Marinized Kubota Alternatives

  • August 09, 2020 11:48 AM
    Message # 9154070

    Any thoughts on a non Beta brand marinized Kubota?  Exploring options for a re-power with cost being a major concern.  I live in the SF bay area and the quote I got for a new Beta 38 was way out of my price range.  So I was looking into a buying a Kubota v1505 and either DIY marinization from a kit (if available) or someone else out there doing marinization of Kubotas for sale.  An internet search doesn't turn up much on the subject, but I did find a small company in Austrailia, whose price is competitive, and combined with a favorable exchange rate, it adds up to much less than a new Beta 38 in my area.  The shipping seems to be reasonable.    Here's their website:   http://www.wm-diesel.com/witchards.htm



  • August 09, 2020 1:56 PM
    Reply # 9154296 on 9154070

    Phaser marine Diesel engines in Florida. Model P4-37-05 is a Kubota v1505.

  • August 10, 2020 9:47 AM
    Reply # 9155863 on 9154070

    The Kubota 1505 is an earlier version of the Beta 35 or 38, and it may or may not comply with current regulations to import them into the US.  I would consider what warranty you would get from the seller of that engine.  I know that Beta has a 5 year warranty, and that may be the reason they are priced higher than other shops that marinize the Kubota engines.  I have been a dealer for Beta Marine since 2006, and have had excellent experience with them on just a few warranty problems that have shown up with my customers.  

  • August 13, 2020 8:41 AM
    Reply # 9162714 on 9155863
    Anonymous wrote:

    The Kubota 1505 is an earlier version of the Beta 35 or 38, and it may or may not comply with current regulations to import them into the US.  I would consider what warranty you would get from the seller of that engine.  I know that Beta has a 5 year warranty, and that may be the reason they are priced higher than other shops that marinize the Kubota engines.  I have been a dealer for Beta Marine since 2006, and have had excellent experience with them on just a few warranty problems that have shown up with my customers. 


    Thanks, Bud.  I wasn't sure if you were still doing re-powers.  I will contact you shortly.

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