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    I'm just curious as to what the general opinions are of the various makes of compact tractors today, besides Deere. I'm looking at Massey-Ferguson, New Holland, Kubota, and Kioti as other options in this category. Thanks.

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    Personally, in the compact class, I'd buy a Kubota without reservation if it fit what I needed at the time, they have a few models that are really nice with great features-a few (B2301 and B2601 in particular) rival the JD equivalents in many aspects. The other three you mentioned wouldn't ever be on my radar having seen them up close.
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    In my area the New Holland and Kioti dealers are pushing sale hard. They are offering equipment with specs comparable to Deere & Kubota at much lower prices but almost all of them are new dealers that all seem to be selling out of garages behind their houses. I didn't look at New Holland when I was buying but the Kioti doesn't compare when it comes to fit/finish and I had concerns about the dealer still being there and in business 5-10 years down the road. I've also heard some real horror stories about getting parts for some of the Korean-made equipment. Fixing things under warranty is expected but if it's going to take 8 months to get the parts that doesn't leave you with much.

    In the long run, Deere won out for me because I *think* I can count on there being a dealer around for the long term.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kennyd View Post
    Personally, in the compact class, I'd buy a Kubota without reservation if it fit what I needed at the time, they have a few models that are really nice with great features-a few (B2301 and B2601 in particular) rival the JD equivalents in many aspects. The other three you mentioned wouldn't ever be on my radar having seen them up close.
    My uncle just bought a Kubota B2601. I haven't had any seat time on it, but seems to be a quality machine. He was going back and forth between this and 1025, ended up with a better deal from Kubota.

    We'll see as it gets more time if it's worse,better or equal.

    Of course I'll have to haul the 4520 over to his house to dig his footing holes with the 12" auger...
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    What's this you say? There are other tractor manufacturers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nboyan82 View Post
    I'm just curious as to what the general opinions are of the various makes of compact tractors today, besides Deere. I'm looking at Massey-Ferguson, New Holland, Kubota, and Kioti as other options in this category. Thanks.
    If you don't need a BH the BX would be fine, but I DO NOT see an advantage in price. Unless these back yard dealers are slashing to the bone, which I cannot imagine. The B are certainly on par. I will stick with Deere. Funny just looked again last evening.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Deere 1025R TLB View Post
    If you don't need a BH the BX would be fine.
    Interesting comment. Do you see disadvantages to the Backhoe for the BX series?

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    Your "best bet", imho, is DONT even LOOK at anything outside of JD.
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    I researched them all too. The trundle pedal eliminated the Kubota for me. NH was a strong contender but the closest dealer was about 30 miles away while my deere dealer is 7. I also liked Mahindra very much, but again location, location, location.
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    I've had experience with a Mahindra and a Massey Ferguson that was actually a rebadged Iseki from Japan. They were both crap compared to Deere. Parts for the Massey other than filters were a week away, Deere parts never seem more than 1 or 2 days away. Be aware of new tractors that are sold out of a guys driveway or garage.
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