I thought this is interesting. All things being equal (dealer discounts), at a $3000 discount the Kubota guy is either leaving something out or paying you to take the tractor. For the 3.8% price difference I believe that the seat, position control, loader park stand, loader bucket quick attach, directional pedals, folding ROPS, AutoConnect, fender lights, toolbox, cup holders, instruments, tilt steering, floor pad, SCV position, three point hitch sway bars, MMM lift linkage, hydro cooling fan, fuel tank location, and available attachments are well worth the difference. Last year in my area, phone calls to three BX dealers and three R dealers yielded a spread of +/- $250, not even worth talking about. All were 14-16 percent lower than attached.
I have learned that you can't put too much importance on spec sheets or one person's experience on tractors. Anyone who has read my past posts will see I initially recommended the 1026R over the BX. After looking at them in person and reading the same stuff as Paystar, I am just not so sure anymore and don't know which way I would go and I HATE quarter inching valves.
I think that how Deere discontinued the 2305 and then was rushing around to put the 1026r together screwed up the process though. After multiple delays people wanted their 1026's and were getting anxious. I think they threw it on the market before it was 100% ready and tested. Obviously this is without any proof. All models have their original glitches, this just seems to have a couple more.
I would like to thank everyone that responded... it certainly has helped me make my decision to buy the Kubota BX2660. I too liked the JD features (particularly autoconnect) but really want the best long term. $3,000 goes a long way to paying for service, maintenance and add-ons over the life of the tractor. Kubota it is.
I'm currently going through this very same debate and these are all good points. I emailed the Bro Tek guys asking about their plates but I have yet to hear back, that being very important towards my BX decision. Does anyone know when they usually roll out the newest John Deere models? Now that we are far along in the year I was curious when the 2013 1026R would be announced, or does that usually happen at the beginning of the year? There is a Drive Green event the first week in August here which I plan to go to and try them out hopefully side by side. I also didn't know if they would be showing off the next models at the event?
Go to the drive event. Drive both the bx and the 1026r and you will feel the difference in power and comfort.
I have the 1026r, had some service issues which were corrected. I would have bought it again without question. The problems are easily correctable with service that cares, or by yourself if you choose.
The dealer doesn't get better if they don't know if there was a problem. Few people have had major issues with this tractor, and the ones that have were taken care of with the ones I know of.