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Old 01-09-2017, 04:21 PM
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Time for a new tractor. Looking for a compact utility tractor around 30-35 HP. Will be used mostly for mowing 10 acres, loader work, box blading, etc. Last tractor is a New Holland TC35DA that's been great but looking for something a little different this time. Prefer hydrostatic tranny, 4x4, R4's, rear PTO, etc.

Active on Tractor-by-net but thought I would seek advice here as well.

Like the Deere 3032E and 3033R, Kubota B/L series and NH/LS machines. Not heard great reviews on Mahindra and don't seem to have a Massey dealer close by. Can't find a Kioti to check out.

Also want to pull a 72" bush hog with this tractor.

Let me know if you have any thoughts.

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Old 01-09-2017, 04:28 PM
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Old 01-09-2017, 04:29 PM
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Old 01-09-2017, 04:30 PM
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30hp is probably the min for that size especially in thick grass or heavy brush

I would take a look at the dealer service.....it is my opinion that (as much as I hate to say it) Kubota always has better service for the smaller tractors Vs Deere and NH unless you have a dealer that specializes in "ranchette" sales.......if you have a large tractor dealer then your small tractor will be a bother to Deere and NH or Case/IH
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I have a 2005 JD GT235 it has been a BEAST ! And probably good for a handful more years . That said would love a JD compact and have looked more times than I should have ....
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I've got a L 3830 Kubota and it will do all you want and more.
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Old 01-09-2017, 04:40 PM
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I've always liked the masseys, like the 240, but I don't care for the new MF's and the way the pedals sit, so when the time comes I am looking at Kubota
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Kubota. I have 4 from 18 - 70hp. If you're on a budget look at the L3901 or a used L3800. I chose orange for reliability.
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Until fairly recently I would have recommended a Kubota B Series for 10 acres and your intended use. They are very capable machines offering a 3-speed hydrostat at a very attractive package price.

However, JD recently updated their 2-Series machines and added a lot of features that are difficult to pass-up in my opinion. The drive-over, auto-connect decks (yes, in 72") are impressive and really help to eliminate a major hassle (wrestling the decks and connecting the mid-pto shaft to the deck). The quick-attach loaders and backhoe also have a leg-up on the competition (not that the Kubota system is bad or clunky, just it's not as slick and easy.)

Plus the new front-3-Point-Hitch option is fantastic. It offers a much more standardized way to mount front attachments, so frame-specific brackets for each implement are no longer needed. That is a major selling point in my book.

I would urge you to study these new JDs. Like the Kubota B-Series, they come in various HP ratings so you ought to be able to find one that suits your requirements.
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I was going to tell you to go check out the JD 3033, then I saw that was already on your list. I bought a 17 y/o JD early this year, and it has proved to be much more capable than I ever thought, with only 20/21 HP.

Kubota builds a good machine too, but best thing would be to drive them both, and decide which one feels "right".
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Green Gold:. Just traded our 770 of 20 years for a 1025 with a back hoe. Quick disconnect front and rear implements. The larger tractors in the compact size are nice as well. Love the hydro-stat trans. Our 1025 is a beast for its size. 72 hog will require a larger size.
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10 acres? What size finish mower are you towing?

Something like the 3901 mentioned would comfortable pull 14'+. something like my L3010 would get the hell beat out Regularly pulling 12' +IMO. 72" brush hog no problem.
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Before it comes up, Kioti is not a rebadged Kubota. They had some joint designs MANY moons ago, which helped get kioti off the ground. If you move up to a clutch transmission tractor, they are good machines. Otherwise I really like everything Kubota I've ever operated

I personally dislike hydro transmissions unless it is not used for any ground engaging work at all. When I say ground engaging, I mean blades with rippers engaged, any harrows, plows, or loader work where you are handling anything other than loose material. They are great for light utility work, but as soon as you enter a draft situation, they become limited.

On a small clutch shifted machine, you can get near hydro convenience with a shuttle forward/reverse on the column, and fullly sycrinized transmission.

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Been pretty happy with my Mahindra.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
Before it comes up, Kioti is not a rebadged Kubota. They had some joint designs MANY moons ago, which helped get kioti off the ground. If you move up to a clutch transmission tractor, they are good machines. Otherwise I really like everything Kubota I've ever operated

I personally dislike hydro transmissions unless it is not used for any ground engaging work at all. When I say ground engaging, I mean blades with rippers engaged, any harrows, plows, or loader work where you are handling anything other than loose material. They are great for light utility work, but as soon as you enter a draft situation, they become limited.

On a small clutch shifted machine, you can get near hydro convenience with a shuttle forward/reverse on the column, and fullly sycrinized transmission.
This. I'm not a fan of hydrostatic machine either. I have a M5040 Kubota with the shuttle shift and it's the chit. Also have a 431 Massey standard shift but it's a hoss for a little tractor. I love that thing.
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Love my hydro, sent you a pm.
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This. I'm not a fan of hydrostatic machine either. I have a M5040 Kubota with the shuttle shift and it's the chit. Also have a 431 Massey standard shift but it's a hoss for a little tractor. I love that thing.
I'm not here to discourage hydros, but they have their place. I learned to drive a tractor pulling a set of harrows and a subsoiler. Try that for more than 30 min with a utility hydro tractor and you are buying some parts.
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Get the Deere. I am on my 7th John Deere and would not buy another Kubota tractor. John Deere has two hydraulic pumps. One runs just the steering which make a big difference while carrying a heavy load and the other pump supplies power for other implements. Kubota only has one pump supplying all the hydraulics. Never have been a fan of the Kubota single foot pedal for direction control. John Deere has two separate pedals for forward and reverse. Also Deere put hydraulic bucket control on the tractor and was always easy to reach and comfortable after many hours of use. Kubota hydraulic bucket control was attached to the loader and farther away from the operator. This lead to fatigue holding your arm up while operating the loader.

Kubota makes a good product. I use to own an equipment rental business and we had 3 Kubota tractors in the fleet. They are bullet proof but ergonomics were lacking compared to the Deere.

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