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Looking to buy a Kubota KX-121

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by david bailey, Oct 10, 2012.

  1. david bailey

    david bailey LawnSite Member
    Posts: 158

    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.
     
  2. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Posts: 4,276

    If your going used get a KX-161. The 121 has too much overhang and not enough reach.
     
  3. david bailey

    david bailey LawnSite Member
    Posts: 158

    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?
     
  4. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Posts: 4,276

    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.
     
  5. AEL

    AEL LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,724

    I own 3 kubota excavators (kx71,u55,and a u17) I wouldn't hesitate to buy another One whatsoever .
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  6. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
    Posts: 3,587

    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.
     
  7. david bailey

    david bailey LawnSite Member
    Posts: 158

    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.
     
  8. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
    Posts: 3,587

    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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  9. david bailey

    david bailey LawnSite Member
    Posts: 158

    how do you like having a cab? My tak 140 has air/heat and so does my 4240 grand L. I lke the facrt it cuts down on the bugs and dust but does that apply to an excavator?

    I'm gonna have to start uploading some pics of my jobsites
     
  10. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
    Posts: 3,587

    The cab is pretty important for different reasons than the skid. With the mini you sit right on top of the motor and pumps which throw some serious heat. Of course without the cab that heat dicipates quickly. The A/C/heat is nice for me doing clearing work when its cold but you dont have to worry about that as much
     

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