What are Kubota Garden Tractors ?

Kubota make a wide range of tractors specifically for residential and smallholding use that they refer to as Kubota garden tractors, or Kubota lawn tractors.

These types of tractors are also sometimes known as Kubota lawnmowers and Kubota ride on mowers. They come with a variety of different engine sizes and specifications, and a wide range of different models.

Kubota also make a range of garden tractors known as zero turn tractors or zero turn mowers.The main difference with a Kubota zero turn mower or Kubota zero turn tractor is essentially that they have two levers that control the steering as opposed to a single steering wheel.

This allows a considerable amount of manoeuvrability around tight areas of land, and allows the Kubota garden tractor to cut and mow land much more effectively in tight areas, rather than a traditional Kubota tractor.

Some Kubota garden tractors have a technology called glide steer, which is a technology unique to Kubota.

It allows more traditional Kubota garden tractors to manoeuvre tight areas of land and areas of land that are difficult to mow much more effectively.

Kubota Garden Tractors – Safety

Kubota garden tractors come with a traditional Kubota engine, with varying sizes of horsepower depending on which Kubota model of Kubota garden tractor you buy. Kubota garden tractors come with a new HST transmission, which allows you to control the Kubota garden tractor with a single pedal on the floor of the tractor, which makes it much easier to control.

Kubota garden tractors also come with hydrostatic power steering, which is an important feature of any piece of agricultural or industrial machinery. This is not simply about operator comfort, although that is important, but it is about safety in terms of reducing driver or operative fatigue.

Driving a Kubota garden tractor can be hard work, not simply in terms of the physical use of the machine, but also in terms of manoeuvring a lot of different types and terrain differentials of land.

Kubota garden tractors will have different sizes of mower decks, but whichever model of Kubota you buy, they are designed to be easy to raise and lower, depending on the type of land that the Kubota garden tractor is being used on.

It is also possible to buy a mulching kit, that is an option on a number of Kubota garden tractors.It is also possible to buy a catchall grass catcher as an optional extra.

This grass catcher sits behind the driving seat of the Kubota garden tractor, and allows you to collect a significant amount of grass in it before you have to stop mowing.

The operative area of the Kubota garden tractor has been designed to provide maximum comfort and safety for whoever will be driving it.

There is a significant amount of legroom available, as well as a number of design features such as a hydraulic mower lift lever, an easy reach cutting height adjustment dial, a comfortable height back seat and cruise control as an optional extra on some models.

Kubota Garden Tractors –  Zero Turn

All the driving information and levers that are needed on a Kubota garden tractor are designed to be easily used and accessible without any real strain on the operative. This is important when the tractor is being used for a significant period of time, as is likely to be the case with a Kubota garden tractor.

Kubota garden tractors can also be what are known as a zero turn tractor.A Kubota garden tractor that is also a zero turn tractor will have two operation levers instead of one single steering wheel.

The operator will control each lever with one hand, and can move them backwards and forwards. This effectively allows the operator of the Kubota garden tractor to manoeuvre much more easily around tight areas of land such as trees, flower beds or any piece of land that is difficult to access in a safe and easy manner.

Kubota Garden Tractors – Kubota BX series

Kubota make a wide range of tractors that can be used for a variety of different work.

The term compact tractor tends to refer to tractors that are used for a number of applications that could be considered smaller non-agricultural or industrial work. This normally refers to using the tractor for a lawn or garden, for like material handling, or for towing of other small vehicles.

Kubota compact tractors can also be used very effectively for grounds maintenance, for gardening or small plot of land landscaping, for various types of large or semi large vegetable gardens, and the various types of home and commercial use.

The Kubota BX series consists of three main types of estate tractor that are used in various types of smallholding work. But Kubota BX 1860, the Kubota BX 2360 and the Kubota BX 2660. Always three Kubota tractors are what would be termed Kubota compact tractors and range in engine size from 18 hp through to 25 1/2 hp.

The Kubota BX 1861, 18 hp Kubota diesel engine, is two range HST, is either two wheel drive or four-wheel-drive, and has a category one three-point hitch. All Kubota tractors run on their own Kubota diesel engines, and these have a distinct advantage over gasoline engines.

There are two main advantages. The first is that diesel engines, especially Kubota diesel engines offer greatly increased torque over gasoline engines and give the tractor a much greater pulling power.

This is especially important when looking at compact tractors, because often they usage means that you need relatively quick bursts of power to go round organ pieces of land or up or down slopes or hills.

Kubota Garden Tractors – ZG Series

The other advantage of a diesel engine, is that according to Kubota they used typically between 20 and 30% less fuel than a similar gasoline engine. Apart from the obvious financial advantage, and other advantage is that the fuel does not have to be replaced if the tractor has been stored for a long time and not used.

This is particularly common with compact tractors which tend to be used either winter or summer and and often exclusively only five a winter or summer. They are sometimes used for winter clearance of snow another garden hazards, or they are used in the summer four different types of smallholding or small agricultural work.

The Kubota BX 1860 has an 18 hp diesel engine. This tractor also features four-wheel-drive which gives it added strength and traction which is essential when dealing with any type of frontloading work or for when using other specific attachments or implements. BX range also have quarter inching valves.

This means there are increments of one quarter of an inch at the lower link end which allows for a much greater degree of being able to control any implements that are being used on the tractor. Often using various implements mean a degree of sophistication and delicate work that being able to use a quarter inch valve makes much easier.

Another feature of all the Kubota BX series tractors is the attention to detail that has been paid to the practical side of using these tractors for a small farm or small agricultural or landholdings work.

These tractors have been fitted with extremely effective halogen headlights, which are a way removed from lights that tractors of old used to have. The reason for this is fairly self evident that these tractors tend to be used often at very early in the morning or very late at night when the light is either coming or going.

This means that it is a time of day when it is easier to miss things, why have accidents or not do the job as efficiently as you would like to. Good headlights allow a fastly improved and safer working environment.

The Kubota BX series also have standard front four position valves. This is another piece of attention to detail that Kubota have made with all air tractors, which allow the driver or operator to attach frontloading and other front mounted implements safely and easily to the tractor.

This is the sort of thing that make driving these tractors much safer and much easier than a lot of others. Kubota have even gone to the trouble of colour coding the levers to ensure that they are easier to see and make sense of.

The Kubota BX series radiators have what is called a reverse air flow system of cooling. What this in effect means is that air is taken from underneath the operator drivers area, i.e.

Of the tractor and is put forward towards the front of the tractor and expelled from the tractor underneath the hood.

This has the dual effect of reducing the chance of overheating in the tractors engine, and also means that the operators cab is considerably cooler than it would be otherwise.

Kubota have also put a lot of work into designing the cab area of the tractor. This is the area where the operator or driver will spend often a considerable amount of time and much detail has been looked at and make comfortable.

There is a high back and reclining seat area designed for maximum comfort for the operator. There is hydrostatic power steering which makes the tractor considerably easier to use and steer. There is an optional extra to have cruise control fitted on the tractor.

Some people find this an attractive option, other people feel that cruise control can sometimes be a bit dangerous because it automates function of the driver having to be aware of what speed he is doing in the tractor.

With the low level of speeds of these tractors can achieve in comparison to a car, cruise control its probably going to be safe enough for most people, and a significant benefit to others.

There is also the obligatory hand rail which allows the operator to climb up and climb down from the tractor with a greater degree of safety, there is a very thoughtfully designed cupholder to allow for the morning caffeine intake, and there is a very clear and simple instrument panel that gives the driver or operator of the tractor a lots of valuable information in a very easy to read manner.

Kubota also make a range of garden tractors known as zero turn tractors or zero turn mowers.The main difference with a Kubota zero turn mower or Kubota zero turn tractor is essentially that they have two levers that control the steering as opposed to a single steering wheel.

This allows a considerable amount of manoeuvrability around tight areas of land, and allows the Kubota garden tractor to cut and mow land much more effectively in tight areas, rather than a traditional Kubota tractor.

Some Kubota garden tractors have a technology called glide steer, which is a technology unique to Kubota.

It allows more traditional Kubota garden tractors to manoeuvre tight areas of land and areas of land that are difficult to mow much more effectively.



Anyone looking to buy Kubota mowers might well need to arrange some type of finance or credit in order to buy or lease the mower. The process for arranging finance or credit Kubota mowers is fairly similar to that of arranging finance or credit when buying or leasing a new or used car or vehicle.

Kubota has its own credit arm, and whilst this is primarily focused on helping people to buy or lease a  Kubota tractor, it is still perfectly possible to apply for credit for a Kubota mower.

There are a number of steps in the process which can make the decision as to what type of Kubota mower to buy an easier one.

The first thing to do is to decide what you want to use the mower for, and whether or not it will be purely private and domestic, or whether there will be some element of commercial usage as well.


The question as to whether or not there will be any commercial usage may affect the credit application, as there will be additional questions concerning the nature of your business, and possibly any other people involved in running the business, and possibly any family connections as well.

The process of applying for credit with Kubota will be fairly similar to applying for credit with any other bank finances tuition such as a credit union. The applicant will need to submit a fairly detailed questionnaire and provide a high degree of information about themselves and their financial situation both past present and future.

Based on this information, but will decide whether or not to lend the applicant money to purchase the Kubota mower, if so how much, and on what terms and conditions.

Another important factor concerning Kubota mowers finance is that of insurance. It is important to check whether or not the mower will be covered under any home or renters insurance policy, especially where it will be covered for any liability damage in the event of an accident. This is especially important if the mower is to be used in any type of commercial activity.


Kubota mowers can be bought either for primarily residential purposes, or for a mix of residential and small business work such as land holdings and garden centres and nine maintenance work etc.

It is quite likely that some type of credit or finance arrangement will be needed to purchase a Kubota mower, and it is worth researching the finance market in the same way that one would if you are thinking of buying or leasing a new car, in order to see what deals may be available.

One of the biggest problems when obtaining finance deals or quotations  is simply being able to compare them on a like-for-like basis.

This is really important, and understanding the various components of any type of credit finance arrangement can make it simpler in terms of understanding what is being compared, and making sure it is being compared a like-for-like basis.

The various elements of any credit or finance arrangement are likely to centre around the length of the loan, the size of any down payment, the interest rate charged  throughout the period of the loan and whether or not the interest rate is fixed or not.


For many people, or matters most is the size of the monthly repayment. It is important to realise that the longer the period for length of the loan agreement, then the smaller the monthly repayments will be, but obviously the overall figure paid at the end of the lane will be greater because of increased interest rates.

It is also important to make sure that the interest rate is fixed throughout the period of the loan.

It is normally the case that it is, as skills a degree of stability and certainty to both sides in the agreement as to what is due and when.

That can sometimes be provision within a loan agreement for the interest rate  to change, and this should be highlighted by both sides and understood before any contract is signed.

Is also important to be clear with any contract with Kubota credit or any other finance organisation exactly what is included in the loan and what isn’t.

This policy covers the final price of the Kubota Mower, but can be especially important with regard to things such as sales tax, registry fees, extended warranties etc.

There are a number of potential add-ons which a dealer  can charge for, some of which could value and needed, some of which may not be needed by the individual. C

Kubota lawn tractor – maintenance

Day-to-day maintenance of a Kubota lawn tractor is important both in terms of the safety of the machine, but also in terms of the longevity of its usage and disability to function properly in between regular servicing or maintenance schedules will stop at a practical level when adding fuel to the tractor treated as you would a motor vehicle.

Make sure the engine is off and has cooled down. Kubotakubota.net writes about safety features such as do not fill the tank indoors and make sure you always cleanup any spill spillage of fuels.

Think of the lawn tractor as a motor vehicle in the sense that it should not be started up or allowed to idle in a confined area, in much the same way that it is potentially dangerous to start up or let a motor vehicle idle in a restricted space.

If you need to transport the Kubota lawn tractor any reason, there are two important safety protocols to observe. Firstly make sure that any attachments to the tractor are disengaged both in terms of power supply and physical attachment to the tractor.

The manufacturers recommend that the tractor is not used on public roads or highways. If it is necessary to transport it then it is recommended that you either use a pickup truck or a suitable trailer to transport the tractor to where ever it needs to go to.

This is an important point to realise when buying the Kubota lawn tractor that it is not like a vehicle that you considered right back to the garage. Maintenance and servicing our issues that can be addressed with the dealership which can include the issue of how the lawn tractor is transported to and from the dealership where it is to be serviced.

Kubotakubota.net writes about maintenance safety which is important not just to prevent things going wrong but make sure that the tractor works at peak efficiency. Before making any repairs or checking anything make sure that the engine switched off, brake applied and that it has cooled down sufficiently to be safe to work on.

If when driving the tractor to strike any type of foreign object then the tractor should be stopped and after a safe time inspected to see if there’s any damage caused. If any damage has been caused to the tractor or attachment then this needs to be repaired or corrected before tractor is used again.

The manual will have a specified maintenance recommendation schedule and it is advisable to follow this as far as possible. It is likely to recommend that your tractor be inspected by an authorised Kubota dealer, probably once a year, and this should be here to.

When purchasing the Kubota lawn tractor it is advisable to see if any of the schedule of maintenance recommendations has an effect on the terms of the warranty. Obviously if you buy a new or used Kubota lawn tractor it is likely to have some type of warranty depending on the dealership.

The terms of the warranty may be affected if regular maintenance or servicing is not carried out, or if parts other than recognised Kubota parts are used as replacement parts for the lawn tractor.

When storing a Kubota tractor followed the same basic guidance that you would when storing a motor vehicle. Make sure that the tractor and any fuel supply for it is kept locked in a safe environment that is not accessible by children or other people without your permission.

Always make sure that the ignition key is removed, and if the tractor is to be stored for a significant period of time it is worth considering removing or disconnecting the battery. Depending on your circumstances it may well be worth draining machine of any fuel as well, probably advisable to check this with your dealership when buying the tractor.

Take the same precautions that you would regarding any vehicle, but especially with a lawn tractor make sure that the engine is kept free of grass leaves for excessive grease which could potentially increase the fire hazard potential to the tractor.

Kubota lawn tractors – attachements

Most lawn tractors, and certainly most Kubota lawn tractors, are equipped so that they can use a number of different attachments which will allow them to attend their lawn or garden more effectively.

These attachments can vary in size and mobility, but one of the things that they all have in common is that a lot of extra care needs to be taken when using a lawn tractor that has an attachment on it.

The operation of a lawn tractor when pulling a load has a number of certain safety protocols should be adhered to. A Kubota lawn tractor will have a specified point on the tractor that is known as a hitch point, a term that is a familiar one on most lawn tractors.

There may possibly be more than one hitch point, in any event it is important that only designated hicks points are used when attaching any type of extension to a lawn tractor. Kubotakubota.net shows the need to be aware of the size of the load that you are carrying all likely to use on an attachment, tractor.

The Kubota lawn tractor manual may specify the type of attachments that can be used on the tractor, but in any event common sense will tell you the type of attachments and the types of load that tractor can safely handle. If in any doubt consult the manual and if that does not give you the required information then consult a dealer.

It is important, as when carrying any load that the attachment is proportionate in weight to the tractors is pulling it. Any disadvantage in weight is potentially dangerous and could cause the operator of the tractor to lose control.

When driving a Kubota lawn tractor that has an attachment, be careful about turning sharply and also take great care when backing up the tractor. There is a natural sense to remembering that the tractor has an extended angle to it because of the attachment, and this should be taken into account with all movements of the machine.

If the Kubota manual recommends it, make sure that front ballast or wheel weights are used on the tractor. Failure to do so could result in a disproportionate weight of the load between the tractor and attachments causing it either to upend author the operator to lose control of the tractor.

It is always important to look out for traffic or other people when crossing or near roadways. If using an attachment to the tractor be aware that there’s an extra length to what you’re driving and this will affect the time and speed of your ability to manoeuvre any public highway.

Make sure that you disengage power to any attachment and stop the engine, making sure any break is applied, before leaving the cabin or the operators position. If you need to leave the tractor unattended take all precautions that you would take when leaving a motor vehicle unattended.

Make sure you disengage the power takeoff, lower any attachments, put the dear in neutral, make sure the break is on and turn off the engine. Kubotakubota.net writes about safety features such as making sure that you take the ignition keys with you and do not leave anything in the cabin of the tractor that could be used to started again.

These are simple precautions to take and all in effect similar to those that you would take when starting or using a motor vehicle or leave it unattended.

Kubota Lawn and Garden Tractors – Slopes

Many Kubota lawn tractors are used for the most basic function which is of cutting grass over a significantly large piece of land. To this extent they will either be designed to catch grass in some type of attachment to a checked it through some type of the chute both of which will be attached to the tractor in different ways.

With either of these attachments it is important to make sure that the engine is turned off and the machine completely still before either removing the grass catcher or unclogging the chute of any grass or leaves or other material that may have got caught it.

Kubotakubota.net teaches to be aware when putting your hands on any part of the tractor of any movable parts that could cause damage such as blades, and make sure that the engine of the tractor is completely turned off, and there is no build up of mechanical energy that could cause movement of the blades and cause damage to the operative.

Kubota lawnmowers, in fact all lawnmowers are basically designed to be driven forwards only, and are not designed to be driven in reverse in the way that a car can be.

Because lawnmowers are not designed to be driven in reverse seating of the cabin makes it impossible to see clearly what is behind you and there’s obviously no mirror in the way that a car will have one. If you do need to reverse the tractor for any reason they actually sure you know what is behind you and if possible have someone to guide you as an extra safety precaution.

Most lawn or garden tractors are not designed to be driven up steep hills or slopes. However it is the nature of its sizeable piece of land that there may well be areas at not flat where the lawn tractor needs to go. In this event it is advisable to always back-up when going up a slope.

It is never a good idea to drive forward up a slope or hill that is too steep simply because the tractor could easily tip over backwards. It is a good idea to stay off hills and slopes that are too steep for safe operation.

Again if the Kubota tractor is being used up or down hill is a good idea to do it as gently and evenly as possible. This means essentially not continually stopping or starting the machine, and only knowing up and down the face of slopes and never across them.

If you’re using the lawnmower on a slope going uphill and you find the tractor stops with having extreme difficulty going up the slope then simply stop the blade, and back down again slowly. Kubotakubota.net shows how when using the Kubota tractor on a slope use extreme caution and always drive the tractor at a much lower speed then you would do on flat ground.

This will give you a much greater sense of control and understanding of the feel of the land, and will allow you to take extra precautions and deal with a situation that might arise more safely than if you were using the tractor at a greater speed.

Again use extreme caution when changing direction on slopes. It is difficult to give general advice on the subject, but just be aware that when using the Kubota tractor on any slope or steep hill there is a real danger of you losing control of the tractor, of it tipping over, generally putting you in a much more vulnerable position than when using it on flat land.

Equally be aware and stay alert to any holes be they potholes or holes made by animals or any other type of hazard in the nature of the land.

Kubota lawn tractors – how to operate

Assuming you are familiar with how to operate a Kubota lawn tractor, there are a number of general key safety instructions that you would be wise to follow, which will help ensure that you have a safe operation with yourself, the tractor and any other people in the vicinity of the area you’re using it in.

When driving the tractor it is a good mindset to think of dried it in the same way that you would a car. It is important to disengage all the attachment clutches and make sure that the deer is in neutral before attempting to start the engine.

The nature of a lawn tractor means that it is likely to be used on land that is both flat and hilly, and there’s a tendency at times not to realise the inherent danger of using a lawn tractor where it inevitably will be driven at an angle.

Kubotakubota.net show how thinking in terms of how you drive a car can help prevent this, and simply be aware of driving or not driving on any land where the tractor could either tip over or slip out of control because of the nature of the land.

Many lawn or garden tractors use different types of attachments for various gardening purposes, and a number of these attachments will collect lawn and mulch and other types of garden residue, and inject them from the tractor normally via a chute.

When ejecting any discharge of material from the chute, it is important for the operator of the tractor to have an awareness of where the materials came to be discharged to. This means avoiding any other people in the vicinity, any animals or pets or children, or anywhere such as going to require further work i.e. a pond or similar.

It is important to only use the Kubota tractor in good daylight or good artificial light. Whilst your Kubota tractor may come with headlights and  should be used whenever necessary, having good all-round visibility is equally important as this end you need either daylight or good artificial light.

Without such light there is a real danger of overheating and obstruction that you cannot see properly, or of inadvertently coming too close or hitting an object or person that you cannot see clearly.

Again it is a self-evident piece of advice never to put your hands or any other part of your body near the blade or engine whilst they are running or on.

If you need to put your hands anywhere near any part of the machinery make sure at the engine is turned off, the key is out of the ignition, any blades have stop moving and there is no build up of energy within the blade that might cause and to move whilst your hands are in their vicinity.

Kubotakubota.net highlights there is always a danger of built-up energy with any mechanical device and extreme caution should be taken.

It is sometimes necessary to the operator of the Kubota tractor to make an adjustment to the cutting height of the attachment that is being used with the machine.

This can occur for a number of reasons and is normally a fairly simple activity. What is important is that the operator times the tractor off before making any such adjustment to the cutting height of the tractor.

Kubota lawn tractor – Manuals

Whether you are using a lawn or garden tractor for the first time or you are a regular user of such machines, it is a good idea always to have a read of the manual that comes with the tractor. Every piece of equipment you buy will always have a manual, either in printed format or more commonly online nowadays.

There is always a tendency to dismiss the manual as simply information the manufacturer is obliged to disclose which is not necessarily relevant to your use of the machine. Kubotakubota.net shows why with lawn tractors this is not true.

Kubota lawn tractors operate in many ways in similar mode to the type of tractor you might expect to use in an agricultural setting, but obviously on a much smaller basis. However it does mean that there are a number of considerations to do with safety, maintenance and operation which is well worth knowing in advance of your using the machine.

The manual that comes with the tractor will go through a number of fairly basic instructions, which it is important to familiarise yourself with prior to using the tractor. It is a good idea to know where the information is in the manual prior to having access it in the event of an emergency.

One of the important aspects of knowing how to operate a tractor is to know what the controls are, what they do and where they are situated. Kubota tractors will have a number of standard operative control, but they will differ on each individual tractor range, and it is therefore important to familiarise yourself with them.

Aside from instructions as to how to use the machines safely, the manual will also give a number of general pieces of advice about safe operation factor, which may seem fairly obvious that can easily be overlooked or just simply not thought about.

One such piece of advice is to always wear well fitted belted clothing when using the tractor. If you wear loose clothing of any type, there’s always a real danger that part of it could get caught in the workings of the tractor, posing a considerable safety risk or danger to yourself when operating it.

It should go without saying that children should not be allowed to operate the Kubota tractor at any time. This applies to teenagers as well as younger children. There is sometimes a tendency to think of a tractor as a toy in one sense, and this can sometimes lead to not taking it as seriously as you would any other piece of agricultural machinery.

Equally do not carry passengers on the tractor of any age. Kubotakubota.net shows how the tractor will be designed for one operative and one operative only, and having anyone else either in the cabin or on any other part of the tractor is a significant danger and safety hazard.

As well as instructions concerning the use of the tractor and general safety advice for the operative, the manual will also point out a number of general safety instructions concerning the environment the Kubota tractor is to be used in.

One of the most important pieces of advice is to clear the work area first of any objects such as wires rocks etc that could be picked up by the lawn tractor and could inadvertently damage the tractor or the operative or anyone else nearby.