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Cats are soooo expensive compared to kubota. What’s the reason?

Discussion in 'Compact Excavators' started by zeroo, Nov 18, 2022.

  1. Oxbow

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    From Cat's perspective, if they are sold out and awaiting new arrivals, they aren't in a position to need to drop prices.
     
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  2. CM1995

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    Well I hope not. Our Cat 279D's have been more dependable than the many, many Bobcats I have owned over the years. We just don't have any major issues with them.

    279D 01 is a 2016 with over 3K hours and all its had replaced is the hydro bucket latch cylinder and an alternator. This 279 has the electric over hydraulic cylinder that is prone to failure.

    279D 02 is a 2019 with over 1500 hours on it and all its had replaced is an alternator.

    2018 305E bought used has been a great machine other than replacing a hydro line, all we've had to do is service, fuel and grease it.

    Back to the OP's question -

    In my market Kubota is priced similarly with Cat if not more but I've been a Cat customer for 20 years albeit a small one so that has something do to with it. Our Kubota dealer is not very big and more geared to the "Gentlemen Farmers" that want a compact tractor with a front loader and RTV to ride around their 20 acres.
     
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  3. Mark13

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    I did my purchase back before everything was hard to get and the 306 was fairly new to the market. Now I'm amazed when any dealer has something but at that time every dealer had equipment lined up on the lot.
     
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    FWIW I asked my salesman today the lead time on a 325 Next Gen and he said they had 2 in stock a week ago.
     
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  5. Mark13

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    I know our local Cat dealers have since been bought out and hopefully things have improved. The previous owners I think ran under the principal of it's their territory so even if you don't like them you still are in their territory so to bad. I haven't been in the market for anything new lately but their parts/service side was greatly helpful for my 953, quite surprising compared to what I was expecting my experience to be like.
     
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