Model year: 2007Date Purchased: 2007-07-21Number of Hours: 122
"I purchased my Kubota B26 in 2007. I don't use it everyday but it starts and works hard for me every time I need it.
The B26 has a narrow stance so it may seem a little tippy when working on uneven ground. A little common sense and following safety guidelines will go a long way here.
The base unit is just the tractor and front loader however it does have a backhoe option which is a must if you need to dig or, in the case of having the thumb option, grab things like heavy rocks or logs.
By itself, the tractor/front loader is about 2600 lbs. and with the backhoe, 4001 lbs. This is a light unit and that should be considered when purchasing a tractor.
For me, attachments make/break the tractor. I need my B26 to do a lot of different things and the universal front mount feature is extremely convenient. You can get just about any attachment for the quick-attach setup on this tractor. My 3-pt. hitch attachments are just as important and I depend on them all year long.
The only cons I can think of are that the fuel filler location is not ideal. I would have preferred something off to the side like other units have. Also, it's not meant for snow plowing heavy wet snow. The design of the fork mounting makes it nearly impossible. In my case, it lifts the front of the tractor off the ground once the blade has a small build-up of snow (the bucket works better but you can't re-direct the snow with the bucket).
It'll push light, fluffy snow with no problem but when it's wet and heavy, forget about it. The better solution is to get a 5' PTO snow-blower or a 3-pt. rear blade. I have both and each do a pretty good job of clearing all types of snow.
Options to consider when buying:
1. Thumb for the backhoe: It's not required but it's certainly convenient and worth the money. I can grab rocks and logs and move them. With respect to logs, I can lift them off the ground and then cut them with my chainsaw which is very nice.
2. 3rd Function Valve: I added this option about a year later. It was an easy install and I'm happy that I put it on. I have quick-attach attachments that require hydraulics and this feature is a must for me.
3. 3-pt. Quick Hitch. I have several 3-pt. attachments and this really does make changing implements a breeze. While this is not an option provided by Kubota, it's still a must-have if you need to change 3-pt attachments often. The Kubota dealer will more than likely have one in stock or will be able to order one for you.
In my case, I use my tractor for snow blowing, log splitting, wood chipping, grading/dozing, lifting stone/pallets, material transport, and pulling small trees. With the right attachment, this tractor does all that and doesn't break a sweat doing it.
Overall, this is an excellent unit that loves to work for its owner."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Strong, reliable, versatile.Cons: Tippy feel on uneven ground, fuel filler location not ideal.Type of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: USA CTI also considered buying: Kubota B3030, John Deere 2520 REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Kubota B26 TLB
by lfred Johnston
Model year: 2005Date Purchased: 2005-05-01Number of Hours: 450
"Bought the unit in '05 as a retirement toy. Told the wife it was her anniversary present. My mistake. Best operator I ever saw. She hauls firewood, does landscaping projects, installed a greywater septic system, etc. I'm the guy down in the hole with a shovel.
Great unit, good on fuel, easy to operate. Other than routine maintenance, I've replaced a coupla hydraulic lines. Hydraulic fittings are standard stuff, available from NAPA. Just wish I got to run it more."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Nicely laid out controls.Cons: Could use a bit more lift capy. forward.Type of User: Homeowner 10-50 AcresLocation: USA AKI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
by D Dorval
Model year: 2007Date Purchased: 2010-02-28Number of Hours: 550
"Perfect machine for my requirements. Small and light enough to transport on my 12' 7000lb GVW TA utility trailer but lots of power. I use it construction and landscaping on a raw land acreage on Arrow Lake in BC. Thumb on BH is very useful for picking up and setting boulders and moving logs.
Occasionally I have wished for a heavier tractor with a longer BH reach but with patience the hole gets dug or the log gets moved. Very pleased with the $30,000 invested for this used (250hr) machine."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Small and light but lots of lifting and digging capability.Cons: I could have used more power and traction sometimes.Type of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: CND OTI also considered buying: Kubota B21, New Holland TC30 REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Kubota B26 - A Great All Around Machine
by Jim Brooks
Model year: 2007Date Purchased: 2008-07-06Number of Hours: 198
"So far I love this machine! It is small enough to get in most places, yet powerful enough to do most everything I need to do. I do have a Kubota L3830 to do the land plowing, planting, etc. With its increased loader capacity, quick change front bucket, canopy, quick change backhoe bucket, and hydraulic thumb that I added it has a lot of extra features.
The hydraulics are smooth. The mechanical spill prevention on the front bucket is a nice feature. The only con I can think of is that it can be tipsy with out the backhoe or some other heavy weight on the back, but I guess you would have to give up some of the compactness to get more stability and it is not near as much of a problem with the backhoe on it.
I gave it a 4 on value because it is not cheap. I paid $26,500 with 43 hours on it and a year old in 2008. That was with the hydraulic thumb, quick change backhoe bucket, and an extra 12" bucket. "
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Great power and capacities for a compact/great on fuel.Cons: Can be tipsy without backhoe on it.Type of User: Homeowner 50-100 AcresLocation: USA NYI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
B 26: Best Investment for Landscapers
Model year: 2008Date Purchased: 2008-06-22Number of Hours: 550
"My B 26 has a 4 in 1 bucket, quick attach backhoe. I can do more work with less labor and do it better than with a skid steer. I can run my tractor for several days on a minimum of fuel, get into tight job-sites yet do commercial work with this tractor.
I have dug graves, pools, footings, graded yards bushogged fields, pushed snow, loaded debris, dirt, rock, sand into my F 750 dump truck, spread same material, graded parking lots, dug drainage ditches, dug up stumps and planted trees.
I paid 33k for this tractor, charge $75 per hr. to run it and it's now paid for. Kubota has been great with any issues I've had and I have made a lot of money with this tractor. That's why I bought 2 more (L 440, grand L 4240)."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Commercial grade tractor in every way.Cons: Wish it had a little more power and lift capacity.Type of User: Commercial LandscapeLocation: USA NCI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Kubota B26 - Used Purchase
Model year: 2007Date Purchased: 2011-05-20Number of Hours: 690
"I have owned the machine for less than a year but the make/model came highly recommended. As a new owner with no formal TLB training was easy to learn on.
Once I get more practice and hours my review might look different. When buying used equipment the machine history is always a concern but I think I made a good choice. a few minor problems and at this time I don't know how typical they are.
I have a feeling that the maintenance was not 100%. A missing turn light lens, fuse cover missing, blown fuse, a couple of broken pin bolts and many grease fittings not taking grease. Most are fixed now."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Affordable but strong enough to work hard.Cons: Broken plastic around the shift levers.Type of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: CND OTI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
by Carl Bert
Model year: 2010Date Purchased: 2010-07-15Number of Hours: 32
"If the loader was removable and it had a mid PTO, it would be the perfect tractor. I guess you can't have everything. Other then that, it is a very nice machine, built to last, with plenty of power for its size."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Size, power and quality.Cons: Loader not removable.Type of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: USA NYI also considered buying: John Deere 3320, Kubota B3030, Kubota B3200 REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
B26 small yet powerfull
Model year: 2008Date Purchased: 2008-06-20Number of Hours: 50
"B26 overall great small tractor, the size seems small but it can handle a 5ft tiller, and can dig 8ft. I only wish could operate the driving from the backhoe position."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: PowerCons: priceType of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: USA CAI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Model year: 2007Date Purchased: 2007-12-30Number of Hours: 320
"I use my B-26 to do everything from pushing snow, with a plow, to utility excavation, grading, and landscaping, it's done almost everything I've asked it to do."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Compact, powerfulCons: light weight, low lifting capacityType of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: USA UTI also considered buying: Kubota L39 REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Model year: 2008Date Purchased: 2008-02-10Number of Hours: 160
"I upgraded from a solid little BX22 that went to a good home (tree nursery) in Texas. Needed more muscle around the homestead. Built a pallet fork QA system I used to move around 300lbs sheets of 1/4" steel plate. "
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Kubota dependability; more muscle than advertised; compact enought to maneuver thru tight spacesCons: don't have any yetType of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: USA CAI also considered buying: John Deere 990 REVIEWER'S PHOTOS