Kubota or John Deere

Discussion in 'Tractors' started by superintendent, Oct 3, 2011.

  1. superintendent

    superintendent LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 394

    Trying to decide between a John Deere 3520 or a Kubota 3920 To me the kubota is better because they are the same price but the kubota has a 40 hrs where the JD is 33hrs. The kubota has more bells and whistle than the JD and I think you get more for your money. Like to hear from some of yall that has both
  2. Marek

    Marek LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,388

    I have a 3240 Kubota with over 700 hrs and love it. We have owned alot of Kubota products over the years and cant say anything bad about any of them.
  3. lawn king

    lawn king LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,413

    Botas rock!
  4. FoghornLeghorn

    FoghornLeghorn LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 753

    Had a Kubota L2250 with over 5,000 hours, and it still ran well.

    Then a 2800, had it for 700 hours or so and traded it to buy a 9540.

    I've got over 700 hours on the 9540 and not a single problem.

    Also, our zero turns get a ton of use and they haven't had a single problem.

    Kubota stuff is about as solid as it gets in the world of machinery...
  5. Ducati996

    Ducati996 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 188

    Not familiar with a 3920 from Kubota, but the 3520 is a really nice premium machine from Deere (find out the tranny option - key decider here)
  6. LBA1999

    LBA1999 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 60

    I have run John Deere for close to 20 years. John deere has more creature comforts, better seat, etc. than Kubota even though Kubota has stepped up their game in the newest series. JD tractors are well built and the dealer support is generally very good, the main reason I stayed with them. JD tractors also have more features designed for efficiency, like IMatch, Autoconnect, and their loaders come on and off more quickly than Kubota. I would describe JD as like the Cadillac and Kubota is a chevy or ford. My next tractor will be Kubota because they are built stronger, heavier components, more lift capacity, and they are simpler, with less frills and are designed to get work done, not aimed at rich estate owners to mow their grass like JD seems to be moving towards. Both will last years of commercial use if taken care of, but Kubota is definitely built for ruggedness where Deere is built lots of times for asthetics.
  7. Ducati996

    Ducati996 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 188

    Well I dont believe this to be true at all, and way too much of a wide swipe opinion....both mfgs offer stripped down economy models as well as premium brands....I dont see where one has more features than the other in those lines....as for the attachments personally Imatch is overrated and overpriced, autoconnect is way too expensive and really not needed, and both have QA loader options....your talking attachments and not the actual tractor
  8. meador56

    meador56 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 90

    Go buy both run together for 5 years then go to your deere dealer and trade them in for the tractor that ran the cheapest. If cost is a factor when all things like next day parts resale and ergonomics are a factor we always return to Deere.
  9. hmgbird

    hmgbird LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    I am the very unhappy owner of a brand new Kubota 3200 HSD which replaced my 1996 JD 855. About the only good things I can say about it are that the steering radius is commendably small and the power steering works with very low effort. The problems I have with it include a number of sample defects such as a broken hood rod on delivery, a misaligned hood which has chipped the paint on the hood and the cowl, and the hydraulic fluid was almost a gallon down on delivery, PTO engagement lever that slips out of engage position, and the lift arm/mower height lever that does the same.

    Far more serious are design problems, including excessive high-frequency engine vibration and noise, various rattles, inability to set to a repeatable height above lowest setting, and questionable ergonomics. For example, the tractor has differential brake pedals on the right side. However, to use differential braking, you have to depress left or right brake pedal and step on the forward or reverse pedal at the same time. Neither Kubota nor God equipped me with a third leg, so the differential brakes are useless. (And don't say to use the cruise control: it disengages when you step on the brake pedal - as it should!)

    A Kubota tech came out and corrected one or two the sample defect issues and the dealer can correct the others. But both have acknowledge the design issues. The dealer is taking back the Kubota and has ordered a JD 2720 to replace it.

    All I can say is: Kubota - not ready for prime time. BTW, in formal correspondence, I use the initials ASME after my name: Member: American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
  10. smitty's lawncare

    smitty's lawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 165

    what exactly will you be using this tractor for? I have operated many jd's and many kubotas in the past, and they are by far my 2 favorite brands. i would say they are both wonderful machines, just match the job to the machine

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