Ok, guys I need some help. I'm ready to pull the trigger on purchasing a SCUT and I have it narrowed down to a Kubota BX2370 or a John Deere 1025R. The options I want are 60" mower deck, and loader. I have test drove both units and they are both really nice. Each of them appear to have their own advantages. I am really leaning towards the 1025R. I was really impressed with all of the features and especially the drive over deck, larger 53" quick attach bucket, and the 3 point position control. The BX2370 hydraulic loader felt a little smoother to operate and it allows you to move and curl the bucket at the same time where the 1025R you could only do one at a time. I felt the 1025R has the advantage in loader lift capacity and larger bucket. The BX is only a 48" bucket and quick attach add's another $250 or so to the price. When I had the Kubota throttle all he way down to idle speed I curled the bucket on the ground to lift the front wheels off the ground and it couldn't do it unless I gave it more throttle RPM's. With the 1025R I had it running at idle speed with the lowest RPM's I could and it cranked the front wheels right off the ground. It just felt more stout to me! The 1025R has the 7 Iron deck (7 Gauge) and the Kubota mower deck just didn't feel as solid. The metal felt thinner and I didn't get a straight answer out of the salesman for what gauge it is.
Ok, so next I compaired prices. At first JD quoted me $2300 higher for the 1025R. So, I was getting ready to sign for the Kubota then that same day one of the JD dealers I was getting prices from came down and matched the Kubota's price! I was shocked they came down that much but he said the pricing came from a higher level and JD doesn't want to loose out to Kubota. Then Kubota drops another $300 that their territory manager is kicking in.
I have my personal feelings and like the JD better in many regards but the Kubota salesman is telling me that JD has too much plastic and that the loader is bulky to operate. He says that the Kubota engine is better than Yanmar which I don't really believe any of it.
What do you guys think that have or have owned both? The 1025R I was quoted has the H120 Loader and 60D deck. Is the 1025R the better deal here for ultimately only $300 more?