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Kubota vs. John Deere Tractors

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  • Kubota vs. John Deere Tractors

    I have read some of the earlier tractor threads but we are buying our first tractor and are looking at the JD and the Kubota. Leaning towards the John Deere - need something that I can drive and use mostly to take care of my farm. 3-4 horses on 37 acres but have someone that will do the major league bush hogging and some cows are on the farm that keep it in land use. I will need it to take care of the stalls, cut my paddocks (2 large paddocks), drag my ring, etc. So I don't need a killer tractor - am looking at something around 35 HP. Also, since we are renovating a house, $$ is very tight so I can't buy the biggest, most expensive one out there. The current 0% financing makes a new one most attractive. And my SO won't be around alot so it up to me to use it, drive it, etc. I am not well-versed in farm life yet.

    Would love to hear comments, stories, suggestions from those in the know!

  • #2
    I love my Kubota...
    Luistano Stallion standing for 2013: Wolverine UVF


    • #3
      I love my JD.

      Honestly, there are all good for what you want.

      Check local dealers and go with the one you think will give you best service, no matter which brand they sell.


      • #4
        This is a "Ford or Chevy" question. There simply isn't a right or wrong answer, it's a matter of preference. Go try them both, and buy the one you love. Both are good.
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        • Original Poster

          I am leaning towards the JD, just personal preference more than anything. There are many dealers close by to where I live, within 30-40 minutes of my farm. But hubby and I both seem to like the Deere.


          • #6
            I have a Kubota. I LOFF IT. Have been on it all morning moving the compost pile and will be dragging pastures after lunch.

            FWIW... my Kubota has features that my friends comparable JD does not have.. like 4WD.. and my Kubota has never been broken.. but her JD has... both bought around the same time. After I bought mine, the farmer who leases the land next to me bought one, too <LOL> he must have admired the color...

            but there are surely a million stories of the exact opposite experience, so you should try them - and compare carefully. The only thing I am not wild about is that my tractor is ORANGE.. I would have paid extra for PINK...
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            • #7
              I think if you are a member of the USEF you can get a pretty good discount on the JD.

              Both are good products...


              • #8
                I've got 2 John Deere tractors, one a circa 1960's gas model, (2020) that we bought used 25+ years ago. It's been a hardworking tractor and has been very reliable.
                The other is a diesel fueled one (5103) we bought new last year.

                Absolutely LOFF both of them.

                Don't have any personal experience with a Kubota, but 2 frineds of mine have them and have no complaints.

                Important to have dealer support, so perhaps go with whichever one has a nearby dealership and well regarded service department.
                Last edited by dawglover; Oct. 22, 2009, 03:23 PM. Reason: added info
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                • #9
                  Originally wanted a JD, but got taked out of it. Love my Kubota! L3400, so just the size you are looking for. Was less money than comparable JD. Big deciding point was availability of service on our area. I hate the orange, but oh well....

                  Get the HST! and 4WD!
                  Turn off the computer and go ride!


                  • #10
                    Just remember that JD did and still does all the research and development, has herds of engineers working on every little nut and bolt that goes on those tractors.
                    They study who uses them and what for, the ergonomics, what is the best location and angle for the levels, etc. is all very specific.

                    The rest of the companies get them a JD and copy it as close as they dare, without infringing on those pesky patents.
                    There is a reason JD may be a little bit higher.

                    If you are a member of most any national horse association, as the USET, AQHA, etc. you may get a special discount on a JD, maybe on others too.
                    Ask about that.
                    For resell or trade in value, JD is best, but some others are catching up there.

                    Don't settle for one, go drive some around and talk to the people and any neighboring farmers and they will tell you who will sell you what you need and at the best price AND service it from now on properly.
                    REmember, we can get a lemon in any brand, even JD.
                    As for price, JD is sometimes cheaper, as some friends found out not long ago, to their surprise.
                    JD has a cheaper line, without all the bells and whistles.

                    Definitively 4 wheel drive is worth it, no matter the brand.


                    • Original Poster

                      I am finding not a lot of difference in cost between the JD and Kubotas. I thought the Kubota would be less expensive. They seem to be discounting the JDs a bit more, at least that is my impression. The USEF discount applies to the retail price and you save some but not a lot and you cannot get the 0% financing if you use the USEF discount.


                      • #12
                        After 3 summers of use, I just sold my John Deere 5320 tractor and mower. It did a great job, was easy to operate, etc. I just decided I didn't need THAT expensive of a rig for 3 months of use per year. I replaced it with a Kubota Commercial Zero Turn mower. I do my pastures, roadsides, etc with it, with ease and I'm very happy with my choice.

                        Now, you may need the other aspects of "tractor-dom" other than just mowing....if so, I wouldn't hesitate to purchase a Kubota tractor. I've amazed at the engineering quality that went into my mower. It's so well designed and user-friendly.

                        I'm a 3rd generation farmers daughter, and John Deere is king here :-). I'm still considered a renegade for selling the tractor and buying "foreign orange". But to be honest, you are paying a (hefty) premium for the JD name. Yes, you will likely get it back when you sell it.....but that doesn't make it any cheaper to own.

                        My vote goes for a Kubota brand. I have horse friends with Kubota tractors in varying sizes, and they are unfailingly reliable.
                        Far Away Farm


                        • #13
                          Like the others said alot comes down to personal preference. We have a Kubota and I loff it. Hydrostatic transmission so its super easy to operate. I can also say we have (knock on wood) had no problems but our neighbors with 2 JD (big Bubba and Jr which is comparable to ours and what you are looking for) have had problems with both. The Kubota dealer was also willing to negotiate price, but the JD dealers by us were firm on price. For us we could not justify the cost difference and have been happy with our decision.
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                          • #14
                            I have a little Kubota tractor and love it. I use it mostly to move and clear snow in the winter, but lightly use it in the summer. I chose it based on friends' recommendations and because the dealer is close by. I've had it three years and haven't had a single issue with it.

                            My former BO has a JD and loves hers, so you probably can't lose either way.


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by monalisa View Post
                              And my SO won't be around alot so it up to me to use it, drive it, etc. I am not well-versed in farm life yet.

                              Would love to hear comments, stories, suggestions from those in the know!
                              JD's are the most user friendly tractor in the world and they hold their value so much longer than other tractors...sell it in 20 yrs and you still have a tractor with a resale value...

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                              • #16
                                I love my JD 3320 with bucket and hydrostatic transmission...have to have that. I had a old MF203, and I felt like I was driving a mercedes benz when I was on the jd.
                                A 32 horse is enough for what I do, move manure piles, york rake, put in stone and stone dust in wet areas, level areas.
                                I don't think a 35hp is necessary, and lots more money.
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                                • #17
                                  Bought a little kubota, used. LOFF it. Neighbor has the bigger kubota. Also fantastic. Other neighbor has the JD. No complaints. Don't think you can go wrong. Use $$$ as your deciding factor.


                                  • #18
                                    There have been some issues (read major accident pending) with some of the larger Kubotas and I know of someone who is going to be trading his larger ones for something sturdier. In this case, it was a tractor over 100hp and the rear wheel fell off and said tractor was new. Apparently not an isolated incident either. That said, I tested a Kubota for a yard tractor, and they are not for people with short bodies and long legs, you just cannot fold up tight enough and remain comfortable. When I went with a real tractor, I decided on JD after lots of hunting and tractor testing and despite some salesman trying his damnedest to sell me a 'cute and practical' 32 horse Case, thinking that I would like cute and practical until I asked him if I could bale with it...he left all flustered, At any rate, Deere equipment of any kind holds its value over the years, and there are a lot more almost antique JD tractors running than there are of any other kind.
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                                    • #19
                                      I agree with almost all of the above: sounds like you can't go wrong with either. We have a Kubota 3400 and love it. But I think what I love MOST is our dealer. We have had a tire get punctured and also a hydraulic line go wacky. Our dealer has come and picked up the tractor and returned in less than 48 hours and honestly, for no where near what I expected. I'm sure the JD dealers can do this as well --- BUT ask around.

                                      We know that we can call our dealer and say "hey, we parked the tractor in the pasture for a little while, and our horse chewed the seat apart and we need a new one BUT I need it back in less than 48 hours" and he'll find a day that he can come, fix it and return it asap. (And yes, that is a true story. I haven't told DH yet. Maybe I'll call the dealer while he's out of town this week.)


                                      • #20
                                        Either is fine...I bought the Kubota and like mine a lot...just buy the one you can get the best deal on! Make sure that you get the one with Hydrostatic
                                        and the most power possible.

                                        We have a small horse farm and I do all the things that you mentioned and honestly - our 35 hp is fine, but I have to admit that when moving my manure pile...I wish I had more power!