Review By : ABBEYWOODS on Jun 2 2005 12:00AM
Price Paid : $39,000.00
Years of Use : New Owner (0-1 Year)
Implements : TLB, with Loader Bucket & Hoe Quick Couplers, Loader & Hoe Aux Hydraulics
Purchased From : Ruwet-Sibley
Strengths Improved overall design over the L35 as is honestly described in Kubota sales literature. Most important to me is the powerful hoe, and the ability to access the hoe without dismounting via a walk-through design. Also, the hoe can be operated while safely seat belted, under the canopy, using the reversed drivers' seat. Ample power from the 39hp 3 cylinder diesel for all intended tasks. Separate hydraulic pumps for hoe stabilizers and boom swing really do make a difference in performance: hard ground, stumps, and larger than average rock are handled easily. The loader is a dream, especially with its selectable self leveling scv, and easily reaches over the rail of my standard dump bed with
Weaknesses Kubota is stuck in the past with its venerable Glide Shift Transmission (GST)! The machine would be better served with an HST. Thankfully, they included a very efficient shuttle shift that takes some of the work out of operation. The loader bucket cylinder hose connectors are on the BOTTOM of the loader arm, and despite small guards, are vulnerable to damage if not careful when loading trucks. This needs to be fixed in future versions.
Overall Having owned an L35, I find the L39 to be far superior. There is little room for improvement in this machine, I recommend it to serious hobbists and pros alike. I sold my Deere 4610 E-Hydro with loader and hoe for this machine and don't regret it one bit.
Parts : 10 Performance : 10
Ease of Use : 7 Financing : 10
Reliability : Overall : 10