My quest for my first new tractor landed me in the John Deere show room. Almost convinced of a purchase, my later question was "they are still made in the USA?" India was the response and I headed elsewhere. After talking to several owners, I couldn't find anyone who could tell me something negative about a Kubota tractor. Looking at my needs and what I could afford, I settled on the M4800 4FWD. I can not stress more, get a front end bucket. AND if you get a bucket, four wheel drive is a must. It is the difference between night and day when it comes to two wheel verses four wheel drive. My 4800 doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles but its a work horse and then some, I've pushed the limits. Looking at used Kubota's, they have a very high resale value. And I've talked to more than one dealer who has told me if their business relied strictly on repair of Kubota tractors, they would go out of business. My only regrets is I wish I would have had rear hydraulics installed at purchase.
At purchase I added arm rest to my seat and had a seat cover installed with heavy duty cloth (ducking). I found a mud hole I couldn't crawl out of. Photo below.