Review By : HST Believer on Sep 9 2004 12:00AM
Price Paid : $18,700.00
Years of Use : New Owner (0-1 Year)
Implements : LA513 Loader
Purchased From : Deen Implement Co., Texas
Strengths Kubota name and reputation, heavy (for more traction and for doing more work in less time). HST means no levers to move or clutch to push to change directions or increase/decrease speed (more push on pedal = more go). Strong 3-point lifting capacity, position control and sliding arms for easy attachments. Instant start means no waiting for glow-plugs. Cruise control, comfortable seat and controls.
Weaknesses Every tractor has limitations. The tires will usually spin before the motor lugs down, unless you're trying go faster than you should or have an implement really buried. The HST is NOT a SPEED pedal, it is a GEAR pedal, the more you press, the taller the gearing becomes. You must remember to lift on the pedal to engage a lower gear ratio if the engine begins to lug.
Overall This is my first tractor. I grew up around my Dad's Kubota tractor (L295DT gear - I think). I have read differing opinions of the HST transmission but after 4 hours of work on my tractor I am a believer that I bought the right one. Much of the first 4 hours were spent leveling a pad for a shed. I probably could have done the job in less than half the time but I was getting used to using the 5' swivel Gannon scraper/ripper. I think about all of those forward and backward passes I made and realize how much more difficult it would have been with a gear transmission or even a GST. My neck was sore from looking behind the tractor when I was done but I'm sure my back and arms would have been sore from turning to shift a GST lever. And increasing or decreasing speed is just more press on the pedal rather than reaching for a lever and waiting for the transmission to disengage one gear and then engage the next. I can highly recommend this tractor if it is the right size for your needs and Jeff at Deen Implement was a real pleasure to work with. I bought from Jeff because my local dealer wanted full retail price and wouldn't budge. I was able to save $3000 including the $995 fee (included in Price Paid) to have the tractor delivered to California from Texas!
Parts : Performance : 9
Ease of Use : 10 Financing : 10
Reliability : Overall : 10