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Old 10-10-2012, 01:19 AM
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Looking to buy a Kubota KX-121

I'm thinking about a KX-121. with a hyd thumb and a angle blade. I'll probably buy used so I'll be looking for the best deal. I could get 0% on a new one but I might be inclined to overspend on other goodies for the machine.
I like this size and it has more pwer than a KX91.

I do swimming pool construction,trash and debris removal,grading and drainage.
I like the Kubota line. I own 3 other Kubota tractors-B-26,L-440,grand L 4240,plus a Takeuchi 140. I also have a pretty nice f-750 dump truck

Thoughts on this machine and what other accessories?
I'm in Raleigh NC,where we hardly have winter,hot as hell summers and this year a lot of rain.
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Old 10-10-2012, 01:35 AM
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I'm thinking about a KX-121. with a hyd thumb and a angle blade. I'll probably buy used so I'll be looking for the best deal. I could get 0% on a new one but I might be inclined to overspend on other goodies for the machine.
I like this size and it has more pwer than a KX91.

I do swimming pool construction,trash and debris removal,grading and drainage.
I like the Kubota line. I own 3 other Kubota tractors-B-26,L-440,grand L 4240,plus a Takeuchi 140. I also have a pretty nice f-750 dump truck

Thoughts on this machine and what other accessories?
I'm in Raleigh NC,where we hardly have winter,hot as hell summers and this year a lot of rain.
If your going used get a KX-161. The 121 has too much overhang and not enough reach.
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:51 AM
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what about lift? I've heard the reason they phased out the 161 was to increase its lift. doesn't the 161 have as much overhang?
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Old 10-10-2012, 10:53 AM
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what about lift? I've heard the reason they phased out the 161 was to increase its lift. doesn't the 161 have as much overhang?
No, The 161 has less over hang from the side. It's replacement the 057 has a too much overhang like the 121. The 161 was an in between machine and was phased out for the new U55 which is a true ZTS. On lift not really sure what a 6 ton machine should lift but I have moved a bunch of rocks in the 3k range when building water gardens. You need a machine with little or no over hang unless you only work out in the open 100% of the time. There was a post about the KX057 earlier in the year and pictures where posted about the overhang and difference between it and the 161.
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Old 10-10-2012, 01:15 PM
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I own 3 kubota excavators (kx71,u55,and a u17) I wouldn't hesitate to buy another One whatsoever .
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:33 PM
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I'm looking at using this as an all around machine. Thats why I have been interested in the 121. It's a 9k machine and might be easier to use in a tight enviroment compared to the 161 or a U 45. You might havea different opinion tho so I'm all ears,er eyes in this case.

I have a B 26 with a backhoe so a smaller machine I have. I like the idea of the strength of the 10k-12k units but worry about being able to get into the job. I have the equipment and CDL for moving bigger toys so should I consider the U 45 or 161 or even a U 55?

Is a 55,161 that much stronger than a 121,U45? I'll probably use it a lot for stumps,clearing yard waste and construction debris and doing drainage. I might try to do some mowing with it too if I can develop that line of work with it. If I'm buying one I want to make sure I have plenty of options as to the type of work I can do with it. The reason I've looked at used is primarily the fact I don't load any of my equipment up with hours and the intial costs altho 0% financing is attractive.
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:07 AM
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I'm looking at using this as an all around machine. Thats why I have been interested in the 121. It's a 9k machine and might be easier to use in a tight enviroment compared to the 161 or a U 45. You might havea different opinion tho so I'm all ears,er eyes in this case.

I have a B 26 with a backhoe so a smaller machine I have. I like the idea of the strength of the 10k-12k units but worry about being able to get into the job. I have the equipment and CDL for moving bigger toys so should I consider the U 45 or 161 or even a U 55?

Is a 55,161 that much stronger than a 121,U45? I'll probably use it a lot for stumps,clearing yard waste and construction debris and doing drainage. I might try to do some mowing with it too if I can develop that line of work with it. If I'm buying one I want to make sure I have plenty of options as to the type of work I can do with it. The reason I've looked at used is primarily the fact I don't load any of my equipment up with hours and the intial costs altho 0% financing is attractive.
A couple months ago I was looking to buy a new 121, when I demoed the machine it was very nice and smooth but the cab seemed small and outdated. When I returned the machine they had a U55 come in so I demoed it and ended up buying it. The cab is much more comfortable and the 55 has a lot more power. I got use to the extra size of the machine in a day or two and am now glad I went bigger. The minimal tail swing is also nice.
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:33 AM
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I have a u 15 and the 161...
I would never ever trade the 161 for a 121, I work mostly in city lots and have not found a place that it made me want a slightly smaller machine, for sure the u15 fits that need but that is way smaller.
I have an 18" a 30" and a 48" bucket for my 161, the 48 is used lots, great for back filling and loading trucks..... dont buy a 121 till you have at least tried the 161
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:25 PM
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I see a helluva lot of 121's around here. People seem to like the size but most have larger machines too. The 161 is a big jump in size/weight but I like mine. Its a perfect all around size.
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Old 10-10-2012, 10:05 PM
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I cant see your jobs so its hard to say whats best. Knowing what the right size is, is all about experience. but I find the reach to make it so I have to move around alot less which makes less impact than a smaller machine would.

heres mine inside a pool area.
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