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This is what I looked at yesterday - Kubota RTV-X1120D in camo -

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While I’ve 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 didn’t 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 Messick’s 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.
 

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This is what I looked at yesterday - Kubota RTV-X1120D in camo -

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While I’ve 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 didn’t 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 Messick’s 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.
Think you can put a 7 Iron mower deck under it and slap some 997 decals on it?! :lol:
 

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Nice looking machine there CT! Could you have a super loud exhaust switch put on it to interrupt the unwanted loud fireside chat noise you get to hear? :dunno:


Think you can put a 7 Iron mower deck under it and slap some 997 decals on it?! :lol:
I bet OC could do it! :good2:

And for the super deluxe version i bet he would put a rare earth magnetic bar on the front of the deck to pick up any odd bits of metal laying in the yard before they hit the blades......just odd bits of metal.....nothing specific in mind here....... :mocking:

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:good2:glad u liked it -coal train---and that u found it was easy to get in and out. but that wasn't the same for me. and yeah the pimped out one i looked at is way.....................cheaper than the newer deere model i fell in love with for sure. the dealer i stopped at and tried getting in and out of-told me he would bring one here for me to try out for one week---of course he was figuring i wouldn't send it back-oh.

i found a jd one yesterday that just came off a rental lease deal with only like 50 hrs on it. price is real good. called today. i fell asleep finally-so maybe he will call tomorrow morning. no cab-in fact no goodies at all except power dump-but it's a start. wouldn't bother with it-except its so new and has warranty with it.
 

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:good2:glad u liked it -coal train---and that u found it was easy to get in and out. but that wasn't the same for me. and yeah the pimped out one i looked at is way.....................cheaper than the newer deere model i fell in love with for sure. the dealer i stopped at and tried getting in and out of-told me he would bring one here for me to try out for one week---of course he was figuring i wouldn't send it back-oh.

i found a jd one yesterday that just came off a rental lease deal with only like 50 hrs on it. price is real good. called today. i fell asleep finally-so maybe he will call tomorrow morning. no cab-in fact no goodies at all except power dump-but it's a start. wouldn't bother with it-except its so new and has warranty with it.
The one I rode in actually didn’t have doors on it - not even the stock half doors like in the pic. Maybe that is why it seemed easy to get in and out.

I think what impressed me the most being my first time was the hydro transmission - it acted a lot like our tractors in a way. Maybe the familiarity of the way it felt did something for me. Of course I will try a Deere and some other models before I would buy - I am 8-12 months out before it is even possible but figure it’s time to start looking around when I get a chance. It’s not like I have a bunch of dealers near by....

And also depends on Mrs. C’s outsome with upcoming surgery(s) - she really needs to start driving again because she really needs to start spending some time with her parents who will be in their 80’s soon. So a new car might be in order which of course will take precedence over a buggy like this.
 

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I like the looks of it. I would not need the fancy wheels, camo, or 1/2 doors. The only thing I see lacking is a roof.
 

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I like the looks of it. I would not need the fancy wheels, camo, or 1/2 doors. The only thing I see lacking is a roof.
The 1/2 doors are standard on that model but would probably take them off for easier ingress.

After watching Gizmo’s Gator trials I had the guy quote it with a roof and windshield.

I though about the fancy wheels. The steel wheels on my tractor are showing use now and really could use repainting so I would opt for the aluminum wheels. You wouldn’t think of my area as a humid environment but it is because of the many tall trees. The canopy traps the moisture.

And the Camo - being I am so used to green I just don’t know if I could look at orange every day. The camo is only a $600 option.
 

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The 1/2 doors are standard on that model but would probably take them off for easier ingress.

After watching Gizmo’s Gator trials I had the guy quote it with a roof and windshield.

I though about the fancy wheels. The steel wheels on my tractor are showing use now and really could use repainting so I would opt for the aluminum wheels. You wouldn’t think of my area as a humid environment but it is because of the many tall trees. The canopy traps the moisture.

And the Camo - being I am so used to green I just don’t know if I could look at orange every day. The camo is only a $600 option.
My JD dealer told me the aluminum wheels are stronger than the steel wheels, on the Deere models.
 

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The 1/2 doors are standard on that model but would probably take them off for easier ingress.

After watching Gizmo’s Gator trials I had the guy quote it with a roof and windshield.

I though about the fancy wheels. The steel wheels on my tractor are showing use now and really could use repainting so I would opt for the aluminum wheels. You wouldn’t think of my area as a humid environment but it is because of the many tall trees. The canopy traps the moisture.

And the Camo - being I am so used to green I just don’t know if I could look at orange every day. The camo is only a $600 option.
I agree 100% on the orange! I would definitely have to have camo if I opted for a Kubota.
I think the Kubota diesel is as good as it gets. The hydro tranny would be nice in allot of ways, one being great hill descent control.
I can't really think of any disadvantages with hydro.

Like you mentioned, I too was struck by how easy the SxS's are to get in and out of. That's why I don't pay too much attention to the "why don't you just get a jeep" comments...Jeeps aren't exactly the easiest vehicle to enter and exit if you need to keep jumping out to pick up sticks in the yard. Plus no power dump box.
 

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I agree 100% on the orange! I would definitely have to have camo if I opted for a Kubota.
I think the Kubota diesel is as good as it gets. The hydro tranny would be nice in allot of ways, one being great hill descent control.
I can't really think of any disadvantages with hydro.

Like you mentioned, I too was struck by how easy the SxS's are to get in and out of. That's why I don't pay too much attention to the "why don't you just get a jeep" comments...Jeeps aren't exactly the easiest vehicle to enter and exit if you need to keep jumping out to pick up sticks in the yard. Plus no power dump box.
IMO the Gator 625i or 825i was/is really tight to get in and out of.
 

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You reminded me that I didn’t mention the dump box. It is hydraulic and fast. At idle it raised all the way within about 3 seconds (empty of course).

A project that I have had in the back of my mind for years is stockpiling some 3”-4” river stone that I have upstream off my tram road. A quick and able dump would be a must for that.
 

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IMO the Gator 625i or 825i was/is really tight to get in and out of.
You better go try out the 835/865! Maybe making the doors swing the other way helped.
The kubotas are pretty roomy too I've heard. I've never been to a kubota dealer to see one, I would need to wear a disguise:hide:
 

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You reminded me that I didn’t mention the dump box. It is hydraulic and fast. At idle it raised all the way within about 3 seconds (empty of course).

A project that I have had in the back of my mind for years is stockpiling some 3”-4” river stone that I have upstream off my tram road. A quick and able dump would be a must for that.
That's a pleasant by product of the Hydro transmission...you have hydraulics available already! Was the power steering hydro too, like a tractor?
 

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You reminded me that I didn’t mention the dump box. It is hydraulic and fast. At idle it raised all the way within about 3 seconds (empty of course).
Oh great, now we are going to have to have a "my box dumps faster than your box" thread. We will fit that in between the R4 tires are better than R3 tires thread...or was it the other way around...
 

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You better go try out the 835/865! Maybe making the doors swing the other way helped.
The kubotas are pretty roomy too I've heard. I've never been to a kubota dealer to see one, I would need to wear a disguise:hide:
Our 560 has WAY more room than the one(s) I mentioned.
 

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Our 560 has WAY more room than the one(s) I mentioned.
:hi: Yepp, and that legroom was the main reason for me to buy the 550 :good2:
 

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That's a pleasant by product of the Hydro transmission...you have hydraulics available already! Was the power steering hydro too, like a tractor?
Yes on the steering - hydrostatic just like our tractors.
 

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Impressive machines until you try a JD XUV835. Those Kubotas ride like a wagon by comparison, and the hydro (which I know seems cool) is out of place in a UTV. Go look up the sled pulls between the Kubotas and the older JD XUV825's...the JD's would pull farther and then eventually run out of traction with all four spinning. The Kubota would pull 2/3 as far and then go into hydrostatic relief and just sit there squealing.
 

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Impressive machines until you try a JD XUV835. Those Kubotas ride like a wagon by comparison, and the hydro (which I know seems cool) is out of place in a UTV. Go look up the sled pulls between the Kubotas and the older JD XUV825's...the JD's would pull farther and then eventually run out of traction with all four spinning. The Kubota would pull 2/3 as far and then go into hydrostatic relief and just sit there squealing.
Sort of like our tractors at times? :lol:
 

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Impressive machines until you try a JD XUV835. Those Kubotas ride like a wagon by comparison, and the hydro (which I know seems cool) is out of place in a UTV. Go look up the sled pulls between the Kubotas and the older JD XUV825's...the JD's would pull farther and then eventually run out of traction with all four spinning. The Kubota would pull 2/3 as far and then go into hydrostatic relief and just sit there squealing.
I posted last fall about a tree trimming business ordered Kubota 4 seaters for their crews to use cutting power right of way. Took delivery , took the first one out to job site would not make it up the right of way they had been working at. Called the dealer they brought another machine , same thing would not climb up the right of way with or without any workers and equipment.. The company canceled the complete contract with Kubota somewhere around 500 or machines.

Only thing I'll say still LOVE the Honda 700 , may not have enough room inside cab for some, or others not liking the fact of no low range. But after 1800 + miles of hauling , going up very steep inclines in 2wd, and going down very steep inclines and using brakes maybe one time. I've had the machine back to dealer the one time for valve adjustment (Honda recommends). I'll never own another CVT in a SXS, Like the one in the Subie .:dunno:
 
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