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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must because more traction or stabil- ity is required." He said a buyer also should consider getting R4 indus- trial tires instead of ag or turf tires. "They usually are more expensive, but they typically last longer and are more versatile. And I suppose if you don't mind having to stop to engage the PTO, not having an independent PTO would be a lower-cost option." If economy is equated to simplic- ity, manual switching and mechani- cal controls would seem preferable on basic utility tractors. Pittson ex- plains how that plays out in Kubota transmission choices. "Some tractors have electronic hydrostatic transmis- sions and electronic engagement of PTOs. Typically, an economy tractor has mechanical hydrostatic or me- chanical servo control hydrostatic," he says. "Higher-end transmissions are usually electronically controlled, which allows for more features like cruise control and auto-throttle ad- vance." 47 Kubota recommends the L3901 utility tractor as an "economy" model, partly be- cause it comes with either hydrostatic or a mechanical synchro-shuttle transmission.

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