Kubota: Learning from History

In this day and age when built-in obsolescence is standard in so many brands, it is refreshing to hear about brands that still maintain their promise of longevity and durability. The story of Colin Regnard and his two historic Kubota’s – a Kubota L185, which he has had for more than ten years, and a Kubota B6100, which he has had for more than 15 years – is one that has inspired many admirers around the country. He tells his story:

Kubota B6100
Kubota B6100

The first tractor I bought, about fifteen years ago, was the tiny Kubota B6100– 4. It was second-hand and was in relatively good condition. Along with it came an 850mm-wide rotovator, a 900 mm slasher, and a trailer with a 2m x 1m flatbed to which I later added drop-sides, and a hydrolic tipping ram. Later on I managed to get hold of an old caravan chassis to which I added sides, and this 2m x 3,5m trailer has proved to be very useful. When full of 85 bales hay – or even 100 bales – the Kubota B6100 is totally dwarfed, but it pulls the load with ease.

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Kubota All Pumped Up

If you want to hear someone who is genuinely pumped up about his business, his plans for the future and the role his Kubota BX25D is playing in all of this, then speak to Lynn James, the owner of the Shell Ultra City petrol station in Queenstown.

BX25 Digging Trenches
BX25 Digging Trenches

I’ve loved tractors since I was a kid and I learnt what quality was in a tractor in my 20 years of farming before my petrol station days,” says Lynn. “All I can say is that this little Kubota TLB is quality through and through. I use it for digging, for planting trees, for removing garbage, for moving things and a host of other small chores. It’s very powerful for its small size and thoroughly reliable.

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