Recommend compact tractor

Discussion in 'Tractors' started by jlewis, Apr 26, 2004.

  1. jlewis

    jlewis LawnSite Member
    Messages: 140

    My sis got 10 acres the end of last year. About 1 around the house, the rest pasture / pond. 2 of the pastures have a hill, so does the land around the house. House is bad enough that a craftsman lawn tractor slides. Get the weight correct and you can "crab walk" it.

    She is looking for 4 WD, 60/72" belly mower and 3 pt.

    We have looked at JD ($$$), Kubota, Kioti, AGCO. She would like to keep it around 10K and add the hog at a later date. Any thoughts, pluses, minus?

  2. Moe Fish

    Moe Fish LawnSite Member
    from Fla
    Messages: 72

    I have a kubota and like it but you need to be more worried about the dealer than the name brand because most of the name brand ones are good
  3. jlewis

    jlewis LawnSite Member
    Messages: 140

    All w/in 15 minutes. JD/Kubota, AGCO/Kioti and another JD. I would trust any one of them. The JD/Kubota dealer being the largest.

    I think she is going to look at the machines, land on one in each color and compare specs, $$ / finance options and warranty.

    Since the hill is her biggest concern, (never a concern or her's when I mowed it! She gets her back operated on and starts mowing herself and guess what...) she will probably ask for a demo at her house.

    New Holland is about a 40 minute drive away.

    My personal preference is Kubota B series.

    The AGCO dealer has a sweet deal on a left over '03. 25HP deisel, 4WD, 60" belly, 3pt hitch w/ 8 hours. 2 yr warranty.

  4. Moe Fish

    Moe Fish LawnSite Member
    from Fla
    Messages: 72

    well if you like all the dealers then it's time to drive a few and see what one(s) "fits" you and what dealers want to "deal"
  5. J.Gordon

    J.Gordon LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 674

    Out of the brands you have up there, Under 50 Hp I would buy Kubota first then the John Deere. over 50 hp I would go with the Deere first then kubota second. I would stick to J.D. or Kubota because I know they will last for ever and have the best resale.
    I had an 4-wd Kubota that I used it for 13 years, Then sold it for the same money I gave for it. It was a very depenable tractor.
    Just my .02
  6. Jagor

    Jagor LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21


    Take the time to demo the Deere hydrostatic machines. Last we looked at were capable of carrying belly mower, loader and 3pt hitch attachment at the same time. Attachments were easy to remove and replace. Dealer backup, parts, service hard to beat. As others mentioned Kubota does make nice compact machines. My concern with them is parts and service for the long term.
  7. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,246

    we run cub Cadet mowers and everything else. They have new tractors that are out............. they have CAT engines with them. they have lot;s more to offer!!!!!!!!!! we do have a new Kubota tractor but if we had looked
    at the CUB firstL:(
  8. SWD

    SWD LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 988

    I can tell what I wouldn't recommend - Massey Ferguson. No support at all from the reps, and once out of warranty the dealer wan't any help either. The only way I will have another Massey is if someone gives it to me-then I'm going to sell it-fast.
  9. Potchkins

    Potchkins LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 570

    kubota under 50 hp

    new holland or case ih over 50 hp

    l would look at the kubota L-30 series
    L-3130, L-3430, L-2800
    and get four wheel drive
  10. J.Gordon

    J.Gordon LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 674

    Those are great tractors also! I have a 1970 444 International industrial Diesel, and it's one heck of a tractor. It sips the fuel and is still a great tractor. My step father just bought a new 90 hp +/- Deere and it uses twice the fuel his case 70 hp uses.

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