Anytime you’re looking for a tractor and you visit your local Kubota dealership, you usually see a few used Kubota tractors. Some customers look right past them and gaze at the shiny new Kubota tractors waiting for a good home, while there is nothing wrong with a new tractor, I want to take some time to help dispel some common misconceptions about used Kubota tractors. Obviously every tractor is different and some of the misconceptions can be true, but as a whole the used Kubotas at our shop do not fall into the following categories:
Used Tractors are Worn Out: There are many reasons why customers trade in Kubotas. The primary one is that their needs have changed. Whether they’re going to start doing hay or just moved onto a larger property, rarely is it ever because a unit is done. If a tractor is properly maintained it can live for upwards of 4500-5000 hours. Most tractors get traded at the 1,000 hour mark, meaning the majority of used tractors on our lot have the majority of their life in from of them. We make sure all of our tractors are ready for heavy use.
It was Traded in for a “Reason”: While this is always true, usually the reason isn’t as sinister as it seems. Again, the primary reason our customers trade their used Kubota tractors in is because their need have changed, not because of a mechanical failure.
The Previous Owner was Probably Abusive: While this can be the case, it’s not the most common occurrence. Most of our customers take great care of their tractors, changing oil and conducting proper maintenance. Again the largest reason for trading a Kubota is changing needs, not mechanical failure due to abusive treatment.
You Can’t Get Parts for an Older Kubota: Kubota has one of the best parts programs in the industry. Even if we don’t have the part in stock chances are, we can get one in a couple days time; even for units dating back to the 70s.
You Can’t Get Shop Manuals for Older Kubotas: If you’re a DIY guy looking for a project there is nothing better than a Kubota fixer upper. Shop manuals are almost always available, so you can figure out exactly how to get the unit into pristine order on your own.
There is No Support for Used Kubotas: It’s true that most used Kubota tractors have outlived their warranty. That said, we have a 30 day guarantee on all used tractors, so if something goes wrong mechanically that isn’t your fault, we’ll take care of it. Even past that initial 30 days we’ll work with you to help you find out what is going on with your unit if a problem should arise. We never leave our customers hanging out to dry.
Used Kubotas are “Cheap”: Cheap having a negative connotation in this example, as in “lack value”, the answer is no. With the Kubota diesel engine, and the long life associated with it, Kubotas retain workable value for many years and thousands of hours. While used Kubota’s are not usually as expensive as new machines, the quality and craftsmanship that Kubota is known for is still there. That means that in a lot of cases those used Kubota tractors offer the most bang for your buck!
Used Kubota Tractors Can’t Use Modern Implements: Some of the best news for anyone looking for a used tractor is that most modern implements run off of the three point hitch, which hasn’t changed much in the last 40 years. You may run into an issue with remote hydraulic or plumbing for a loader but there is almost always some kind of work around for these types exceptions.
Used Kubota Tractors Don’t Have as Many Features: This one is actually true. However it shouldn’t be viewed as a bad thing. At the end of the day, our customers are looking for a tool to get a particular job done. While the new features can make that job easier, a lot of the time the older, simpler tractors can do just as well if not better.
Used Kubota Tractor are Dirty: This is by far the cheapest and easiest thing to remedy. At our shop we thoroughly clean all of our used units when they come in so this is a non factor. As for aesthetic ailments like rust or scratches, paint is fairly cheap and Kubota metal is as sturdy and resilient as they make.
Again, there are exceptions to every rule, but next time you’re looking for a tractor don’t completely overlook the used section. Used Kubota tractors retain their value well and in fact can be the best bang for your buck. The biggest factor in purchasing a used Kubota is who you’re buying it from. All the guarantees regarding how well the tractor runs, support, and even cleanliness can only come from a servicing dealer. Craigslist and over used tractor sites of that nature can be a gamble. So if you’re in the notion for a used tractor give us a call or stop by!