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04-26-2004, 01:09 PM
My sis got 10 acres the end of last year. About 1 around the house, the rest pasture / pond. 2 of the pastures have a hill, so does the land around the house. House is bad enough that a craftsman lawn tractor slides. Get the weight correct and you can "crab walk" it.

She is looking for 4 WD, 60/72" belly mower and 3 pt.

We have looked at JD ($$$), Kubota, Kioti, AGCO. She would like to keep it around 10K and add the hog at a later date. Any thoughts, pluses, minus?


Moe Fish
04-26-2004, 04:32 PM
I have a kubota and like it but you need to be more worried about the dealer than the name brand because most of the name brand ones are good

04-26-2004, 04:48 PM
All w/in 15 minutes. JD/Kubota, AGCO/Kioti and another JD. I would trust any one of them. The JD/Kubota dealer being the largest.

I think she is going to look at the machines, land on one in each color and compare specs, $$ / finance options and warranty.

Since the hill is her biggest concern, (never a concern or her's when I mowed it! She gets her back operated on and starts mowing herself and guess what...) she will probably ask for a demo at her house.

New Holland is about a 40 minute drive away.

My personal preference is Kubota B series.

The AGCO dealer has a sweet deal on a left over '03. 25HP deisel, 4WD, 60" belly, 3pt hitch w/ 8 hours. 2 yr warranty.


Moe Fish
04-28-2004, 05:18 PM
well if you like all the dealers then it's time to drive a few and see what one(s) "fits" you and what dealers want to "deal"

04-28-2004, 10:01 PM
Out of the brands you have up there, Under 50 Hp I would buy Kubota first then the John Deere. over 50 hp I would go with the Deere first then kubota second. I would stick to J.D. or Kubota because I know they will last for ever and have the best resale.
I had an 4-wd Kubota that I used it for 13 years, Then sold it for the same money I gave for it. It was a very depenable tractor.
Just my .02

05-02-2004, 10:43 PM

Take the time to demo the Deere hydrostatic machines. Last we looked at were capable of carrying belly mower, loader and 3pt hitch attachment at the same time. Attachments were easy to remove and replace. Dealer backup, parts, service hard to beat. As others mentioned Kubota does make nice compact machines. My concern with them is parts and service for the long term.

05-02-2004, 10:53 PM
we run cub Cadet mowers and everything else. They have new tractors that are out............. they have CAT engines with them. they have lot;s more to offer!!!!!!!!!! we do have a new Kubota tractor but if we had looked
at the CUB firstL:(

05-05-2004, 09:23 PM
I can tell what I wouldn't recommend - Massey Ferguson. No support at all from the reps, and once out of warranty the dealer wan't any help either. The only way I will have another Massey is if someone gives it to me-then I'm going to sell it-fast.

05-07-2004, 02:58 AM
kubota under 50 hp

new holland or case ih over 50 hp

l would look at the kubota L-30 series
L-3130, L-3430, L-2800
and get four wheel drive

05-25-2004, 09:40 AM
Those are great tractors also! I have a 1970 444 International industrial Diesel, and it's one heck of a tractor. It sips the fuel and is still a great tractor. My step father just bought a new 90 hp +/- Deere and it uses twice the fuel his case 70 hp uses.

05-26-2004, 02:23 PM
I chose Kubota when I bought because I like the dealer, Kubota makes the WHOLE tractor and it has all metal body parts.
To run a 60/72" deck you will want at least 30HP but I dont think you need anything as heavy as an L serie just to mow. The B7800 or 2910 would be perfect. I chose the Grand L 3130 because I do alot of dirt moving when the weight of the tractor is as important if not more important than the HP.
HP is more important for mowing. Both the B7800 and B2910 are 30 HP, 4X4, mid PTO available and have nice class 1 3 point hitches but in a smaller frame. You dont need hydrostatic to mow but if you are going to do any work that requires lots of back and forth movement like loader work, you will really appriciate a hydro over a geared tranny. If you get a geared tranny machine, make sure it has a shuttleshift forward and reverse at least.

06-02-2004, 10:20 AM
I just bought a Kubota L3130. I am very pleased with it. I found the JD Hydrostatic not near as nice. JD has 2 pedals and Kubota one. Sounds silly but switching pedals gets you a sore ankle after awhile. My buddy bought an AGCO and he is not so happy with it. Says loader is cheap and bent already and also not as smooth to drive. Thats My Opinion

06-02-2004, 11:36 PM
She won't find a tractor around $10,000 that new, that can do what she wants. For $10,000 you will be hard to find a used one that is in good shape. If she buys one, get a Kubota. They smoke a deere, I know because I had one before I got my kubota. This is coming from a kid who grew up with deeres.

A B7510 w/ 60"mower and loader runs $15,000 to $16,000.
A B7800 w/72" mower and loader runs $18,000 to $19,000.
Plus a medium duty brush hog 4-5' width runs $1200-$2000.

My 3 year old Kubota B7500 w/60" mower, loader and 51" rear snowblower is worth $13,000-$13,500 used with 350 hours on it.
Plus I got a whole bunch of attachments for it (see list below)

Check out www.tractorpoint.com Its another forme that can help you out.

06-09-2004, 08:27 AM
Thanks all.

She went with the Agco-Allis. She got last years model w/ 8 hrs on it and a 60" belly mower for a tick over 10k.

Yeah, my pick would have been the "other" orange company - Kubota.

06-16-2004, 06:27 PM

Great little unit.....:D


02-21-2005, 02:22 PM

Great little unit.....:D

So is my BX23 with the BH.

02-21-2005, 03:05 PM
I've had several tractors in fact getting the latest this past September which is a Kubota L 48 TLB. Any of the name brands will do you well. What I don't think can happen is to get what you want for ten grand. I believe you will have to bump that figure up considerably in order to cover all the bases your sister wants to cover.