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Old 03-21-2012, 02:28 PM   #196
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My buddy has the GST and I've used it quite a bit. It is a nice feature with clutchless shuttle.

When I decided to get my own, I opted for the L3400 HST with a FEL. I found I can work dirt quicker with the bucket and when dumping, it is easier to control rolling speed w/o changing RPM which effects hydraulic speed. It does take some mental editing to learn to let up on the right pedal under loading vs pushing it down to the floor to recover RPM.
Doesn't answer my question.



I found a decent price on a 150 hr L3400 with an FEL (Like $6k less than a similar condition HST), but it has a "gear transmission with shuttle shift". I'll be doing 10 AC of pasture mowing and a good deal of FEL work. HST is good (other than loss to the PTO), and GST seems like it would be "OK" for my needs, I think the "shuttle shift" is something different though.
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Old 03-21-2012, 02:38 PM   #197
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I believe the shuttle shift is the GST. The HST has a direct drive PTO, what loss do you speak of?
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Old 03-21-2012, 02:41 PM   #198
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I believe the shuttle shift is the GST. The HST has a direct drive PTO, what loss do you speak of?
There is a bit of loss of HP to the PTO with the hydro systems.

Compare the #'s between an HST and a GST for the same size tractor.
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Old 03-21-2012, 02:47 PM   #199
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Didn't know that. I haven't had the cover off my PTO yet, bought it for dirt work, I have a 60" commercial snapper for mowing.

Anyway, if this shuttle shift is different than a GST, it must require manual clutching to change direction. Would be a pain for dirt work. If it is synchronized, it would be better.
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Old 03-22-2012, 08:14 AM   #200
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The shuttle shift will have a gearbox that you select a gear and then a f-r leaver by the steering wheel. I prefer the shuttle shift for most work, but I learned and have 1000's of hours with this style transmission. For example, when I'm mowing, I use 4th gear, low range and set the hand throttle. You just have to clutch and then use the f-r lever to change direction. It's easier for me to maintain a constant speed this way than with a hst speed control pedal. The HST is better for loader work without a doubt though. I bought a new Massey 1529 a few years ago because it came with the shuttle shift, if I remember correctly, there was about 15% drop in the pto hp for the same model with an hst.
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Old 03-22-2012, 08:23 AM   #201
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I will be using the loader some, but not a ton - couple times a year for stockpiles of horse shit, gravel spreading, stiff like that. Probably have as much use as a giant wheel barrow for fence posts, etc.$17,-$20k pricetag is hard to handle in as much as it eats up most of my budget for other tools and shit.

I'd like an upper 30's low 40's HP HST, but might be able to go smaller. About 10AC of somewhat rolling pasture, large garden to till, and some minor snow removal - basic crap.

The HST is a bit of a price premium though. Seems like the Kubota GST is a happy medium from what I can tell.

Why are these bastards so damn expensive!

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Old 03-22-2012, 08:32 AM   #202
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The GST is a nice machine and not too shabby in the shit pile. It's not hard getting used to the throttle/shuttle shift timing.

These little orange bastards do cost alot but when I was looking, someone pointed out that most any rental company you look at, that is what they have, plus using my buddies GST sold me on the brand.
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Old 03-22-2012, 11:36 AM   #203
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It's a lot of $ up front, but I don't know anything that holds value as well as a nice tractor. I know of a dealer who routinely sells tractors that he takes in on trade for MORE than he originally sold them for when they were new. And all of the manufactures run great promotions almost every quarter, Kubota is offering 0% interest for 60 months or $2500 cash back currently.
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Old 03-22-2012, 02:31 PM   #204
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It's a lot of $ up front, but I don't know anything that holds value as well as a nice tractor. I know of a dealer who routinely sells tractors that he takes in on trade for MORE than he originally sold them for when they were new. And all of the manufactures run great promotions almost every quarter, Kubota is offering 0% interest for 60 months or $2500 cash back currently.
Yep we did the 0% interest for 60 months... can't beat that deal anywhere. No strings attached.
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Old 03-23-2012, 11:06 AM   #205
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I have a nice L4330 with an FEL and Land Pride 72" tiller showing up today.

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Old 03-23-2012, 11:54 AM   #206
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Old 03-23-2012, 04:57 PM   #207
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I have a nice L4330 with an FEL and Land Pride 72" tiller showing up today.

I think this will be a purchase you won't regret.

Now, bust out the welder and some steel and start accessorizing.

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Old 04-10-2012, 02:15 PM   #208
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I'm a registered lurker here, and found this thread from a google search while looking for info about my tractor. Ha ha ha.

So from a non-hijacking point of view... I have a 6522, so if you need to know anything about it, feel free to ask.

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Old 04-10-2012, 05:27 PM   #209
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Yep we did the 0% interest for 60 months... can't beat that deal anywhere. No strings attached.
That's how I purchased my Kubota L5030 back in '03. It's long paid off and it continues to work as new....hell, it's still got the original battery in it.

It's one of the toughest and most well constructed pieces of equipment I own and it's still worth darn near what I paid for it



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Old 05-01-2012, 02:51 PM   #210
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Bought an L3200 Kubota with FEL today. Guess I'll be at "tractobynet" for a few days. My wife keeps thinking she can use it.....and they gave her a "pink" Kubota cap.

I still have my 8N of 29 years. Guess I will put it on lite duty for a while.
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