We have had a Kubota tractor on our various farms for the past 16 or 17 years. Our 36 horsepower Grand L model (based on a larger chassis than the B-Series) got hauled from the New Hampshire farm to Kansas (along with an antique road grader, some Cub Cadet garden tractors and a bunch of implements) shortly after we moved. The Kubotas have served us well as general utility tractors … and in a pinch they even managed to move 1800-pound round bales (not a recommended practice) in the winter when the big old IH 656 or 574 wouldn’t start. Kubota offers an incredible array of compact, sub-compact and full-sized tractors … some of their newest offerings are in the smaller chassis B-Series compact line.
Late this year, Kubota introduced four new models to its popular B Series compact utility tractor line. The new Kubota B2320, B2620, B2920 and B3200 tractors are versatile, powerful and productive, featuring more horsepower and triple-range hydrostatic transmission (HST), which offers the operator enhanced power and control. The B3200 leads the pack with a 4-cylinder, 23 PTO horsepower, high performance E-TVCS (three-vortex combustion system) Kubota diesel engine, power steering and standard mid-PTO.
“The B-Series tractors have always been one of our most popular lines because they are small enough to be extremely versatile, yet powerful enough to conquer larger landscaping and even light construction jobs,” says Jeremy Coltin, Kubota product manager. “This year we have really taken the legacy of our B-Series tractors to a new height, giving customers even more value, with increased power, control and comfort.”
The B2320, B2620 and B2920 come equipped with three-cylinder Kubota liquid-cooled diesel engines and the entire series offers the E-TVCS combustion system for increased power, excellent torque characteristics, cleaner emissions and low noise and vibration. The three-range shift (high/medium/low) featured on the new B Series HST models lets operators find the right speed to suit their task. The HST provides smooth shifting and powerful performance for heavy-duty loader applications. Maximum traveling speed ranges from 11.2 to 12.3 mph, depending on model; the B3200 boasts an 8.1-gallon fuel tank.
I haven’t had a chance to put these new B-Series machines through their paces, but I don’t expect any major surprises when I do. I can’t wait to see just how that new engine performs in the 3200 while digging with the backhoe attachment. Look for these, and a whole lot of other tractors at a Kubota dealer near you.
Hank Will raises hair sheep, heritage cattle and many varieties of open-pollinated corn with his wife, Karen, on their rural Osage County, Kansas farm. His home life is a perfect complement to his professional life as editor in chief at GRIT and Capper's Farmer magazines. Connect with him on Google+.