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New tractors, fad or new era?
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Matt M    Posted 10-09-2002 at 07:07:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a strong arguement against these new kubota and "economy" deere's. In my area it's all you see with the gentlemen farmers. God only knows why! For the price of a new kubota you could get a half decent Farmall M with all the added extras. In fact there's this 'yuppie' farmer would tried hitching up a baler to his baby kubota, what a riot, I finally helped him out by baling for him with my Farmall SM. It's a shame that the tractors have come to this, considering what they used to stand for.

Ray    Posted 10-09-2002 at 10:38:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
The reason they buy new Kubotas and Deeres is
because they don't have any money and can finance
the new tractors,used ones usually require cash.
I've seen yuppies walk away from a good $4000 tractor because they couldn't afford it,but have
a new $17000 Kuboto next week.

Jim(MO    Posted 10-09-2002 at 09:48:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Matt. I'd say new era, just like automobiles or anything else. Read a post awhile back on another board where the owner of a new Ford/New Holland Boomer was complaining about the cost of maintainence. Over $100.00 just for filters. More features, more maintainence.

bob ny    Posted 10-09-2002 at 09:18:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
i think peop;e are afraid to get up on a tractor
they feel safer getting in the new ones

DeadCarp    Posted 10-09-2002 at 08:22:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Tell ya what Mike - remember to respect those little Kubotas - they might look like toys, but i can say from 30 years ago experience: Don't EVER, (no matter how many beers ya had) wrap your arms around their little backhoe and declare your intent to hold it back! People have gone sailing bodily right across the trench playing that game, believe me! Sore as all getout the next day too! Kinda like stuffing your arm down the barrel of an 8 guage and grabbing the buckshot.. heh heh

Fredrik Nyman    Posted 10-09-2002 at 07:54:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
There's nothing wrong with the Kubotas. They're great for what they're made for -- LIGHT duty yard and farm work, landscaping, etc.

Compared to the Farmall SM, the Kubota actually has a lot of advantages -- size, maneuverability, arguably versatility, definitely safety, probably fuel economy and traction (most Kubota's are 4WD).

But this just isn't a valid comparison, just as it isn't particularly meaningful to compare a Dodge Ram to a Peterbilt.

So the problem isn't with the Kubota, but with your neighbor. He didn't do his homework, and got a tractor completely unsuitable for what he wanted to use it for.

Tom A    Posted 10-09-2002 at 07:35:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Some folks will say it is because people want fancy equipment, but I don't think that's true.

I think the problem lies in large part with government regulations. Nobody could build and sell a new Farmall or Ford 8N today because they'd never pass the safety and environmental laws. And when you consider the fact that so many people are willing to sue manufacturers for "defects" when they're simply too stupid to use common sense, manufacturers are scared.

Simple, rugged, inexpensive hardware that works well is simply not buildable in today's world. A lot of folks are simply scared to buy an older machine, so they buy whatever is for sale and unfortunately it is usually an expensive POS.


magpie    Posted 10-09-2002 at 08:32:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think ya hit the nail right on the head Tom, sad but true about today's world. Heck if you put an old worn out 720 J.D. diesel to work alongside a new fancy tractor the new one would turn into junk while the old one kept on workin.

Bob /Ont.    Posted 10-09-2002 at 07:51:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Tom, you have to work experiance into this too. For many of these people, when they went looking for a tractor it was the first time that they had been closer to one than a quarter of a mile. They don't know exactly what they will be doing with it either. That is where the new machines in the sales folders with all the attachments look attractive to them, they usually have lots more money than time, conveniance sells when they aren't sure what they will need.
Later Bob

MikeC    Posted 10-09-2002 at 07:32:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sounds like your friend didn't do his homework when he bought his tractor. The economy models are not intended to pull balers or other similar large equipment. They are intended as a small landscaping/acreage tractor for mowing and dirt work (for which they work very well). If he planned to farm, then he should have a larger farm tractor, not one of the smaller models.

Bob /Ont.    Posted 10-09-2002 at 07:36:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Right On Mike.
Later Bob

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