“With their permission, SOTA is proud to share the following SOTA Tractors reviews and testimonials, which have been derived from unsolicited emails sent to us by genuine customers, expressing their satisfaction with our machinery and service delivery.
SOTA Tractors Reviews 2022
SOTA Tractors Reviews 2021
Apollo 554C – 6 years on.
When the 554C first arrived, I was pretty damn excited. The plans I had, the list I had, was pretty long (and perhaps ambitious?). Nonetheless, the 554C continues to fire up and is eager for work after 6 years.
Where I live is a 40 acre primarily bush block, and prior to the 554C arriving, I’d managed to scrape out a 25meter clearance from the house (as per fire regulations) using little more than brush cutters and push lawn mowers, and frankly it wasn’t anywhere near enough. Within the first week, I’d carved out between 80m and 100m clearance around the primary house site, clearing combinations of open grass, and thick shrubs and bushes, and have been able to maintain this easily ever since.
Slashing was the go-to operation for most of the initial work, while using the FEL to push, pickup and the stick rake to scrape into piles vegetation to be cleared and burned was excellent.
I’ve carved out proper drainage along the driveway, re-crowning the top, resurfacing and grading the drive with stones and creating deep channels for water run-off using the 6ft blade.
I’ve managed to build a continuous track from the front gate to the back gate for fire access (something we’d never had), and branch off to all corners of the property, well enough for the family sedan to get from one side to the other without leaving fenders and front spoilers behind.
Each season’s fire preparation and cleanup of fallen sticks in the more forested areas, was brilliant with the stick rake, and digging out new garden areas for the gardeners within the family has been really easy with the FEL and blade.
Helping build the neighbour’s shed using the auger for post holes, and general carrying stuff around was a lifesaver for them (I must get around to building my own some time…), and the weekly bin run to the front gate is still a bit of fun.
Maintenance-wise, I’ve certainly been less diligent than I’d intended to be. Re-greasing, oil changes, and filter changes have been reasonably regular. I’ve had to have a front tire repaired (ran over a sharp stump), recharge the battery after a long winter, and repair the back window (don’t have this open when lifting the auger!). I’ve had great advice and after-sales service for parts from the team at SOTA in VIC, even 6 years on. And still, the 554C has been as reliable, and as enjoyable as day 1 in starting up, and getting work done.
Thanks for your continued support of me and the 554C!
Corey – Seymour, VIC
APOLLO 554C Cab
“I purchased my refurbished Kubota from the team at Sota about three years ago. Since then l couldn’t be happier. Everything from the sales process, the quality/reliability of the unit and their aftersales team have exceeded my expectations.
I had my first fault with it last weekend, at a time when l really needed the unit to work. I called the team at Sota Monday worried l would be waiting weeks, but, the issue and a full service was completed by Wednesday. Anthony did a great job on site, he knew the product and what he was doing. In addition to that l got the impression he treated my unit as if it were his own.
Would not hesitate to recommend the team at Sota to anyone looking for a Agri solution for their property. They are real people who make owning a tractor easy. Thank you,
Paul – Nth Warrandyte, VIC
“Jim, Steve and Martin
Gentlemen thank you so much for your assistance, received the coupler today.
4wd will be operational which is just as well since it’ll be snowing here soon enough.
Martin Joubert – Spokane, Washington State, USA
My little Kubota L1801 DT, purchased in April 2008, from Mark Crackenthorp at Mahoneys Rd and collected shortly after at Agfest over here in Tassie, is still going well and is an incredible asset to my small property just west of Hobart Airport.. (grandkids love it!)
Big Cheers from a Happy Customer, down south.”
John – Tasmania
SOTA Tractors Reviews 2020
I just wanted to say thank you very much for my Apollo 554 Tractor and Del Morino 214 Flail Mower. It’s the perfect combination for my 100 acres of land and for keeping things tidy for the B&B.
I’ve struggled with a compact tractor for the past 3 years and now that I have a machine that is more than capable of doing the job with ease, it puts a smile on my face every time I walk outside and see my new tractor.
Having run Fergys and Deutz tractors on the family farm for many years & fronted the build quality of various production builds for the government throughout my working career, I can honestly say that my first impressions of the build quality of the 554 are second to none. It’s an old school, honest, tough machine! I would also like to mention that some of the standard features on the 554 are in fact optional extras on the more expensive brand tractors.
I’ve run the flail mower over grass that I’ve been mowing with the compact tractor, finishing mower and as you said Tony, it does the job as good as the finishing mower.
I’ve also run the flail mower over an area that hasn’t been touched for quite some time. The 554, in low range, managed it with ease and the flail mower mulched the waist grass up beautifully.
Finally, I would like to mention that, while researching the various types of tractors within my budget, SOTA Tractors were the only ones who listened to what I was after and what my budget was and didn’t try to sell me something that wasn’t “fit for purpose”. SOTA Tractors also reassured me that replacement parts would be available should anything unforeseen occur.
Thanks again Tony for your friendly service and advice, I’m looking forward to many years of play time with ‘Bessy’ and dealings with SOTA Tractors in the future.”
Steve – Mt. Burrell, NSW
APOLLO 554 & Del Morino 214 Flail Mower
“Thanks for sending the replacement Operators Manual for my Kubota L2402DT tractor. The speed and willingness to send this just reinforces your reputation for incredible after sales customer service.
Your initial advice was spot on for the size of tractor I needed and my Kubota does all the jobs on our 10 acres. Your service manager and onsite mechanic are great to deal with and could not be more helpful.
It has been a pleasure dealing with your company since I bought the tractor in 2018.
Please add my name to the list of your very satisfied customers and feel free to use this as a testimonial if you wish.”
Ian – Narre Warren East, VIC
I just had a gentleman (I forgot to ask his name!) complete a service at my rural property in Moogerah. (Annant Kumar – SOTA Field Technician)
I just wanted to pass on my thanks for his service. He was very professional, extremely friendly and helpful. He completed a wonderful service on the tractor, provided extra information for us to keep an eye on in future (areas of wear, etc). And he was so tidy! I can’t even tell he was here, which is very rare. Please pass on my compliments to him.
Mari – Moogerah, QLD
APOLLO 254 & Implement Package
Just want to say that my Apollo 254 is a great machine and, with the implement package, it represents fantastic value. I once had a basic old grey Fergi and it served its purpose so I was keen to get back to another small tractor that would allow me to get things done more efficiently with less carting a crow bar, shovel and wheelbarrow around.
Looked at a few over the last couple of years and thought that a reconditioned Kubota might be ideal. Glad that you showed me the Apollo – it’s ideal for what I need.
Great honest advice, friendly and prompt service – very much appreciated. Good doing business with you.”
John – Kandanga, QLD
APOLLO 254 & Implement Package
Just wanting to thank you very much for the whole experience of buying my first tractor / backhoe from Sota Tractors Brisbane. I am really happy with the whole combination and only being on small acreage, the 254 and RES 15 suits us perfectly just as you recommended.”
“The tractor starts and runs beautifully and has ample power to do all the jobs I will ever require of it even running at low RPMs. The backhoe appears to be really well built and works perfectly with little strain on the tractor at all as all the weight sits on its legs which is great. I am finding it a bit tricky to judge when the front edge of the FEL bucket is on the ground, so the bucket level indicator is a really helpful feature included on the Apollo FELs.
I really appreciated the time you took to run through all the features of the machines and how to hook and unhook the backhoe correctly. Looking forward to commencing many enjoyable projects with the new machines.
Thanks again for your help and advice.”
Peter – Capalaba, QLD
APOLLO 254 & Implements Pkg; Del Morino RES 15 Backhoe
How are you all going – we are going great and absolutely loving the tractor. The little beauty has allowed us to clean up our property and do things that we haven’t managed to easily do before. Moving hay bales – loading trailers, everything. It’s even better than we expected and really enjoy it. Jim’s instructions were very thorough and was great to get the full induction on the machine for both my wife and me.”
Ian – Pearcedale, VIC
“Straight to work. Delivery and packaging of implements perfect”.
“The young fellow has been practising under my guidance with the Kubota. He describes the post hole digger as awesome after previous hand digging holes.”
John – TAS
Kubota L1-24DT, with AGMAX Post Hole Digger
Just wanted to thank you for your service and assistance… as planned prior to Christmas. The job went well and we we’re happy with his work. He is a great ambassador to your company, someone who we have got to know. It is nice to have the same person turn up each time. “
Manny – Gippsland, VIC
SOTA Tractors Reviews 2019
“…Thanks to all at Sota Tractors Geebung, for the professionalism and attention to detail provided throughout the sales process. Tony and the team were brilliant from the time that I set foot in the door, and the follow up calls to make sure that I was satisfied with the tractor, shows a deep commitment to customer service.
In addition to the great service, the Apollo 354 has exceeded expectations in terms of quality and value for money. Unfortunately, the dry weather of late has limited the chances to use the Del Morino flail mower, but the other implements, and in particular the front end loader have made previously difficult tasks a breeze….”
Gary – Shorncliffe, QLD
APOLLO 354 & Del Morino Flail Mower
“I purchased my Apollo 354 tractor new from Tony at Sota Tractors two years ago and have never looked back. The tractor is an absolute saviour and has never missed a beat – and I get to move mountains and relive my childhood dreams every weekend. When it comes to accessories Tony and his team have a very wide selection on hand and a huge knowledge bank covering correct operation of equipment to maintenance of everything. This is a positive and responsive company and I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending them to anyone for purchasing or maintaining tractors, machinery and accessories.”
Richard – Eatons Hill, QLD
I would like your team at Sota tractors to know how impressed I was with your service technician when he came up to do the repair. He was very thorough in the work he did and also a very likeable person. Also, I would like also to thank Sota for the very prompt way you completed the works.
I would recommend Sota to anyone who was thinking of purchasing any equipment from you.”
“I would just like to thank the staff members and mechanics for their assistance over the phone with the small issue I had in regards to removing the extension shaft with yolk coming off pump on Del Morino backhoe attached to PTO shaft on tractor. Trying a couple of different things as suggested by Jim and mechanic this turned out to be a very easy fix, in the end, to remove what was stuck on real good. I have owned the Apollo 25 and several different attachments for approx 4 years, so after 4 years of purchasing all the equipment, their after sales assistance is still as good now as it was in the first year.
I have attached a couple of pictures of works I was doing earlier this year in February when it was very dry and hot and ground was very hard. I was trenching some 140 metres from the dam up to our home to run power to the dam. It took quite a few weekends to dig the whole distance due to the ground being so hard but the APOLLO tractor never missed a beat working in high 30 degree temperatures 10 hours a day, and the Del Morino Backhoe performed excellent.
Thanks again, very happy with all my equipment and thank you to all the Sota staff members for your excellent after sales customer service.”
JASON – KNOWSLEY, VIC
APOLLO 254 Package & Del Morino Backhoe
“Jim delivered a Del Morino power harrow and a Del Morino Res 30 backhoe to my vineyard on Monday. Jim explained the workings of both implements to me and what I needed to check prior to using each implement. He then helped me hook up the power harrow to my tractor and I ready to try it out. I had ripped the vineyard rows a few days earlier and was amazed as to how well the power harrow managed to break up the uneven soil and leave me with a perfect surface ready for planting my cover crop. The performance of the harrow surpassed my expectations.
Many thanks to Steve and Jim at Sota Tractors.”
PHILIP – HEATHCOTE, VIC
Del Morino Power Harrow Rotex 150 & Del Morino RES30 Backhoe
SOTA Tractors Reviews 2018
I’ve been removing old fence posts today, ready for the fencing contractor. The 45 Apollo did it with ease, I’m very happy with the tractor. All the best for the festive season.
PETE – SUTHERLAND CREEK, VIC
APOLLO 454 Tractor & Loader Package
Darren duly arrived with the Farmtrac and inducted Judith and me in the ways of the beast. We are most impressed with the quality of the tractor and Darren’s attention to detail. Many thanks for your guidance and support in improving our tractor experience.”
MEL – STANTHORPE, QLD
Farmtrac 675 DT and Loader pkg. + Del Morino Levante Flail Mower.
After many years of maintaining a 50 acres property with limited machinery, i decided to purchase a Front end loader and really not knowing much about tractors i did some investigation of what is good value for money with after sales service as a high priority. I came across Sota Tractors and went to see Steve, straight away Steve asked all the right questions and advised me on the best front end loader to do the job. Steve pointed out all the features and how that work work into what i was looking for. I decided to go with 45 HP which would give me some grunt when moving logs and fallen trees around and mobility and flexibility getting around the property doing those smaller jobs.
Steve provided a full parts and labour warranty and that gave me peace of mind of not having any issues down the track. Steve took me through the workshop and detailed the process of what happens when a new tractor comes in and gets ready for delivery. After the tour of the Service department i knew Sota Tractors had the full end to end after sales service available and i felt comfortable. Steve offered a competitive total package price with all the implements I needed, delivery and on site training. The total purchasing experience was fantastic and nothing was a problem for Steve in helping me out.”
“The 45HP Front end loader was delivered and right on time by Jim, Jim spent a good 2 hrs with me making sure i understood all the safety requirements of operating the 45 HP, operationally how it all works and all the maintenance touch points and frequency. At the end of the training session i thought i was an expert. Great job Jim!!
Now we are in operational mode, the 45 HP is a ripper and operates above my expectations and has some grunt to go with it. Its a great unit and i should have bought it years ago.
Thank you Steve , Jim and Sota.”
NICK – NAGAMBIE, VIC
APOLLO 454 Loader & Implement Pkg.
“Having purchased an Apollo 1104 ROPS in February 2018 I take this opportunity to thank Geoff and his team at SOTA Tractors Emu Plains for excellent customer service, i.e. pre-and after-sale. The loader tractor is top value for money, having put it to work over the past six months, and I do not hesitate to highly recommend it with the professional service from SOTA Tractors. It was a pleasure to do business. Thank you!”
FRIEDHELM – TOONGI, NSW
APOLLO 1104 tractor & Loader Pkg.
“Tony, thank you again for such a great tractor. It is running really well and doing all that I wanted it for and more. Everyone comments how well it looks and runs. People cannot get over the quality of the tractor for the price and the quality of the implements that come along with the tractor.”
RAY – McKEES HILL, NSW
Remanufactured Kubota L1-24DT Tractor, Loader & Implement Pkg.
“Steve, just letting you know we got the chipper on Friday and put it to work on the week end. Very happy with its performance – it was a good buy….
Amazing great service – fast delivery and good gear. I will buy from you again.”
RICHARD – MARGATE, TAS
Wallenstein BX52s self-feeding Chipper
“I’ve been using the machine for a couple of weeks now, only splitting at the moment, and the performance is fantastic, way beyond what I expected…”
“PS…if you ever want to refer a prospective customer feel free to get them to ring me. I’m amazed at how good the machine is.”
ROBERT – COLAC, VIC
Wallenstein Wood Processor # WP865
Just a note to say we have received delivery of the Kubota tractor. We are pleased with the tractor and in particular we wish to acknowledge the fantastic job Jim from Sota did in delivering the tractor, removing and then connecting the slasher to the new tractor , and his attention to detail in explaining the operations of the tractor. Thanks to Jim I am quite confident we will gain the maximum benefit from the tractor and enjoy its safe use for many years to come. So thanks very much to Sota.”
(Jim – tractor installation specialist)
DON – VIC
“My little tractor has just clocked over 52 hrs. Ready for it’s first oil change. In that short time I have graded tracks, planted 120 trees with hole digger, shifted 10 cubic metres soil and 30 cubic metres of mulch with the F.E.L.”
“I’ve stacked felled trees and shifted a house load of corrugated iron with the forks which are so handy, being a one man band. I’m yet to use the carryall, that will be soon. Just letting you know that I am enjoying the help!”
STEPHEN – BAUPLE, QLD
APOLLO 254GC Tractor, Loader & AGMAX Implement Pkg
“As discussed I wanted to drop you a line and tell you how happy I am with the 85HP open cab tractor and 2500 flail mower combo. I’ve just finished mowing over 110 acres of mixed country prior to the recent rains and couldn’t be happier, that 8’ 3” width really reduces the hours. The tractor is easy to service with all bungs and access points clearly marked, in conjunction with the maintenance schedules, illustrated operating and maintenance manuals it really is made simple. I do however appreciate you taking my late afternoon or early Saturday morning phone calls to confirm a couple of my questions or queries.
I tried putting off buying a tractor for as long as I could but now I don’t know how I did without it, the 4 Way FEL gets a workout almost every weekend and I no longer unload steel deliveries by hand, now either by slinging off the bucket lift point or with the fork attachments.
Happy for you to pass on my contact details to anyone in the area if they wanted a firsthand discussion or demo.”
MATT – HAZELDEAN, QLD
APOLLO 854 Tractor, Loader & Del Morino Flail Mower
“I’d like to compliment SOTA for the excellent customer service from its mechanics… I phoned Monday, he arrived Tuesday and on Wednesday (today), it is fixed and I’m operating my tractor. Great service SOTA!”
PHIL – KILMORE, VIC
Kubota 3408DT Tractor & Loader Pkg
“Thank you for the wonderful service you have provided me since I purchased my Apollo 554 Tractor 2 years ago. I had a small mishap while slashing where a front wheel buckled and within 24 hours of ordering a rim replacement it had arrived at Coffs Harbour from your Brisbane Depot. Excellent service! The 554 is a versatile and reliable tractor and I would recommend it to any prospective purchaser. It represents great value. Many thanks.”
BOB – COFFS HARBOUR, NSW
APOLLO 554 Tractor, Loader & Implement Pkg
I would like to take this opportunity to relate some comments to you regarding the experience of purchasing my APOLLO 454 Tractor from your Company, Sota Tractors in Queensland. From my very first enquiry to you, you have been more than willing to help and provide me with guidance. I commend your customer focus and I am DELIGHTED with my Tractor. The total package was EXTREMELY good value, it included ALL the implements I required to make this machine a most versatile tool to manage my small property.
The delivery to my property was as promised and on time. Your driver, Nigel, took extra care to ensure I was familiar with everything, unloaded all items with care and placed my implements where I wanted them. It has been an absolute pleasure dealing with you and Sota Tractors. I can not express how happy I am with the Tractor.
I have no hesitation to recommend Sota Tractors, and you. Should anybody be looking for a good tractor, EXCELLENT support and outstanding Customer Service, they should not go anywhere else. Thank you sincerely for treating me as a friend, it has made our dealing and contact most enjoyable… I look forward to the first opportunity to be able to meet you face-to-face and hopefully get to take a good look around your facility in Geebung, perhaps meet some other staff in your team.”
JOHN – YENGARIE, QLD
APOLLO 454 Tractor, Loader & Implement Pkg.
SOTA Tractors Reviews 2017
“After spending many months researching tractors I decided to go with an Apollo 55 HP tractor. It has done 40 hours of work – slashing, moving dirt around and pulling posts out with the four in one bucket. I must say that the Apollo is a monster you can throw anything at it. It’s robust, manoeuvrable and great value for money.
I am very happy with it and also happy with the service that SOTA Tractors is famous for. Whenever I have a question they have always bent over backwards for me, especially Matt and Geoff at Emu Plains. I would recommend your company to anyone that wants a tractor.”
SAM – GOULBURN, NSW
APOLLO 554 pkg with 4-in-1, AGMAX slasher & Del Morino RES 30 backhoe
“I purchased my remanufactured Kubota 2402DT from Sota Tractors about 6 years ago and for my small block it has been a great investment. Post hole digger has helped out me and neighbours, rotary hoe works well for the spud patch and veggie garden, slasher is very handy as is the carry-all. Whenever I have required advice or support Sota have been quick to respond, and flexible. For example there was a little problem that needed attention under warranty and rather than me take the tractor to Melbourne (300 km each way) they organised the repair with a local tractor service. They look after their customers!!”
LAURIE – KILLARNEY, VIC.
Kubota L2402DT & implement package
“Thank you Steve!
BTW, the backhoe is brilliant, just waiting for the weather to clear to dig more! ”
PAUL – TASMANIA
Del Morino RES30 Backhoe
I’d like to tell folks that I reckon Sota is a top company and I’m very pleased with the purchases and support we’ve experienced during the past year. If you’re thinking of buying a tractor, you can have confidence that whatever the folks at Sota tell you – they’ll stand behind. We purchased a used 40hp Aussie Spec Kubota and a number of accessories from Steve. It was our first tractor. The Sota Team couldn’t have been more helpful in the selection process as well as ensuring that everything went according to our agreement.
Since we’re in Tasmania I was concerned that being away from Melbourne I might have problems when equipment malfunctioned or I broke something. Those concerns have proved unfounded. I have broken stuff in learning to use the tractor and whenever things went wrong, Steve and his team were always there and did all possible to rectify the situation quickly. They authorized a local garage to work on the tractor and they absorbed those expenses that were attributable to warranty.
I am so impressed with the way Sota does business. I can wholeheartedly endorse this company. They are an honourable group of people and they stand behind their words, which is indeed rare in these times. Thanks Sota – job well done!”
ED – TAS.
Used Kubota L3250DT, Del Morino RES 30 Backhoe & implement package
Hi, I just thought I would let you know that I have appreciated your backup and service of my Apollo 55 tractor, purchased from SOTA 18 months ago. You and your team have always been obliging and prompt with help and service as requested. Just a small note to tell you this service is appreciated and will recommend your company to others.”
BERNARD – HIGHLANDS, VIC.
APOLLO 554 CAB
Thanks for organising the delivery and Jim’s briefing, being a valuable adjunct to understanding the operation and limitation of our new tractor. We are both delighted by our latest acquisition, having already clocked up 25 hours operating time. Attached is a photo of a happy wife, once again thanks for all your assistance and recommending this Euro tractor.”
GARY – TAS.
Farmtrac 690 DT
“My name is Myles, I am a partner in a logging company here in Mullumbimby NSW. We log and export Camphor Laurel to Korea and to the domestic market. Our largest problem is working in the forest after or during rain. The ground becomes so soft it bogs down our Skid steer, our all terrain forklift and our front end articulated loader.
We thought to try a tractor as a last resort. I ended up purchasing a remanufactured Kubota tractor from Tony at SOTA Tractors, a little 28 hp job. Everyone said it wouldn’t pull our logs in the mud. Not only did the tractor not get bogged but it ended up pulling 3.5 meter 3 tonne logs all the way to the truck, which is about 10 mins drive… and just does not miss a beat.”
“The service we received from SOTA is terrific. We are now looking to buy another Kubota, the 45 hp model from them. So far so good, give them a call. Myles.”
MYLES – MULLUMBIMBY, NSW.
First 50 hours are nearly here for my APOLLO 354 and so far it has performed exceptionally well. It has been used for clearing silt from creek, pond and paddock drainage all over the property. It has torn out old fence lines and cleared gorse bushes with ease. Slashing, digging, you name it, the tractor has done it. I would highly recommend this machine to anyone.”
SIMON – TAS
APOLLO 354 Package
Del Morino RES20 Backhoe
I just got back from the farm the other day… after spending a fair while playing with the new tractor which is absolutely fantastic.
I’m just writing to say thank you to all involved in the process. Jim, who brought the tractor out and did the run-through, was brilliant. He explained all of the things well, answered questions, and even helped setting up some of the attachments. We had some friends staying with us at the farm at the time and they commented that they had never seen customer service like this before. I told them that is why I bought my second tractor from Sota.
In the past I’ve had help from others at Sota including Alan and Fez. So again thanks to all.”
RON – YALCA, VIC.
Upgrade from SOTA Kubota L1802DT to APOLLO 454
Just a quick email to say that my 35hp APOLLO arrived safe and sound at 2pm yesterday afternoon. Once it was unloaded and Nigel took me through the details of the tractor, I couldn’t help myself and went straight up the back paddock to test out the slasher. Although I have only put two hours on the tractor, I am very impressed, knocking over the tallest grass in the paddock with relative ease.
I would also like to mention that I was very impressed with Nigel, obviously a very professional person, his knowledge of the tractors is very good and willing to pass on as much information as possible before heading off. Could you please pass on my thanks?”
ALLAN – MACKAY, QLD.
APOLLO 354 Package
Just to let you know that the backhoe arrived on Friday night and works a treat. Installed it in less than an hour and did a simple job as a training exercise. Thanks for the service you provided – just a few pics enclosed to show you how it looks on my Case IH 35 B.”
Del Morino RES30 Backhoe
SOTA Tractors Reviews 2016
“Thanks for all your help with this. I wanted to pass on thanks also to the boys (please forgive me – was it Jim? my mind went blank for anyone not a tractor at that point) who delivered and installed the tractor and all the implements. Both were fantastic, extremely patient, friendly, and genuinely shared our excitement with us from start to end with the induction, safety, maintenance and the implements.”
“With the implements, they were both only too happy to set up the post hole digger run me through setting up a hole for storage as well as running through the removal of the slasher, hooking up the stick rake, the post hole digger, and back to the slasher. And ran me through the quick release of the bucket, where we swapped out to the pallet forks. This gave me the confidence to swap them back out during my “let’s learn through experience” afternoon – in particular as I’d asked the boys to leave all the implements on the driveway (post hole digger was already in storage) so I’d have to move them before the rest of the family got home!”
“While everything in the cabin was pretty overwhelming, both the boys ran through each lever and switch and pretty soon I had the hang of most things.”
“Having only previously had access to a pretty average lawnmower (push mower from our pre-rural suburban house) that I’d been using to wrestle nature with around the house site (approx 2acres of our 40), I was thrilled with the smoothness of the slasher and its ease of use – clearing previous overgrown areas that would have taken literally days in only a couple of hours. I had a fantastic afternoon.”
“Both the boys stressed no question was a silly question, and that help was only a phone call away. And that to me reconfirmed why SOTA was the only real choice for me – and I hope is a real game changer for the industry.”
“Thank you again for your help and advice, and please pass on our thanks to the boys also. I’m actually looking forward to the list of jobs I have to get done. Brilliant.”
COREY – HILLDENE, VIC
APOLLO 554 Cabin Package
“She pulls with ease!”
DAN & LYNDAL – BEGA VALLEY, NSW
APOLLO 854 with Combination Pallet & Bale Spike
“So after buying an old Fergie via a work mate I was amazed at what I could achieve, it really taught me the real value of having appropriate equipment whilst trying to maintain small acreage with very little time available to do so.
I had previously checked out SOTA along with many other vendors online. I was lucky enough to find some one local – an agricultural mechanic who had serviced Apollo’s including a ‘ 354 and another Chinese built tractor. He steered me toward the APOLLO…. He mentioned it had everything and exceptionally good value…”but we will see after its done some work!”
12 months on, dozens of citrus trees pulled, lifted and moved, numerous FEL jobs, mower duties, with the supplied flail mower (bloody great) and so much more. And so economical In short just do it!
I won’t repeat what other customers have said regarding after sales and the SOTA team other than to say they have been excellent. You won’t look back and you will be astounded at the strength and versatility of this machine, It’s simple, reliable and extremely capable, better than expected. You also have the equivalent or better than 100 odd men at your disposal. I have had no issues thus far. Oh, and they all have a sense of humor at SOTA, …even Steve!”
CHRIS – FREELING, SA
APOLLO 354 Package
“Good morning Tony,
Thank you for a great little tractor and implements. It was a busy first week and the little Kubota went like a dream. Couldn’t ask for more!”
CHRIS – WICKHAM, NT
Kubota L2402DT Package, Del Morino RES30 Backhoe
“From the start of my inquiry with Sota I found Mark to be friendly, enthusiastic and really helpful with advice on what to buy and direction on the implements I should need. The package deal was perfect for my budget and the combo of tractor and tools has surpassed expectations on value for money.
So far my 254 has performed very nicely; some initial teething problems were immediately rectified, without hassle. Delivery too was very satisfactory; Ryan took the time to explain everything and also had some good advice having seen my place. I heartily recommend the Sota team and am really grateful for great customer experience. I am set with a great little machine. Thanks Sota!”
CHARLIE – WOLLOMBI, NSW
APOLLO 254 Package
“The SOTA team at Penrith has been fantastic. They have gone out of their way to ensure that I can obtain the filters that are needed to be changed during servicing, from a local source, as I live too far away from their service centre.
My tractor, an APOLLO 354 has been fantastic. A real workhorse. If you need technical advice, the service department are willing to talk you through the process over the phone. They treat all of your questions with respect and thus there is no such thing as a dumb question. It’s great to know that SOTA is just a phone call away and that they will go that extra step to help you.”
MARK – MILTON, NSW
APOLLO 354 Package
“The after-sales service I have had with you is second to none…also (I have to tell you this) the APOLLO tractor is bloody good value for money, so is the backhoe.”
MIKE – ST MARYS, TAS
APOLLO 354 Package, Del Morino RES20 Backhoe
SOTA Tractors Reviews 2015
“Darren delivered our APOLLO 354 on a sunny Saturday morning. It was all about safety – right from the start – and we are very grateful for that! Darren ensured that our introduction to the tractor’s controls was considered and carefully sequenced. Each step was logical. Our 354 has lots of controls – sometimes it seemed overwhelming when compared with an old Fergy. Why does the APOLLO 354 have TWO H-L ranges? What is the creeper range lever on the dashboard? However, my early worries “I’ll never learn all this..” were soon dissipated. Darren’s confidence in our abilities, combined with clearly explained practical demonstrations soon had us in the driving seat.
Before I knew it Darren was demonstrating just how valuable a creeper range is. He was moving slowly forwards down a steep hill on our paddock in low range second gear with four wheel drive engaged. The lovely red Del Morino flail mower comfortably mulched our (previously untamed) grass into a perfect carpet as he went.
My turn came. Uphill in reverse, the creeper gears give an inexperienced operator so much thinking time: a powerful aid to confidence building and operator safety. I could hardly believe the power coming out of this 35hp tractor. Not a pause, no shuddering, just powering on, relentless. Slow, steady and up.
Since that first day we have done over 20 hours within two weeks: moving 10cm of topsoil from truck delivery, mowing our property and half the neighbour’s property, moving some fallen gum tree trunks and branches, pushing over a damp file pile, pulling out star pickets and lifting wooden beams with equal ease. No feelings of “I’m going to tip this over” and I’m really glad we invested in the industrial tyres. Great fat rear tyres, lots of water ballast in those and lots of traction on hills, but without damaging our lawns. It’s maintenance time now. “
JOHN & KAREN – NORTHERN NSW
APOLLO 354 Package, Del Morino Flail Mower
I forget the name of the gent that delivered the tractor today, but I just wanted to pass on my thanks to both you and he for your valuable assistance in the last 2 weeks, and the fantastic handover I received today. He spent the time needed to explain my new toy to me in detail – and he clearly did a great job as I feel pretty confident around the machine and all those levers already! I have only had a small drive about today but I am very pleased so far. Again, thank you.”
PETER – PULLENVALE, QLD
APOLLO 254 Package
“Many thanks Paul, for taking me through the procedure for properly maintaining my tractor. Being shown what I need to do was really helpful and that kind of support is most valuable. I appreciate it. Believe me.”
BRUCE – WARANGA, VIC
APOLLO 454 Package, APOLLO Diesel Generator, APOLLO Diesel Pump
Ryan arrived on time and proceeded with the handover and operation of the tractor plus equipment, while the weather held. It was not hard to understand that he knows his product and enjoys showing others in a very professional manner.
To SOTA, you and your staff, I say thank you. It has been a pleasure to do business with you. From an initial enquiry to delivery, your help and guidance has been great. I look forward to a long association.”
STUART – FIREFLY, NSW
APOLLO 254 Package
“Just a quick note to say how happy I am with my dual wheel 454 tractor. I am in the hills north of Melbourne and the dual wheels are fantastic. The increased stability ensures added safety in using my 454. I would recommend anyone contemplating using a tractor on hilly country consider getting dual wheels.” (Purchased Feb, 2013)
ALLEN – WANDONG, VIC
APOLLO 454 with Dual Wheel Option
Just a note to say “VERY IMPRESSED” with the speed you responded. I partly purchased the APOLLO 354 on value for money but after-sales service was the main factor and you have delivered on that 100%…well done, not many companies do what they say in their marketing and customer care, but you and SOTA Tractors do. Again, keep up the great customer care!”
MARK – QLD
APOLLO 354 Package
SOTA Tractors Reviews 2014
“…Just want to thank you for your time last week – your delivery service was thorough. I used the chipper on Saturday and the slasher on Sunday – everything went well, the tractor didn’t skip a beat.”
DARREN – BAILIESTON, VIC
APOLLO 554 Package
“… Just a quick note. Got the tractor and could not be happier – that step made a heck of a difference getting in and out and if I remember to go into low ratio before I get out it is a piece of cake. I cannot say enough about Steve, your driver, he sure does know his product and answered any questions I had.”
KEN – DALMORE, VIC
APOLLO 254 Package – Special Tractor Customisation
“Steve just dropped off my new tractor and I couldn’t be happier. Steve is a great guy, knows his stuff and made me feel at ease with the new toy. Right from the start it has been a pleasure to deal with SOTA Tractors and I look forward to continuing the relationship over the years.”
MATT – TRAWALLA, VIC
APOLLO 454 Package
I received my new tractor this morning and I just wanted to say a few things about it and SOTA in general.
The whole process from enquiry to delivery has been outstanding. From day 1 when I sent a simple enquiry, it was promptly followed up with emails and phone calls. Your information and suggestions at this time were very helpful which resulted in my purchasing the correct machine for my needs.
At the time of purchase, even though you were rushing off to the field days, you still provided great service and didn’t rush it through. After handing it over to Steve to complete the transaction, he was fast, professional, and made the purchasing process very easy for me, even liaising with my finance company.
Then when Steve showed up with the delivery I was even more impressed. Great communication pre-delivery, excellent product knowledge, and a very thorough run down on the machine. Some great tips and tricks too.
The machine itself was better than I expected. It certainly is not a ‘cheap’ Chinese tractor, it feels very solid and sturdy. It certainly has the required ‘bells and whistles’… I put it to work today and it performed perfectly.
The AGMAX implements are also of a very good quality, more than happy with them. I must say this APOLLO tractor has been one very easy and satisfying purchase.”
SCOTT – FREELING, SA
APOLLO 354 Package
SOTA Tractors Reviews from 2003-2014
“The service we received by the Emu Plains branch was OUTSTANDING!, we could not have asked for better. A lovely bunch of guys that went out of their way to help. In particular, Mark, Mick & Ryan – fantastic guys with great attitudes and product knowledge. It’s so nice to deal with people who are so involved in their job and prepared to assist in any way they can. I have and will keep recommending these guys to family, neighbours and locals.”
CAROLYN – LITHGOW, NSW
APOLLO 254 Package
“We took delivery of the Kubota tractor and accessories this morning. Steve, very patiently, showed us how to use everything. Thanks so much for all the great work you have done”.
SAM – HEATHCOTE, VIC
“I have absolutely no problems with recommending not only the product/implements, but also your customer service and professionalism. Thanks to all your staff that helped in making my experience a great one, with great customer service. My thanks goes to yourself, and all those involved, right down to the delivery and advice, from the driver/delivery man. His advice and thoughts were greatly appreciated.
Your business is one that cares about customer service and delivers it. Something that is missing with a lot of businesses. You all are a credit to how business should be done and would recommend dealing with you to anyone. Many thanks for all your effort and please thank any staff that made this happen.”
SCOTT – SEDGWICK, VIC
Thanks for your assistance with the tractor purchase (APOLLO 854) – Ashley and Michael were fabulous and we are looking forward to being able to finally do some good work around the property. We will be looking to source servicing from you by the way, to maintain the tractor.”
(Ashley & Michael – SOTA Tractors Installation Specialists, NSW)
DEAN & VANESSA – YASS, NSW
“The delivery of the tractor went very well and Steve was terrific and showed us the various features. We’re very impressed with the tractor and how well it’s constructed (APOLLO 354 Package) …we are very happy with the tractor and the excellent support from SOTA Tractors.”
(Steve – SOTA Tractors Installation Specialist, VIC)
GARY & MICHELLE – HEAVENLY HILLS FARM, YINNAR, VIC
“My partner and I would very much like to thank one of your team members, Tony, for his wonderful support before, during and after our APOLLO tractor purchase. We recently moved to the country and were completely unsure of what machine to purchase and with whom. After a little research we decided to start local with SOTA Tractors at Geebung in Queensland, where we met Tony and the team. Tony gave us a lot of his time, particularly as we had no idea of our requirements or what we needed as we had no farming experience. His professionalism, salesmanship and thankfully, good humour were outstanding and very reassuring and these traits were the main reason why we felt comfortable in purchasing our tractor from SOTA.
We have since been on the receiving end of an exceptional level of after sales service which we cannot thank him enough for. Thank you SOTA Tractors for giving us someone who loves a laugh, is ready with a coffee when we show for servicing parts and provides encouragement and support when we ring in for over-the-phone instructions on how to conduct services, or work, on our tractor. We have recommended Tony and the team to many of the people we encounter on our local area.”
ROBIN & SUE – BLACKBUTT, QLD
I would just like to say thank you for organising our tractor to be repaired. It was greatly appreciated.
Once again thank you for the good service. Wishing your business all the success for the future.”
(Paul – Sales Manager, Victoria)
JACQUI & TONY – DEVIOT, TAS
“Paul’s communications are exceptional to say the least. (Paul, Sales Manager, Victoria) It was his care and feedback to me that was a huge deciding factor in us choosing your company. Whereas a salesperson from another company left me feeling that my prospective purchase was of little significance in his large number of more important enquiries, with Paul I have always felt valued and respected. No question was considered foolish or insignificant and a lot of very good and valued advice was offered above and beyond what was expected…it’s this level of service that makes us trust that we will have the same care in after sales service. It’s good to know that you keep an eye on things, which means you’ll know what a valuable member of staff you have in Paul.”
ELKE – HARFORD, TAS
APOLLO 454 Package
Just a short note to say how impressed I am with the Yanmar LX450. Quality all the way…and so smooth. I am delighted with my choice, a great little unit!”
(Paul, Sales Manager, Victoria)
IAN – NAGAMBIE, VIC
“Your after-sales service has been great, such a change from what we are used to. Keep up the good work – I will recommend you guys to anyone wanting to buy a tractor.”
WAYNE – WILSONS POCKET, QLD
“I have been meaning to drop you a line for the last week or so. I just wanted to say all is going OK thanks and to thank Sota for their dealings. The purchase represented significant investment for me and SOTA’s dealings have been excellent from browsing to delivery and beyond. All is going well with the tractor.”
PETER – HEALESVILLE, VIC
“Little ‘Kenny’ has been invaluable since we purchased it. It has dug trenches all over the town for new building infrastructure such as sewerage and power. Fuel economy is fantastic and it’s very easy to operate…I highly recommend this tractor to anyone.”
MICHAEL – ORA BANDA, WA
Remanufactured Kubota L2201DT
“Firstly, a hearty thank you to your team for the help and professionalism shown to me when I picked up this machine…this was very comforting, having made a trip to buy a tractor, sight unseen, from a company I had never dealt with. Secondly…whilst I am still learning, I am already quite impressed by the strength and versatility of this little machine. Thanks again.”
GAVIN – MANNUM, SA
“We are impressed by the friendly, prompt and professional way SOTA Tractors have handled our purchase. The tractor is everything we expected and more. My wife and I are amazed how easy it is to drive and manouvre, already it has effortlessly done some quite hard work. We have no hesitation in recommending SOTA Tractors.”
PETER & EMMA – RYEFORD, QLD
“… The implement was delivered as scheduled – good service is becoming very rare these days. Congratulations on your service and on-time delivery.”
TIM – HAMPTON, QLD
“Just to let you know Steve delivered my tractor this morning, and the way he showed me all the controls was fantastic. I realize that sales are the most important thing, but when you have a employee like Steve who goes out of his way to help, I am sure this will help you achieve more repeat business.”
(Steve – SOTA Tractors Installation Specialist, VIC)
RON – VIC
“The tractor has been fantastic. I’ve done a lot of really useful stuff with it – from slashing, to moving rocks and rubble, carrying new trees, grading, terracing…all great. Thanks very much again for your valued assistance.”
MIKE – MONTVILLE, QLD
“Just had my tractor delivered, absolutely awesome. Thank you so much for your help and guidance, I am 100% happy with my purchase and the service I received from David. I got to use the tractor on the weekend and why did I wait so long? I got more done in two days than I have in the last few years, and that’s while I’m learning to drive it – what will I be like with a bit of experience? Thanks again to SOTA and David.”
(David, SOTA Tractors Sales Consultant, VIC)
ROBBIE – SANDFORD, TAS
I just wanted to quickly write and say how lovely Nigel is, he was an absolute pleasure and a real credit to your company… I found him to be so pleasant and very personable. Thanks again!”
(Nigel – SOTA Tractors Installation Specialist, QLD)
SARA – HERMIT PARK, QLD
“I would like to thank you and your team, especially your technician, he is an asbolute gem. I must say your customer service and response is second to none. My recommendation of your organisation to others will be glowing! Well done!”
BARRY – WANGOOM, VIC
“I’m as happy as Larry with my Yanmar tractor and SOTA’s professional approach to my purchase. The assistance and advice they gave me during the process was most helpful.”
PETER – BRIDGETOWN, WA
“Thanks so much for your fantastic service in arranging a front end loader kit for me, which fitted perfectly. You did everything you said you would and more. I must say I haven’t had such good service for a long time and if anyone asked I would definitely recommend SOTA Tractors.”
MARK – RHEBAN (VIA ORFORD), TAS
“I’d hate to think how much I’d be forking out if I had to pay someone else. The fuel consumption on my Yanmar is surprisingly super cheap to run.”
DAVE – LENNOX HEADS, NSW
“I purchased a B-Series Kubota and what a great little machine it is! Thank you to the team at SOTA Tractors for making it SO EASY to purchase my first tractor. With a great product and excellent customer service, success is guaranteed!”
CHRIS – HEYFIELD, VIC
“We’re very pleased with our Yanmar EF352 and we’ve done lots of work with it. The folk at SOTA are fabulous, always friendly and able to provide great advice – and there’s always a new implement to buy!”
EMMA & STEPHEN – WURDIBOLUC, VIC
“Mark, I would just like to say a very sincere thanks to you and your company for assisting us with the repairs to our tractor. The service has been exceptional and willingly given. This is a very rare quality in today’s world.”
MICHAEL – CASTLECRAG, NSW
“SOTA took my enquiry seriously. I visited several machinery places in Western Australia and felt that they didn’t take me seriously. It’s a bit blokey here. Well, it’s SOTA’s gain and their loss. Thanks a million, SOTA!”
GLENDA – BRIDGETOWN, WA
“The service at SOTA Tractors is great – all of the staff are friendly, informative, direct and know what they are talking about. They are patient and don’t think any of my questions are silly. Using my new Kubota is absolutely the best fun I’ve had in ages and our property is in much better shape. The only problem is that now I need a housekeeper as I just want to be on my Kubota all the time!”
JULIE – LOCKYER VALLEY, QLD
“Many thanks to all at SOTA Tractors, you have really done a great job in getting our tractor – a survivor of the Callignee Firestorm – resurrected. We will treasure her all the more for her scars and for the effort and kindness of the staff at SOTA Tractors.”
WERNER & URSULA – TRARALGON, VIC
“I investigated getting a Chinese tractor under 50hp and looked at the workmanship, quality and a whole lot of other things, since I didn’t know much about the Chinese tractor brands. I talked to different tractor companies and ultimately decided to buy from SOTA because of their excellent support, warranty and customer service. I’m really pleased with my APOLLO purchase and the great service from SOTA Tractors.”
GEOFF – SAMSONVALE, QLD
“I’m stoked with my little tractor. There’s not many companies around these days where the customer comes first…I’m so glad I bought the Kubota from SOTA Tractors because the backup service was everything they said it would be. I highly recommend SOTA.”
DAVE – NAMBOUR, QLD
Kubota L2202DT – 26HP, 4WD with 4-in-1 Loader
“I tell everyone about SOTA Tractors because the service is unbelievable. It’s worth more than gold to have someone who wants to do business correctly with you and these fellows do – I’ve never met a company like them for service and you’d be mad to go anywhere else.”
STEPHEN – COPMANHURST, NSW
“The staff at SOTA are always so welcoming and willing to assist and this gives me peace of mind. They are only too happy to help and I think the service is exceptional. They have gained a customer for life.”
KATRINA – SAMFORD, QLD
“We’re extremely satisfied with our APOLLO. There’s not many places that offer a 50 horsepower tractor for an affordable price. A couple of people have asked us where we got our tractor and we of course, are happy to tell them. The after sales service is excellent and it’s reassuring to know that Tom and Tony are there for us when we need them.”
LISA & PAUL – REID RIVER, QLD
“I can’t speak highly enough of the sales and service provided by SOTA. We love the tractor and use it for all manner of tasks from mowing grass and moving mulch to pulling stumps…it makes every task easier.”
MICK & AMANDA – KOROIT, VIC
“Our little tractor is fantastic and sometimes I have to remember that it is only a little one, but gee whiz it does a big job. I’m rapt with it, rapt in the people I’ve met at SOTA and I’m very satisfied. I love sharing my excitement with others when something is done well.”
ROBERT – MARULAN, NSW
“Since buying our SOTA tractor package, the difference is we don’t have to hire people to come and do the work, we can do it ourselves – whenever we want it done.”
GAY & PAT – COOTHARABA, QLD
“My Kubota L1-20 is a great little tractor and you ought to see the work we’ve done with it! The front end loader is incredible and the amount of time it has saved us has been brilliant. SOTA’s customer service is great too; very helpful and efficient. It has been a pleasure to deal with SOTA Tractors.”
KEN – BUNDALAGUAH, VIC
“I visited SOTA at their showroom and was impressed with the presentation of their machines. The sales team were helpful, the package quoted was what I paid. They took the time to understand what I wanted and what jobs I had to do. I could see that it wasn’t just a case of importing tractors and flogging them off.”
STEVEN – WIMMERA, VIC
“When I first saw my tractor, I thought it was a new one. Everything was new – the tyres, battery, upholstery, paint, hoses and belts – even all the bolts!”
JOHN – NUHAKA, NZ
“SOTA offers good value and peace of mind. They have a recognised brand that is remanufactured and comes with a warranty. The more I use the tractor, the more I am amazed at the ability of a compact tractor. It has done quite a number of hours’ work now and we haven’t had a hint of trouble.”
JOHN – PYRENNES SHIRE, VIC
“…What I didn’t expect, and what I think is over and above what I paid for, is the follow-up service from your team…all of the above is a long winded way of saying I have no hesitation in recommending your product, and more importantly, your company to my friends. As a matter of fact, I have already done so.”
TED – TOWNSVILLE, QLD
SOTA Tractors Reviews & Testimonial Links
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