As many of you know, I've been searching for a CUT for several months. I decided to spend Friday visiting new tractor dealerships to see what they had, prices, and to compare machines. AND, I hoped I might get lucky and find a used tractor. I had to help a friend out in a town 70 miles north of me, but I knew there were a lot of tractor dealerships there.
I test drove several machines-- including 2 Mahindras--a Mahindra Maxx and an e-Maxx. The Maxx has a Mitsubishi engine, while the eMaxx has a Daedong engine. I didn't like the operator's position on the eMaxx as the pedals were right where I wanted to put my feet. Both were pretty impressive little machines, although, being Mahindra's challenge to the Kubota BX series, they only had about 6-7" of ground clearance.
It was an impressive machine--26 hp, controls easy to reach, 2 speed hydro, etc. It's made by Iseki, so it's good quality. I would buy this machine if I could afford it.
I also looked over a Yanmar 2620?. It's in the same league as the Mahindras and Kubota BX26- series.
Prices were in the $13,000 to $16,000 range.
As I was leaving town, I noticed an equipment rental yard. Taking a cue from Pager450, I went in and asked if they had any compact tractors for sale....
Turns out they did.
They have a Kubota B7800--30 gross hp with HST, power steering, and a LA402 loader. Time on the 4 digit hour meter was 789 hours. The engine started easily--no blue smoke, and ran well. The loader was off the machine at the time, but they allowed me to test drive the tractor.
I was surprised at the sharp turning radius, and the operator's platform was very comfortable. I'm not a big fan of Kubota's travel pedals for the hydro, but I figured I could modify them more to my liking.
One thing that I didn't care for was that it was almost impossible to use the steering brakes and press the hydro pedal at the same time. I did try it, but wasn't sure I was pressing hard enough to actually use them.
Another odd thing--after I used the steer pedal, the tractor would "jump" a bit when I pressed the rear hydro--kind of like it engaged all of a sudden. This gradually went away as I drove the machine. I'm thinking that maybe the brake mechanism was connected to the hydro pedal and that maybe it hadn't been lubed recently so the brake mechanism didn't fully return after I used it.
If this is a more serious problem than I realize, please let me know.
There was a small amount of hydro whine, but it didn't seem to be excessive.
There are a few issues. I crawled under the machine and looked for leaks, etc. I noticed that several of the mounting bolts for the loader had come out of their holes. The loader has one tilt cylinder that has a slight leak. Reading up on tractordata.com, I found that the lights on these machines are merely taillight bulbs in a reflector--so auxiliary lights may be in order. I also didn't see any hydraulics to the rear of the machine, but maybe I didn't look carefully enough.
It has R4-type tires on it, and the front tires are pretty worn. Plus, someone mounted one tire backwards. New tires are $130 each, so I didn't fret too much about it.
The store owner said he would sell it to me for $7,000--which I thought was a fair price.
Anyway, here's some pictures, lest anyone chew me out for not uploading them...
Any comments? Anyone own a B7800? What is your impression of them?