Seeing as how you have both gray markets and JD's maybe you can give me some insight in making my purchase decision (right now I can only afford one tractor - and even that is cutting it close).
I can buy a Yanmar YM3110D from Fredrick's fully refurbished, 30 yr old, 37 hp tractor
or a 2013 Kubota L3200, 32 hp, 170 hrs,
Both about the same price
everything else is equal - both 4wd, both loaders, both roll bars, etc.
The main differences are:
1 yr or so old compared to 30 yrs old,
170 hrs compared to fully refurbished,
buy as is compared to 1 yr parts warrantee,
32 hp compared to 37 hp,
American sold Kubota compared to a gray market Yanmar,
What is your opinion? Which would you lean towards?
As both are equally equiped, and both are respected names in the Ag business, you have to weigh all the points.
The Kubota 170hrs with no-warranty has an unknown risk if something is wrong. Why is someone selling such a new model in the first place.
The Yanmar with the 1-year warranty helped my cause. I only had over 50hrs from purchase. Glad it was a minor correction (adjustment). With the Kubota, you would have to fork over $60/hr labor plus parts. And that is not at a Kubota service location. (expect to pay more.)
The Hp of 32 and 37 isn't a make or break issue unless plowing or hay baling is needed.
The Yanmar has another advantage. It has a 4-speed PTO.
Yanmar PTO selection speeds are as follows: 1=542, 2=685, 3=1005, and 4=1268rpm
These are at 2200 + engine rpm. However if you run the PTO in speed selection #2 at a lower rpm like 1900 then it's at the normal 540. In PTO speed selection #3 at 1500rpm then it's the normal 540. This saves on engine wear, fuel and your hearing. Why run at full throttle all the time? See this link for the hour-meter tach. Last pix. http://www.tractorhouse.com/listings...x?OHID=8723331
As for parts and service, you have several places. Hoye in TX, Fredricks in AL and the other 4 locations this side of the Mississippi. Weavers, and Steve's Ford tractor site, and many others carry Yanmar parts too.
Many of the Yanmars are grouped together as gray tractors where in reality some were and others not. The "others not" were sold by Yanmar here in the USA during the late 70s and early 80s until John Deere acquired the rights to re-badge and paint green the Yanmars as official John Deeres until the mid 90s. Just the Yanmars imported to the USA were about 100,000 tractors. Under John Deere deal, that number is over a million painted green Yanmars.
Also note, the Yanmar 3110D has Power-Shift. Thus, it's place the stick in a selected speed range and then drive it like an automatic. Is the Kubota like that or would you need to shift each and every time. With the Power-Shift, I can bushhog forward and back without the PTO stopping and starting the mower.
From my data search, the YM3110 engine is the 3T90. This is used in the John Deere 950 and later the John Deere 1050 with turbo. Yanmar even uses this engine in the later three digit series. Thus plenty of parts globally.
So, with the Yanmar, there are pluses. With the Kubota being 1yr old is a plus, but no support with you being on your own.
If you want a Yanmar at a better price, then the YM2610D with loader would save you money over the YM3110D (might be close to $1,000 or more). The YM2610D has the 3T80 engine found in the John Deere 850 and later Yanmar three digit series in the 1990s. The Hp of the YM2610 is much like the Kubota too. More like apples to apples comparison. The 3T80 and 3T90 engines all share many of the same parts too. My John Deere service manuals all show this.
My neighbor has a 70Hp Kubota. He uses that frequently. But when it's down for service his old stand-by tractors still keep going.