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    Default John Deere 2014 new UTV's vs Kubota ???

    I am interested in getting a 855D Gator. Would trade in a 2010 850D, which is a fine machine which I have no problems with. But I like the improvements on the latest 855D.
    My concern is that I don't want to buy a current model, then find out the next year's model (2014 or 2015?) has been upgraded with lots of improvements. My suspicions were aroused when I saw on the JD website that several UTV models including the 855D are specifically listed as 2013 models. I saw that JD's primary competitor kubota has just (Oct 10, 2013) announced a revamped RTVx900 (hope I got that right) with many desirable features. Is JD's website purposely showing only a 2013 model on their website, while preparing an upgrade package for the 2014 year to compete with the new Kubota's????
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    Default Re: John Deere 2014 new UTV's vs Kubota ???

    Generally speaking no matter what you get for a product in a year or two there are going not be updates and improvements....there's no way to get around it.

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    Default Re: John Deere 2014 new UTV's vs Kubota ???

    I agree. If one waits till they quit making changes, one will never buy. It's even worse with Electronic Technology (Computers, Phones, Amps)., which is changing from the time one ships one day till another one ships next week.
    2014 BX25D, 2008 F2680e 2WD 72" side Discharge Deck, 2012 F3080 4WD 72" rear discharge deck, 2010/2009 RTV1140CPX , RatchetRake, Forks, ...DEARBORN 2 BOTTOM PLOW 12" ?? FOR SALE $425 NOW $250).... Drawbar and Horse Drawn disk 13 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab, 13 Ford Flex. 1998 SLK230, 2009 Subaru Impreza Sport

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    Default Re: John Deere 2014 new UTV's vs Kubota ???

    Is there any particular reason to go with the diesel JD? They are slow and loud. Go drive one. I did and I bought the JD 825i. It's a very capable machine that is just as comfortable with playing as it is with work.


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    Default Re: John Deere 2014 new UTV's vs Kubota ???

    Quote Originally Posted by cartod View Post
    Is there any particular reason to go with the diesel JD? They are slow and loud. Go drive one. I did and I bought the JD 825i. It's a very capable machine that is just as comfortable with playing as it is with work.

    I have an 855D. My neighbor has an 825i...so I do have a comparison.
    The 855D isn't as fast as the 825i, but it quite quick unless you want to pull some the stunts shown in commercials. As far as noise, the diesel in the 855D's do have the typical "diesel" sounds, but not annoying or even loud....however, noise is a subjective thing so what may be annoying to one person may be music to another. I will admit one thing, that 825i sounds sweet when the revs are up!
    Where the 855D excels is in fuel economy (very frugal) and torque.
    So, if you want more of a "fun" machine, get the 825i (just carry an extra 5 gallons of gas)...if you want a working machine, the 855D is the way to go.
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    Default Re: John Deere 2014 new UTV's vs Kubota ???

    I won't argue with you on the fuel issue Roy, the 825i is a gas pig. The rumor at my JD dealer was discontinuation of the diesel gator from lack of sales, but it is just rumor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cartod View Post
    I won't argue with you on the fuel issue Roy, the 825i is a gas pig. The rumor at my JD dealer was discontinuation of the diesel gator from lack of sales, but it is just rumor.
    That's probably a regional thing...my dealer sells more diesels then gas models....I think the diesels are more popular with agricultural and commercial buyers. As far as gas UTV's, I've seen more Polaris around here...very few Kubotas though.
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    Default Re: John Deere 2014 new UTV's vs Kubota ???

    Quote Originally Posted by RoyJackson View Post
    That's probably a regional thing...my dealer sells more diesels then gas models....I think the diesels are more popular with agricultural and commercial buyers. As far as gas UTV's, I've seen more Polaris around here...very few Kubotas though.
    I noticed on the snow thread that you have put the plow on the gator. Can you tell me how you like it. I believe we both started out plowing with the JD 670 and rear blade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cartod View Post
    I noticed on the snow thread that you have put the plow on the gator. Can you tell me how you like it. I believe we both started out plowing with the JD 670 and rear blade.
    I responded in the other thread...
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    Default Re: John Deere 2014 new UTV's vs Kubota ???

    Quote Originally Posted by RoyJackson View Post
    I responded in the other thread...
    thanks roy, sorry for the double post. I am going to look into the V plow.

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