Sub compact tractors with sound guard cabsLooking at Kubota
Posted 24 May 2012 - 09:17 AM
line tractor !
Posted 24 May 2012 - 10:17 AM
I think that the Deere 3000-series has the nicest cab in that size class. I have liked every Deere compact that I have driven in the past few years.
I'm not a Kubota fan which I have said in other posts. They have the reputation but I think that reputation exceeds reality. Take a look at the rears, for instance. Many are just bull-gears and not planetaries like a tractor should have. I have driven many Kubotas and I don't even have them on my shopping list despite having some good dealers around me.
As an owner of a 3520 Cab machine, I can say I totally agree. Completely love it. When I was shopping for machines a couple years ago the JD Cab was simply the BEST one out, I'd say 2nd was the MF, 3rd was the Kubota. Machine wise there are alot of things I liked about the JD more then the rest...The Kubota dealer treated me like poop, so I figured my money wasnt good enough for them. "Before you go buy a Deere come see me" right from the owners mouth isnt a valid quote in my book and by the time the salesman got around to responding to me (I know him) I responded to his email with a picture of my 3520 being unloaded off the dealers rollback...
Ergonomics and comfort are 2nd to none in the ComfortGard cab. The 3x20 Cab/ComfortGard was designed from the ground up as a cabbed machine, some of the others it was clearly a "oh, JD & Kubota have cabbed ones, we should too".
Hydro & Controls is another thing, personally i cant STAND the single rocker "Treddle" on the Kubota or brands that have it...the Cabbed DX has twin pedals but they were soo tough to push. eHydro is where its at (Kubota has their version). All in all, as a whole package, I hate to say it on here, but JD has their act together in the CUT market.
Posted 24 May 2012 - 07:32 PM
Posted 24 May 2012 - 07:49 PM
Posted 25 May 2012 - 05:22 AM
I forgot about the Massey compacts...they just don't have a strong presence in my area. Every MF compact that I drove over the years were a very good handling tractor. I was especially impressed with the newer models. I told my brother that if you put another color paint on it, folks would rave about them.
I'll agree on the Kubota hydro pedal. I spent a number of hours on a Kubota L4610 a few years and nearly got a charlie horse in my calf from tromping on that pedal for so long. That tractor only had about 1,000 hours on it and it felt loose and TIRED.
Posted 25 May 2012 - 06:37 AM
Another Very nice cabbed machine was the TYM, never DROVE one, but dealer a few miles from my house sold em last year...this year no more TYM and they are selling LS machines. Again, had I bought a TYM, I'd be mighty upset....
Agreed on the MF situation, local dealer here is CIH and MF and seems to push the MF's hardest.
Posted 25 May 2012 - 06:57 AM
But again with the Kioti brand, the whole "Here today, gone tomorrow" dealer is a real fear...I know that there used to be a couple Kioti dealers around, I know the one closest to me is gone, dunno where the next closest one even is anymore. I'd buy a Bobcat branded one just for the sake of knowing the Bobcat dealers have been around for a while and will be down the road.
Posted 25 May 2012 - 09:05 AM
1970 1456 S/N# 13146
1977 4386 S/N#1053
1961 460U S/N#10646
1984 IH 1460 Combine
Cub Cadet 129