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Old 11-28-2012, 06:21 PM   #1
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Default M series vs L series

I'm hoping to get some insight on the difference between the two series...

What's the big difference between, say, the L5040 and MX5100? Clearly there's a few hp variation...I'm wondering about bigger differences that I'll see/feel.

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Old 11-29-2012, 07:21 AM   #2
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M is a more basic utility farm tractor.

Grand L has more bells and whistles.

Both great machines!
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Old 11-29-2012, 02:35 PM   #3
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Default Re: M series vs L series

Depends upon what you are doing with the tractor?

It has already been mentioned that one is a delux, and the M is a basic.

From there it becomes a issue of what you are using it for?

1) Loader capacity and lift height?
2) Backhoe capacity and dumping height?
3) Three point lift capacity?
4) Physical size of the two and how that relates to the area you will be using it?
5) Finacial considerations between the two and buying one / paying one off

Just some thoughts.

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Old 11-30-2012, 07:05 AM   #4
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I'm not sure if you are particularily interested in the L5074/MX5100 comparison, or the general L vs M comparison, but maybe this link will help-
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...izatZaqhRKF64g
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Old 11-30-2012, 08:39 AM   #5
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I'm doing general hobby farm tasks...trail maintenance, small tree removal, snow blowing, hoping to do small time hay production (20 to 30 acres seems feasible), throw in some food plots, put fencing, etc etc.

I was originally looking at the smaller sizes...3740 to 4030. Not much looked good in the used category. Making hay seemed borderline possible with that size. The m5100 seems to address some of this, although I'll need to get a sims cab and a blower, so the cost is creeping up again.

Before diving into it, I want to be sure I'm not losing too much...the m5100 looks like a nice, very capable tractor...loses a bit of strength to the 5040 on the back (2700 vs 2300 lbs).

The Comparison site that hodge linked to is nice, but it's hard for me to see how there is a $12,000 difference in the base price. Do you think that the 400 lbs is a big deal? Wll i eventually wish that I could have the mid pto? Other than that, Is it really just bells and whistles?

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Old 11-30-2012, 09:46 AM   #6
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Twelve grand buys a lot of implements...
I guess you are talking about the tph lift capacity - the tractors weigh about the same. If you are haying, you are pulling stuff, not lifting it. I personally don't see an issue.
Both tractors are out of my category.
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Old 11-30-2012, 12:16 PM   #7
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I agree. For me, I value simplicity over bells and whistles. I would take the difference and invest in implements. I don't farm or landscape for a living, so the niceties don't matter much to me.
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Old 11-30-2012, 12:32 PM   #8
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Also, what transmission do you want or are you most comfortable with? The L has the GST, while the MX has gear or HST, all very different animals to me depending on what you are doing.

I am biased. I have the MX4700HST and am very happy. I wanted simple with no electronic gadgetry to worry about because I will probably be using the tractor for 20+ years. Heck, I didn't even get the turbo of the MX5100. If I was making my living with it and/or getting a new tractor every 5 or six years I may have gone a different route.
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Old 11-30-2012, 03:08 PM   #9
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I'm getting quotes for the mx5100hst. Does anyone have a good take on ow much wiggle rom there typically is on price at a dealer compared to kubotas msrp?
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:43 PM   #10
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I don't want to lie, and the prices have changed. Seems to me my dealer came in a grand or so under Kubota's website. That was for the tractor, loader, canopy and R4 tires. The jury is still out on the R4s - they do not care for mud. If I had it to do over....
I think you'll be happy with the tractor. That is what counts.

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