'Gray Market' Kubota Tractors

March, 1997
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Kubota Corporation produces and markets various models of tractors in the USA, Japan, and many other countries throughout the world. Those built for the USA are designed specifically for use in the USA and must meet applicable OSHA, SAE, or other safety regulations and standards. Those built for the use in other countries do not have to meet these safety specifications.

Some models of Kubota tractors originally sold in Japan have been refurbished in Japan, then imported to the USA and sold by non-authorized dealers. These tractors are known as "gray market" tractors and do not meet any applicable OSHA, SAE, or other equivalent safety standards. They are being sold without essential safety guards such as rollover protective structures (ROPS), seat belts, safety decals, PTO master shields, and proper Operator's Manuals. For safety's sake, Labor & Industries recommends that all tractors be equipped with all safety equipment. But in addition, L&I reminds employers that if the tractor is operated by an employee covered by WISHA, state law requires that the tractor meet all applicable safety requirements. One way to recognize a "gray market" tractor is to look at the plate which contains the model number and serial number of the tractor. If the unit was produced in Japan, the tag most likely will be printed in Japanese. Authorized Kubota dealers in the USA are not equipped to provide parts for the "gray market " Kubota tractors. If you believe you have a "gray market" tractor, call the Kubota Tractor dealer in your area or Kubota Tractor Corporation, Torrance, California.

The following is the most current list (February, 1996) of models for the Japanese market and probable "gray market " tractors.

B5000

B5001

B6000*

B6001

B7000

B7001

B1200

B1400

B1500

B1600

B1402

B1502

B1702

B1902

L120

L140

L1500

L1501

L1511

L170

L1801

L200*

L2000

L2201

L240

L260

L2600

L2601

GT-3

GT-5

GT-8

GT-19

GT-21

GT-23

GT-25

GT-26

GT-27

GT-29

GT-32

GT-33

GT-35

GT-40

GT-43

GT-46

GT-53

B1-17

B-40

A-15

A-17

A-19

A-13

A-14

A-55

A-175

A-195

A-30

L1-45

L1-185

L1-205

L1-225

L1-245

L1-265

L1-285

L1-435

L1-455

L1-195

L1-215

L1-235

L1-355

L1-275

L1802

L2002

L2402

L2602

L2802

L3202

L3602

L4202

L4212

L1-18

L1-20

L1-22

L1-24

L1-26

GL-200

GL-220

GL-240

GL-60

GL-280

GL-300

GL-320

GL-268

GL-338

GL-368

GL-418

GL-350

GL-400

GL-430

X-20

X-24

XB-1

B-10

B1-14

B1-15

B1-16

L270

L280

L3001

L350

L3500

L1-295

L1-315

L1-28

L1-33

L1-38

L1-43

GL-470

GL-530

GL-600

L1-325

Although these model numbers are common in the USA and Japanese Kubota models, there are material differences (no rollbar, etc.) between the models.

For more information call your local L&I consultation section or WISHA Policy & Technical Services in Tumwater at 360-902-5419.

 

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