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My last post disappeared so I'll try again...

There's a poll attached to this post so please vote and help me out!

I'm trying to decide between a new Kubota L3301HST and a new Kioti CK3510HST. I'll be doing both loader work and brush hogging in about 4 acres. I'm listing some pros of each below. Here's what I'm thinking:

Kubota L3301HST pros:
- I have 2 Kubota dealers about 30 miles away while there are 2 Kioti dealers about 75 miles away.
- Kubota seems to have a strong track record while I've heard stories that suggest Kioti may be less reliable, but I have no first-hand experience so judging reliability of a new CK3510HST model isn't easy. Some people love their Kioti tractors.
- Hydraulic hoses run inside loader arms, more secure and protected from tree branches, etc.

Kioti CK3510HST pros:
- Stronger loader, according to the specs anyway.
- More fully adjustable seat and available tilt steering wheel.
- Loader joystick is mounted near the driver seat, possibly reducing fatigue after hours of loader use.
- Has dual forward/reverse pedals versus the Kubota's treadle pedal. I'm just assuming I'd like the dual pedals better, but I know I'll get used to whatever I have.

So disregarding price (assume they're both in your budget), which would you choose and why?

There's a poll attached to this post so please vote and comment here as to why.

Thanks in advance, everybody!
 

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I would choose the Kubota, reason being that Kioti has been in the US market time and again and then dropped out stranding their owners. But, keep in mind I am a farmer and I have an expectation the tractor dealer and support will be around for decades in some form or another. I have ended up with stranded tractors, and the cost of downtime when parts are unavailable is astronomical.
 

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I would choose the Kubota, reason being that Kioti has been in the US market time and again and then dropped out stranding their owners.
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No they haven't.
They have been here since 1986.
In 1993 Daedong USA was formed
They only offered a few models till 1999 when the first DK model came out.http://www.kioti.com/about-us/
 

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My kioti hasn't had to go back yet, mowing, brush hog , loader, and backhoe all run fine, put it through the ringer while clearing the land for pr new house and it always came through
 

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My kioti hasn't had to go back yet, mowing, brush hog , loader, and backhoe all run fine, put it through the ringer while clearing the land for pr new house and it always came through
How long have you had it?
I ended up getting the Kubota and so far I really like it. Only thing that's maybe not ideal is its "treadle pedal" but I'm getting used to it.
 

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I've owned my Kioti DK 35 for 18 years (2001 model, currently has 2187 hours)
Tractor has never been back to the dealer.
Any parts I have ever needed I order online and they are at my door in a few days.
 

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I started clearing land with other orange tractor I borrowed.... it actually went back to dealer for repairs, A friend of his had a kioti, he brought and man did it work. The man had several tractors so he let us keep here for awhile, I ended up buying one to keep. It pulls, lifts, cuts, and keeps going. So I've had mine several months but been using one for around 3 years.
 
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