30 Years ago I was looking at Kubotas at the Texas State Fair and decided 9 acres would be a whole lot easier to maintain with a tractor. Back then, buying American was a big deal and the little wife suggested we check the Ford dealer out a few miles from home. Next day I did just that and the salesman told me to avoid Japanese tractors because their transmissions wouldn't hold heavy, American implements and that they roll over far too often, killing or maiming the operator. He was pretty convincing and said we need to keep manufacturing jobs here, not help out Japan.
Bought a little 4WD, 13 hp model with a 4' box blade for $4,800, brand new and drove it to the house (four miles on a farm road).
Well, two weeks later my neighbor who had just bought a small 4WD John Deere was telling me that my Ford was made in Japan. In fact, his John Deere was also made in Japan. A little shocked I've been waiting for the transmission case to break or for the tractor to roll over on me ever since.
Implements I have are: Four-foot King Kutter, five tooth box blade with 100 lbs. of railroad rail welded on for weight, 5 foot Bush-Hog mower with the back wheel cut off so it doesn't leave tracks in the yard and allows me to turn really sharp, 4-foot King-Kutter tiller, and a 5-foot Liberty backhoe.
The box blade has gotten the most of the tractor's 3316 hours and it weighs right at 450 lbs. I have a trailer ball welded onto the railroad iron so that three-point hitch has lifted over a thousand pounds hundreds of times with no problem. In fact, if you mow too fast the bush hog (which weighs 600 lbs) used to bounce the front end off of the ground. I say "used to" because last year I built and installed a front-end loader on the machine and now it has plenty of weight in the front. Have been using the 650lb backhoe for over a year with no problems at all.
Minor stuff like belts, a radiator hose, and one seal are the only things I remember breaking on this little guy. Love it.