Danny and Tina Kelly know the importance of reliable equipment, and the value of quality work. The couple bought their first Kubota in 1997. They now own 5 Kubotas including: three Kubota tractors, a M135GX, M110, B2320, a Kubota SVL compact track loader, and a RTVX-1100 utility vehicle. Over the years they’ve built a foundation of work ethics and instilled equipment operating knowledge to their four daughters. Jessie, Madison, Hunter, and Briar can all operate any of the family’s Kubota equipment, but 11 year-old Briar, much like her father, has a true passion for operating Kubota equipment.
Briar, the youngest of the Kelly’s daughters, is the most enthusiastic among her sisters when it comes to using a Kubota. Impressively, she can run the SVL as well as most operators could. She even loads and unloads the skid steer from the trailer. Perhaps Briar’s favorite Kubota is her little B2320 lawn tractor which she uses to clean the stock trailer out after every use. She’s also the go-to family member when its time to pull their finish mower, but when it comes to time spent in the drivers seat of a Kubota, no one in the family can surpass Danny.
As a foreman for a family oriented company called Ag & Oil, Danny puts his Kubota equipment and advanced operational skills to work. He uses his skid steer to make landings on rivers, plug spillways, and build and maintain roads for oil field companies. One of the hardest and most impressive jobs Danny does with his SVL is building river landings. He basically starts in the Washita river and builds the landing 20 to 30 feet up from the river. His skid steer usage is by no means limited to oil field applications. This year he built a cattle lot in which his SVL90-2 was a versatile necessity. During this job the SVL dug post holes, moved materials, and removed trees (even trees that a John Deere dozer couldn’t take down). As a proficient equipment operator, Danny maximizes his SVL’s capabilities by using an arsenal of skid steer attachments. Tina even mentioned that “he must have every attachment made for it, or at least wants every new attachment he sees.” Danny elaborated on the family’s Kubota skid steer.
“Our skid steer is by far my favorite Kubota. There’s nothing I can’t do with it. The variety of attachments it can use along with its stability and power make our SVL irreplaceable.”
There’s a Kubota for everyone in the Kelly family, even Tina’s mini Aussie loves to ride in the buddy seat of their M110 tractor and tags along whenever the tractor is in use. Danny and Tina’s granddaughters, Dani and Henslee Ray, both have Kubota pedal tractors which may be limited in farming applications, but for Danny they’re a way to start teaching them early.
In a family that could choose to ride one of their ATVs or Polaris RZRs you wouldn’t think the Kubota RTV workhorse would be the first choice for the kids, but it is. Such is the case of the Kelly family whose brand loyalty goes beyond the color of paint, and into the depths of what it means to be a part of a family. Tina explained further.
“We have run lots of other brands of equipment, but Kubota is more dependable and seems to have more operating room. Kubota also has the best insurance money can buy. They fix everything when needed and never complain. We go to Great Plains Duncan because Todd, Alex, and the rest of the staff treat us like family,” said Tina.
On any given Saturday Danny and his girls can be found working on the farm or caring for their show calves. When they aren’t in the seat of a Kubota the Kellys stay busy with sports and showing livestock. In a time where more emphasis is put on an individual’s needs rather than the groups, the Kelly family shines as an example of how working together can be the most rewarding and satisfying thing in life. It’s hard working families such as the Kellys that shape the future of Kubota. They are the backbone that supports the next generation of Kubota owners, and what it means to produce a product with pride. As part of the Great Plains Kubota family, the Kellys give purpose to our business. They allow us the opportunity to satisfy their equipment needs which play such an important role in their livelihood.
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