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    Default Buying Decision: John Deere 870 or Kubota L35?

    I'm looking at my first 4wd compact tractor - I've owned a Farmall Super A in the past. I've got it narrowed down to two local tractors:
    1. kubota L35 with FEL and backhoe - 1850 hrs, $15k (front tires need replaced, rears are worn)
    2. John Deere 870 with FEL and 8B backhoe attachment on subframe - 1400 hrs, $10k (comes with a set of AG tires, 3-point rake, 12" and 24" backhoe buckets, 2nd FEL bucket)

    I was set on the Kubota L35 with the more HP and heavier frame to do the earth-moving... but once that is over the JD870 may be a more useful machine for my small farm and orchard.

    Any suggestions? I've read all the reviews on both machines... both have comments that more power would be nice.

    Thanks for your help!

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    Default Re: Buying Decision: John Deere 870 or Kubota L35?

    The L-35 will hands down out dig a 870 no matter what hoe or loader you get! The other end of the units use after the digging is done would be different. The L-35's loader will not come off as it is built around the industrial line.

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    Default Re: Buying Decision: John Deere 870 or Kubota L35?

    If the condition of the machines are both good then the kubota would be the more capable machine. The Kubota has 17 gallons/min hydraulic flow and the Deere is less than half of that. Again the Kubota has more bucket force on the hoe and twice the fel capacity. I have all Deere stuff including a 110tlb but think in this case the Kubota is the clear winner.

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    Default Re: Buying Decision: John Deere 870 or Kubota L35?

    While I am certain the kubota is more capable in the earthmoving department, the reason I have a Deere 110 TLB is that the L35 does not have HST. Not a big deal for the backhoe function, but really a big deal for loader jobs.
    40 Acres on a hill - fantastic view. JD 110 TLB, 4-n-1, 12" bucket, 18" bucket, Addington thumb, rock bucket (doubles as root grapple)

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    The 870 is gear also

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    Default Re: Buying Decision: John Deere 870 or Kubota L35?

    Quote Originally Posted by CurlyDave View Post
    While I am certain the kubota is more capable in the earthmoving department, the reason I have a Deere 110 TLB is that the L35 does not have HST. Not a big deal for the backhoe function, but really a big deal for loader jobs.

    I agree that HST is a great improvement for a tlb and plan on keeping my 110 for a long time. While it is not the smallest or the largest I have had it is the most versatile and well thought out tractor I have ever owned.

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    Default Re: Buying Decision: John Deere 870 or Kubota L35?

    Quote Originally Posted by jenkinsph View Post
    I agree that HST is a great improvement for a tlb and plan on keeping my 110 for a long time. While it is not the smallest or the largest I have had it is the most versatile and well thought out tractor I have ever owned.
    Everyone says the same thing about the 110 TLB, I wonder why JD discontinued it? PRICE maybe but then the kubota TLB tractors are outrageously priced also.
    2010 LS P-7010C 20F/20R gear tractor & FEL, 2009 Kubota B 26 TLB, RTV 900 Kubota,17 foot Lund boat with 70HP motor, 2012-20 ft 12k GVW trailer, 2011- 52" Craftsman ZTR mower, 2013 Ferris Zero Turn, 3 weed whackers, pressure washer, leaf blowers, 7 foot bush hog, 8 foot landscape rake , 8 foot 3 PH disc, 2 row cultivator, 350 amp Miller AC/DC welding machine and all the tools needed to keep them all repaired and running.

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    Default Re: Buying Decision: John Deere 870 or Kubota L35?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Fowler View Post
    Everyone says the same thing about the 110 TLB, I wonder why JD discontinued it? PRICE maybe but then the kubota TLB tractors are outrageously priced also.

    Don't really know for sure but it might be emissions were too high with the natural aspirated engine. If I had the extra money I would buy another one and skip the fel on a larger ag tractor. I have heard all the comments about the lack of sales due to construction being down but that doesn't make much difference in my little world. Depending on what happens in my business long term I may buy a Kubota next time or a 5 ton excavator for digging. No way to really pin it down just yet.

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    Default Re: Buying Decision: John Deere 870 or Kubota L35?

    John deere is awesome.

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