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Hello everyone,

First time tractor buyer and new to the forum so.. Greetings! Hoping I can solicit some advice from you guys that know a thing or two about tractors...

I have narrowed my search down to two tractors. I would like to buy either a Kubota M6060 or a Mahindra 6075 new. There are a few factors that concern me since I have little knowledge of tractors. At the top of my list is the new Tier 4 emissions, now, Mahindra claims to have solved the problem with their $30m researched mCRD technology. From what I hear the regen process of the Kubota and other tractors is nothing to worry about and as long as you run it at high rpm it doesn't have to regen, seems counter intuitive to create a lower emission engine but ask people to overwork the engine and burn more fuel but again I am a novice...

I know you guys will be curious what I intend to use the tractor for so here goes:

Managing 15 acres which will be a combination of a 1 acre garden and about 20 head of cattle, I do not intend to bale hay straight away but may do so a few years down the road. I also build houses occasionally and would use the tractor to spread dirt for the house pads. Occasionally some road maintenance on the farm, plenty of loader work, brush clearing and miscellaneous other tasks.

My opinions so far... in case anyone was wondering...

Kubota

Pros:

Large dealer network, parts and service easy to find
Holds value well
Only 12% HP loss at PTO, impressive

Cons:

The 6060 only comes in 6 speed transmission
Tier 4 emissions system


Mahindra

Pros:

Better HP, lift capacity, heavier frame for about the same price as 6060
15 speed transmission
Less plastic parts, heavier duty plastic where used
Hydraulic hoses seem to be better placed where more difficult to damage

Cons:

Only just introduced to Mahindra today, but during my visit I couldn't see anything I really disliked about the 6075... except one, the thing weighs a lot more than the Kubota. At nearly 7,000 pounds, I wonder how often I will get stuck and how difficult it would be to get unstuck.

Looking for any experience, positive or negative with these brands, especially Mahindra because I feel like I know less about that brand. 'Appreciate y'all, God bless.
 

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Both sound like excellent machines. Which one do / did you like best after operating it for several minutes? That's what really matters is what your impressions were after operating every aspect of either machine.
 
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I don't know, I've had little trouble deciding on which tractor to get until now. The Kubota is a little more snappy but I really felt like the Mahindra beat the snot out of it on the specs and I know just about every time I have been on a tractor out here in East Texas someone has wanted me to push over a tree instead of calling a tree removal specialist... so the weight and lift capacity has me leaning ever so slightly toward the Mahindra

The more I read about Mahindra however I get worried about all the maintenance problems, there are some horror stories out there, dealers don't seem to have a problem picking up the machines and servicing them but I am reading several accounts of dealers not knowing how to fix them because Mahindra has a loose policy with who gets to become a dealer, one guy said basically if you sell lawn mowers Mahindra will give you a dealer license. So if I go Mahindra I will have to somehow make sure the service department has the experience to service it when things start to break.

I liked both cockpits, very comfortable machines to ride on. I guess what it comes down to for me (with what I know right now), if Mahindras didn't seem so problem riddled, I would choose Mahindra for the price and the loader capacity & rigidity that you get for that price but I don't want to be in a situation where I am constantly having to take it to the shop
 

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Dad's YT359 has been a good machine. we got the industrial tires and loaded up the rears. It is considerably stronger than the old Kubota L2550dt, but then it is twice the machine, so it should be.
I keep on hearing not so good things about Mahindra. Kubota used to be the gold standard for these machines. I've heard somethings about their use of cast aluminum I don't care for. with a tractor, heavier is better.
 

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Dad's YT359 has been a good machine. we got the industrial tires and loaded up the rears. It is considerably stronger than the old Kubota L2550dt, but then it is twice the machine, so it should be.
I was actually sold on the Yanmar until I started looking at other brands and comparing specs and seeing what I could get in raw power vs the Yanmar, but looking again at it... I'm not sure there is much of a difference. Yanmar seems like it's pretty light weight though comparatively. Should that be a concern?

Do you think I would be able to work a plow and do small scale row cropping well with the yt359?

Thing is, the guy that sells Yanmar in my area is hands down the best dealer I've dealt with and I have known him for a few years. I am real tempted to go with my first love and get the yt359.
 

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Like I said, loaded up the tires and weight isn't an issue. Those industrial tires are big, so they hold plenty of ballast.

Honestly, you could likely do what you want with half the power. Haying might be an exception to that. There are small hay balers out there that could run behind a 30hp machine, but not so many of them. Dad still keeps the old Kubota for gardening (he has a 2 acre garden) The Yanmar is used for mainly loader and brush hog work. Used to all be done with the Kubota, but it had an axle problem 1 spring (probably the first non-abuse failure for it in the 35 years or so he has had it) when he wanted to use it that took quite some time to fix, so he picked up a spare tractor. Not a bad plan if you've got the space and money. I certainly don't.

Row cropping, I've never done, but it used to happen behind a mule and later the small Fords. It's just a matter of sizing the plow to the machine isn't it. We used to drag a big old school cultivator (pull a rope to engage the square chain drive to raise and lower the tines type of thing) behind the Kubota and now just use a 3 point tiller.
 

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Whichever brand you decide to go with I suggest that you have the rear tires filled. I was given a loaner without filled tires while mine was in the shop and it was frustrating to say the least. The rear end danced around like it was on ice and good luck turning when it's like that.
 
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