Re: Mahindra Max Series Sub Compact Tractors
I'm seeing this thread a bit late, but worth adding 2 cents after the fact anyway. I've owned my MF GC2600 for almost 10 months now. This is my first tractor, having grown up around nothing more than Craftsman lawn mowers.
I'm a finance guy by trade, so when I began looking at these things it became just another research project for me. No 'lugnut' pretenses about "colors" or personal impressions good, bad or indifferent.
I've made extensive comments on other threads in other places regarding the 1 Series Deere and Kubota BX series tractors, so for here I'll limit my comments to just the Max.
I live in southern NY, so when I wanted to look at the Max series it was quite a ride west out of state just to reach my closest dealer. But it was worth it to me to see what Mahindra had to offer, as again, I came with NO PRETENSES and just wanted to find what I felt was objectively the best machine/company/dealer for my family's 11+ acres of needs.
That said, by and large, I have to agree with Singalo's take. I mean, when I began looking at tractors I didn't even know the terminology distinguishing the different classes, and it still only took me about 2 minutes to realize Mahindra was marketing apples vs oranges. That was a bad start, as far as I was concerned. Because if you make good machines then they can stack up fairly...you don't need to miss-compare classifications just to puff up your numbers...and I couldn't help but shake my impression of this. The Max series as a group really does strike me as a stripped down CUT masquerading as a SCUT in order to make up for it's lack of features.
Here's the analogy: It's a Dodge Dakota. Except instead of marketing it as an in-between size machine, they're attempting to compare it to Ford Rangers and Chevy S-10's and pointing out how it "outclasses" them all in this and that... It simply feels disingenuous to me.
Furthermore, both the dealer I saw, and dealer videos I've seen on YouTube, seem to show a sort of childish understanding of what the SCUT class is all about. One dealer spent the better part of 5 minutes bashing the Kubota BX series. I mean...Kubota pioneered this stuff. And even as I didn't choose to by one (but was VERY impressed by the dealership), I still have to hand Kubota much respect. Their long term track record with the BX deserves respect, especially given Kubota makes every darn thing on the machine themselves.
Look...competition is GREAT. But a disrespectful new guy rubs people the wrong way, because there are brands in this class who have been making great tractors for years. So when you come along and attempt to do a magic trick by moving the field, instead of 'wowing' on the basis of the machine...it just doesn't play the way you think it does.
And I can see why they're doing it, because the 20 Series, B Series and especially the 1500 MF's are far beyond the Max's. I mean...Mahindra has nightmares about an MF 1529/32 vs Mahindra Max comparison video. It would look like Me picking a fist fight with "The Rock."
Bottom line: I get that the 'new guy' (lacking a better term, given they're trying to break in on OUR shores) likes to try and shake things up. But going about it in a disingenuous way just sticks wrong with a lot of guys...and it did with me. And if the price of trading up to a weak CUT class tractor -- purely for the sake of dollars -- is fit and finish, it isn't worth it to me. Because if I had truly NEEDED a CUT class tractor...I'd have shopped for that...on THOSE 'terms.'
In actual SCUT class, the MF GC2600 is simply a beast. 103 hours and nothing but smiles.
Mows 3 acres of lawn, is in the process of clearing portions of 5 acres of woods, runs the Wallenstein chipper/shreader like a champ, plowed some pretty big snows, moves dirt for the garden, and will SOON be grading 200 feet of driveway.
Git 'er done!
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Last edited by Sentry44; 06-05-2013 at 12:41 AM.