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Pipestem
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2012 6:11 am    Post subject: Kubota M3050 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Anybody on here owned or operated a M3050 series Kubota 4x4 with a loader? Would you recommend it as a farm use utility tractor?
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2012 6:39 am    Post subject: Re: Kubota M3050 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

They are a pretty good utility tractor. They are not the second coming like many claim. They are good but other brands and makes are just as good. The decision would depend largely on what type of dealer support you have in your area. I mean more than one dealer too. If you only have one close than think about how it would be if he closed and you had to drive long distances for parts/service. That fact still makes it hard to beat the main equipment lines.

If you have dealer support and the price is right then go for it. They do not have any big problem tractors out there that I have heard off.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2012 8:13 am    Post subject: Re: Kubota M3050 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I don't think there ever was such a tractor. (???) There was an M5030 manufactured between 1986 and 1996. Nebraska Test #1595 showed 49.77 PTO HP burning 3.029 gal per hr or 16.43 Hp/Hr/Gal. 41.10 Drawbar Horse Power @2.99gph or 13.72 hp/hr/gal. Max drawbar pull 6004 lbs. Is that the one you mean?
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:52 am    Post subject: Re: Kubota M3050 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Yes, that is it. Got my numbers transposed.Thanks for the information.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2012 10:12 am    Post subject: Re: Kubota M3050 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Sold a lot of them during their run. Like everything you can tear them up but all and all they did pretty well. They are a straddle mount tractor and the market kind went to flat deck type tractors so sales are somewhat weaker than a flat deck tractor but if price is right you won,t be sorry. No parts problems if you have any kind of dealer at all because there were a lot of that model sold.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2012 12:39 pm    Post subject: Re: Kubota M3050 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I use one at work everyday for loader work and it has over 5000 hours on it and it works pretty good and hasn't caused us any problems.The little new holland we use with less than 2000 hours had the left rear axle snap due to metal fatigue.My money is on the kubota if it's taken care of.

 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2012 12:49 pm    Post subject: Re: Kubota M3050 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Why can't you just say if there's an established dealer close by an M5030 would be a good choice? Kubota isn't some fly-by-night company that is going to disappear in 2 years. If "many" are claiming they are the second coming, who are you to dispute it... a JD dealer?
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2012 2:16 pm    Post subject: Re: Kubota M3050 Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Around here the Kubota dealers are as common as Case-IH, New Holland, and John Deere, and they've all been here for 15 to 20 years now.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2012 8:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Kubota M3050 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Had a M6030 with an ALO 620 loader from new. Put a new clutch in it at 4700 hrs. The clutch was 1400 + bearings, etc. This 6030 has a 5030 rear end(shuttle shift). It has never had any problems, always started when we needed it to. The 5030 will have a 6 cylinder engine rated at 2600rpm vs the 3 cylinder rated at 2400rpm in the 6030. Admittedly not a great field tractor, but no tractor in that hp range made in the last 20 years is. An ALO loader is preferable to a Kubota built one, and a later model tractor is obviously preferable, with the biggest difference being the seat and front rims. They are a VERY nimble tractor. Can get into some very small spots even with the loader on it. Not sure on the M5030, but with the 620 loader with a bucket on a M6030 with 24" tires, you can peel your front tires off, so if you get that tractor, be aware of that. Also know a guy that has a M8030. That thing has been to hell and back. He's replaced all of his tractors several times except the Kubota, which has been around 15+ years and still used daily. They're a very well built tractor that will outlast just about anything.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:45 pm    Post subject: Re: Kubota M3050 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Well they do break down just like any other brand. We have a local dealer that is worthless. He parks a brand new Kubota out front and then tries to switch guys into his lesser brands like TYM and Century. He can make more money on the other brands. HE stocks a bare minimum of parts. I do mean a bare minimum.

Close friend has a M110. He has had some minor stuff go wrong but nothing major. We where servicing the tractor last summer in my shop. He went to get all the filters for the tractor. The local dealer did not have either the oil filter nor the hydraulic filter. My friend wanted OEM stuff so he had to drive 60 miles one way to the next dealer to get the needed filters.

He had a M8950 before the M110. At 6500 hours the pressure plate flew apart. It tore up the throw out fork and cross shaft. It was a loader tractor so that was not the issue. The fact that we had to wait six weeks for Kubota to get the parts here was an issue.

So like I said they are just another brand that has its own issues and dealers that are less than desirable. Just like the other brands have these issues too.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2012 10:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Kubota M3050 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I don't think the question was regarding how they compare to other tractors. You make it sound like they are some one off brand of tractor when in fact they are one of the most popular tractors in the world. I'm sure there are stories of bad JD dealers as well.
 
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