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    Default New Kubota L4240/L4740 vs slightly used JD 4520

    I am about ready to pull the trigger on a cabbed 2007 JD 4520 eHydro with 120 some hours. It is in absolute mint condition. I was planning on going over this weekend to give the owner a deposit to hold until I can free up the cash to get it picked up.

    The JD comes with:
    • 400x loader with JD QA bucket and bracket
      Radio
      Various extra mirrors and worklights
      Air suspension seat from what I can tell - it is dang comfortable.
      One rear remote
      iMatch
      R4s


    The total price is $35500 with no tax as it is a private deal. New machine price for this around here is about $43-45000 + 13% tax so it i has been down the depreciation curve already which is nice.

    When I started pricing out the things I wanted to get done and a little bit of the hassle involved in getting them sourced, they started to add up:

    - Two extra outlets at the rear ~$2500 installed with taxes in.
    - $750 to 1000 to transport it here as it is 2.5 hrs away.
    - Purchase of SSQA adapter and conversion of bucket to SSQA (I have forks and a hay spear that are SSQA) - $800 to $1000
    - Loading tires ~$500 for Calcium

    Total: $40500

    If I compare that to a new kubota L4240 (10 less HP)
    - Cab
    - No radio (I don't really think I need it to be honest - I like the quiet time)
    - 2 rear remotes - sufficient - one for the top link and another for snowblower chute rotator.
    - No delivery charge.
    - Already has SSQA
    - Loaded R4s
    Total: $37604 + 13% = 42492.52. Speeco QH or Pats can be added to take the price up to $42800.

    I'll have to dig in to worklights and mirrors but I am sure they can be negotiated in.

    A L4740 is close in HP that would be another $2000 I think so $44500.

    The JD is a much better deal having been through the depreciation curve already. I could purchase it and sell it 3 years down the road with a couple hundred more hours for not much less. I don't plan on selling either but then I didn't plan on upgrading from my current L3400 either 6 years ago when I bought it.

    I think both the JD and even the L4240 will do everything I need - 6ft bush hog, blower - same sized implements really. I don't have an implement wanting for the extra HP.

    The JD's cab sticks out as spectacular to me and much more comfortable than the Kubotas. My Kubota dealer does not have a L4240 or L4740 yet for me to drive but a L4740 is on is way.

    Both will require me to spend on a hydraulic top link and a toothbar so those are moot.

    I'd appreciate your thoughts. I am leaning towards the JD for the value and the cab. I sure like the idea of not having to source stuff for the tractor, convert the bucket etc. Kubota dealer might even take my current tractor in a trade at a reasonable price making it easier.
    Last edited by canoetrpr; 09-02-2011 at 03:40 PM.
    Current: Kubota M7040 cab, hydraulic shuttle, Kubota M20 loader (made by ALO), LandPride RCR1872 rotary cutter, Horst bale spears & forks, Woods HB72 box blade, Kodiak 7' rake, Walco cultivator, chain harrow, Meteor 74" pull style blower

    Traded: Kubota L3400, LA473 HST (300 hrs), and various attachments

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    Default Re: New Kubota L4240/L4740 vs slightly used JD 4520

    I'm generally an orange kind of guy, but it would be hard to pass up that 4520, and it is one beautiful tractor, without a doubt. About the only thing I can think of that might make a difference is if you really got hooked on the HST+ over the eHydro. Such a choice! Oi vay!

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    Default Re: New Kubota L4240/L4740 vs slightly used JD 4520

    Both tractors are good machines. You'll take more of a hit with the kubota because of the initial depreciation. I'd take the 4520 but I already have a Deere and am looking at getting a 4520 as I downsize.

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    Default Re: New Kubota L4240/L4740 vs slightly used JD 4520

    Most of my tractors are orange, but I couldn't pass up on the JD4520.

    I must be missing something as you say it has loaded tires, but list $500 to put calcium.
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    Default Re: New Kubota L4240/L4740 vs slightly used JD 4520

    This might be a personal quirk, but I'll take new over used anytime... Unless, PERHAPS, the used from from a family member and I knew the entire history of the machine intimately ..

    As always .. YMMV

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    Default Re: New Kubota L4240/L4740 vs slightly used JD 4520

    Quote Originally Posted by TripleR View Post
    Most of my tractors are orange, but I couldn't pass up on the JD4520.

    I must be missing something as you say it has loaded tires, but list $500 to put calcium.
    My mistake. The JD4520 tires are NOT loaded. I will have to get them loaded.
    Current: Kubota M7040 cab, hydraulic shuttle, Kubota M20 loader (made by ALO), LandPride RCR1872 rotary cutter, Horst bale spears & forks, Woods HB72 box blade, Kodiak 7' rake, Walco cultivator, chain harrow, Meteor 74" pull style blower

    Traded: Kubota L3400, LA473 HST (300 hrs), and various attachments

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    Default Re: New Kubota L4240/L4740 vs slightly used JD 4520

    Quote Originally Posted by canoetrpr View Post
    My mistake. The JD4520 tires are NOT loaded. I will have to get them loaded.
    Most on here load with Rimguard or windshield wiper fluid in lieu of calcium due to corrosion. Rimguard is pretty expensive stuff; don't know the cost of WWF, but we have it in our tractors.
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    Default Re: New Kubota L4240/L4740 vs slightly used JD 4520

    I'd go for the new kubota!

    2007 is an old machine... it's almost 2012!

    Plus I trust Kubota more than I do Deere in this horsepower range.

    Good luck!

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    Default Re: New Kubota L4240/L4740 vs slightly used JD 4520

    Curious to know where you guys are able to source all that WWF from? Does it come in a big drum that I can transport on a pallet in the pickup? That would be useful as I could keep the drum around in the case of a leak.

    Also how much difference is there in weight per gallon vs. Calcium and RimGuard? Not that it should matter that much because I generally do have something hooked to the back of the tractor. There is the odd time when I lift something that I don't have anything hooked to the 3pt.
    Current: Kubota M7040 cab, hydraulic shuttle, Kubota M20 loader (made by ALO), LandPride RCR1872 rotary cutter, Horst bale spears & forks, Woods HB72 box blade, Kodiak 7' rake, Walco cultivator, chain harrow, Meteor 74" pull style blower

    Traded: Kubota L3400, LA473 HST (300 hrs), and various attachments

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    Default Re: New Kubota L4240/L4740 vs slightly used JD 4520

    My dealer only uses WWF, so that is where I got it; don't know where else it can be obtained. Someone posted the various weights, but I don't know the name of the thread though I do know Rimguard is the heaviest.

    Hopefully someone more knowledgeable will happen along.
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