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How to Find the Year on a Kubota Tractor

by Emile Heskey

The Kubota Tractor Company provides all of its models with a unique vehicle identification number (VIN), which tells you the year and the month of production. Finding the VIN is a simple process. Once you have done so, the first two characters will allow you to determine the year of your tractor by cross-referencing from the table provided by Kubota. Knowing the year will allow for a fairer resale price and aid in buying parts for the tractor.


Find the VIN by lifting the hood of the tractor. The VIN is located on top of the valve, and should be a six-digit series containing letters and numbers. If the VIN is obscured or is not printed in this location, it's also printed either by the oil filter or on the rear of the engine.


Take the first two characters in the VIN. The first of these, a number or a letter, identifies the year of production. The second character, a letter, indicates the month of production.


Add 2000 to the number to determine the year of production, if the VIN begins with a number. For example, if the VIN begins 3J, the tractor was made in 2003. If it's 5J, it was made in 2005, and so on.


Check the first letter against the key on the Kubota website, if the VIN begins with a letter (see References). V, W, X and Y refer to 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000, respectively. The 2010 model begins with A, 2011 with B, and so on.


Check the month of production to gain more information about the tractor. The second character in the VIN is a letter that signifies the month of production. Check the month against the table on the Kubota website (see References).

About the Author

Emile Heskey has been a professional writer since 2008, when he began writing for "The Journal" student newspaper. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in modern history and politics from Oxford University, as well as a Master of Science in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies from Edinburgh University.

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