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Well, I've had it mowing with the Cub Cadet. It's starting to need too much service, which I do myself, but I'm lazy and parts are nickle and diming me to death. I've long been thinking about a compact tractor, something more, DIESEL. I went to a Mahindra/New Holland dealership in Shiner, around the corner to a John Deere dealer (Shoppas if you're in the area), and a Kubota dealer south of Hallettsville. I liked the JDs the best, super easy attachment on/off. Pricey, of course, but not any worse, really, than Kubota. The little New Holland was my fave, though, a good 5K less money at $15000, good financing, and I like the mower deck which hangs behind the tractor and floats over the ground vs a belly mower. It's PTO/shaft driven vs their belly mower which uses belts. All were priced with front loaders, too. I'm HOPING I can get around the trees out here without pulling that front loader off the New Holland as it's a bit of a pain to do, though I won't often use it.

Engine is a 22hp (IIRC) Yanmar diesel. It's, of course, fluid drive transmission. Think I'll run over there Monday and fill out the paperwork. So, I'm thinkin' every ******* needs a tractor and his Ford F150, right? ;D
 

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Sounds like you looked at the good stuff which is the only way to go, IMO. I hear nothing but good about Yanmar diesels. And the front end loader is always handy and a big back saver when moving dirt, firewood, and more. I ALWAYS liked a pto mower better than a belly mower with belt drive. Just me. But my 1998 JD GT262 with belly mower has been running a long long time and continues to do so. If I ever upgraded my acreage size, I would buy one of those you looked at for sure. Spend the money, enjoy, and don't look back. Life is too short.
 

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I'm biased toward PTO-driven implements because that is what I used growing up on the farm. Yanmar tractors and diesel engines proved themselves time and again during my years in construction equipment rentals. I think you've made a wise choice.
 

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when I bought mine Kubota beat everyone on price due to the 0% for 72 month in house financing I bought the L series 37 HP and it has ben great but for cutting grass my zero turn beats it hands down what took me 6 hours (72 inch finish mower) to cut I now do in less than 2 hours My Z-mower is a Toro 6000 60 inch cut 34 hp fuel injected Kohlar motor
 
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My cousin's in laws farm hay and animals. Kubota is what they like. His wife has a zero turn big kubota mower and a small tractor with bucket and bush hog. The mower wouldn't start. It's less than a year old. Dealer made a house call to fix it no charge. They like Kubota dealer. Or they know how much equipment they buy from them. Ether way Kubota has been cost effective for the farm over the last decade.
 

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Zero turns are great, especially with the trees around here, but there's only so much money and I've never seen the zero turn that has a front loader. I'll finally get to dump some dirt to build up my rifle range back stop! :D I don't have THAT much to mow out here, don't mow the whole place. 3/4 of the place is woods where the deer and the hogs play. And, having a box blade to smooth out our private road down here will be nice. Can't do THAT with a zero turn. Zero turns cut grass and they're very good at it, but that's ALL they can do. It took me a bit over an hour to mow what I have to mow with the Cub Cadet 46" so shouldn't take me a lot longer with a 60" deck even if it's not as maneuverable around the trees. I cut the front, wait a day or two, then cut the back usually. The front has more grass to mow, but a lot fewer post oaks to mow around.

At this point, I think I'll fix up the Cub Cadet, new wiring harness, and sell it. Not too many little tractors around that size with a front loader. The front loader should sell it if nothing else. :D The heaviest work I've done with that front loader is building and maintaining my gravel driveway. It saved my old back doing that. :D But, it just was NOT adequate for everything. It only had about 15" of lift, which is okay for dumping dirt or compost or mulch, but not enough to build a backstop for a range and I didn't wanna build some kind of a ramp. My luck it'd collapse under the weight of the thing. So, my rifle range was built with a log backstop, not optimum at all. I much prefer dirt. Anyhow, beyond that, front loaders are just SO handy, especially when you're a weak old man.

So, much as I thought about a zero turn and how it'd be so great cutting the grass and it'd been a lot cheaper and I wouldn't even have had to finance a small one, I need that front loader. And, for my garden, I might even buy a PTO driven rototiller in the future and I WILL buy a box blade for the road. I THINK he priced me this one without a box blade, but box blades are cheap.
 

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My cousin's in laws farm hay and animals. Kubota is what they like. His wife has a zero turn big kubota mower and a small tractor with bucket and bush hog. The mower wouldn't start. It's less than a year old. Dealer made a house call to fix it no charge. They like Kubota dealer. Or they know how much equipment they buy from them. Ether way Kubota has been cost effective for the farm over the last decade.
My bud has 400 acres and ranches, plants about 50 acres of winter wheat usually, sorghum in the summer. He had OLD John Deeres he'd patched up that he'd inherited from his dad who was a full time farmer. But, he got tired of fixing up old, worn out tractors and bought a Kubota, larger one, 95 hp, and he loves it. But, the Kubotas were nearly as expensive as the JD compacts and if I were going to spend THAT much, I'd get the JD with the quick detach implements. They wanted right at 20K for the JD as decked out and 19K for the Kubota. Well, I went with the little New Holland, nifty little rig that it is. It's a little smaller than the others, hoping it might fit in my shed, though it's bigger than my Cub Cadet by a tad, bigger tires and such. Or, I have tarps. :D
 

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I may be talking about a larger tractor, but the guys who do the grass cutting for the County and local Town tell me the Kubota cab is on the small side and some of the larger guys say they are too tight for them.
 

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Well, I went with the little New Holland, nifty little rig that it is. It's a little smaller than the others, hoping it might fit in my shed, though it's bigger than my Cub Cadet by a tad, bigger tires and such. Or, I have tarps. :D
Send pics when you get it home, please. I like shiny new tractor pics.
 

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I bought my Kubota over 15 years ago. A 339 HP model with bucket. It has been virtually flawless over the years not counting hydraulic hoses etc. I have the 72" Woods Finish Mower on it. I cut about eight acres in several locations on my property, the shooting range being the most important! Best money I ever spent. I can't imagine doing without it.

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You'll like the NH OK - they were Fords a few years ago. In 2006 I chose the L2800 Kubota, but it was a close call between the JD and NH units. Only problem I've had was a non-pressure hydraulic hose that cracked - less than $10.00.
 

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Watch the trees. I damaged mine shredding backing into a tree. It was my fault.

I’m in Central Texas.

Makw sure you can get parts and service nearby.
 

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Watch the trees. I damaged mine shredding backing into a tree. It was my fault.

I’m in Central Texas.

Makw sure you can get parts and service nearby.

The dealer with the parts is 30 miles away in Shiner. Of course, there's always the net.
The mower, a finishing mower of course, hangs behind and drives off the PTO, but it's really short. So, it should be maneuverable...I hope. :D Also, it rides on casters, not hard mounted to the tractor like a shredder, so it'll be more resistant to collision.
 

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You're in the same position I was in about 20 years ago when the JD 318 riding mower got to be more trouble than it was worth. Around here it was either John Deere or Kubota and I went with Kubota because the JD dealership ticked me off. I've still got that B2400. I got it with the FEL and a Befco rear mounted, rear discharge finishing mower. It was one of the best purchases that I ever made. I still have it and use it regularly and accumulated a bunch of implements to use on it over the years. You'll be amazed at what you can do with a small tractor.

I also have a 50hp Kubota with a cab for pasture mowing during the summer. A few years back I bought a "F" series Kubota front mount mower for the yard and it is a mowing machine. You can see that I like that orange paint.

The compact and sub-compact diesel tractors are expensive to buy but they just run and run and they can do just about anything that a bigger tractor can. It just takes them a little longer to gitter done.

PS. Get the front-end loader. It'll be the most expensive wheel barrow you ever bought but you'll appreciate it more and more with each passing year and they are pretty easy to take off and put on although I leave mine on most of the time.
 

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I have two JD tractors, one is the X584 with four wheel steering to mow around all the trees I have planted over the years. I use that for the majority of my mowing. The second is a 3 cylinder diesel four wheel drive X758 that gets used mostly with a snowblower mounted for snow removal on my 600 ' driveway. The best part is that it's all shaft driven so there's not a belt to be found. It does see some mowing in the summer. I'm sure it's a bit smaller than what you have in mind. I did consider the JD 1025, but it was a little bigger than I needed although it's always handy to have a front end loader. As often as I would really need it I find it cheaper to just rent one. When my septic system needed to be replaced I was getting estimates of around $30,000! I rented a Kubota with a backhoe and did it all myself for less than $1500. At any rate this is what my X758 looks like.

 

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Guy from the dealership called, said the box blade and mower should be in Friday and, if so, they can deliver everything Saturday morning. I can hardly wait. I've got jobs lined up for it. :D
 
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You're in the same position I was in about 20 years ago when the JD 318 riding mower got to be more trouble than it was worth. Around here it was either John Deere or Kubota and I went with Kubota because the JD dealership ticked me off. I've still got that B2400. I got it with the FEL and a Befco rear mounted, rear discharge finishing mower. It was one of the best purchases that I ever made. I still have it and use it regularly and accumulated a bunch of implements to use on it over the years. You'll be amazed at what you can do with a small tractor.

I also have a 50hp Kubota with a cab for pasture mowing during the summer. A few years back I bought a "F" series Kubota front mount mower for the yard and it is a mowing machine. You can see that I like that orange paint.

The compact and sub-compact diesel tractors are expensive to buy but they just run and run and they can do just about anything that a bigger tractor can. It just takes them a little longer to gitter done.

PS. Get the front-end loader. It'll be the most expensive wheel barrow you ever bought but you'll appreciate it more and more with each passing year and they are pretty easy to take off and put on although I leave mine on most of the time.
Oh, I am getting the front loader, for sure. I got spoiled by that little Johnny Bucket on my little Cub Cadet. I have a driveway and a gun range to maintain. :D NOW, I need to order some sand for my rifle range back stop.
 
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