I really have my purchase options for a new tractor narrowed down to either the 590 or the Kubota GR2020. Here are the issues I'm sort of hung up on. Hopefully someone here can address them and provide some advice / recommendations.
1) I've never used a tractor that has the 2-pedal hydro operation. I'm also considering the Kubota 1 "treadle" pedal design and have driven one. I will be driving a JD today to test out the 2-pedal. Any thoughts either way? (Actually, I've never had a tractor that had any pedals to operate the hydro, having used a Cub Cadet 129 for the past 37 years)
2) The reverse safety switch...again...my old Cub has no such thing so I can go forward and reverse at will. I know the switch can be disabled but, if I'm correct, whenever the dealer does work on it he will reconnect it (?) It just seems that having to hit that switch every time to go in reverse sounds like a bit of a pain.
3) The quick oil change system...any thoughts on this? It appears one is only doing an expensive partial change at best. Love the idea of not having to mess with an oil pan bolt, but, when it's time to change oil, then all the oil should be changed.
4) Mulching kit...yes or no? The Kubota dealer tells me that it doesn't work all that well (at least when mowing tall grass) AND he mentions that it's engaged all the time. The Deere dealer I've been visiting tells me that on the 590 it can be turned on and off. Thoughts on it? The mulching idea sounds nice if it works well.
Thanks for any input...