BILLINGS, Mont. – Big Sky producers have a powerful new tractor to meet their needs going into the New Year. Kubota's M7 Series is the company’s most robust machine, designed for hay, forage and row-crop production, as well as livestock operations.
With the agricultural economy suffering from low commodity prices and drought, Billings Kubota President Bruce Rush said he hasn’t yet sold one of the large-frame tractors. However, he’s hopeful that when the economy picks up, larger producers, especially in northern and eastern Montana, will see the value of the M7 Series.
“They’re very cautious in what they buy because of the economy,” Rush said. “But farmers and ranchers are always looking for features, fuel economy, price and what you can do with a trade.”
And on those points, Kubota scores high, Rush said.
According to a recent survey by the Equipment Dealers Association, Kubota scored highest in product quality and overall satisfaction. The 2017 survey was the first time Kubota was evaluated as a full-line manufacturer, which reflects the company’s addition of hay tools, tillage and planting equipment to its product line after its acquisition of Kverneland in 2012 and Great Plains in 2016.
The M7 Series’ V6108 engine is the latest in clean-engine technology and exceeds the Tier4 Final emissions regulations. Its engine electronically controls the timing and amount of high pressure injected fuel in stages for optimal combustion, allowing for greater efficiency, better fuel economy and less noise.
“With the high price of fuel the 4-cylindar engine makes this more fuel efficient than any other tractor out there,” Rush said.
The other specs of the machine – transmission, rear end – are comparable to other large ag tractors, Rush said, but where Kubota really shines is in the field.
“The service work is better,” Rush said. “It simply lasts longer in the field.”