Though my Kubota B7100 was a good machine overall, it was getting harder to get my leg over the center hump--especially when my knee was acting up, AND, the lack of power steering made it a workout to use the loader.
I put and the backhoe up for sale this spring, thinking I could move it fairly quickly.
Got a lot of tire kickers, and a couple guys that low-balled me after I took off from work to meet them and let them try out the tractor, but no one really serious...
After 3 months, I finally decided I'd put power steering on it myself, and pulled the main ad, and just had a blurb about it in another ad with a bunch of other things I was selling.
Lo and behold, a guy calls me 2 days later and wants to see it... I was skeptical, but we set a time and he came out... Drove it a little, and gave me my asking price, no questions asked!!! (I had to pull my jaw off my chest, lol)
So, I started looking in earnest for another compact tractor... aside from the usual requirements for FEL, 4 wd, diesel, hydro tranny, it HAD to have power steering, and a flat operator's platform. I also wanted decent ground clearance--- the Kubota BX- series and similar machines were a little too low to the ground for me...and finally, I figured a little more power than the 'bota's 16 HP would be nice.
I started looking for something--called all the local dealers--Kubota, John Deere, New Holland, Yanmar, M-F, Mahindra, etc., but nothing available. Several tried to talk me into a bigger machine--35 or more hp, but I didn't want anything that big.
I finally called a guy that sells Mahindras up in Logan, UT, about 70 mile from me--he just happened to have a couple of Mahindra Max tractors. The Max series is actually made by Mitsubishi--I'd driven one a year ago before I bought the Kubota, and really liked them.
I also drove the Mahindra e-Max, which is made in Korea by TYM--didn't like it as well... the operator's position wasn't as comfortable for me, though I did like the side by side travel pedals...
Anyway--I had a choice between a new Max 22, and a repossessed Max 25 with 8 hours and 3 years of the 5 year warranty remaining. The tractors are identical, other than the Max 25 has the fuel tweaked to get a little more power.
I ended up taking the Max 25. I took Betsy and a trailer up the following week, along with a check for a little north of $13,000 and she was mine.
On the way home, I stopped by mom's to show her my new toy... not being one to pass up an opportunity, mom asked if I could use the tractor to bury a length of culvert she was using to bring irrigation water to her field...
So, the Max 25 got it's first good workout. Boy, do I love this tractor!!! The PS works great, it has plenty of power for what I need, and almost twice the bucket lift capacity of the Kubota.
We worked her even harder at my son's house--digging out a lawn at the side of the house so he can lay gravel in for an RV pad. Soon as I can figure out how to load videos, I'll put a couple in the post.
The only thing I don't care for is the industrial tires... the area around the pipe was muddy, and the tires became slicks very quickly. Does anyone know a good source for wheels and Ag tires for this machine? It takes a 6-12 front and a 9-16 rear for ag tires....
At any rate, now I have a tractor that's pretty much what I've been wanting for more years than I care to recall....