The Kubota Roadshow that ran from September through to the beginning of December 2012 was a great way to get customers into the new MGX series from Kubota. Run alongside this Roadshow was a promotion; every customer that purchased an MGX during the Roadshow went into the draw to win an RTV900XT Camo from Kubota.
The winner of this RTV900XT Camo unit was Franui Farms from the Pohangina Valley in the Manawatu. Shaun Monteith, Kubota Ag Sales Manager says "It’s fantastic to see a staunch Kubota owner taking away the prize. With a 31 year old M7500 and an M125X already on farm it’s great to see a brand new M135GX sitting alongside them, and to come out with the RTV900XT Camo as well was an added bonus for a loyal customer of Norwood Farm Machinery Centre in Palmerston North”.
Matthew Jones is sharemilking on his parents’ farm in the Pohangina Valley near Ashhurst. His parents Laurie and Faye Jones still have their first Kubota tractor. It’s a 31-year-old 80hp M7500 with four gears, high and low ranges and creep box. These days the M7500 gets the grubby jobs, like towing the spreader to apply nitrogen and coarse magnesium or broadcast seed. With an impressive lifespan like that, it’s no wonder Matthew is still buying Kubota.
Franui Farms’ latest acquisition is an M135GX, which arrived in April. "Kubota is a good, basic reliable tractor. It’s easy to teach workers how to drive them - with very little instruction they can be off,” Matthew says.
The MGX has three ranges of eight gears, which are changed at the push of a button. Matthew likes the fact that the cab is bigger than previous models, because he often has passengers in the tractors. He also likes the cab layout, its height and its overall comfort.
"You have better visibility being up higher and without the centre pillars. It’s also quieter than previous models and very manoeuvrable; that’s useful for putting hay bales in the shed. The cab monitor is clearly set out. It was easy to use, once I read the book; I set up the displays to show what I wanted – like speed of the PTO and kph. It can also show the rate of fuel consumption.”
So far the main job Matthew has used the new M135GX for is drilling and it was easy for the tractor to handle. Next season it is lined up to do ploughing, topping, rotary hoeing and cutting green grass.
(From left) Matthew, Lucas, Faye and Laurie
Jones with their new Kubota M135GX and
(From left) Ian Massicks (NZ Kubota Manager),
Laurie Jones and Janoah Smith (Branch
Manager, Norwood Farm Machinery Centre, Palmerston North)
|"We chop a load of grass from the run-off across the road and cart it to the cows. They can get one or two loads a day depending on what’s on the platform,” he says. The engines in the latest Kubota’s are common rail, and have exhaust gas recirculation and a diesel particulate filter that work together to reduce harmful emissions.
All of the Jones’ latest tractors have loaders with self-levelling. "We have it on all the time and it’s useful for jobs like unloading pallets.”
The family also has a four-year-old Kubota MX125, which does the feeding out and carts bales when doing baleage. The new M135GX is approximately the same length and weight, so when they decided to get another it made sense to get the same type of tractor, but with the extra horsepower and extra features. As Matthew says, "It’s always nicer to have more horsepower.” They prefer to buy new. "With second-hand, you don’t know what you’re getting.”
Laurie and Matthew ordered their M135GX after seeing it in action at the Kubota Roadshow in Masterton. It was a good decision because once they bought the tractor they went into a draw and won a new Kubota RTV900XT Camo utility vehicle.
The RTV900XT has a hydrostatic transmission, advanced suspension system, power steering, and high ground clearance. The Jones’ use it to tow the calf trailer and feeder and to shift stock. It’s the camouflage model with an optional windscreen and roof. Matthew hasn’t had much time to play with it yet but he says it’s stable on hills and brakes well on greasy grass.
The family buys their Kubota’s from Norwood Farm Machinery Centre in Palmerston North. "They have good sales service,” Matthew says. "I don’t know about their call-out service as I've never had to use it. But when I need them for general servicing, they are always there when they say they will be.”
Kubota is imported in New Zealand by C B Norwood Distributors Ltd.