Kubota is not only known for its fleet of lawn mowers, the company makes great tractors, too. In fact, it invented the sub compact tractor segment of the market. Tractors are manufactured at Kubota Manufacturing of America in Gainesville, Georgia. Considering how popular these products are there is no doubt that prospective owners may have questions. What follows is a Q and A concerning Kubota tractors.
Q: How do you identify the model year of Kubota tractors?
A: Log on to Tractordata.com and provide the model number of the tractor. The site will give a range of years that particular tractor was built. For example, if you own a B7800 Kubota tractor, it was manufactured from 2003 to 2008. You can also check with your Kubota dealer. Just provide him with the tractor’s serial number.
Q: Where is the serial number located on Kubota tractors?
A: For the B Series tractors, the serial number is located on the right side of the front axle. On the BX Series, it is the right side of the front wheel on the frame rail. On the L Series, it is on the left side of the front axle or under the seat. On the Grand L Series, the serial number is on the left side of the front axle or right side of the transmission case. On the M Series, it is generally located on the left side of the frame below the engine or below the factory tag.
Q: How do you find the Kubota date of manufacture?
A: Visit the question/comment form on the Kubota website, fill it out and submit to Kubota. Your local Kubota dealer can also help.
Q: How do you find the year of Kubota tractors?
A: Locate the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) next to the top of the valve. There should be a six-digit series containing letters and numbers. If the VIN is obscured or is not printed there, it could be located on either side of the oil filter or on the rear of the engine. Refer to the first two characters of the VIN. The first character identifies the year the tractor was manufactured and the second character offers the month of production. Add 2000 to the number to determine the year. For example, if the VIN begins with a 3, then the tractor was made in 2003. If it begins with a 5, then it was manufactured in 2005. If the VIN begins with a letter like V, W, X, or Y, you will have to visit the Kubota website and refer to the roster of tractors built in 1997 through 2000. The VIN on the 2010 model begins with A, 2011 with B, and so on.
Q: What is the shuttle shift feature on Kubota tractors?
A: The existence of a shuttle shift means that the tractor is propelled hydraulically so you can shift from forward to backward by tipping a pedal or moving a lever.
Q: How much does a Kubota tractor weigh?
A: The weight of each model differs. Visit the Kubota website, select the Kubota series you own and click. You will appear on a page that gives information on that particular tractor. Click on “specifications.” The weight of the tractor appears at the bottom of the chart.
Q: Which oil should be used on Kubota tractors?
A: It is suggested that you follow the recommendations in the tractor’s operator’s manual.
Q: How do you open a Kubota tractor hood?
A: Locate the wire latch at the front and left-hand side of the tractor that is a few inches above the top of the axle and pull it. The hood is hinged at the back.
Q: How do you charge the Kubota tractor battery?
A: A YouTube video describes how to charge a tractor’s battery.
Q: How do you change the clutch on Kubota tractors?
A: A YouTube video describes how to replace a clutch on an L-Series Kubota tractor.
Q: How much do Kubota tractors cost?
A: Tractors equipped with a 25 to 28-horsepower engine can cost between $4,000 and $18,000. Tractors that feature a 50 to 75-horsepower engine can run from $20,000 to $40,000. A used Kubota tractor featuring a 100 to 174-horsepower engine can cost as much as $28,000.