A Kubota tractor is playing an integral role in helping Somerset Wildlife Trust to preserve and safeguard the region’s flora and fauna.
The charity purchased the L3200 mid-range tractor to help manage its 16 reserves which cover more than 750 hectares across the Mendip Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The Mendip Hills Living Landscape Project commenced in April 2006 to maintain, create and link important wildlife habitats in order to help species thrive in the face of climate change. As a result, careful management and maintenance is required to create and sustain flower-rich meadows, vibrant heathlands and tranquil woodland- and, naturally, a tractor is an essential requirement for a wide variety of day-to-day tasks undertaken by the Trust.
Work now carried out using the Kubota tractor includes livestock management, such as feeding, cleaning-out and chain harrowing, the control of bracken and thistles and moving heavy materials, particularly those used for dry stone walling.
The Wildlife Trust had previously used a Case tractor but found that it was too large and cumbersome for the work required. Like all charities, the Trust relies on donations and grants and therefore has to ensure that any machinery it invests in offers the very best value for money. As a result, it initially considered buying a replacement from a cheaper East European manufacturer but West Mendip Reserves Officer, Kate Lawrence, was concerned by the lack of dealer support and the inevitable problems this would cause if the machine ever went wrong.
With this in mind, Kate decided to look at well-established brands instead. Aware that Kubota had an excellent reputation for both reliability and after-sales support, she approached her local dealer, who recommended the L3200 mid-range tractor.
The Kubota L3200 mid-range tractor is designed for those who want a robust, straightforward standard tractor and, as such, provides superb value for money. It is ideal for working around larger areas, such as The Wildlife Trust’s nature reserves, and it offers exceptional productivity together with consistent, economic performance. What’s more, it’s extremely easy to use.
"Of the recognised brands, we considered Kubota to be a good all-rounder that ticked all the boxes. It offers a capable, no fuss spec, which is a major advantage because quite simply there’s less to go wrong," said Kate.
The L3200 combines a powerful 32hp three cylinder Kubota E-TVCS high torque-rise engine with operator comforts like a padded cushion seat and power steering to reduce operator fatigue. It features four wheel drive and eight forward and four reverse gears to ensure maximum traction even on tricky ground, together with a foldable ROPS as standard.
"Taking into account the affordable price tag, we have found the L3200 to be practical, comfortable and simple. Its compact size and manoeuvrability ensures that it handles well even when negotiating difficult situations such as through the narrow gateways in dry stone walls.
"The L3200 is used every day all year round, sometimes for long periods depending on the task required and never struggles, is always comfortable and particularly good on fuel."
However, whilst her local dealer does provide regular maintenance, Kate’s insistence on having a dealer on her doorstep should the tractor go wrong proved to be an unfounded concern. In the three years since The Wildlife Trust purchased the Kubota L3200, Kate reports that it has never missed a beat and she and her colleagues have enjoyed day-in day-out reliable service without experiencing a single fault.
Kubota provides a market-leading range of compact tractors and ride-on mowers, together with its class-leading RTV900 all-terrain utility vehicle and is the global leader in the sub 50hp tractor sector.
Their machines have a legendary reputation for quality, performance, reliability, ease of operation and outstanding value-for-money and a national network of Kubota tractor and groundcare dealers, such as Medland Sanders and Twose Ltd, provides the highest standards of advice and after-sales service.