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About steveb5004

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  1. Hi there! I'm a total newbie to the market and am not even sure if I'm posting this in the right forum area. I'm looking for a side-by-side machine that can handle lots of light farm/homestead work. I've focused on the Kubota 400ci and the John Deere Gator TS. Both are right in my price range (less than $10K). I'm leaning toward the Kubota because: -Kubota has zero percent financing, compared to JD's current rate of 4.5 percent -It's 4x4, whereas that's an expensive upgrade for the Gator. Things that are important to me: -Dump bed. This is a necessity, and the stronger the better. I'll be hauling firewood, dirt, lots of kids, etc. -Ability to pull a trailer, which will often be loaded with firewood and other supplies. -Ability to get out of the mud. This is why 4x4 is important to me. I may eventually add a snow blade, but not right now. -Low maintenance and low maintenance costs. I can change oil, belts and plugs, but I would rather not do anything more than that. Things that are not important to me: -Top end speed. I have no real need for anything to go over 20 mph. Sure it would be fun, but I don't want it to affect the decision. -Super sporty looks. I like the look of both the Kubota and Gator, so that's not really a deal breaker. The only real concerns I have about the Kubota is the CVT transmission. Perhaps it's great, but I assume it's much more expensive to fix that the simple belt-driven Gator. Any thoughts are greatly appreciated!


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