This is what I looked at yesterday - Kubota RTV-X1120D in camo -
While Iíve had nothing but Deere equipment all my life, my hand is forced now to look elsewhere. My nearest dealer is now a 4 hour round trip.
We were in a city yesterday for an appointment so I ventured into a Kubota dealer. This place is primarily a heavy equipment dealer so they didnít have much as far as compact diesel tractors and zero turn mowers. As far as utility vehicles they had none of the small 500 series - only a few 1100 series.
So I got to try one out. My preference is for a diesel anyway although my budget says otherwise. It was very easy to get myself in and out which is a very important,thing for me. Then when I started it I was basically sold - the purr of that little diesel.
Took it for a quick slow spin around the lot. I was pleasantly surprised at how smooth the diesel was and especially how quiet it was - very easy to carry on a conversation. And the transmission - I think they call it a variable hydrostatic - was great. Mostly impressive to me was when you let off the fuel it slowed down. Hill decent control at its finest.
In this video the guy from Messickís explains it very well:
Being I am not a serious buyer yet I only spent a couple minutes on it but did get a starting price from the salesman. I will say that I am throughly impressed with all aspects of the machine. It would be hard for me to settle for anything less now. And this dealer is only a 2.5 hour round trip - much closer than Deere in case of issues.
Oh - and for Big Jim - they had a cabbed version on the lot with HVAC just like in the video.