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John Deere versus kubota mini excavator

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by phunter, May 7, 2012.

  1. phunter

    phunter LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    Which is better as far as reliability and resale. John Deere 60d versus kubota kx057-4
    I have the prices as virtually the same with the auger and thumb. I will be using for removing stumps, stacking trees, installing wood fence. Any and all comments are appreciated
  2. curtisfarmer

    curtisfarmer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 511

    I am a Kubota guy, so there is my answer. Is the 60D just a wee bit bit bigger than the KX057? Both great machines.

    NEUSWEDE LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 1,147

    Rainy day so I am in the office so I will give my 2 cents. I have never ran those exact models but I have owned a JD 35d and now own a Kubota u35. I will say this the Kubota can out work the JD, better break out and stronger hydrulics. The only down side I have found for my situation is the Hydro flow on the aux hydraulics is low so it hurts for running attachments. I am not saying the JD is junk just overall the Kubota has been better. Hopefully this helps in some way.
  4. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,131

    They are both Japanese models, even I want to try them both out.
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  5. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Messages: 4,281

    I have a KX-161 and the 60d is nice but does not have the digging power. the only machine in that class that does is the Tak TB-153.

    Kubota has great resale. Not sure about teh Deere.
  6. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,151

    The Deere does not spec as well as you would think given how big it is. The cab is nice and it appears to be a pretty beefy excavator for its weight class. Check the specs on the Case/Kobelco CX55. They spec very well. I think resale will be too close to really matter. As far of which of these is the better machine for what you do, that would require a demo with both of them. I have not run either machine personally. I think these 53-60 sized machines make a lot of sense. They spec practically as good or better than the 8 ton excavators (minus lift capacity), easier to transport, more compact, and in my view much more versatile than about any mini ex weight class. You can handle larger jobs with them but still do the smaller, more typical mini ex type work.
  7. AEL

    AEL LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,724

    I used to own a 50d now it's a u55 , need I say more...
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  8. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,319

    The secret to buying the perfect excavator is never running a different one..... with that said my 50D is the strongest, nicest, fastest excavator i have ever run. Since i know i got a screaming deal on it, im happy.
  9. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
    Messages: 3,613

    Deere is weird with there 6 ton class. The 50 is small and the 60 is big. I like my 161 but have only ran yanmar otherwise. Kubotas are more common. Is the 60 a new model? I have never seen one out side the dealer.
  10. phunter

    phunter LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    Yes new models. The kubota would be a bradco auger whereas John Deere makes their own I wonder if the bradco is as heavy duty. I want to install several hundred fence posts in hard dirt
    The moving a trees with a thumb is also important. I don't know if there is any real differences in thumbs
    Would the slightly greater size of the 60 d make any difference
    Kubota has 0 percent financing but I want the best tractor
    Any comments are appreciated
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