Model year: 2004Date Purchased: 2004-01-01Number of Hours: 565
"I purchased this tractor new. It had 565 hours on it when I sold it. I owned the tractor for 13 years. I used it in our real estate business. The tractor was also used by my employees.
This is one tough tractor. The tractor was subjected to work and conditions that should have been done by a much larger tractor. It worked well and never had any major issues. The bucket would lift right at a 1,000 pounds. It had the great plains backhoe that worked well. It was very economical to operate. Five gallons of diesel pretty much kept it running all day.
I replaced it with a used Kubota M59 TLB. I wish I had kept my B7800. It was much easier to maneuver around tight spaces and small yards. If you purchase one of these, make sure it has low hours. Don't be afraid to pay extra for a really nice one. You won't regret it!. "
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Small chassis, low fuel consumption, very reliable! Cons: The front loader could have lifted more, in fact if it would have lifted about 2,500 pounds I would have never sold the tractorType of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: USA TXI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Maintenance Issues Abound
by Boyd Miner
Model year: 2007Date Purchased: 2013-02-18Number of Hours: 1600
"I purchased this used from a local Kubota Dealer after being assured that it had recently been serviced and that the engine and transmission were in excellent condition. Within a few weeks the transmission began having problems within 6 months it was dead. The dealer rebuilt the Transmission and within a couple of months occasional use the tractor started having electrical problems. For the past year we have had three mechanics look at and test the wiring to figure out what is causing the problem. Finally a Dealer mechanic was able to track it down to some wires that appear to be causing a connection short. Now they want to have us pay them $95.00 per hour to rewire the entire tractor. When this tractor works it does what we purchased it to do and it does it well, unfortunately it does this far less often than it sits in the driveway broken and waiting to be serviced."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Good Design and Functionality When Working.Cons: Frequent mechanical breakdowns and expensive servicing required.Type of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: USA UTI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
by Dave Taylor
Model year: 2005Date Purchased: 2004-06-15Number of Hours: 167
"Pretty happy with this unit. Does a lot of work for just 30 HP. No real problems, other than leaky front tires and gas and temp gauges recently quit. Suspect an electrical problem there."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Good value, reliability.Cons: None.Type of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: USA AZI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Hard Working and Reliable
by James LaPaglia
Model year: 2003Date Purchased: 2014-04-28Number of Hours: 510
"About this tractor knew about 10 years ago. Please and I'm 13 acres of rolling hillside and deep snow in the mountains of central Vermont. I know I plow until I dig post holes and more. I've got a little problem right now which I think is a fuel line problem but is literally the first problem I've had with this in 10 years. It took some time but I'm pretty good at putting attachments on and off by myself. I'd recommend this to any one."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Price and reliability.Cons: Tricky making attachments to the PTO. Type of User: Homeowner 10-50 AcresLocation: USA VTI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Kubota With Tiller
by keith hailey
Model year: 1968Date Purchased: 2014-10-02Number of Hours: 10000
"I don't know much about this tractor myself as it is very old and needs restoration. I know in America it's called a McCulloch G12 which was made by Kubota and marketed by McCulloch but I don't know much else at this stage. In model description I had to say it was a B7800 because it wasn't listed and won't let you write unknown, but as you can see it is not a B7800."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Solid build.Cons: No 3pl.Type of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: AUS OTI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
My Work Horse
Model year: 2003Date Purchased: 2003-07-09Number of Hours: 732
"I know it is orange but I can say from many hard brutal hours it was built to take it. HSD, loader and backhoe.
Never let me down."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Built well very tough.Cons: Not made in USA.Type of User: Homeowner 10-50 AcresLocation: USA VAI also considered buying: Kubota RTV900XT, Bobcat T250 Gold REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Kubota B7800 with Front End Loader
by JDs Girl
Model year: 0Date Purchased: 2005-06-25Number of Hours: 69
"Love my tractor: moves manure, brush hogs fields, moves snow, grades pastures. Easy to work with except the PTO."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Well built with great features.Cons: See above.Type of User: Homeowner 10-50 AcresLocation: USA MEI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Takes Abuse and Laughs
Model year: 2007Date Purchased: 2007-05-01Number of Hours:
"I have been beating on this tractor for 6+ years. I mainly used a 7 foot brush hog and the loader, for field and pasture maintenance, and for clearing brush and trees from a couple of acres of sloped wooded area that has never been cleared where is where the abuse comes in.
I have knocked down live trees maybe 2-3" thick (too big for the brush hog) by getting up hill from them and ramming them with the loader (on the theory that its easier to fill the root hole with dirt, than to cut it down with a chain saw and grind the stump).
This is my first real tractor so I cannot offer much in the way of comparison to cheaper ones that may give better value, but it was way better priced than a comparably equipped Deere and after 6 years I can't imagine there is anything more this size tractor could offer that would be worth thousands more to me. As a newbie, I decided I wanted to go with a name I knew and local dealer support, so Deere and Kubota where pretty much all I seriously looked at.
I have to really stretch to find any complaints. Here are the only 3 issues I have had:
1)the headlight sockets (much like auto headlights---a plastic socket that holds the bulb and click locks into the reflective metal housing) have deteriorated enough that the small bits that lock them into the housing are cracked. Both have this problem, one badly enough that the bulb slides down out of the headlight, but it's a duck tape or glue fix.
2) A loader hydraulic line sprung a leak last year, and since it's not much harder to replace all 4 than 1, and a second one looked borderline, I did that myself. It was physically demanding (I'm sick and old), but technically easy. I know one end of a wrench from another, but I'm far from a whiz, and I had no problems. I store it under a barn eave, so it gets some sun, and some precipitation, and since the bad line and the borderline one were the top 2, I suspect the exposure had something to do with it. But for all I know, 6 years isn't unusual for hydraulic line life.
3) This particular model uses turnbuckles for controlling the play in the sway bars on the 3 point hitch and I managed to pull one so hard that the nut deformed enough that turning it was impossible. It was easy to replace and now that I am a bit more careful about not hooking the bush hog on trees as I drive by, it hasn't recurred, but I don't love the turnbuckles anyway, because they are a minor nuisance to adjust. If I reach the point where I am frequently switching implements, or if another turnbuckle fails, I'll buy an aftermarket kit that replaces the turnbuckles with sliding bars (about 200 bucks last time I looked).
If I had to buy another new tractor tomorrow I'd either go Kubota, or maybe gamble with one of those generic Chinese things if the pricing were insanely good (and if I have finished clearing brush and trees from that 2 acres of slope where 95% of the abuse is inflicted)."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Completely reliable, and shrugs off abuse.Cons: Nothing significant.Type of User: Homeowner 10-50 AcresLocation: USA PAI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
A Great and Versatile Machine
by Mike Hertel
Model year: 0Date Purchased: 2006-04-11Number of Hours: 310
"Soon after moving to a new place with a little over two acres, it became clear then I would need a lot of help to make this place what I wanted it to be and that help would be in the form of a tractor.
Since I knew nothing about tractors I began researching on the internet and found TractorByNet.com. What a great resource! I learned that I wanted 4 wheel drive, hydro-static drive, power steering, an FEL and a backhoe.
The first dealer I visited seemed very disinterested in my business. After only a couple minutes talking to the salesman he walked away to talk to another man who had just come in the back door. So I went across the street Issaquah Honda Kubota where Joel could not have been more helpful.
I told him what I needed and he showed me the B7800 which had both the FEL and Brush Hog backhoe. The machine was brand new. The tractor had a 48" FEL but Joel said I could have a 60" FEL at no extra charge which is of course is exactly what I wanted. He showed me an FEL on which they had welded a 3"x 3" angle iron across the top of the loader with three hooks---left, right and center, which he said they could do that for me for $600.00.
I smiled to myself knowing I had a chunk of angle that size in my scrap pile and my 50 year old Emerson arc welder. I took less than an hour to cut it to length and weld it on. I bought the three hook from Joel for $24.00. I also asked if there was a reward for paying cash rather than taking their "three years same as cash" deal. He asked what I had in mind and I told him I really was going to need that set of forks that clamp onto the FEL. He said they gladly throw them in for free. Really nice people to do business with.
My first project was using the forks to lift trees I had felled to make it easy to cut them into rounds. Then use the FEL to haul the rounds to the splitting area.
The next project was to move several yards of rocks and dirt from behind my new shop building to the front yard for storage. I save many tons of rocks for building rockeries, now about 300 lineal feet ranging from two feet to six feet high.
I welded up a bunch of scrap angle iron and made a fixed thumb for the backhoe which worked great for handling some of the large boulders. I actually had to put a lot of rocks in the scoop to keen the front wheels in the ground do to the weight of some of the rocks I was lifting with the backhoe. The thumb is held on with 5/8" shafts and hairpin clips so it can be quickly installed or removed as needed.
As for the dirt and rocks I moved to the front yard, I advertised "free rocky fill dirt and free loading" on Craigslist. People came with pickups, one tons and trailers and all the fill dirt was gone in a couple months.
I have used the tractor to help in clearing brush, mostly blackberries and digging out stumps. It is a great help in cutting firewood. I raise the FEL to full height and put it against the back of the tree I'm felling. After notching and back cutting a gentle push with the tractor drops it exactly where I intended. Then the forks come into play again to lift the tree for cutting rounds and the FEL for hauling the rounds to the splitter.
I had previously purchased a 22 ton splitter so I don't need that accessory for the tractor. I made sure to get the folding ROPS as I wanted to keep this machine in my garage which I have done faithfully. It still looks great in spite of all the work it has done. I don't believe I could have found a better machine for my needs.
I am grateful for the education I received on TractorByNet.com. If I can be of help or answer and questions please feel free to send me an email."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Excellent controls, easy to handle. Good power. Very reliable.Cons: Two drain plugs on crankcase covered by backhoe parts. Bad planning.Type of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: USA WAI also considered buying: John Deere 1030, Massey Ferguson 1130 REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Reliable and Tough
Model year: 0Date Purchased: 2006-10-23Number of Hours:
"This tractor was money well spent, and has been so reliable, and useful to me. I have a small tree farm, and have found this tractor to be a jack of all trades, maneuverable, very easy to service, and there are dealers all over.
The tractor came from the dealer with a Woods Brothers front end loader, and I also purchased a Woods Brothers post hole auger that is very useful."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: 4wd, 3 range hydro transmission, ROPS that also folds, very thrifty with diesel fuel.Cons: Headlights are not bright or far reaching. There are aftermarket upgrades available for the headlights.Type of User: Commercial FarmerLocation: USA MII also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS