Review By : 3.14R@ on Jun 14 2010 12:00AM
Price Paid : $0.00
Years of Use : 3+ Years
Implements : FEL, Ballast/tool box w/trailer receiver, PTO genset
Purchased From : with held to protect Kubota
Strengths Great power to weight ratio particularly in the price. Machine handles extremely well compared to other tractors I've owned FEL has ample power and agility to keep me happy and I'm a curmudgeon. The HST handles what I have to throw at it, the rear DIFF LOCK may have a stiff spring on it but at least it works at any temp.
Kubota only for this picky old fart!
Weaknesses 3ptHitch valve way too touchy, very little control. Seat painful on this old back.
OEM generator only good to power those sickly headlights. **TO remedy get new "ALTERNATOR KIT" for $230 (includes everything to make it a real electrical system). The parts dept where tractor was purchased suggested I buy a new alternator "only" for almost $500 never suggested the KIT.
Be very aware of the hydraulic/trans oil viscosity in colder temp zones. Non OEM fluids thicken too much making machine sick, takes a lot longer to warm up and get going. At a chill factor below -40 even running a distance with FEL in float mode will make it stiffen up.
Overall Amazing little beast of burden. Had over priced green thing before, Never again. I'm Kubota orange from here on. Gutsy do it all, well designed and built machine. Great 4x4 only get stuck when I get stupid. Starts a lot better than others at -40. JoDale Perry heated cab a must at this latitude. Makes it almost a pleasure to push snow. The addition of real head lights and back up lights makes a tremendous difference (cheap at Princess).
But you really, really NEED the alternator KIT. The OEM tuna can sized generator can barely keep the battery charged in summer.
Parts : 8 Performance : 10
Ease of Use : 10 Financing : 8
Reliability : 10 Overall : 10