Well, a guy finally came through with enough money, and should be picking up my JD420 tomorrow--darn it!!
Anyway, I've been looking for a compact of sub-compact tractor for awhile. I'm mainly interested in the better fuel economy of a diesel, the 4wd capability for winter work, and parts support, etc. I'm not averse to a grey market machine as long as it corresponds fairly closely to a US Market model so I can get parts (I know Kubota and Yanmar dealers won't sell parts for a grey market machine).
I've found a couple machines on the local want ads here.
One is a Kubota B6100 with a loader, scraper, post hole digger and cab. The owner says it didn't come with a generator, and that there is an onboard charger to keep the battery up.
Doesn't this machine have a generator? Can one be retrofitted fairly easily? The machine seems to be in pretty good shape, has about 2,400 hrs, and he's asking $6,600.
This is about the size machine I want, and the cab is an extra, but it seems like the price is a little high... I would say somewhere in the $4,500 to $5,000 range, but I'm not real familiar with the tractor. I also think I would want more than 14 hp--though I plan to use it primarily for plowing, and the front end loader.
Then there's a Kubota B2100--actually two of them though I think they're the same machine, just listed by different family members.
Notice the machine with the man and child-- it's from one ad, while the other pics are from another ad--location is also about 70 miles apart.
This series has some nice features, like power steering and optional hydrostatic transmission, though I don't know which transmission this particular machine has.
The first ad is asking $3,000 including a scraper and sprayer, the second $3,900... both include a scraper--which has guage wheels on both machines, and the suitcase weights and again appears to be identical. I called on the one for $3,900--the guy said he is selling it for his son, and couldn't tell me the hours because the meter doesn't work... also didn't know the year.
Then there's this Mitsubishi MT1601D with a tiller--I'm positive it's a grey market machine. It has 724 hours, and the guy is asking $4,600... which I think is way high because there's an importer in Oregon that brings these in, puts a loader on them, then sells them with a tiller for for the same or less. Another guy in Idaho buys from the importer, then paints them, which is where I think this one came from.
I've also heard that the Mitsubishis are not as dependable as a Yanmar or Kubota, and I'm really uncertain as to parts availability for this one...
So, please chime in with your experience, opinions, etc. as to fair selling prices, dependability, parts sources, etc.
Edited by Utah Smitty, January 03, 2014 - 11:07 PM.