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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!
2005 JOHN DEERE GATOR HPX 4x4 ONLY 31 HOURS TOTAL TIME ON THIS TRAIL GATOR 4X4
THIS GATOR HAS NO SIGNS OF WEAR, NOR HAS IT BEEN USED FOR HARD WORK
THIS UNIT HAS THE GUENUINE JOHN DEERE FULL REAL GLASS CAB AND DOORS, COMPLETE WITH AN EXTERNAL HEATER! THE LITTLE TITTS ON THE TIRES ARE STILL INTACT AND THE RUBBER LOOKS AS IF IT IS NEW. THIS JOHN DEERE WAS STORED INSIDE ALL OF ITS LIFE.
Two-speed continuously variable transmission allows for optimal towing, hauling, and pulling in low gear up to 12 mph (19 kph) and transport in high gear up to 25 mph (40 kph)
I am selling the UTV for $ 2,820 URGENT !!!
If you are interested you can contact me at : [email protected]