1952 Ford 8n, saving up for a new Kubota or Yanmar
I was watching some Messick’s YouTube videos and noticed a comment from Messick’s stating that Kubota switched to a more UV resistant paint circa 2017 to address the seemingly wide-spread issue of faded orange Kubota’s.
Kubota M7-171, Kubota M110GX, IH 4386, IH1486, Case 301.8, Kubota L6060, plus many others
We had a survey many years ago and the results were US owners were less particular about their machine finish. I called BS but we continued to pay the price to build better looking machines of the same model for other countries than US. For all my Kubota surveys I have answered with a question - why do my US made parts like loaders fade so much more than Japanese? Same with my French built M7 with a US loader. Glad to see they are changing.
Kubota M59, Kubota L3800, Grasshopper 428D, Topkick dump truck, 3500 dump truck, 10 ton trailer, more lighter trailers.
I’ve not noticed this to be a problem except on old Kubotas that were stored outside. I’ve seen plenty of 90s model vehicles with peeling clear coat so automotive grade is very reassuring. Even if you had the best paint in the world the sun still destroys plastic, hydraulic hoses, tires, and the seat. If you care about your equipment you really need to keep it out of the sun. My 2011 JD backhoe has likely been stored outside it’s whole life until I bought it last year and it has quite a bit of sun damage.
We always kept our tractors in the dry. The "tractor shed" was nothing more than an old pole shed with electrical service. The paint was always good on our old units. The worst color for fade seems to be red.
Darn, mine was probably manufactured Fall 2016, the dealer received it in December 2016. Shouldn't really matter as mine stays in a garage, but I have noticed many older Kubota's I see on Craigslist are sort of a coral color.