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    Well a couple of thoughts, keep in mind I am a kubota kind of guy,
    First I would do my own research on the specs of the two tractors you are looking at, I would not believe everything a salesguy says. As for the weight, I am not sure the heavier Kioti will help on slopes all that much, as the weight if up higher in the chassis of the tractor. Now that said, more weight in a tractor does allow you to push or pull more, all else being equal. Of course if you are worried about making impressions in a lawn, then weight is not so good. Now loaded tires with the weight down low mostly below the chassis will definately help with stability on slopes. I would think the extra weight in the chassis would help with the loader. I believe Kioti's machine of an equal size to Kubota have more powerful loaders, and would need to be ballasted on the 3 Point Hitch with something to counteract that lift ability, or else the rear tires lift off of the ground. (not a good thing) Another consideration is There are Kubota dealers everywhere you go, and there are not as many Kioti dealers, but Kioti has been around enough now to be pretty well established, and if you have a dealership near you that you trust, you should be good to go.

    Now all that said, I have a Kubota, and I have some real slopes, down here in branson, and I am not having any trouble, I have a 750lb ballast on the back and loaded tires. I would be looking at other things between the models like features and resale value. You may find more features in the Kioti, depending on what models you are comparing, (you did not say) but they have traditionally sold for quite a bit less than Kubota, so I am a little confused as to why the Kioti is more money upfront. Also on resale the Kubota will generally bring a bit more. and is usually a little more up front. So I do not understand the pricing. Bottom line I think they are both great tractors, just compare specs, and if you come across something you don't understand, come back here, and we will try to help.

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    Just so you all know:the specs were from manufacturer flyers, and the salesman pointed out the difference. Specs:

    Kioti is a DK 35; Hydro + loader: $19,200 cash/ 22,800 financed. Tractor weighs with ROPS and AG tires 3,668 lbs.

    kubota: last year's model (last one left on the lot, so last year's price, or so they say): $L3700HSD + loader: $17,500 cash/ $18,500 financed. Weight w/ROPS: 2568 lbs.

    I just noticed the difference in specs: Kioti's number is with tires; Kubota's is with just ROPS==no tires. How much of a difference do tires make in weight, I wonder?

    FWIW:60" rotary blade bush hog for Kioti is $1452; for Kubota is $1700.
    Last edited by MountainMomma; 05-07-2011 at 10:12 PM.

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    Something very important if you buy used, is to make sure it has factory rollover protection (ROPS).
    Older tractors to mid 70's didn't have them. Later tractors came with them but many have been taken off by the owners for various reasons.

    This could save your life if your tractor ever tips over on a hill or flips over backward. Be sure and read the "Safety Forum" here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MountainMomma View Post
    Just so you all know:the specs were from manufacturer flyers, and the salesman pointed out the difference. Specs:

    Kioti is a DK 35; Hydro + loader: $19,200 cash/ 22,800 financed. Tractor weighs with ROPS and AG tires 3,668 lbs.

    kubota: last year's model (last one left on the lot, so last year's price, or so they say): $L3700HSD + loader: $17,500 cash/ $18,500 financed. Weight w/ROPS: 2568 lbs.

    FWIW:60" rotary blade bush hog for Kioti is $1452; for Kubota is $1700.

    Oh, boy, this hurts, being a Kubota guy, but I would recomend you buy the Kioti, It has several good features, (telescoping adjusters, extendable links, rear remote) Suspension seat, lifts over 400 more lbs on the front end loader, about 400 more on the 3pt. All that for just a little more. the L3700HST, is just like my L3400HST, just a couple more horsepower. But is like mine it is an "economy" tractor, the Kioti you are looking at is more towards a Grand L Kubota,, They are just not in the same class. They are as far as horsepower, but not abilitys...Again hate to say this.. Kioti if you trust the dealer will be there when you need him.

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    Wow, thanks, James! That's a great help. I like the Kioto dealer best of all I've met so far. It's hard for a newbie just learning terms to know where the apples compare more importantly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eastexan View Post
    Something very important if you buy used, is to make sure it has factory rollover protection (ROPS).
    Older tractors to mid 70's didn't have them. Later tractors came with them but many have been taken off by the owners for various reasons.

    This could save your life if your tractor ever tips over on a hill or flips over backward. Be sure and read the "Safety Forum" here.
    Thanks... but I'm actually looking at new tractors right now...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MountainMomma View Post
    Wow, thanks, James! That's a great help. I like the Kioto dealer best of all I've met so far. It's hard for a newbie just learning terms to know where the apples compare more importantly.
    Glad to be of some help, if you want to compare your DK35 Kioti to a kubota, you would be closer comparing to a Grand L like a 3540. I think that clears up the price confusion I had earlier, you will likely find the Kubota Grand L 3540 to be more money than the Kioti. They are pretty close in features tho the Grand L will likely come with HST+ which is some electronic control of the hydro unit. to detailed to go into here, but you can look it up. By the way I fully appluad your choice of a Hydrostatic transmission, I think you will be much better served with one, I know I would not be without one. So If you have trust in the dealer, and of course you should spend some time driving the Kioti, and see if you like it, but if all that comes in favorably, then I think you would be well served by the Kioti. What ever you decide on, please come back to all of us here and let us know, preferably with pictures. So many take the advice, buy something, and we never know what happened to them. Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by MountainMomma View Post
    FWIW:60" rotary blade bush hog for Kioti is $1452; for kubota is $1700.
    Just so you know, you can buy any brand three point hitch implement and use on any brand tractor. The hitches usually come in three sizes, called classes. Class One and Class Two are the most common, the only real difference being the Class Two has bigger pins to attach with. A class one tractor will attach to any class one implement, regardless of brand. Some PTO powered implements like tillers and rotary cutters (brush hogs) have minimum horsepower requirements, but if your tractor has the power to run them then you should be able to use any of them.

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    I'll second Jame's comments about the DK35. The L3540 is the most comparable kubota, not the L3700 (you need a scorecard to keep all the model numbers straight... someone mentioned there are more than 75 different Kubota models alone ... totally confusing for someone just getting started ).

    The DK35 and the L3540 are quite comparable in their specifications. The DK is a bit heavier, but not 1000 lbs, lifts slightly more with the loader, but the L lifts considerably more on the 3 point lift in back. For doing basic tractor work, they would each do about the same job, and it would be the owner's preference and pocketbook that decides which one he or she buys.

    Analogies only go so far, but you might think of Toyota (Japan) and Hyundai (Korea) in automobiles. Kubota (Japan) came to the US in the 1960's and has built up a good reputation and market position ever since. Kioti (Korea) is doing the same thing but started more recently. Kioti - comparatively a new kid on the block - competes by offering more value for the dollar, just like Kubota did when it was the new kid. Maybe you'd save some with the Kioti, but there are some Kubota dealers who would work hard to earn your business.

    All that said, if you compare similar Kubota and Kioti equipment, neither one is going to be significantly more "tippy" on slopes... you'll have to exercise every bit as much care and caution when using either one. I think maybe there was a bit of "salesman talk" going on with that comment from the Kioti dealer.

    I'd urge you to keep shopping. You've made a nice start and the DK35 is a good candidate for what you will be doing. Check out the Kubota Lxx40 (3540, 3940, 4240, etc.) for comparison. Your Deere dealer will have some to look at, as will Ford/New Holland, and maybe Massey Ferguson, Case IH, and others.

    Size up the dealers also. Particularly as a beginner, you'll want to do business with someone who is stable and earns your trust.

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    Some very good and balanced advice has already been offered. James K0UA in particular has hit on important points.

    I started the same sort of abandoned land recovery work about seven or eight years ago. My major mistakes all involved not having big enough equipment. I moved from riding mower to DR brush mower to 21 hp Kioti CK20 to 40hp Kioti DK40se. I think I finally got it right. It would have been cheaper and a lot faster if I'd gone right to the 40hp class machine but I did learn a lot along the way.

    Like most new buyers, I was originally focused on kubota. Those are the standard by which others are judged but that comes at a price. Because I dawdled so long on TBN before purchasing, I became familiar with other brands and associated trade offs. My then local Kioti dealer was only half a mile from the Kubota place so it was easy to compare. Bottom line for me was that by the time I was ready to buy I was comfortable with the Kioti and when the dealer took in a 25hr trade up I was able to buy it at significant savings. I knew I had to do most mainenance myself so the big Kubota dealer network was not an advantage for me. My experience with the CK20 was so positive that when I realized I needed bigger I literally bought the DK40se sight unseen from a trusted dealer. Zero regrets. The equivalent Kubota would be the older ?L4130 as the current Lxx40 series has a newer generation transmission. Otherwise the DK series compares pretty much point for point with the Lxx40 tractors of same horsepower. Major differences are price and resale which are both higher for Kubota and loader strength which varies by model but usually favors Kioti. Dealer network is overall a big plus for Kubota but if the local Kioti dealer is good, convenient and well established that is not such a factor. I bought from a dealer 300 miles away and get support via phone, TBN and UPS. No complaints.

    I often use the Toyota/Hyundai analogy myself comparing Kubota and Kioti. One is the industry leader and the other is coming on fast and is already the value leader. I would be happy with either and really don't see any other brand as being either better engineered than Kubota or a better value than Kioti. JD costs more than Kubota and the many smaller companies like Branson, TYM, Montana etc are not as well established or stable as Kioti. That said, nearly all modern diesel tractors are very good.

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