Kubota was founded in 1890 in Osaka Japan by Gonshiro Kubota, originally as a manufacturer of rice picking and reaping machines. By the early 1900’s Kubota equipment specialized in products for farming solutions, producing their first tractor by 1925.
Kubota is still based in Osaka and is now a worldwide builder, supplier and distributor of tractor and heavy equipment used in agriculture and engineering.
The company is credited with many patents and innovations including 21 horsepower (16 kW) L200 compact tractors in the late 1960’s, that transformed the operations of farms across the USA and Canada.
Kubota has several subsidiaries to support their global operations. Kubota Manufacturing of America was launched in 1988 to provide a range of front end loader and backhoe implements, and is also a large scale manufacturer of lawn and garden tractors and utility vehicles. Other subsidiaries include Kubota Pacific, Siam Kubota and Kubota Engine America.
In addition to the manufacture of tractors and agricultural equipment Kubota equipment also includes engines, construction equipment, vending machines, pipes, valves, cast metal, pumps and equipment for water purification, sewage treatment and air conditioning. These products are used in agriculture, construction, manufacturing and aerospace.