a tractor for other uses.

Kubota's are great but pricey!

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 12-30-2010, 12:16 Post: 176039
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Consistent with their price, PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE is mandatory with Chinese tractors. That's pretty much how you keep anything from "breaking down every month". If you are mechanically inclined and have a decent toolbox, NorTrac will meet your needs. If you have to rely on someone else to keep your machinery in top shape, go Kubota.

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 12-30-2010, 15:47 Post: 176044
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I have never sat on a Nortac machine but own two Kubotas. I rather take the same dollars for the Nortac and buy used Kubota, John Deere or New Holland in that size machine. If you ever want to sell it think you will find major difference. When you need parts (all do) or service who does it? Yes there are those who have gotten good service from them no doubt. Why I have a drill press to me about same quality and knew it when buying it. The wobble in the spindle is acceptable for the type of drilling I do. When it needs parts if ever not a major issue for have a second again same quality drill press sitting there. Now had I bought a good machine when I first bought would have save a lot of money in drill presses. (would not have two for one thing) Still don't depend on them as I do with tractor.






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 12-30-2010, 16:02 Post: 176047
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I have never sat on a Nortac machine but own two Kubotas..... If you ever want to sell it think you will find major difference.

Those two statements are at odd with each other KT. You really need to walk a mile in our shoes before you can say anything like that with any degree of credibility. I've had four Chinese tractors since retiring to the hobby farm business in 1992.
#1 I got $500 more than I paid for it
#2 I got $5000 more than I paid for it
#3 & #4 were just traded in on a 2011 John Deere for only $3600 less than I originally paid for the pair 6 and 4 years ago respectively.
So you can see that - in my experience anyway - the resale/trade value of well maintained Chinese tractors ain't as bad as you seem to think

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 12-30-2010, 19:14 Post: 176052
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Greg, if I may, with all due respect, point out that your own statement seems to be a little at odds with itself also.

After telling us how well the Chinese tractors have held their value, you told us that you've just traded in the last two on a John Deere.

A Big Mac is meal, so is a steak.

I read the slogan on the golden arches about how many folks they've served over the years. I can't say I've ever even once been one of those 'billion served' but seems they still exist ok without me.

I like baked 'taters and mushrooms sautÚd in butter & a little garlic with my steak......

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 12-30-2010, 19:18 Post: 176053
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Greg, did my best to be fair I was not familiar with Nortac and if what I said was not simple enough sorry. But had I SAT on a Nortac would that make me an expert on them?

My comment does not say you could not make money on selling a used Nortac or any other brand over what you paid for it. My wife's grandfather bought a Ford and twenty years old could have sold it for 2-3 times what he paid for it. Had been underwater in pond, flipped over backwards and those repaired but not a factory restoration. Some people are good at buying right and then selling right. I think you are one of those by far.

Greg respect you very well, but I do walk in similar shoes and do stand firm with MY opinion, just as I respect yours. We each shared from our brands experience and to me that is about the best we either can do.

Happy New Year, guess the warmer air has hit you by now as it is on the increase here.






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 12-30-2010, 19:22 Post: 176054
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Burnnotice, one thought you did not ask on and may have done it. Find a quite spot with note pad and write down everything you think you might want to do with your tractor before you make a decision. That can help you find the size you need for there is nothing much worse than either too big or too small tractor.






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 12-30-2010, 20:01 Post: 176057
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Burn;
I won't get in this debate as I've never owned either brand.
One word of caution tho,"Never any heavy Work". No matter what brand you buy that rule will be history within the first week.
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 12-30-2010, 23:23 Post: 176061
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Well, since I see Greg is the only one with ACTUAL Chinese tractor experience answering, I'll jump in.

I own a Jinma, (same as Nortrac), and it is a workhorse. I have the 30hp and it outworks a friend's Kubota of similar size, hands down. Yes, you need to be able to do some wrenching if you expect to own any Chinese tractor. Of course, I can't begin to count all the times I've repaired my friend's Kubota that he keeps breaking, too. Tractors break because people inevitably use them hard - fact of life.

I've found my Jinma to be a great value for the money. If I was wealthy I might have just bought a New Holland since that's all that is dealer-supported here, but I'm better with a wrench than I am at making lots of money, so I have a good Chinese tractor.

Funny how on a Chinese tractor forum so many NON-Chinese tractor owners want to chime in when they have no first-hand experience.

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 12-30-2010, 23:30 Post: 176062
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Greg, if I may, with all due respect, point out that your own statement seems to be a little at odds with itself also.

Can't say that I agree Murf. Perhaps you've forgotten, but I've already explained that in a separate threads here; one about the JD purchase, one about selling spare parts. But to recap, personal circumstances have changed; a cab tractor became necessary in my life. My two current Chinese tractors - a 45hp utility and a 35hp CUT with loader - are being traded for one 43hp JD3720 w/cab and loader.

Chinese cab tractors are pretty much a Canadian thing in this part of the world. It made much more sense for me to get a JD ten miles away from home, than to go up to Canada for a Chinese cab tractor.

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