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Quailtail
01-04-2010, 03:19 AM
I am trying to find out what year my tractor is. The plates or stickers on the frame near the front are unreadable. Is there someplace else on the tractor that a person can find the serial number to determine the year of the tractor?

Thank You

challenger
01-06-2010, 06:11 PM
This might work-go to Kubota web site and look at prior products-it should show model and year---

bruceatlam
01-07-2010, 08:34 AM
The only quick and dirty way that I'm aware of is to check your rear wheels to see if there is a date stamped into the wheel. The assumption, then, is that the tractor ws made close to that date. Nobody worries much about the date. Most all are concerned with the hours of use not the originakl date that it was manufactured. So be it I guess.

eserv
01-07-2010, 08:42 AM
Kubota serial number locations: B SERIES Models B5100, B5200, B6000, B6100, B6200, B7100, B7200, and B8200 L SERIES Models L175, L185, L225, L235, L245, L275, L285, L305, L345, L355, L2250, L2550, L2850, L3350, L3750, and L4150 M SERIES Models M4000, M4050, M4500, M4900, M5500, M5950, M6950, M7950, and M8950 Serial number plate is located either on the right or left side of transmission case, on forward end (could also be stamped into the transmission case). Engine serial number, in all cases, is located on right side of engine adjacent to fuel injection pump flange on engines that use an in-line fuel pump. On engines that use a rotary pump, the serial number plate is stamped into left side of block. UTILITY VEHICLES Located on the left side above the battery under dump bed.

Orangefox40
02-05-2010, 05:35 PM
Hi there,
Once you have located the serial number, go to "tractordata.com" where you will find the make and model of you tractor. input the make and model and then look at the serial numbers to idenify the year. This site will also have many other specifications for your tractor model.
Ron

Amishkingpin
05-27-2010, 02:44 PM
I went to tractordata.com but numbers only go to 1986 for SN around 13000.

My B7100 HST serial number is: 66850

Does anyone know where I can find out the year of my tractor?

Thanks, AK

handyman
05-27-2010, 08:02 PM
Look here I beleive you will find serial #http://www.tractordata.com/farm-tractors/001/2/7/1271-kubota-b7100.html should be 1980. handy

Amishkingpin
05-29-2010, 05:01 AM
Handyman and Vic,

Thanks, Handyman, I checked with the link you provided. My tractor I believe is newer than a 1980. The reason I think so, is that it is a Hydro and the earlier B7100s were gear in 1980. Also, the person I bought the tractor from, stated he was the original owner and he bought it around 1996 from a dealer new.

Yesterday, I stopped by my local dealer to pick up some parts when I asked him if he could tell me the year of my tractor. He brought out a book and proceeded to look. I found this interesting and maybe Vic could provide more insight here. He showed where Kubota quit making the model B7100 by the late 80's early 1990 and then made they again(Only Hydro models) in the early to mid 90s. The serial numbers showed only up to 58000 for around 1990but my serial number is 66850 and we could only guess. His book may be out of date too. He then looked at my Operator Manual I got with my tractor and he thinks it may be one of the last B7100 made in the mid 1990s.

Vic, can you confirm from your Kubota reference manuals or is there a page on the OTT website I could reference?

Thanks, AK

williecnc
05-29-2010, 08:21 AM
Mid 90's is about right because my B7100 HST 4WD was bought new by my uncle in 1992 and the serial number is 63044. Hope this helps you.

Amishkingpin
05-29-2010, 11:17 AM
Good Deal that helps!:D

breenfarmer77
12-13-2016, 01:28 PM
So I read the thread and went to the tractordata.com site. I operate an L35 and they only list (or at least, I could only find) a L3500. That was the only one that said "no data". Does anyone have a sense when the L35 model was made...from what year to what year? I ask because the tractor belongs to my landlady who is grumbling with me about the cost of the 4x4 having ceased to work. The splines on the bevel gear in the front axle are worn to almost nothing as are the splines on the coupler to the propeller shaft. She thinks I didn't do maintenance on the 4x4 and doesn't want to pay for the parts. I'm trying to explain to a 73yo woman that there is no maintenance on this other than replacement when the wear and tear of operation finally forces replacement. I've used the tractor probably no more than 50 hours in the last two years that I've been her renter and am the one holding the bag on the thing when it ceased to work. I've got it torn apart in my neighbor's shop and have ordered all the parts from Coleman Equipment. Their customer service has been fantastic to say the least. I just want to let her know that the parts have likely been the exact ones that originally were installed on the tractor and that she got XXXX number of years out of them and that she should be the one paying the $500 in parts. Heck, I'm saving her a bunch in labor costs as the local dealer quoted $3000 for labor and $1100 for parts.

North Idaho Wolfman
12-13-2016, 01:39 PM
1999-2004
http://www.tractordata.com/backhoe-loader/000/1/3/133-kubota-l35.html

And yes those are not normal wear parts and not subject to normal maintenance.

sdk1968
12-13-2016, 04:01 PM
1999-2004
http://www.tractordata.com/backhoe-loader/000/1/3/133-kubota-l35.html
maintenance.

thanks to you bub... ive now got my tractor narrowed down to between 1984-1988 :-)

since it has square headlights im guessing its on the closer to 90 end.. maybe some day i'll stumble onto whats left of that serial number somewhere. LOL

D2Cat
12-13-2016, 04:36 PM
If she doesn't want to pay for the parts....what you going to do, try to tell the same lady who doesn't want to pay for parts she would have to pay for labor also? None of that is going to ring any bells with her, I'll bet.

If you're using the machine 25 hours a year, just offer to buy it. When you're done with it you can sell it. Then this situation won't occur again.

Unless you had a very clear understanding with her as to who is responsible for problems with the machine, you borrowed it....you fix it.

If you're doing work on her property, let her know what the contract price might be if she hired it out to someone.

You have the landlords tractor, which quit working while you were borrowing it, tore down in the neighbors shop. You're just asking for grief!!!

coachgeo
12-13-2016, 07:51 PM
.... You're just asking for grief!!!My condolences.. reasoning with most any 73yr old lady landlord; excluding member here sheepfarmer of course, is high probability impossible. Your only chance is to getting her to pay into the tractor is if you buy her and her book club a couple of packs of wine coolers and a male stripper or something.

sdk1968
12-16-2016, 04:12 PM
thanks to you bub... ive now got my tractor narrowed down to between 1984-1988 :-)

since it has square headlights im guessing its on the closer to 90 end.. maybe some day i'll stumble onto whats left of that serial number somewhere. LOL

tadaa!!! i finally found a number on the case as said here...

56679 .. so if im reading the thing at the link right, that makes my toy a 1988 model.

anyone got any input on that? any other listing of numbers?

sheepfarmer
12-16-2016, 04:50 PM
My condolences.. reasoning with most any 73yr old lady landlord; excluding member here sheepfarmer of course, is high probability impossible. Your only chance is to getting her to pay into the tractor is if you buy her and her book club a couple of packs of wine coolers and a male stripper or something.
Coach!!!
You were of course joking right? Otherwise them's fighting words! Most of my acquaintances oddly enough are in that age bracket, and very few are unable to reason due to age or gender. There are some people that are pigheaded, narrow minded, paranoid, or mentally defective by nature, but they are found in all age brackets. The particular individual in question here might be suspicious of guys not taking care of equipment properly, and that might have been her previous experience.

I think it is a perfectly reasonable thing to do to establish the age of the tractor, and also the relative costs for the various solutions to tne problem. Heck she might choose to buy a new tractor!

lugbolt
12-16-2016, 07:41 PM
B7100 #66850 was originally sold April 1993. I know someone who works at a dealer and gave him that model and serial, and that's what the returned info was. Kubota tractors don't have official year models.

D2Cat
12-17-2016, 08:04 AM
Like Lugbolt said, Kubota only goes by date tractor was sold, nothing with manufacture date.

On some of the older models the dealer may look up on their computer and find other tractors of the same model number and close serial numbers to give you a pretty good idea of purchase date of yours, if yours wasn't entered into a data base.

Canuck3
01-24-2017, 10:53 AM
so I have also followed this thread and went on tractordata.com but under my tractor it says serial numbers unknown? I have a b6100HST-E Serial number i believe is 11123.

Any help guys?

North Idaho Wolfman
01-24-2017, 12:47 PM
so I have also followed this thread and went on tractordata.com but under my tractor it says serial numbers unknown? I have a b6100HST-E Serial number i believe is 11123.

Any help guys?

Nope, All I can tell you is it was built somewhere between 1978 - 1984.
Information is just not available.

sagor
01-24-2017, 04:59 PM
Call your local dealer, they can look it up.
Or, find the engine serial number. There are many Kubota lookups for the engines. Add a few months to the engine date, and that would be an approximation as to when the machine was built/shipped.

Canuck3
01-25-2017, 10:30 AM
thanks guys.

fkancir
01-26-2017, 08:52 AM
This thread was hella helpful!

JeffL
01-26-2017, 08:49 PM
Just thinking: if enough people that know when their tractor sold new would list tractor model, serial number, and date maybe we could fill in the missing gaps we find in Tractordata.com. Example my father in law wrote the purchase date and amount inside his Owners Manual back in '92. Even if the tractor is ever sold this is a permanent record. Jeff

mdhughes
01-27-2017, 02:44 AM
Just thinking: if enough people that know when their tractor sold new would list tractor model, serial number, and date maybe we could fill in the missing gaps we find in Tractordata.com. Example my father in law wrote the purchase date and amount inside his Owners Manual back in '92. Even if the tractor is ever sold this is a permanent record. Jeff

I would be willing to set up a web page and write some code to keep track of this data if everyone thinks this would be a good idea. I would also host the page on my sever.

scdeerslayer
01-27-2017, 04:57 AM
Just thinking: if enough people that know when their tractor sold new would list tractor model, serial number, and date maybe we could fill in the missing gaps we find in Tractordata.com. Example my father in law wrote the purchase date and amount inside his Owners Manual back in '92. Even if the tractor is ever sold this is a permanent record. Jeff

The problem comes when some tractors may spend no time on the dealer lot but the same model may sit at a different dealer for over a year.

North Idaho Wolfman
01-27-2017, 05:31 AM
Tracking serial number's for age sounds like a good idea, but it simply just does not work.
Just because serial #xxxx1 sold on 12/14/2011 does not mean that serial #xxxx2 sold on or after 12/14/2011.
In fact Serial #xxxx1 could have been sold 4 years later than serial #xxxx2, and so Serial #xxxx2 would be much older than serial #xxxx1.

Unlike an automobile, or your house, quit worrying about it's "age" it does not matter!
Like an automobile with mileage, Hours of use is a better determiner of "age" and of course wear and tear.

Also another note:
Kubota uses a 5 digit serial # system, in conjunction with the model #.
Do you think simply tracking the serial #'s would work? If you do then you think Kubota only made less than 99999 tractors in it's life time! ;)

rentthis
01-27-2017, 06:27 AM
Sometime these machines sit on a dealers lot for over year or two or three. For my money, one 3 years old and one 3 days old are much the same machine. Dealers will reduce the price on old machines if they are paying floor plan on them or if they are about to have to pay off the floor plan. Other than that, having a build date on the machine would tend to be a horror story for the dealer. Most people think in terms of model year and aren't realistic about how comparable machines are the same thing regardless of when they were built. They tend to want a much deeper price reduction if they know the machine was built 2 years ago. I was sales manager for a Ford-Kubota dealer before I started renting them.

JeffL
01-27-2017, 09:04 AM
I agree with all the comments about importance of SN and build date. I think it is more of a curiosity for most, but would be helpful to new owners and potential owners.
Who would not agree given two identical condition/hour tractors we would pay more for a 10 year old than a 20 year old.
Example: a mid 80's vs a 90's B7100HST

Yes SNs are only comparable within one model range.

mdhughes
01-27-2017, 02:50 PM
I would think if we would get enough serial number per model that we could come up with a close year for a given model. I could have both the date of purchase and the year the tractor was manufactured. I was told that when I bought my L3901DT that is was manufactured in 2014.

Plus it would be nice to get insight on where most models are being used. I was thinking of having fields for state and country. I don't want city as this would be more information than we would need.

torch
01-28-2017, 02:25 AM
The problem comes when some tractors may spend no time on the dealer lot but the same model may sit at a different dealer for over a year.

There's no guarantee that a particular serial number build date is not considerably older than it's sale date, but we can be assured that the build date is not younger than the sale date.

So it would still be a somewhat useful database in the sense of establishing the minimum age of a tractor and establishing trends

For example, mine is serial #B7100HD71379 and the date on the original bill of sale is January 1995. This would tend to support the TractorData.com list that says the first 1994 serial is 71302 and rule out the possibility that an earlier serial number could be a later year.

So in post #8 of this thread (http://www.orangetractortalks.com/forums/showpost.php?p=14070&postcount=8), where Amishkingpin says

the person I bought the tractor from, stated he was the original owner and he bought it around 1996 from a dealer new... ...but my serial number is 66850 and we could only guess. His book may be out of date too. He then looked at my Operator Manual I got with my tractor and he thinks it may be one of the last B7100 made in the mid 1990s.

he can be sure that his tractor was made much earlier than the 1996 date of sale. (Probably in 1992 according to the TractorData.com list.)