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Jim Wolf
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2015 2:41 pm    Post subject: Best Tractors Reply to specific post Reply with quote

This is a follow-up on a question I asked. I wanted opinions on the best new tractors with regard to frequency of repair and availability of parts. Responses generally favored John Deere.
I was talking to a friend who is a tractor mechanic and he agreed that Deere is excellent in the large tractor market but not as much in the mid-range. I am looking for a tractor in the 40-50 hp range. He favors Kubota, Yanmar and Kioti. Any thoughts?
 
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2015 11:26 am    Post subject: Re: Best Tractors Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Jim Wolf wrote:
(quoted from post at 15:41:32 08/09/15) This is a follow-up on a question I asked. I wanted opinions on the best new tractors with regard to frequency of repair and availability of parts. Responses generally favored John Deere.
I was talking to a friend who is a tractor mechanic and he agreed that Deere is excellent in the large tractor market but not as much in the mid-range. I am looking for a tractor in the 40-50 hp range. He favors Kubota, Yanmar and Kioti. Any thoughts?


Kubota - Solid unit made in Japan. At least you know this up front.

A lot of the Deere, Case, NH and others are made in Japan, China and India. The ones made in Japan and India seem to be good units. The ones made in China not so much.

So it all depends on how much time you want it in the shop.

Kubota also has excellent dealer support.

Avoid the Mahindra units. If you get one made in India they are pretty good ones made in China are junk. Parts can be a bugger to get too no matter where made.

I am saving my nickels and dimes and will by a Kubota after using my friends 2014 L3200 (32 HP) a lot lately.

My 2 cents
 
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2015 7:03 am    Post subject: Re: Best Tractors Reply to specific post Reply with quote

rbhuntn wrote:
(quoted from post at 20:26:14 08/12/15)

Avoid the Mahindra units. If you get one made in India they are pretty good ones made in China are junk. Parts can be a bugger to get too no matter where made.


This poster knows not of what he speaks. Mahindra's are made in Korea and Japan (and India) these days. Never heard of a Chinese Mahindra... maybe they make them for the Chinese market, but I doubt it. Parts for the newer ones at least are not hard to get now. Mahindra has several parts depots around the country, my dealer gets them from the Texas HQ. Even John Deere is shaky on getting parts for their older foreign sourced tractors.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2016 6:14 am    Post subject: Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I would go with Kubota. A good rugged machine and the dealer will make house calls
 
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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2016 1:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Best Tractors Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Around here the Kubota up to 75 hp has the best support. I still prefer New Holland but our dealer went broke. I haven't dealt with the new dealer yet. I dont like the thin front tires Kubota uses. Seems to make it a rougher ride on the road.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 10:35 pm    Post subject: Re: Best Tractors Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I'd recommend Kubota too
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2021 6:27 pm    Post subject: Re: Best Tractors Reply to specific post Reply with quote

TrucknLoaded wrote:
(quoted from post at 07:35:59 01/12/17) I'd recommend Kubota too

For what it's worth, I have a 26hp Kubota which I bought to replace a 30HP JD. It's a much smaller tractor than the JD. I can use it to mow the grass, blow snow, and lots of loader work and bush hogging. It does an amazing job. Runs great and small enough to get into tight places which is what I need. I have a JD2030 for bigger jobs but the little orange thing is constantly working here. I'd buy another Kubota in a heartbeat. (Although our local JD dealer does a great job on service.)
 
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2021 7:17 pm    Post subject: Re: Best Tractors Reply to specific post Reply with quote


I am told that mahindra sells the most tractors in the world currently. Thats gotta say something. ALthough they dont really sell big tractors at all... so up to 70 80 hp??, they are the highest seller world wide. Dosent mean I would buy one, but I would sure look carefully at mahindra and kubota...

Mahindra came from the old 4 cyl international Farmall plant in India as its starting point.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2022 11:11 am    Post subject: Re: Best Tractors Reply to specific post Reply with quote

sotxbill wrote:
(quoted from post at 04:17:26 09/17/21)
I am told that mahindra sells the most tractors in the world currently. Thats gotta say something. ALthough they dont really sell big tractors at all... so up to 70 80 hp??, they are the highest seller world wide. Dosent mean I would buy one, but I would sure look carefully at mahindra and kubota...

Mahindra came from the old 4 cyl international Farmall plant in India as its starting point.


I found a picture of the tractor plant in India dated 1967. Was a joint venture between IH and MAHINDRA. It really had nothing to do with FARMALL. FARMALL was the name of the tractor plant located on the far eastern end of Rock Island, Ill next to the city limits with Moline, Ill. I worked at Farmall for 4-5 years.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2022 4:37 am    Post subject: Re: Best Tractors Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Agree with all. Mixed in with the Fords, I have 35hp and 65 hp Kubotas and they are trouble free. Avoid the Kioti.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2023 8:39 am    Post subject: Re: Best Tractors Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Kubota us number one hands down. Everybody else is trying to be number two. We have a large stabile LS dealer nearby and LS has a pretty good reputation around here. I've operated a couple and they are nice.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2023 11:48 pm    Post subject: Reply to specific post Reply with quote

my opinion based upon 30 plus years of sales, use, and buying in the mentioned market;

get Kubota if going new, tech is s good as Deere's, generally beefier, all Kubota tractors in this HP class are assembled in the US, most proprietary implements for them are built in the US or Canada. Kubota has BY FAR the BIGGEST investment in both the US and N America in the under 80 HP market.

IF, and that is a BIG if, you have a good, committed, long term Kioti dealer near you I would look at them as the alternative, they are catching up to Kubota and Deere from a technology standpoint but are built heavier for the most part than Deere. they will however not give you nearly the resale/trade value that Deere or Kubota will if you don't plan to make it a long term purchase.

Deere has excellent dealer support, ans well as resale/trade value, and is generally speaking equal to Kubota from a tech standpoint, but are not (againg generally speaking) built quite as ruggedly as Kubota, Kiota, or CNH. any under 80 HP Deere is a Yanmar and they are assembled in various places world wide.

CNH units are very sturdily built but the tech lags a tad and the resale/trade value is not on par with Kubota/Deere. they have an excellent dealer network.

massey, or any AGCO brand are well built with good dealer support also.

Yanmar is EXACTLY the same tractor as the corresponding Deere model, built on the same assembly line with different paint/sheetmetal/plastics, but the dealers are far and few between and Deere does it's best to ensure that it is next to impossible to cross reference part numbers, and Deere dealers often will not repair them.

the Mahindra units built in India are usually strong and dependable and a tad clunky, but dealer support is always an issue. Mahindra dealers pop up and disappear quicker than dandelions.

One thing to keep in mind; no matter what brand you opt for, if it is over 23-24 HP any new tractor will come equipped with algore emissions systems; which are almost guaranteed to cause you more problems than all the other systems combined. if looking in this HP class I would personally look for a used pre emissions unit; the Kubota Grand L Series are a particular favorite, there are alot around, they are fairly bulletproof and there are 3 different transmission options available, you can get one and spend a little freshening up money and spend less than a similar new unit without the emissions hassles.

if looking used, the 50 series Deeres were excellent tractors, although only available in DT (standard transmission) my 1050 is a particular favorite, that turbocharged engine NEVER runs out of power, and other than replacing the starter fairly regularly, completely bullet proof if maintained.

again; you cannot go wrong with a Kubota
 
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2023 2:36 pm    Post subject: Re: Best Tractors Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Jim Wolf wrote:
(quoted from post at 17:41:32 08/09/15) This is a follow-up on a question I asked. I wanted opinions on the best new tractors with regard to frequency of repair and availability of parts. Responses generally favored John Deere.
I was talking to a friend who is a tractor mechanic and he agreed that Deere is excellent in the large tractor market but not as much in the mid-range. I am looking for a tractor in the 40-50 hp range. He favors Kubota, Yanmar and Kioti. Any thoughts?


https://www.tractorjunction.com/blog/top-10-tractor-companies-in-the-world-tractor-list/

Apparently its still

Mahindra
John Deere
Massey Ferguson
Case IH
Sonalika
Escorts
Kubota

If that article is to be believed. Escorts owns Farmtrac.

And.. it appears that Kubota may have bought out Escorts or it somehow affiliated with them per the new web page????
 
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