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    Kubota Grand L3130

    Default Re: How did Kubota get such a large market share ?

    Quote Originally Posted by spm22 View Post
    The real trick for this industry is figuring out what the market will want when the baby boomers are gone. there is a huge population of americans settling on semi-rural plots- people that grew up with gardens, animals, relatives in farming; these people want a touch of that, and the compact tractor lets them be an estate owner etc. but what is next? will the kids that grew up in the MTV 1980s yearn for 10 acres and a tractor? we may see a glut of 200 hr kubotas in 10 years as estate auctions run rampant....the CUT parade is at it's peak, and many have missed the profitable portion of the show. That is how business is....I will be interested to see who wins the next round.....

    I am a kid of the 70s/80's, born in 1974 and we just bought 10 acres where we are building a house that will probably be our "forever home". I have made the decision to not purchase new, so I am keeping an eye on Craigslist. The two I am really interested in right now are...

    2007 kubota L4330 HST

    2007 MAHINDRA 4X4 TRACTOR LOADER 4110

    I grew up around a MF 135 on my grandfathers place and its still being used by my dad now. Really, that is what I would be most interested in, but my research has shown a loader on a MF 135 is not the best course of action. Personally I have no need for turn signals and alot of the other bells and whistles tractors seem to come with now, but it seems that is just the way things have gone. I have even entertained a scenario where I pick up a 135 for a few thousand bucks and use it the majority of the time and pick up a skid steer for any loader work I may run into.

    So, just an idea where one of us Gen X駻s is coming from.

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    Gold Member wcampbell47's Avatar
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    Kubota 7510 and B3200

    Default Re: How did Kubota get such a large market share ?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5thGenTexan View Post
    I am a kid of the 70s/80's, born in 1974 and we just bought 10 acres where we are building a house that will probably be our "forever home". I have made the decision to not purchase new, so I am keeping an eye on Craigslist. The two I am really interested in right now are...

    2007 kubota L4330 HST

    2007 MAHINDRA 4X4 TRACTOR LOADER 4110

    I grew up around a MF 135 on my grandfathers place and its still being used by my dad now. Really, that is what I would be most interested in, but my research has shown a loader on a MF 135 is not the best course of action. Personally I have no need for turn signals and alot of the other bells and whistles tractors seem to come with now, but it seems that is just the way things have gone. I have even entertained a scenario where I pick up a 135 for a few thousand bucks and use it the majority of the time and pick up a skid steer for any loader work I may run into.

    So, just an idea where one of us Gen X駻s is coming from.
    Just moved into my new home last of July this year. My new B3200 with FEL was invaluable. Would not think of building another without a tractor with FEL. I'm sure the 135 is a great old farm tractor - wanted my dad to buy one back in the 60's. The tractors you are looking at hold their value very well - the owners probably want almost as much as they gave for them. I chose to go new on both occasions of tractor buying. I did not buy someone's troubles and I have warranty. My first new tractor was a gear shift. My 2nd new one is an HST. Definitely the better choice for front end loader work and many other things I do with the tractor. In this economy I would hold onto all the cash I have. You can find new tractors for $0 down, 0% interest and 60 month payouts. I was looking at used tractors but soon realized a loan would cost me 16% which put the overall cost of a used tractor more than a new one. Just saying, you might take a second look.
    Caution: Some of my posts may be politically incorrect.
    Kubota B7510 & B3200

  3. #53
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    Covington, GA
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    JD 870

    Default Re: How did Kubota get such a large market share ?

    I was at the Ag show in Moultrie a few years ago. That is about 4 hour drive from my house. A guy calls out my name and refreshes my memory where I know him from. He was from the Kuboto dealer 10 miles from my house. It is a small dealership with Kuboto and Case tractors. Stuff sitting in the weeds has has been sitting their 20-30 years. Dark old office that is probably 50 years old. I have bought a chain link drag, a rusty used Befco finish mower and parts to fix it, and an old rusty Bushog scrape blade (that his now deceased father in law would not sell me as he was storing it for someone the past 10 years). So I have not spent over a $1,000 there over 15 years but it is nice that someone knows me. I have looked at equipment after hours at the JD store where I got my 870 15 years ago. I have no idea if my salesman is there. That dealership is now part of a 5 store chain. By the way the more convenient new JD store has friendly people at the parts counter. Since I live on the cusp of residential/agricultural, those dealerships have to talk to us people buying weed wackers, zero turns, $20K tractors as well as the guys buying $100K equipment. No $100K equipment sitting in the lots at any of the local dealers like there is down in Moultrie.

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    Kubota BX24

    Default Re: How did Kubota get such a large market share ?

    Quote Originally Posted by john_bud View Post
    I curse metric stuff too. But what I REALLY curse is when there are english fasteners and metric on the same vehicle. Some "world" cars have english body fasteners and metric engine (or the other way around). It really P's me O!
    I dont curse just at metric stuff. I figured its a way of life and just have both sets. But what I really curse about is getting BOTH metric and standard sockets and wrenches for a simple, SINGLE part swap out in a vehicle or tractor. I just count my blessings if the bolts/buts is in half inch or 13mm as it can go either way. less junk to carry.

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