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Old 11-22-2010, 03:31 PM   #1
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Need advice on whether to pull the trigger on a John Deere 3038E or a Kubota L3800. Will do bush hogging, moving dirt/gravel/sand, leveling driveway. About equal distance from both dealers.
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Both are fine tractors. I would recommend going with the dealership that offers the best service. I have a Kubota and am shocked at the cost of some replacement parts.
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Both are fine tractors. I would recommend going with the dealership that offers the best service. I have a Kubota and am shocked at the cost of some replacement parts.
Although for John Deere
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Does Kubota have any songs written about them?



Get the John Deere!
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Old 11-22-2010, 03:45 PM   #5
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Although for John Deere
I also would like to patronize American companies. Deere's corporate headquarters is in Moline, Il; Kubota's is in Osaka, Japan. Nevertheless, Deere's are made with some Japanese parts. Both are assembled in USA.
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I have Bobcat B100. I love it no problems ever except flat tire once
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Deere! I have a 47 year old one on a farm in Tennessee and everything still works perfect.

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Deere! I have a 47 year old one on a farm in Tennessee and everything still works perfect.

Jim
Ours' is a 1965 model & works hard still.
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Get the Kubota. Everybody I know who has a newer Deere is not happy with the reliability and the level of service. I like to work on my own equipment, and the Kubota is very simple. Reminds me of my old International 606. If I have to send it back to the dealer to get it fixed when a clutch goes out in the pto or for some electrical problem shuts it down, no thanks.
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Get the Kubota. Everybody I know who has a newer Deere is not happy with the reliability and the level of service. I like to work on my own equipment, and the Kubota is very simple. Reminds me of my old International 606. If I have to send it back to the dealer to get it fixed when a clutch goes out in the pto or for some electrical problem shuts it down, no thanks.
I'm not that mechanically inclined. I can do simple things like changing the oil/filter and lubrication, but anything else goes back to the dealer. Therefore, I'd like something that is relatively "bullet-proof."
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We have a Kubota B2630, aside from replacing fluids and filters...no issues to report. Powerful little thing.
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I sold for Deere awhile back and also have friends that have Kubota's. It all depends on the exact model for a true compairison. Personally, I find that the Deere models made in Augusta,Ga. are the most durable. The ones from India are a lighter built unit. Transaxle is alloy, not iron. Also, our local Deere Service Dept. charges $95 per hr when it's broke and out of warranty. If you're buying cash I'd recommend a used Kubota. You will save a bundle. Also check out a few part prices like a starter or radiator for each model. Even a can of Deere touch up paint is $12.95 and Home Depot has a generic exact match for $4.95
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Kubota looks like it has more power. Whats the cost difference?
John Deere 3038E = $15,600 MSRP w/o attachments (from Deere website)

Kubota L3800HST = $15,988 ($18,287 MSRP) w/ wholesale discount & no attachments (local dealer pricelist)

The power is virtually identical for both tractors for drivetrain and PTO, at 37 & 30.
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I have a Kubota and am shocked at the cost of some replacement parts.


And it is probably just a coincidence, but most Kubota dealers I have ever had to deal with seem to have bad reputations with their customers. (read=dishonest)
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Does Kubota have any songs written about them?
It would be risky to one's CW career to sing about a single brand of tractor, for fear of alienating the other 2/3's

I think the compact John Deere's are made by Yanmar, that too would probably not sound so good in song.

Dealership would make a huge difference on this, however; there are also independent tractor repair shops that would be good to know if buying used.

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John Deere 3038E = $15,600 MSRP w/o attachments (from Deere website)

Kubota L3800HST = $15,988 ($18,287 MSRP) w/ wholesale discount & no attachments (local dealer pricelist)

The power is virtually identical for both tractors for drivetrain and PTO, at 37 & 30.
Where I saw the power difference was in a comparison between the lifting power of the loader attachment. Kubota seems to do a good job of bringing out just a little bit more power to the hydraulics wiht the same engine output.
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I have Bobcat B100. I love it no problems ever except flat tire once
I had one of those(great machine), sold it last year and got a 425 excavator. Also have a bobcat s205. Both machines have Kubota engines that are great.
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WOEII is the answer. The answer is WOEII.
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Go with Green. I did, and I looked at them both. JD 4520.
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Both first class equipment. If the dealer reps.,are equivalent go with the colour you like best.
I picked the orange one.
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