Osaka, Japan’s world-famous “Kubota” brand is the most searched-for foreign tractor brand in the US, and there’s good reason for that: with exacting standards, the Kubota Corporation builds reliable tractors with over 120 years of experience in the heavy equipment industry — making them a fantastic choice for a used tractor.
Kubota has always manufactured their own agriculture machinery. Today, over 130 different makes of tractors are being produced by the company. Kubota entered the American market in 1969, adjusting to the fact that America requires a workload more demanding than those seen in Japanese farmlands, due to their size.
A Run-Down of Popular Kubota Tractor Models
There are various models of used Kubota tractors you’ll come across: the BX, B, TLB, M and L-series. Look toward a used Kubota BX for superb 4-wheel drive handling in a more compact build that offers great maneuverability. With 18 to 25.5 HP engines, the Kubota BX is most commonly used for garden and landscaping duties, as well as towing.
A Kubota B-series tractor is a great all-around choice for a used tractor; they’re suited for home and farm work, landscaping and maintenance, gardening and commercial use.
A more powerful used Kubota L tractor yields 30 to 59 horses, and is more suitable for larger tasks on a small to medium farm or stable for maintenance and landscaping.
If you’re needing a used tractor for construction work, look at a Kubota TLB or M series tractor: they’re typically used in light construction, and for various landscaping tasks.
Kubota vs. Other Brands
Kubota, regardless of its Japanese origins, is a direct competitor of John Deere and New Holland in both standard and compact tractor categories. Used Kubota tractors are also held in the same regard as these two brands. The Kubota company was actually the first to receive the “Deeming Award” for their manufacturing and environmental standards while maintaining operative performance. As you’ll undoubtedly see — used Kubota tractors retain their value and will be amongst the higher priced tractors in the resale market.
Economical & Environmental Characteristics
Like most, Kubota tractors come equipped with either gas or diesel engines, but most use gas because it is less pollution-producing. Kubota has a long history of being environmentally friendly. In 1974, the company acknowledged the fact that many of their tractor models were “gray-market” and had standards not compliant with the United States. In response, Kubota established its company in the US to comply to these standards. Today, all Kubota tractors feature engines that are liquid cooled, turbocharged, low-noise, low-vibration with compact construction.
If you’re looking at a used a Kubota B-series or up tractor model, be assured that it will have modernized safety features from its improvised standard metal hood for visibility, roll-over protection, expanded leg room with a high-back seat, reflective headlight spots all about the tractor, a wide step area and a large flat deck platform.
It’s important to note that all Kubota tractors manufactured before 1985 do not have roll-over protection and require a ROPS (roll over protective structure) to be installed. Read more about how you can order a ROPS for your Kubota.