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Eastbound 01-07-2008 01:14 PM

Kubota tractor purchase
 
I'm buying a Kubota tractor this week, and can't decide if 5 HP is worth an extra $1,000. The tractor I'm looking at is the L2800 compared to L3400. The only difference between the two is the HP.

I'll be mowing 3 acres on a regular basis with a bushhog, and then using it at the hunting club. Nothing real major, but 5 HP doesn't seem like it's worth the extra $1,000. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks,

twentynine 01-07-2008 01:30 PM

Re: Kubota tractor purchase
 
Buy as much hp as you can afford.

AlloyToy 01-07-2008 01:45 PM

Re: Kubota tractor purchase
 
I have the 7800 which is a smaller unit. Great tractors!!! I have a front end loader on it and a backhoe. The Kubota backhoe is fair (not heavy duty like the woods). Great motors in them.

Be careful they tip over quite easily. Had a buddy in Utah that rolled his and lost his leg. Mainly because of stupidity and over confidence.

Good luck, you'll be happy :thumbsup:

iguana 01-07-2008 02:33 PM

Re: Kubota tractor purchase
 
I have the L3400. I considered both and chose the 3400. I believe at the time there were a couple of subtle differences (maybe it was the 2 stage clutch). For what you are doing it sounds like you won't be using the extra power, however I would bet you would get the money back in resale. I use mine on hilly terrain and it struggles up a 15% grade in 3-high with the 3400 engine (of course I also have the tires filled which is an extra several hundred pounds).

I almost guarantee you will start doing stuff with it that you dont plan on today.

A couple of things to consider with the Kubota's.

1) Hydrostatic transmission. For the amateur operator this is a heck of a lot easier (I dont have it but sometime wish I did)
2) Quick-connects (not sure if this is the correct term, but allows you to take the bucket on and off easily). Really wish I got these.
3) Center-PTO might help with mowers and stuff.

I think these option drive you to the higer end L series though.

Beware it is addictive. Several folks I know have moved up to the M series.......

inaforty 01-07-2008 02:47 PM

Re: Kubota tractor purchase
 
Can't help with the decision but I love my KUBOTA!! :grin:
Boy are they a tough toy!!!

AlloyToy 01-07-2008 02:55 PM

Re: Kubota tractor purchase
 
oh and man do you make friends when you have one ;)

bms1939 01-07-2008 03:39 PM

Re: Kubota tractor purchase
 
Some attachments require a minimum 34-35 HP.

iguana 01-07-2008 03:51 PM

Re: Kubota tractor purchase
 
I think BMS is right. I believe the 6" chippers are a common example of this

triguy7 01-07-2008 05:26 PM

RE: Kubota tractor purchase
 
I bought one about 8 months ago. 3140 I think. Anyway, bought the bushog, front loader and scaper blade. Oh, and a trailer to haul them on. All the bells and whistles. Probably around 30 hrs or so on the tractor. Make you a good deal if interested.

also, bought the sunshade....

ReelWork 01-07-2008 05:38 PM

Re: Kubota tractor purchase
 
I was looking at those exact tractors and 5 HP does make a difference, especially when you're right around that magical 30 HP mark... Me, I'd pay the extra grand and be safe. You'll get it back in the resale and you will be surprised at the increase of actual power with the extra 5 hp. Put it this way, 5 HP is almost 20% more power, that's a lot when you're talking diesels.

3 Acres really isn't all that much and could be done with a deck mower if you really wanted to save money, but I like your style, big toys for big boys.. :thumbsup:

StingerII 01-07-2008 06:02 PM

Re: Kubota tractor purchase
 
Wish I had 40HP... As with anything in life, more HP is always better... For me it's when I am driving down the road with the backhoe and FEL on and I can only muster 10MPH but with the earth moving pieces off and just the MMM on I can crank out nearly 30 :)

I made the mistake of buying Yellow (Cub) and was lucky to escape that nightmare.. Looked at Orange and Green and went the Green route because of the ergonomics and ease of dismounting the earth moving components. But I don't beleive anyone can go wrong with Orange!

mirage2521 01-07-2008 06:17 PM

Re: Kubota tractor purchase
 
at no point in the life of your tractor ownership will you ever think to yourself "I wish I had 5 less horsepower"
can't say the same in the other direction

autobaun70 01-07-2008 08:01 PM

Re: Kubota tractor purchase
 
3 acres is a lot of area to mow when you have something you want to do, and HP is what cuts grass. Go bigger, hell, get a M6800 w/ a 9' finish mower, and get done quick, the extra dollars arent noticed when you actually use the power.

Eastbound 01-08-2008 04:12 AM

Re: Kubota tractor purchase
 
OK. The L3400 wins. What's a $1000 really, when you consider the overall cost of the machine and attachments. Thank you for the help.

Melville 01-08-2008 05:51 AM

Re: Kubota tractor purchase
 
check out www.tractorbynet.com

pretty good site.

I have a 4330 with a Cab and bucket. Plenty of power of power. Doing stuff I never thought I would ever do with it on a 100 acre farm. Also have a much larger Case with 165 hp and 13ft bush hog. The little tractor gets used 95% of the time.

If you get a bucket get 4wd and hydro. A bucket without 4wd and you will be wasting your time if its wet because these machines are so light by tractor and equipment standards. Hydro is very nice for loader work or backing a boat into tight quarters etc because you can be very precise. I would also try to find some thing used. Likely someone will be trying to unload one fast with the economy dropping.

I dont know what state you are in but you might also look into writing it off for farm use if your property meets the requirements.

I shopped all over the mid atlantic for a kubota before we bought ours and I can give you the place that had the best price by 3K if you PM me. I dont know where you are located but it was worth a days drive with a trailer to pick mine up.


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