New for 2017. In this series we will be comparing the tractors that we offer at MT&T against other popular tractor brands. Looking past the names and the hype into the specifications and ability of various machines.
We have decided to start this series with Branson Tractor’s newest line. The 25 Series. Headquartered in Georgia, Branson has just released a new compact tractor model. The 3725H. Lets see how it compares to Kubota’s popular L3901 Tractor.
BRANSON 3725H KUBOTA L3901
Engine 37 HP 4 cyl diesel 37 HP 3 cyl diesel
PTO horse power 32 30.6
Tier 4 serviceable DPF/ non re-gen common rail/re-gen
Weight w/loader 5314 lbs. 3593 lbs.
Transmission 3 range HST 3 range HST
Operation dual pedal single pedal
Hydraulics dual pump 15.4 gpm dual pump 10.1 gpm
PTO 2 speed live/independent 1 speed live
Seat suspension w/arm & head rest pan/spring
Front Axle 4 WD no drag link 4 WD drag link type
3PT Hitch 3306 lbs. lift 1852 lbs. lift
Telescoping YES NO
Quick Attach YES YES
Quick Attach Bucket YES NO
lift at full height 2100 lbs. 1131 lbs.
Break out force 3532 lbs. NOT LISTED
Subframe YES NO
Warranty 6 yr. std. 3 yr. optional 6 yr. std. 1-2 yr optional
OPERATION: After spending time on both tractors, I offer my personal opinions here.
- The Branson dual pedal design is much easier to operate & less fatiguing.
- The Kubota diesel was smoother & quieter.
- The 4 cyl. Branson had more power thru the entire rpm range.
- Power steering was fine on both tractors.
- The L3901H that I tested did not have the optional cruise control or a telescoping 3PT hitch. Both came standard on the Branson as did a tilt steering wheel.
- The tool box on the Kubota is a nice touch.
- refueling the Branson is done from the ground vs. Kubota from above.
- No contest in seats. The 3725H has full suspension, padded arm & head rests.
- I definitely felt more stable & secure on the heavier Branson chassis.
SUMMARY: Comparing specs, it became obvious to me that the Branson is a heavier, more powerful tractor with a basketful of standard items. The Kubota, although somewhat crude in comparison, has a reputation for reliability.
Operating both tractors also showed me that the L3901H just isn’t enough tractor to complete the chores on a hobby farm. So…Assuming that the Branson will be more expensive, I wanted to know what the cost difference is and is it worth it.
The price I received from the Kubota dealer for the L3901H I tested was $27,200 as equipped with Loader. I double checked this price with another dealer and found them to be very close.
The Branson 3725H as equipped with loader at MT&T is $23,647. Over $3500 less.
There you have it. I’ve provided each companies specifications along with my personal experience operating both. The rest is up to you.
Until next time, Thanks. And remember,