OK, today I got a quote from JD on a 50D and the closest Kubota dealer on a KX161-3R4AS. Here are the specs on what they were pricing: Mini Excavator Hydraulic Thumb Quick Attach Coupler 12" Bucket 24" Bucket 36" Bucket Angle Blade* Cab with Air Delivered *John Deere does not offer angling blade The Deere is coming in at $59,500 and the Kubota is coming in at $55,500. The only variable not mentioned is that teh JD dealer is offering to buy my 35D (2005 model which only has 275 hours) for 30k, which would make things easy for me. When comparing machines, it seems the Kubota isn't even in the same class. Some of the things to keep in mind regarding the Kubota: Has the Auxilary Hydraulic controls on the joystick Has the angle balde Weighs 1500lbs more Offers up to a foot more digging reach 4k Less Will not buy my machine John Deere: Salesman is a buddy Will buy my Mini Known Excellent support I just have no experience with Kubota...I know Squizz uses one and I trust his opinion. In fact, I trust everyone on here's opinion, mainly becuase you all use these machines day in and day out. I am expecting a price from Cat on a 305 C CR, but he has already informed me that he is going to be "a good bit more" than the JD 50D. PLease folks, let me know your opinions!