Compact Equipment

OCT 2018

Compact Equipment is a magazine dedicated to equipment owners and operators of small, nimble, tool-carrying construction, landscape and ag equipment — such as skid steers, mini excavators, compact tractors, generators compressors and beyond.

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42 Compact Equipment OCTOBER 2018 features tractors that offer an engine gross horsepower from 40 to 58 hp and PTO horsepower from 29 to 45 hp. "The DK10SE has unparalleled convenience with easy access to the fuel filter, oil filter, coolant reservoir, dipstick and fuel tank," says Phillips. "This makes routine mainte- nance checks a breeze to do on your own." Kubota Kubota Tractor Corp. was founded in 1972, three years after the first Kubotas — the L200s — came to America. Today, the company continues to strengthen its compact tractor offerings for small agriculture and the residential market. "Ranging from 17.5 to 62 hp, Kubota compact tractors are ideal for everything from estate maintenance chores to commercial landscaping and small farming," says Ty- ler Pittson, Kubota product manager, compact and util- ity tractors. "With a host of performance-enhancing up- grades, the B and L Series promise and deliver to increase efficiency, power and comfort." Kubota's newest line is the BX80 Series sub-compact diesel tractors. The BX80 Series boasts four sub-compact four-wheel-drive diesel tractor models: the BX1880, BX2380, BX2680 and BX23S. "The BX80 Series maintains unmatched ergonomics and operability, with Kubota engines delivering top-of-class power and fuel efficiency," says Pittson. "The new BX80 line, introduced in early 2017, is the perfect choice for first-time tractor buyers. The BX80 Series maintains own- er-friendly versatility with attachments and implements for any job, including mid-mount mower decks, operator- friendly Swift-Tach front loaders, front- and rear-mounted snowblowers and a full line of industry-leading Land Pride implements." John Deere Of course, you can't talk tractors without bringing up John Deere. The company made its mark in the compact tractor market in 1937 with the introduction of its Model L tractor, offering a smaller solution to customers. John Deere currently sells four families of compact tractors, which are built in the company's Augusta, Ga., facility. "On many of these tractors we offer our industry- exclusive drive-over Autoconnect mower deck, which makes attaching and detaching the mower deck quick and easy," says Jon Schebler, product marketing manager, compact utility tractors for John Deere. "Additionally, many of our compact utility tractors offer Quik-Park loaders, allowing the operator to quickly remove or install the loader implement." In 2017, John Deere released four redesigned models: the 2025R, 3025E, 3032E and 3038E. FAN FAVORITES Kioti and John Deere Discuss Their Most Popular Units Despite new and updated machines hitting the mar- ket, there are certain tried-and-true tractors operators rely on from manufacturers. Both Kioti and John Deere point out some popular tractors in their product lines. "There are two models that we'd consider the most popular — the compact CK3510 and CK4010," says Tim Phillips, national sales manager for Kioti Tractor. "The horsepower on these machines [35 to 40 hp] hits the sweet spot for most people. The body size is com- fortable. It's not massive so it doesn't feel overwhelm- ing or overpowering, which is important as folks want to feel fully in control." "The 3E Series continues to be one of the more pop- ular models, due to the versatility and durability of the machines while being very affordable too," says Jon Schebler, product marketing manager, compact util- ity tractors for John Deere. "The tight turning radius makes the machine extremely maneuverable, which is ideal for a variety of tasks. Additionally, customers ap- preciate the ease of use, praising the ergonomic and intuitive operator station, which features color-coded controls. Customers also like the independent PTO system, two-range hydrostatic transmission and Twin- Touch foot controls." The tight turning radius of the John Deere 3038E makes the machine extremely maneuverable, which is ideal for a variety of tasks.

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