The Kubota RTV-X900 (See Specs) was introduced for model year 2014 and was an update to the RTV-900 which had been on the market for a number of years. Key improvements compared to the older model include changes to many physical dimensions and capacities to improve ergonomics and increase towing, tipping capacity and improve off-road comfort and performance. The variable hydraulic transmission (VHT-X) was also updated with a wider torque band from the engine with larger oil coolers to boost performance and durability. The wider torque band results in a a two speed (High,Low) drive compared to the previous three speed drive that required more shifting. The new drive also provides finer throttle control for operation on extreme terrain or under heavy loads.
There are three versions of the RTV-X900 the General Purpose in Kubota orange, the Worksite in Kubota orange and the Worksite in RealTree AP Camo. The Worksite version includes a hydraulic rather than manual bed lift, a brush guard in the front, a spray-on bed liner option and the camo paint option. Pricing ranges from around $13,500 to $15,000 depending on the model.
Kubota RTV-X900 Feature Walkthrough – This video walkthrough is from Kubota in the UK and points out some of the key features.
- 21 hp diesel engine
- New front design
- 60/40 bench seats
- Digital instrument cluster
- Adjustable steering
- Easy to reach parking brake
- Glove box and underseat storage
- Wider cargo bed than previously
- Independent rear suspension added to independent front suspension
- Adjustable susension
ATV.com – A day riding the full RTV X series lineup of vehicles including the RTV-X900.
- Plenty of legroom and comfortable throttle pedal
- The RTV-X line in general has heavier vehicles made for work with engines that deliver torque but not quick acceleration
- Dynamic braking works well and makes steep descents worry free
- The power steering is “the lightest we ever tested”, even at low speeds. Should reduce driver fatigue after long work days.
- Vehicle feels planted
- Turf tires had difficulty on muddier climbs
- RTV-X900 only has lap belts instead of 3-point seat belts
Tractorbynet.com User Forum – Owner comments on the RTV-X900
- Seating is comfortable.
- H & L ranges are appropriate for most use.
- Not fast, but strong.
- Good storage under both seats. Glove box with door.
- Good instrument panel.
- Shifter is extremely hard to move between L H N R. Takes a lot of muscle to move it.
- Shifter can become stuck in reverse when stopping on incline. Engine won’t restart if stuck in reverse, needed another piece of equipment to take pressure off reverse linkages before shifter would move and restart engine.
- Dump bed must be raised to check oil, therefore starting engine before checking oil.
- Factory supplied battery is very small, doubt it would have enough power to heat glow plugs and still start motor in freezing weather.
- Engine seems to labor and slow down on inclines, let off & full on gas and resumes original speed.
- Shifting problem was an issue that came up but other commnenters noted that the driver needs to brake while shifting which is tied into a release valve for the hydrostatic pressure. This valve may also require some adjustment.
www.agriculture.com – For four days a team of 12 experienced riders put eight of the newest UTVs through their paces in the Successful Farming Ultimate UTV Evaluation.
- Hydrostatic transmission and hydraulics allow for easier driving, PTO accessories and engine-braking
- Excellent downhill control but heavier weight can be an issue on inclines
- Not built for speed
- Can carry a heavy load and the suspension handles the load well so the vehicle maintains drivability
- Nice features – Adjustable driver seat, tilt steering and horn