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We Are Great Plains Kubota

We’ve asked our customers to ride with the brand.  We’ve now become “The Brand That Works For You.”  At Great Plains we operate beyond the boundaries of our slogans and brand statements because our actions speak louder than our words.  The GP Kubota mission is to provide quality equipment solutions while conducting business in a manner that honors and respects God, our employees, our customers, our suppliers, and the communities we serve.
It’s our job to understand the work of our customers.  It’s our responsibility to represent Kubota and our other equipment vendors with integrity.  It’s our duty to stand by our products and our customers. We don’t always have the answers, but we don’t stop until we’ve found the right solution.  Beyond the solutions Great Plains offers, customers will experience a friendly and helpful shopping environment.  If it’s not right, it’s on us.  That’s as simple as it gets, and is exactly what we promise.  From showroom floor to field, our promise, combined with a clean and professional environment, takes GP services beyond the sale.  It doesn’t matter if it’s two or 20 years, every time a customer operates equipment purchased from us, they’re doing business with Great Plains.
What makes Great Plains Kubota different from other equipment dealerships?  A solid foundation built by honest, hard-working ownership and management supports all aspects of GP operations.  GP leadership makes our business more than a tractor dealership;  they’ve created an oasis in a desert of work.  Our full-line Kubota dealerships in Ada, Duncan, Edmond, and Shawnee will quench customers’ thirst for productivity.  Great Plains Kubota is a diverse group of friendly employees, trained to operate as a unified resource that strives to earn every customers’ business.  The privilege to serve customers does not come automatically; the privilege is earned by the daily diligence of our employees.
Great Plains Kubota is comprised of people that, like you, know the value of quality equipment.  We are farmers, ranchers, pastors, leaders, gardeners, hunters, builders, fishermen, cooks, and auctioneers.   We’re friends of the family and stewards of the land.  We are “The Brand That Works For You.”
What we offer is more than equipment sales, service, parts, and rentals.  We offer the means to achieve dreams and goals.  We offer a hard to find promise: We will work for you every step of the way.  As we continue to grow we will continue to improve and refine our operations.
What it all boils down to is this – many places offer equipment, furthermore there’s lot of places that offer Kubota equipment.  It’s the service and satisfaction you’ll get at any Great Plains Kubota dealership that makes all the difference.  We are many different things, but most of all, we are Great Plains Kubota.

For more information about Great Plains Kubota visit www.gpkubota.com


Kubota And The Kelly Family

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.

To learn more about Kubota equipment visit www.gpkubota.com

Great Plains Edmond – A Kubota Benchmark

With the opening of Great Plains Edmond came a whole new level of growth and opportunity for Great Plains Kubota.  It also meant a whole new level of responsibility.  The high profile location of Great Plains Edmond on I-35 and in a metropolitan area, meant that the new dealership must continue to positively represent Kubota Tractor Corporation in every aspect.  From their founding principals, to the functionality of their sales, service, parts, and rental departments  Great Plains Kubota has strived to be a model dealership for Kubota Tractor Corporation.
Recently Kubota has recognized Great Plains Kubota as a premier dealership, and with the services of Bob Clements of Bob Clements International, Kubota will be featuring the Edmond dealership as a benchmark dealership for training purposes.  As an industry leader in helping agricultural and other dealerships improve profitability and efficiency, Bob Clements is working closely with Kubota and its Dealer Development Group to improve Kubota dealerships throughout the nation.  Clements currently works with over 200 various dealerships in the U.S., and both he and Kubota agreed that Great Plains Edmond would be the model dealership to be featured in its turf market dealer training videos.
The group is focusing on the turf market, and its goal is to help define the best practices among its turf dealer networks.  Clements shot footage at Great Plains Edmond for several different videos that would feature the important aspects of the sales, service, and parts departments.  Much like the construction industry, the turf market requires a well stocked parts department to meet the high demands of its customers, as well as an aggressive service department, and a measure of communication amongst the local turf industry.  Great Plains Edmond has all the right features Clements and Kubota were looking for.  Clements elaborated on why Great Plains Edmond was chosen.
“What this training is about is finding ways to improve the customer experience at Kubota dealerships.  After all, Kubota only gets to be Kubota if the dealers do the right thing.  The environment and services at Great Plains already offer the “wow” factor that customers are looking for.  From our perspective, Great Plains Edmond is the ideal location not only because all the elements of an exploratory turf dealer were in place, but because they’re great to work with.  We easily worked around them to shoot our videos during a regular work day.  I consult with over 200 types of dealerships and Great Plains Kubota is as professional as they come,” said Clements.
Much like the dealer development group Great Plains Kubota itself is constantly criticizing and refining its own practices to improve customers’ experiences.  The future awaits for Great Plains Kubota, and customers can anticipate many new things to come.

Kubota Hay Equipment Now Available


     Kubota has introduced numerous new products this year, but perhaps the most surprising is the introduction of Kubota’s Hay Tool Implements.  Kubota now offers disc mowers, tedders, and rakes to their already impressive line of agriculture equipment. The disc mowers offer effective and reliable performance as well as easy operation for non-stop mowing productivity. Kubota tedders and rakes are the perfect combination to help speed up the drying process and ensure clean raking performance.
DISC MOWERS – Kubota is proud to introduce an extensive new range of side mounted disc mowers, specifically developed for the North American market.  The DM-series side mounted disc mowers offer a working width ranging from 5’6” up to 10’5”. The counter-rotating three blades per disc Kubota mowers are constantly cutting and offer no compromises in performance. This means a third less load per blade; an even load on the drive; and smoother power usage.  The result is neat, clean stubble.  
     Being prepared when mowing season takes place is essential.  The new range of Kubota mowers is designed to offer maximum productivity.

     The Kubota DM2000 models are lightweight, simple mowers with a compact, but durable design for maximum output at a competitive price.  They are offered in working widths of 9’2” and 10’5”.  Featuring the Kubota cutterbar with triangular discs, continuous and excellent cutting performance, especially in difficult crop conditions, is ensured.
     The mowers are equipped with a powerful and flexible spring loaded V-Belt drive.  As the belt loosens, the spring pushes the drive wheel outwards, automatically tensioning the belt.  The DM2000 series is fitted with the Kubota Non-Stop BreakAway system to protect the cutterbar.  The integrated BreakAway system is designed to protect the cutterbar from foreign obstacles.  Upon striking an obstacle in the field the mowing unit swings backwards and up.  This provides maximum protection of the cutterbar.  What this means to the operator is effortless continuous protection for efficient cutting.
     The 2000 series is just as easy to operate as the small 1000 series disc mowers.  Adjustable suspension springs are easily set, to provide the ground pressure required.  Once the machines have been set correctly, all the operations can be done from inside the tractor.  No use of the three point hitch is needed when lifting on headlands or going into transport position.
     Having added hay tools to the line-up means that Kubota is expanding its footprint in the agricultural market.  Great Plains salesman, Brent Elliott, commented on the new products.
     “It is nice to see Kubota is making a quality effort in completing the line of farm and forage equipment.  The disc mowers especially will be a great added bonus for our Kubota customers.  The name Kubota is synonymous with quality and I expect nothing less with their hay tools,” said Elliott.
RAKES – Kubota is also offering it’s first pull-type rotary rake with a working width of 13’9” (4.2m). The Kubota RA1042T is fitted with 11 tangential tine arms and 4 double tines per arm. The high tine frequency ensures clean raking performance, even at reduced rpm and high travel speed.
     Infinitely variable cam track adjustment allows fine tuning to obtain optimum raking and swath formation according to crop conditions.
     The new Kubota RA1042T single rotary rake is designed for low power requirements, while still delivering considerable working width of 13’9”. Offering a pull-type design and linkage mounted drawbar, the Kubota RA1042T can be easily operated by low horsepower tractors.
TEDDERS – The new Kubota TE4052T is designed to optimize performance for producing dry hay. The four rotors, in combination with a wide overlap, ensure complete pick up of the hay and equal distribution over the entire working width. The Kubota TE4052T rotors are driven by a low maintenance gearbox with only one grease point. The bearings from the pinion and crown wheel ensure maximum longevity of the driveline. The low weight of 904 lbs is ideal for applications with small tractors, or on hilly terrain.
series has five tough and reliable models to choose from.  The DM1017, DM1022, DM1024, DM2028, and the DM2032 cutting widths range from 5’6” to 10’5”.
     The new Kubota DM1000 series cutters feature a new heavy-duty Kubota cutterbar, which is designed for low maintenance and quiet operation.  The fully welded cutter with overlapping C-channels has a rigid and sturdy construction, ensuring a very high level of durability.
     The Kubota cutterbar has a high oil capacity which ensures a low working temperature.  The long curved gear wheels run smoothly in oil and provide optimal power transmission with little slack.  Kubota disc mowers also feature a spring loaded break away.  When an obstacle is encountered, the mower swings backwards to protect the cutterbar.  By reversing, the mower is reset into working position.    

To learn more about Kubota hay tools or other Kubota equipment visit www.greatplainskubota.com

Extending Peace of Mind With Kubota’s Orange Protection Program

GPL:  What is the Orange Protection Program (Kubota Extended Warranty)?
Cockroft:  The Kubota Orange Protection Program was developed by Kubota Tractor Corporation to allow our customers to purchase additional time (and hours) on their equipment warranties.  This warranty has the same terms and conditions as the Original “Factory” Warranty with the exception of the additional time/hour intervals.
GPL:  Can’t a customer do the same thing by
purchasing good insurance?
Cockroft:  No.  Insurance covers things like accidental damage and theft.  It does not cover manufacture defects or defects in material or workmanship.  As an example, if a seal goes out on a water pump, this is not an insurance issue.  However, it may be covered under the equipment warranty terms depending on the circumstances.
GPL:  Kubota is a very dependable product.  Why would a customer spend additional money to buy Kubota Extended Warranty?
Cockroft:  Great question.  As mentioned, Kubota makes a very reliable product.  However, Kubota products are man made machines.  Every machine, no matter who makes it, has the potential to have a failure. Kubota Orange Protection allows our customers to purchase “peace of mind” when purchasing their equipment.  It also allows them to manage operating cost.  When combined with quality insurance such as KTAC, a customer can cover his or her piece of equipment front to back for most failures or damage.  Knowing that their out of pocket expense is better controlled is what makes many people choose the Kubota Orange Protection Program for their equipment.
GPL:  Speaking of out-of-pocket expense, is there a deductible on extended warranty repairs?
Cockroft:  No, there is no deductible.  Also, there are no pre-approvals or other “hoops” to jump through.  Just take it into your local Authorized Kubota Dealer.  If the repair would be covered under normal warranty, then it will be covered under the extended warranty.  Of course, assuming the machine is still under the overall time and hour limits.
GPL:  When can a customer purchase Kubota’s Extended Warranty, and is it transferable to other customers?
Cockroft:  A customer can purchase Kubota’s Orange Protection Plans for their equipment any time during the base warranty period.  However, it is most advantageous to purchase it at the time of the machine purchase because the cost can be financed with the machine.  The Kubota Extended Warranty will remain valid on that machine, even if the machine is resold.
GPL:  How much Kubota Extended Warranty can be purchased on a machine?
Cockroft:  The hour limits vary, but in most cases, a customer can extend the machine warranty by either 1 or 2 years.  They can also choose to purchase it on only some of the equipment they purchase.  For example, a customer who purchases a Kubota L3800 Tractor (2 year “factory” warranty) and Kubota Front End Loader (1 year “factory” warranty) can choose to extend the front end loader warranty for 1 year.

Kubota Fourty Years Strong

    This Autumn, Kubota tractor is celebrating 40 years of excellence by offering customers great finance rates and huge rebates.  On the last Sunday in October all Kubota Dealers will converge in Dallas to celebrate Kubota’s 40 years strong in the industry and discuss the future.
    The Kubota Tractor Corporation was formed in 1972, and the company introduced its first 12-HP four-wheel drive tractor in 1974. Although four-wheel drive was common among larger American tractors, it was unheard of in the compact sector and became a benchmark for the industry.
    Over the past four decades, Kubota has continued to expand its product line and is the leading marketer and distributor of under 120-HP tractors in the United States, offering more than 80 tractor models.
    Kubota equipment is sold and serviced in the United States through a nationwide network of more than 1,100 authorized Kubota dealers supported by the company’s corporate headquarters in Torrance, Calif., and four division offices and warehouses located in Lodi, Calif.; Fort Worth, Texas; Groveport, Ohio; and Suwanee, Ga.

1972:  Kubota Corporation was established in Compton, California on September 28th.
1974:  Kubota’s first 12-HP four-wheel drive tractor, the B6000. Four-wheel drive was common among larger American tractors, but was unheard of in the compact segment and quickly became a benchmark for the industry.
1977:  M Series agriculture tractor line introduced.
1979:  Compact excavators introduced with its KH Series.
1982:  Kubota Credit Corporation began offering U.S. customers a range of financing alternatives.
1983:  G Series garden tractor line introduced.
1988:  Kubota Manufacturing of America (KMA) opened in Gainesville, Georgia, as Kubota’s first U.S. manufacturing base.
1990:  Kubota introduced its first compact tractor-loader-backhoe (TLB) with the B20.
1993:  Kubota Moved Headquarters to Torrance, Calif.
1999:  Kubota Engine America (KEA) was established in Lincolnshire, Illinois, to market and distribute Kubota compact diesel engines to top-name manufacturers.
2000:  Kubota’s first sub-compact tractor the BX Series.
2001:  First zero turn mowers became available from Kubota with their ZD Series.
2004:  Kubota introduced the RTV900, its first utility vehicle.
2005:  Kubota’s one millionth tractor sold in the U.S.
2006:  Kubota Industrial Equipment was established in 2005 and opened a new manufacturing plant in Gainesville, Georgia.
2009:  The KX Series of mini-excavators was introduced.
2010:  Kubota entered the compact track loader market and released the SVL75 and SVL90 in the U.S.
2012:  Grand X added to M series line and 40 Years celebrated.