Kubota Tractor Corp. has added the M6S-111 diesel utility tractor to its M-Series. The tractor’s power, performance and economy make it an ideal solution for cattle producers who want a single tractor for a full range of cattle and hay operations, loader work, mowing and more, the company says.
It is designed for the small- to mid-sized user but includes some big tractor features, such as Kubota Swing Shift, which delivers multiple speeds controlled by a single lever.
The tractor is offered in the four-wheel drive M6S-111SHDC and M6S-111SDSC, as well as the two-wheel drive M6S-111SHC. It replaces the M1085 in this series.
“This new tractor fits perfectly into Kubota’s M-Series line of tractors,” says Kent Brown, senior project manager for ag tractors. “It is flexible enough for any job in the hayfield or pasture.”
High-performance hydraulics allow the M6S-111 to accept implements requiring multiple valves.
It features a V-3800-Tier IV diesel engine. Rated at 114 engine horsepower and 95 PTO horsepower, it can be performance-matched with a complete line of Kubota disc mowers, hay tenders, rakes and BV-Series balers.
Constant RPM management memory minimizes repetitive actions, adding performance efficiency in areas such as front loader work. And the engine features a common rail fuel system that has inter cooler and exhaust gas re-circulation, while employing a diesel particulate filter and a selective catalytic reduction for minimized emissions.
The M6S-111’s standard transmission, in the 111SHDC and 111SHC versions is the Swing Shift 16F x 16R, which actuates the electric over hydraulic range shift to provide eight speed options through a single lever control. Eight additional speeds are activated with the auxiliary range lever, and a dealer-installed creep option adds eight slower speeds to the 16F x 16R for a total 24F x 24R.
The Swing Shift Plus, which is standard on the F32 x R32 transmission in the 111SDSC, makes 16 speeds available with a single lever control and the optional creeper adds 16 addition speeds, for a 48F x 48R.
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Ideal for Small to Mid-Sized Operations, the M6S-111 Provides Value, Power and Performance
GRAPEVINE, Tx., (Apr. 18, 2017) – Kubota Tractor Corporation introduces the latest member of the M-Series, the M6S-111 diesel tractor. Combining Kubota power and performance with economy, the M6S-111 is an ideal solution for cattle producers seeking a single tractor suited for the full range of cattle and hay operations, loader work, mowing and more.
“The M6S-111 tractor is designed for the small to mid-sized producer who values those important ‘big tractor’ luxuries and features, like the Kubota Swing Shift that delivers multiple speeds controlled by a single lever,” said Kent Brown, Kubota senior product manager, ag tractors. “This new tractor fits perfectly into Kubota’s M-Series line of tractors; it is flexible enough for any job in the hayfield or pasture.”
The M6S-111 features technology-driven Kubota diesel engines matched with transmissions equipped with Kubota’s exclusive Swing Shift feature, providing easy shifting from the ergonomic operator station. High-performance hydraulics makes the M6S-111 ready to accept implements requiring multiple valves. The M6S is offered in the four-wheel drive M6S-111SHDC and M6S-111SDSC and the two-wheel drive M6S-111SHC. The M6S-111 replaces the M108S in the series.
Unbeatable M-Series Power
The M6S-111 features a durable Kubota-built V-3800-Tier IV diesel engine. Rated at 114 HP* and 95 PTO HP**, the M6S-111 can be performance-matched with a complete line of Kubota disc mowers, hay tedders, rakes and BV-Series balers. Constant RPM management memory minimizes repetitive actions, adding performance efficiency in applications like front loader work. The engine features a common rail fuel system, intercooler and exhaust gas recirculation, while employing a diesel particulate filter (DPF) and a selective catalytic reduction for minimized emissions.
Transmission Versatility For Easy Operation
The Kubota M6S-111 transmission brings economical, top-of-class versatility required across the full range of haying applications and cattle farm chores. The Swing Shift 16F x 16R transmission comes standard on the M6S-111SHDC and M6S-111SHC. The Swing Shift actuates the electric over hydraulic range shift to provide eight speed options through a single lever control, giving the flexibility needed for load increases, hay tool operation and travel across varying field conditions. Eight additional speeds are activated with the auxiliary range lever, conveniently positioned to the left of the tractor seat. A dealer-installed creep option adds eight slower speeds to the 16F x 16R, for a total 24F x 24R. The Swing Shift Plus, standard on the F32 x R32 transmission in the M6S-111SDSC, makes 16 speeds available through a single lever control. An optional creeper ads 16 additional speeds for the M6S-111SDSC, bringing the total gear selection to 48F x 48R.
Ergonomic Operator Station
The M6S-111 is ergonomically designed to make the operator more comfortable during long days of hay applications and farm chores. The front loader joystick control operates with exceptional smoothness and responsiveness. The steering wheel tilts up to a 41-degree angle, allowing easier operator entry and exit into the ergonomic seat.
High Performance Hydraulics
High performance hydraulics makes the M6S-111 ready to accept implements with multiple valves. Two rear remote valves are standard, one self-cancelling detent valve and one float detent valve, with an optional third remote valve. The internal cylinder 3-point lift system is standard, and an external cylinder option rated up to a 2600-lbs. 3-point lift capacity.
Kubota’s new M6S-111 hay and cattle tractor is available at dealerships now. A registered Kubota dealer locator is available at Kubota.com.
*Engine HP @ Rated Engine RPM (According to 97/68EC)
**PTO Power @ Rated Engine RPM (Manufacturer’s Estimate)
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The alliance will allow precision guidance technology products to become available to Kubota Tractor Corporation customers.
Smart Path announced an agreement to enter into an alliance with Kubota Tractor Corporation for its precision guidance technology products that will be available at select dealerships nationwide for Kubota M, L and B-Series tractors, Kubota F-Series mowers and Kubota utility vehicles.
“Creating an alliance with Kubota was the next big step for Smart Path’s leadership position in precision guidance for grounds maintenance and horticulture,” said Steve Booher, CEO of Smart Path Systems. “Our technology will increase productivity, improve efficiencies and, most importantly, provide significant labor savings for Kubota customers.”
Precision guidance technology enables the use of autonomous steering of Kubota equipment for mowing, sweeping, spraying or snow plowing with greater precision by utilizing dual GPS antennas for sub-inch accuracy, an easy-to-use android tablet interface, and live satellite map feeds that is accessed through a web portal management system. Government, commercial and farming organizations can assign, track and manage their operators and equipment fleet from one easy-to-use website.
Operators have the option of taking predetermined paths created in the web portal management system or record their own path, allowing an operator to replay the exact same route at any time in the future. This record and replay approach is ideal for plowing snow and sweeping walking trails, spraying along fence rows or cracks, repeated mowing by less-experienced operators and striping a fairway with precise consistency. According to Smart Path, users of the technology have experienced a 20 percent increase in time savings or productivity gain.
“Kubota is the first to bring this level of technology to the market segment. Applying Smart Path’s precision guidance technology to Kubota equipment furthers our commitment to continuous improvement,” said Todd Stucke, Kubota senior vice president, marketing, product support and strategic projects. “We give our customers the tools they need to get their work done more efficiently and effectively, and this alliance will give our customers access to advanced technology that will further enhance their user experience and make them more productive and more profitable.”
Beginning this month, Smart Path Systems will be available for sale and installation at select Kubota dealerships.
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Residential Zero Turn Mowers
While some might not considered zero turn mowers a tractor I figured I’d do a wright up on them anyway. Oddly enough both Kubota and John Deere have released new Zero Turn mowers in the past few months. If you have ever used a zero turn mower you know that there is nothing like when it comes to mowing. Honestly I think zero mowers can save you about half the time compared to traditional mowers so that’s gas and time which in the long run makes the higher price worth paying.
John Deere has added a new line of Z300 series under $3,500 which is a moderate to high price for a mower in my opinion. You got the Z335M, Z345M, Z345R, Z355R and Z375R each that preform well when mowing at higher speeds. John Deere claims that the improvements on the step-up model additions to the ZTrak Z300 series will improve the cutting quality, easy-to-use ergonomic controls, enhanced engine performance, and features aimed at upgrading comfort.
The new Z300 series mower decks will be available in 42 inch, 48 inch, and 54 inch cutting widths and will provide better grass dispersion and improved cutting quality at faster speeds than previous models. They will all use the Accel Deep mower deck that was introduced in 2016 which is compatible with John Deere’s MulchControl kit that allows operators to quickly switch between side discharge and mulching with the flip of a lever. For a smoother ride some models offer a wider tire option and a foot operated deck lift option that allows for quick and efficient engagement of the deck without having to get off the mower.
As far as horsepower the new ZTrak Z300 series got an upgrade in engine performance ranging from 20-25 HP depending on the model. There was also a seat upgrade for enhanced comfort and improved ergonomics. The new seat no longer requires a tool for adjustments which makes it easier to adjust when needed.
Commercial Zero Turn Mowers
As John Deere’s new zero turn mowers are geared towards the residential user Kubota’s new zero turn mowers are geared a bit more towards the commercial users. Kubota recently released a new Z400 series of their zero turn mowers. Humm sounds similar to the John Deere’s Z300 however the number/names may look, Kubota did release their version a few months earlier not it matters because with this line up Kubota is focusing more on the commercial crowd.
The new Kubota Z400 line up consists of the Z411KW-48, Z421KW-54, and the Z421KWT-60 that are all powered by a Kawasaki FS gasoline engine. As you can see the widths of each by the last two digits at the end of their names and range from 48 to 60 inches wide which is perfect for landscapers. The new series of Kubota zero turn mowers is adding a new modern design and class leading speed along with performance and durability or commercial grade mowers.
A commercial grade mower with all the bells and whistles at an affordable price. The new Z400 series uses Hydro Gear’s commercial ZT3400 transmission to provide the optimum combination of speed and torque. The Z421-KWT-60 and the Z421KW-54 mowers use a 24 horsepower Kawaski FS gasoline engine with all modeling having a 6.8 gallon fuel tank. Large, low-profile tires help provide superior cutting performance through dense turf and across hilly terrain according to Kubota.
Each of the mowers in the Z400-Series is designed with a thick and durable tubular steel frame for strong and stable operation. Each model features a 10 gauge, five-inch deep, fully-welded deck for superior grass-cutting performance. And the Kubota K-Left deck height adjustment system allows for quick, easy cutting height changes with the turn of a dial and press of a petal.
Do you own a Zero Turn?
Do you own a zero turn mower and if so how about sharing your thoughts. Let us know your make and model, how long you’ve had it and how has it stood up to the test of time! Compare it to a traditional mower if you’ve owned both.
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Kubota BX vs John Deere Sub Compact Tractors. Is it a lawnmower? Is it a tractor? Is it a transformer? In the world of sub compact tractors the answer is yes to all three questions as these sub compact tractors are becoming super popular thanks to their versatility and usefulness. Okay so maybe it’s not a transformer as the walking talking robots in disguise but when you can take a lawnmower and add a few attachments you basically transform it into a tractor. If we were to be honest attachments is what really makes a tractor a tractor otherwise you would just have a 4 wheel vehicle.
Difference Between Compact and Sub Compact Tractors
I know this article is about the Kubota BX vs John Deere Sub Compact Tractors but first lets do a quick fact check on the differences between compact and sub compact tractors. For the most part size, horsepower, and attachments are the main differences. Sub Compact tractors generally use a two to three cylinder engine ranging between 15-25 horsepower while compact tractors use a three to four cylinder engine ranging between 25 to 45 horsepower. Both the Compact and Sub Compact tractors are great for garden and utility tractors. Sub Compact tractors have a smaller frame and less ground clearance for the purpose of having a mowing deck built underneath where as a compact tractor would need a pull behind mowing attachment.
Of course cost is another factoring difference between the Compact and Sub Compact tractors but that’s to be expected. I would have to say one of the biggest differences between Sub Compact tractors and Compact tractors is the range of attachments. Compact tractors use a category 1 or 2 style hitch while Sub Compact tractors use a less common category 0 hitch. Sub Compacts are becoming more and more popular and attachments are becoming easier to find but will still always be limited by there size.
Kubota BX Sub Compact Tractor
According to Kubota’s site the Kubota BX25d-1 features a compact body that has an similar length to a standard garden tractor. It’s easy to drive and works smoothly while being gentle to the turf. Diesel engines that are rugged and built by Kubota exclusively for these tractors with 18 to 25.5 horsepower. Horsepower plus traction makes a good combo and the Kubota BX series of tractors has just that with it’s rugged sturdy 4 Wheel Drive power. Work more refill less because with that exclusive diesel engine comes a large 6.6 gallon fuel tank.
Lets talk about comfort. The Kubota BX tractors has a deluxe high-back reclining seat with dual armrests and soft cushioning to support the back and legs. The deluxe seat can also be adjusted to move forward and backward to allow for better leg room. On the BX25D the seat is also reversible and perfect for back-hoeing. With a full flat deck layout style and the brake on the left side leaves plenty of leg room. Even the steering wheel position has been re-positioned to provide any operator with better steering and control and of course they didn’t leave out the hydraulic power steering, cruise control (optional on BX1870), an easy to read meter panel with LCD display.
Factory standard Bright Halogen Headlights that provide clear and bright illumination for working in the dark. Optional work lights mounted on the ROPS which is easy to reach from the seat. These lights add more light for those who like to work before sun rise or after sun down. They can also be easily reversed to light up rear. A few other features includes the foldable ROPS, delux lever guide, a 12 volt DC outlet, are among some. However as mentioned earlier a tractor is only as good as it’s attachments and the Kubota BX tractors are equipped with a sturdy, hydraulically controlled Category I 3-point hitch that allows you to attach a wide variety of attachments.
John Deere Sub Compact Tractor
Like the Kubota BX the John Deere 1025 Series has a compact body and easy to maneuver. Running a 23.9 hp three-cylinder diesel engine that delivers responsive, efficient horsepower. Johen Deere’s trademark Twin Touch pedal controls and hydro-static transmissions for precise speed control and smooth directional changes. The John Deere sub compact tractors are also 4WD with power steering which gives them excellent maneuverability.
The John Deere H120 loader which is similar to the Kubota BX25d-1 has a lift capacity of 955 lbs and integrated Quik-Park mounting system. A max lift height up to 71.2 in makes stacking much easier. The Quik-Park loader mounting system is another trademark by John Deere that is designed to make it easier to mount and remove attachments without the need of tools.
AutoConnect Deck is also a John Deere trademark. It’s a system that was created to make attaching the mowing deck simple and easy by driving over the deck ramps and after you hear it click in just lock the gauge wheel and you’re done.
A few other features on the John Deere sub compact tractors are the front weight brackets that allow you to add more weight to add stability when needed, forward lighting kit that includes 2 extra lights that mount above the warning lights on the ROPS. These are not reversible like the Kubota lights for real lighting however John Deere does offer a single rear work light.
Pros & Cons
On John Deere’s website they allow customers to review their products and give some pros and cons so figured I’d list a few of them here.
John Deere Pros
- very compact
- ease of use
- So many options
- easy to trailer
- attachment changes are easy
- small size with power
- more powerful than expected
- good loader tractor
- great little backhoe
- nice handling good ride
John Deere Cons
- very poor mower deck
- smokes black
- no anti scalp rollers on deck
- trade in value
- backhoe controls are touchy and take practice
- seat needs work
Kubota BX Pros
- need some feed back
Kubota BX Cons
- need some feed back
Which Tractor Do You Think Is Better!
Okay so as far as sub compact tractors go which do you think is better? How about leaving a comment below and let us know which you own or which one you would rather own. As you can see we need some feed back on the Kubota BX Sub Compact tractors so if you have any please share your thoughts. Tell us why you like one over the other.
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At Kubota’s annual dealer meeting in Grapevine, Texas they announced a new Kubota BX80 Series sub-compact diesel tractor. Within this new series includes four new Kubota BX models including the BX1880, BX2380, BX2680, and the BX23S. Kubota is one of todays most reliable and easy to operate tractors on the market. Their unmatched versatility makes them a perfect match for just about any attachment you need and can find at Everything Attachments .
The BX1880 is 18hp, BX2380 is 23hp, and the BX2680 is 25.5hp while they all are equipped with a rollover protection system and conveniently fits through most standard 7ft high garage doors. The BX23S tractor loader – backhoe model also brings 23hp to the table along with it’s superior torque. One of the best things about Kubota BX series sub compact diesel tractors are the liquid cooled 3 cylinder engines that not only provides ample power but are more fuel efficient.
BX80 Tractor Loader Implements & Attachments
The new BX80-Series makes it easier than ever to attach the complete line of tools and implements. The LA344 Swift-Tach loader, offered for the BX1880, BX2380 and BX2680, and the LA340 Swift-Tach loader for the BX23S, can be removed or attached without the operator leaving the operator’s station.
Operators can use the single lever hydraulic disconnect on the LA340 and LA344 Swift-Tach Loader to disconnect all four hydraulic lines at once. Kubota Swift-Tach Loader’s no-leak grease fitting, with a grease cap that prevents grease from leaking out the side of the pin, will help keep garages, sheds and barns clear from unwanted messes. Flat-faced “no-spill” coupler also helps keep loader storage areas clean when the loader is disconnected. Options on the LA344S and the LA3340S Swift-Tach Loader include a two-lever quick couple, as well as third-function hydraulics, making the front loader even more versatile.
A new 4-point front hitch enables accessories, like blades, brooms and snowblowers to be equipped. A complete line of rear- mounted Land Pride implements, including rear snowblowers, are easily attached with the standard Category I 3-point hitch. All four BX80 tractors include an easy-attach mid-mount mower, available with fine cut or standard cut deck.
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Now Available the Wicked Grapple Rake for Kubota BX Tractors!
Here are Everything Attachments we are hard at work at making a new Grapple Rake. This awesome Mini Wicked Grapple Rake would be perfect for a Kubota BX or any small sized tractor for that matter. More details coming soon.
It’s now available to purchase! That’s right the new Wicked Grapple Root Rake for the Kubota BX tractors can now be yours. What a perfect combination of tractor and attachment. This grapple is the perfect size for the Kubota BX tractors as it was designed to be a perfect fit. Built to withstand anything the Kubota BX can throw at it.
To get a full list of features and specifications head on over to Tractor Attachments Online and check it out.
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