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  1. #41
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    Warren, Mn.
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    2012 kubota Grand L3540

    Default Re: Gator vs Kubota RTV

    I have a 900 as well and I second what he said about using the brakes, you let off the gas quickly and you better be hanging on as they really slow down quick with no brakes! I have never had a utv like this before but they really are over built for work, no doubt about that. We have a gator at work and that is a good machine as well.

  2. #42
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    Frankfort, New York
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    John Deere 110 TLB, Woods 78 inch Snowblower, Lowe Auger, Kubota RTV1100, Camoplast Utv 4s Tracks

    Default Re: Gator vs Kubota RTV

    Just a small input on the sealed disk brakes. I have a RTV1100 and When I was putting tracks on it for the first time for the winter I really looked into the design of them. The front ones are completely sealed and are filled with something like hydraulic oil which needs to be changed periodically. The rear brake is inside the transmission. Thy are definitely sealed away from the mud or anything else that would cause them to rust. I am assuming that the RTV900s are set up the same way.

  3. #43
    Veteran Member workinallthetime's Avatar
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    Tulsa, ok
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    b3030 TLB,zd326

    Default Re: Gator vs Kubota RTV

    interesting why the polaris is not in your mix
    2013 Polaris RANGER DIESEL Side by Side UTV: Compare

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUWHFkonm-Q

    kubota propaganda
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KOwC...ture=endscreen

    the kubota is more of a tractor when you consider the drivetrain, and technology. All others seem to be good machines just not as much "tractor" as kubota.

    I have a rzr 800s, totally a toy but it performs great. when my kid and i out grow it i will get a more "workish" toy
    Last edited by workinallthetime; 02-15-2013 at 09:58 AM.
    equipment = L45 tlb, zd326p
    attachements = disk, pallet forks, box blade, 4n1, thumb, ld material bucket
    past equipment = b???? old slow no p/s, bx23 tlb, b3030 tlb, mf 175, jd301a

  4. #44
    Veteran Member MHarryE's Avatar
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    Northeastern Minnesota
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    JD 7720; Kubota M135GX, NH TS115A; JD 6230; Kubota L5740

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    We have 3, a RTV900XT, a Gator, and a Polaris 6 x 6 ATV. The 4 x 6 Gator high centers easily in anything but good conditions and often needs to be drug out, but its low bed is nice to load. The RTV also high centers but not as easily as the Gator. The Sportsman 6 x 6 has a high bed, weak power train, but goes through stuff the others won't touch. We've knocked the rear drive out, the front wheel clutches have to be rebuilt, brakes always need work, and now it is sitting with a seized camshaft. The Gator has needed its share of work too but it is much better than our first Gator. The kubota, however, is in a whole different class. Brakes - I only think I use them when shifting because otherwise the hydro does the job.
    JD7720; KubotaM135GX; NH TS115A; JD6230; KubotaL5740

  5. #45
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    Central NH (God's Country)
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    Kubota 1982 B7200 , L-39(2005) Kubota RTV 900 (2005) & Komatsu PC75UU2E(1997), Mahindra Max28XL Shuttle

    Default Re: Gator vs Kubota RTV

    I've had to beef up the bed & tailgate and the front guard, added 2" recievers F/R I had a few issues but bought used at 500 hrs & now has +1,000. Basically tought, needs another 5 HP.

    Tougher than the gator.

    Needs more legroom.

    Any tire suggestions for low wear & good mud/ snow traction?

  6. #46
    Veteran Member Dozernut's Avatar
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    South Eastern Illinois
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    Kubota L4610, ZD21, RTV900, B2630

    Default Re: Gator vs Kubota RTV

    Quote Originally Posted by mike69440 View Post
    I've had to beef up the bed & tailgate and the front guard, added 2" recievers F/R I had a few issues but bought used at 500 hrs & now has +1,000. Basically tought, needs another 5 HP.

    Tougher than the gator.

    Needs more legroom.

    Any tire suggestions for low wear & good mud/ snow traction?
    ITP 589's. I have had them on my RTV 900 for several years, they are excellent. ITP TIRES - ITP 589 Tires
    RB

  7. #47
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    Evart, Michigan
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    2012 L4600

    Default Re: Gator vs Kubota RTV

    I purchased a new RTV900 about one year ago, now have 139 hours on it. I love the machine, but yesterday had a friend stop in with his new 2013 Ranger 900XP w/cab, heater, etc. Although I didn't want to drive his machine, he insisted, so I did. Man, could not believe the fun factor, acceleration, and sophistication of that Ranger. I was impressed, however, part of that was the fact that he had a heated cab with heater.

    I inspected the Ranger pretty well, and a beautiful machine. However, looking at the undercarriage, etc, it didn't seem anywhere near as ruggedly built as the RTV900. I'm 70 years old, but if I were 20 years younger, then would probably go with the Ranger 900XP.

    I do love the transmission on the RTV, but dislike the lack of acceleration and speed. But I do consider the RTV a real tank (ruggedly built) compared to the Deere. With the RTV, I was seeking quality, and think I have it!!!
    2012 RTV900XT Camo
    2006 ZD28 Zero Turn
    2012 L4600 w/FEL
    2010 Gold Wing/ABS


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