Hey Rdcr, you may very well be right that it is ignorance on my behalf. In truth, I did not shop either JD or Yanmar and my predisposition was to buy another Kubota. Thinking back, my biggest regret of this whole thread I started was in the timing. In retrospect, I wish I would have posted it BEFORE having pulled the trigger on the Kioti. In other words, something like "I'm leaning toward pulling the trigger on this specific Kioti, does anyone have a Kubota model that they would recommend that would be comparable and that I should consider instead?" Had I done that, perhaps the "discussion" would have been a lot more constructive. Instead, I made the post AFTER the purchase - and despite being accused of several different motives, it was only my excitement to share potential tractor alternatives for others who may have had similar requirements as me.However, your final point is simply inaccurate and borderline ignorant. While not all specs are equal, Kubota, JD, Yanmar and other tractor manufacturers have comparable tractors to yours for equal or less money. Pricing depends on the dealer and your area.
At the end of the day, I am happy with my decision and purchase - I guess that's all that matters. If there's any take-away from this thread it is that I am at least one advocate that not every good, reliable, compact tractor wears the Kubota name. Not saying the others are better or certainly not that Kubota is bad - just that there are other alternatives which may be especially relevant in these times when all manufactures are experiencing low inventory challenges.