Just brought home my Kubota. Since I left the farm on Saskatchewan as a teenager I have wanted a tractor and 18 years later this Farmboy who grew up on John Deere equipment finally has one...an orange one!
To the prospective buyer I recommend taking your time to evaluate everything. Don't be in a hurry. I spent 2 months researching all options from models to choose from (specs, capacities, reputation), attachment options/costs, reliability, utility for my situation, finance vs. cash deals, dealer capabilities/reputation/incentives, and summarized all in a spreadsheet to compare.
If you visit a dealer take a note pad and document the discussions...especially when it comes to the options you are looking for. If they can email you this info it documents the deal and will result in less chance of mistakes happening and when they do they are easily corrected when you produce the paper.
This came in handy when I viewed my tractor the first time and the HD bucket was not ton the unit. Let me tell you when the sales people caught a glimpse of what I was up to they knew they would have to play it strait. It also confirmed I was going to spend some money and this is where the incentives kicked in. Patience is key... Do you homework and you won't regret the choice you make.
So far this Kubota has met every expectation. It is early and I only spent a few hours in it but it is clearly a well built and carefully scrutinized product as they build them. Let's hope it holds up to the reputation and workload I plan for it.
The HST is awesome and I recommend to anyone doing lots of FEL work. I haven't played with many HST modes other than the auto idle and manual mode and it works great. One hand on the steering wheel spinner, one on the loader stick and the foot pedal does all the forward and reverse.
I used to plow all my snow with a quad. After a day with this set up I'm wondering why I waited so long to buy a tractor and I actually look forward to next winter. I look forward to posting more info when the opportunity arises.