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Old 02-26-2018, 12:45 PM   #1
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which is the better tractor? It will be a 4WD

looking at getting the Kubota L3301 or the L3901 or the John Deere 3033R or the 3038E.

mostly will be doing shredding, small food plots, and some hauling dirt and rocks. what do y'all prefer?
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Old 02-26-2018, 12:52 PM   #2
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For that size tractor, Kubota all the way.
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Old 02-26-2018, 12:55 PM   #3
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Like my 60 horse Kubota
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Old 02-26-2018, 12:56 PM   #4
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I've been told its like Microsoft or apple just depends on what you prefer.
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Old 02-26-2018, 01:04 PM   #5
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Kubota, had a 97 and now a 2014 both 70hp, no problems.
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Old 02-26-2018, 01:05 PM   #6
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Old 02-26-2018, 01:06 PM   #7
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Kubota will have a Kubota engine, the John Deere will be a Yanmar engine.
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Old 02-26-2018, 01:08 PM   #8
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Old 02-26-2018, 01:22 PM   #9
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That size, Kubota
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Old 02-26-2018, 01:28 PM   #10
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Thats kinda what I'm leaning towards. They have a good package deals from what I'm seeing.
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Old 02-26-2018, 01:28 PM   #11
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Hard to beat the small Kubotas. I needed something bigger when I bought our farm so went with John Deere... Would do the same thing again... Really can't go wrong with either, though I must admit to bein' partial to John Deer Green...
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Old 02-26-2018, 01:31 PM   #12
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Old 02-26-2018, 01:32 PM   #13
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Get the Kubota. Go bigger, get something around 45hp, you’ll thank me later.
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Old 02-26-2018, 01:37 PM   #14
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Get the Kubota. Go bigger, get something around 45hp, youíll thank me later.
I have 60 acres lots of valleys and creeks 3/4 super thick the other 1/4 field have paths cut around the the stuff for fencing. you thing 45 might be to big or no?
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Old 02-26-2018, 01:37 PM   #15
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Never had a John Deere, but been very pleased with my Kubota 32 hp tractor. small farm and does all I want it to do. Get the hydrostatic transmission.
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Old 02-26-2018, 01:41 PM   #16
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I have 60 acres lots of valleys and creeks 3/4 super thick the other 1/4 field have paths cut around the the stuff for fencing. you thing 45 might be to big or no?
My opinion is you can never have a tractor to big, but you dang sure can have one to small.
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Old 02-26-2018, 01:41 PM   #17
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Can’t go wrong with either. Things I like about the Deere and about the Kubota. HST is well worth it as mentioned.
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Old 02-26-2018, 01:43 PM   #18
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I have 60 acres lots of valleys and creeks 3/4 super thick the other 1/4 field have paths cut around the the stuff for fencing. you thing 45 might be to big or no?
I have 55 acres of woods. I really wish I would have gone bigger. I can do what I need to do, but bigger would make everything easier and faster. Canít own land without a good tractor. I use it for fixing roads, moving dirt, food plots, brush hogging. No man ever said heíd wished heíd gone smaller. Thereís one guy on here who has gone thru several Kubotas, he started at 35, went to 45...I thinks heís got a 55 or 60 now. Atfulldraw, the insurance guy.

Go bigger, wish I had.
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I have 60 acres lots of valleys and creeks 3/4 super thick the other 1/4 field have paths cut around the the stuff for fencing. you thing 45 might be to big or no?
You can do a little job with a bigger tractor easier than you can do a bigger job with a little tractor. Get as big as you can afford.
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Old 02-26-2018, 01:44 PM   #20
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My opinion is you can never have a tractor to big, but you dang sure can have one to small.
Well said...and not as wordy as my reply.
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Old 02-26-2018, 01:55 PM   #21
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I have a 2016/ L3901/ 4x4. No issues.
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Old 02-26-2018, 01:57 PM   #22
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I have 60 acres lots of valleys and creeks 3/4 super thick the other 1/4 field have paths cut around the the stuff for fencing. you thing 45 might be to big or no?
I depends. For dirt work and light loader work a 30-40hp is good. When you start pulling PTO equipment HP is KING. If shredding and 3 point work is a priority, I would suggest 50-65 hp. A 65hp is a good all around size tractor, and in that size I would lean towards JD. Much better low end power with JD than the Kubota.

30-40 hp will work with 4-5' equipment

50-65 will work with 6-8' equipment.

MOwing 20-30 acres with a 4' shredder will take forever!
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My place is 50 acres and is about 1/3 woods with the rest pasture/improved pasture... I got a 60 HP John Deere. Would not want anything smaller... If you're going to be working cattle and maybe picking up round bales, that little Kubota won't do that... Other thing that limits the smaller tractors is the FEL can pick up more than the tractor will haul. Get as big as you can afford and still get the implements you need. I'd even go so far as to buy a bigger tractor and sacrifice implements, then get them used in the after market.
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I depends. For dirt work and light loader work a 30-40hp is good. When you start pulling PTO equipment HP is KING. If shredding and 3 point work is a priority, I would suggest 50-65 hp. A 65hp is a good all around size tractor, and in that size I would lean towards JD. Much better low end power with JD than the Kubota.

30-40 hp will work with 4-5' equipment

50-65 will work with 6-8' equipment.

MOwing 20-30 acres with a 4' shredder will take forever!
I'd concur with this assessment as well. I have a 6' shredder/brushhog, and it takes me all weekend to mow my pastures (about 30 acres)... My next implement will be an 8 footer... Don't quite have enough tractor for a bat-wing...
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Old 02-26-2018, 02:15 PM   #25
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if you are going with the L3901, might as well look at the L4701. I sell used tractors, and we sell mainly JD and Kubota. New ones will have the emission crap on them. just a thought from what I see daily: we have more people swapping in the newer Kubotas with the emissions (regen system) on older Kubotas without the regen. I would look for a good low houred one without the emissions if it was me. They are out there. We get quite a few in. if I can help with anything, just shoot me a text 903-603-3540.

in my opinion, I would strongly consider a Mahindra too. if I was looking, I would look at them real hard, you can usually save some money...and they have 5yr powertrain warranty too.

if you want, take a look at our website www.noondaytractor.net and let me know if I can help.
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Old 02-26-2018, 02:48 PM   #26
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Bigger is better
Neighbor has 100hp kubota for 10 acres.
Definitely doesnít waste time mowing. No way I would look at anything under 60 hp for 60 acres. Iíd go bigger if you can afford it. Itíll save a BUNCH of time the first time you have to mow it. . . . .


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Old 02-26-2018, 02:54 PM   #27
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I own both brands.
90 hp Kubota-great tractor
90 hp JD worst tractor I ever owned
130 hp JD best tractor I ever owned

There’s a true saying. Less than 100 hpKubota, more than 100 JD.
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Old 02-26-2018, 03:00 PM   #28
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love my 50 hp Kubota but I need bigger.
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Old 02-26-2018, 03:02 PM   #29
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I have heard the JD anything under 40 hp is almost identical to a yanmar?
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Old 02-26-2018, 03:24 PM   #30
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I own both brands.
90 hp Kubota-great tractor
90 hp JD worst tractor I ever owned
130 hp JD best tractor I ever owned

Thereís a true saying. Less than 100 hpKubota, more than 100 JD.
This!

At 100hp they are a close race, less hp go Kubota, more hp go JD.
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if you are going with the L3901, might as well look at the L4701. I sell used tractors, and we sell mainly JD and Kubota. New ones will have the emission crap on them. just a thought from what I see daily: we have more people swapping in the newer Kubotas with the emissions (regen system) on older Kubotas without the regen. I would look for a good low houred one without the emissions if it was me. They are out there. We get quite a few in. if I can help with anything, just shoot me a text 903-603-3540.

in my opinion, I would strongly consider a Mahindra too. if I was looking, I would look at them real hard, you can usually save some money...and they have 5yr powertrain warranty too.

if you want, take a look at our website www.noondaytractor.net and let me know if I can help.
yep. definitely give a look at the used market pre DEF. He will also be able to afford a bigger tractor. I will say got a 5085 and haven't had any issues with the emissions stuff. Mahindra and LS are really making some noise and make a nice tractor for the prices. Or just go find you a Deer 4020 0r 4440!!
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Old 02-26-2018, 03:51 PM   #32
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you get better quality and more for your money with Kubota i have a L3201 and like all above has said i regret not going bigger i have 14 more payments and i am trading in for 50 horse
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Old 02-26-2018, 04:54 PM   #33
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Had 45 HP Deere, traded for a 55 HP Kubota.

IMHO there is no comparison in tractors 60 HP and below. Kubota all the way.
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Old 02-26-2018, 05:13 PM   #34
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Old 02-26-2018, 05:27 PM   #35
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Which ever dealer close by has the best stocked parts department and service department. When I break down I don't want to wait a week for a part.
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Old 02-26-2018, 05:49 PM   #36
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I bought my L4600 about 5 years ago with 50 hours. The old man that sold it to me told me “if you take care of this tractor, in three years it will be worth exactly what ya paid for it.”

He lied...it’s worth more today than the day I bought it. My Kubotas was the last model before they put the emission crappola on it. It’s been a great tractor. Will keep it forever.
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Old 02-26-2018, 06:05 PM   #37
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Please buy a bigger tractor! We have a John Deere 4105, and while it’s a great running tractor, I wish we went a different route. The compact tractor wheelbases are just too short. They have good lifting capacity, but are too short and unstable. Please do yourself a favor, and get a longer wheel base tractor in 50+HP. With the size of your property, you should really be checking into something with rear remotes, and big enough to run a small batwing shredder. Take it from people as above and myself, you will very likely regret buying a tractor that small. We have 11 acres and 5 acres and wish we went bigger. Good luck
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Old 02-26-2018, 06:19 PM   #38
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Old 02-26-2018, 06:26 PM   #39
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Come down to temple and we can get you a deal on a kubota. We have mx4800 tractors on sale
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I bought my L4600 about 5 years ago with 50 hours. The old man that sold it to me told me ďif you take care of this tractor, in three years it will be worth exactly what ya paid for it.Ē

He lied...itís worth more today than the day I bought it. My Kubotas was the last model before they put the emission crappola on it. Itís been a great tractor. Will keep it forever.


What year did the emissions crap get put on tractors?
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Kubota, heck that John Deere probably has a kubto motor in it. Was looking at cat track steers and they have Kubota blocks. Had a bobcat that has a Kubota block, my Lincoln welder has a Kubota. That tells you something.
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Somewhere around 2014-2015...I think.
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Old 02-26-2018, 06:44 PM   #43
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Kubota without a doubt. New JD arenít what they use to be.
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Old 02-26-2018, 06:54 PM   #44
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For the work and the land you described i would even look at a track loader. The people I know who have them find them the most used machine on their farm from a utility work standpoint. They also have tractor(s). I've been toying with idea of adding one.
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I hear comments on pre emissions Kubota? What year model did kubota start putting the emissions on their tractors? Thanks
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Old 02-26-2018, 07:35 PM   #46
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JD for me, although I have never ran a Kubota. I go with the biggest hp they make in the compact. Mine is 48 hp. The loader handles 1,600 lb round bales no problem and I run an 8 ft shredder. I go this route mainly because I move it around a lot from property to property and it is relatively light compared to the mid sized.
For 60 acres you might want to go a little bigger.
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Old 02-26-2018, 07:40 PM   #47
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Which ever dealer close by has the best stocked parts department and service department. When I break down I don't want to wait a week for a part.
X2....the main reason I went with JD for my tractor at the ranch. No Kabota dealer close. JD has been great for service.
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Old 02-26-2018, 07:46 PM   #48
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Like everyone said above, Kubota. I believe the smaller (under 90hp) John Deere is made in China.
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Old 02-26-2018, 07:51 PM   #49
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Not sure on youre price range, but I saw an open cab 55 hp kubota with 4x4, front end loader, shredder and maybe a box blade for $28k in the paper this past weekend. Seemed like a good deal on a new tractor to me. But I havent priced them either, I just thought it would be closer to $35k new.

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JD for me, although I have never ran a Kubota. I go with the biggest hp they make in the compact. Mine is 48 hp. The loader handles 1,600 lb round bales no problem and I run an 8 ft shredder. I go this route mainly because I move it around a lot from property to property and it is relatively light compared to the mid sized.
For 60 acres you might want to go a little bigger.
not sure I've heard or scene a 1600LB bale of hay. it would have to be at the highest density from a Dry Matter per Cubic Foot on a 5x6. We bale hay and our bales are 1200 5x5. Do you have weights? is it an old JD?
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