2014 Kubota RTV review will actually cover two different Kubota units, but
the primary focus will be the unit that is used the most, and in a similar
fashion to the use received by the Polaris Ranger 900.
The first Kubota was purchased around Christmas 2013 and was the unit with
a full cab. This units primary use work around the farm; hauling bags of
feed, checking fence, transport to feed cattle, etc... The terrain unit #1
is used on is primarily gravel roads, fields, dirt roads, tar chip roads,
with an occasional rough river bottom or mountain side in middle east
Kubota unit #2 was purchased around new years 2014 it's primary use as a
hunting guides vehicle with the primary use being hauling hunters in and
out of the woods as well as hauling harvested deer and wild hogs out of
hunting areas. The terrain is primarily wooded mountains and river bottoms
of middle east Tennessee. Steep, rocky, muddy hills with an occasional
gravel or tar chip road thrown in for good measure.
This review will cover the pros and cons of the Kubota RTV vs the Polaris
Ranger after Kubota unit #2 being driven for 11 months and racking up almost
3,000 miles. Although both the Kubota and the Ranger have been driven for
about the same amount of time, the Kubota only has about 3,000 miles
where as the Polaris as over 4,000 miles. Another advantage the Kubota has had is that it has primarily one
driver where the Ranger was used by multiple drivers with varying amounts
What I prefer about the Kubota unit:
- The Kubota is a much heavier machine with steel floor boards
compared to the Polaris that are plastic.
- Has a parking brake
What I prefer about the Polaris Ranger:
- The Ranger handles MUCH better all around than Kubota RTV.
- The Polaris has about a 5" wider wheel base making it more stable
- The Polaris will top out about 60 mph
- Doesn't have to be in neutral to start, just a foot on the brake
What I don't like about the Kubota:
- The Kubota has a serious design flaw in the transmission that
requires you to shut the engine off at times to get it out of reverse.
- Top speed of 20mph
- Must be in neutral to start engine
In the next couple of paragraphs I will outline the issues I have
encountered with the Kubota RTV, and in some cases, the cause of the
issue. Further down the page you can find a bullet list of the issues.
Problems Encountered with Kubota unit #1 (miles):
- Rear outer boots split (100)
- Rear outer boot leaking grease again (150)
- Bolts backed out on rear axle, near catastrophic failure
Problems Encountered with Kubota unit #2 (miles):
- Pin in gear shift lever broken
- Tie rod bent