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Dare to Compare: John Deere 3E vs Kubota L | Mississippi Ag & Arkansas Ag

May 14, 2018, 09:23 AM

Finding the right compact tractor for your lifestyle and land can be a difficult task, which is why our team here at Mississippi Ag & Arkansas Ag decided to help you out with your decision. We’ll focus on looking at simple, 30-40 horsepower tractors that won’t break the bank. With that criteria in mind, we came up with two of the most popular choices to compare: the John Deere 3E series and the Kubota L series.

Right off the bat, John Deere is already shining a little brighter than Kubota. John Deere 3E models have extremely durable composite hoods that are impervious to rust and won’t easily dent. The Kubota L’s sheet metal hood might sound like a good idea, but you might not feel that way after you encounter some falling limbs or a little rain. You’ll have to take extra steps and be very careful to prevent damage to your hood on the Kubota L.

Once you start up the engine, you’ll love the John Deere 3E even more. The oil cooled clutch ensures that engagement is always smooth and steady, even when you’re carrying heavy loads. To engage, you simply lift the PTO button — it’s virtually effortless. You don’t even have to come to a complete stop, which means every job will be as seamless and efficient as possible. The Kubota L, on the other hand, has a dry PTO clutch. Not only do you have to be extra careful not to slip the clutch too fast, but you have to adjust the clutch every 100 hours. We don’t know about you, but we’d rather spend that time getting more work done.

The John Deere 3E uses a twin touch transmission, which makes the tractor easier to maneuver without shifting or clutching. It has a longer transmission life too, along with a much-tighter turning radius. The turning radius on the 3E is just 75 inches, which is quite impressive compared to the Kubota L’s 98 inches. Two extra feet of space is a significant different when it comes to clearing obstacles in your path. If you’re planning on using a loader, you’ll have even less space to maneuver in the Kubota L. The Kubota’s loader and bucket stick out several inches farther than Deere’s.

That’s not the only thing that makes the John Deere 3E loader better, though. The quick detach bucket can be taken off in no time at all — only seconds, and it’s just as easy to put back on. You don’t even have to get off of the tractor. The best part, though, is that this feature comes standard on every model. That’s not the case for the Kubota L. If you want a quick detach option, you’ll have to pay extra for it.

Overall, the John Deere 3E series offers multiple features that aren’t available or aren’t standard on the Kubota L. Without shelling out any extra cash, you’ll get protected steering components, high-quality materials, a convenient cruise control option and a lot more in the Deere.

If you’re interested in checking out the John Deere 3E series, come see us! Our team here at Mississippi Ag and Arkansas Ag is ready to help at all of our 15 AgUp locations. Give us a call at (662) 314-9078 or stop by your local AgUp dealer today.

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