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Simple to operate yet amazingly powerful, the L-Series tractors: the premium Grand L40's and the Standard L's, are ideal for everything from estate maintenance chores to commercial landscaping and small farming.


Model Year
Grand L4240HSTC (4WD, Cab)


121.5 in. (3,085 mm) without 3P
90.2 in. (2,290 mm)
66.5 in. (1,690 mm) (min. tread)
4,001 lbs. (1,815 kg) with ROPS
74.6 in. (1,895 mm)
Turning Radius
8.9 ft. (2.7 m) with brake, 4WD disengaged
Ground Clearance
14.6 in. (370 mm) min.


Engine Make
Engine Type
E-TVCS, vertical, 4-cycle
Gross Horsepower
44 hp (32.8 kW) @ 2,700 rpm
Net Horsepower
42 hp (31.3 kW) @ 2,700 rpm
134 ci
Bore x Stroke
3.4 x 3.6 in. (87 x 92.4 mm)
Fuel Type
Fuel Tank Capacity
13.2 gal. (50 l)


Transmission Type
HST Plus
Number of Speeds
3 ranges
Front: 8.3-16
Rear: 14.9-24
Wet disc type
Speed - Forward
2.2 - 16 mph (3.6 - 25.8 km/h)
Speed - Reverse
2 - 14.4 mph (3.2 - 23.2 km/h)
Hydrostatic power


12V, 40A
12V, 133 min RC, 582A


Hydraulic System
Lift Control Type: Position
Implement and power steering
Standard Pump Flow
Implement: 9.8 gpm (37 lpm)
Power Steering: 4.9 gpm (18.6 lpm)
Maximum Pump Flow
14.7 gpm (55.6 lpm)


Lift Capacity
2,760 lbs. (1,250 kg) @ 24 in. behind lift point
Power Take-Off
Independent with master clutch
PTO Horsepower
35 hp (26.1 kW)
PTO Speed
Rear: 540 rpm
Category I, 3-point

Standard Features

E-TVCS Diesel Engine
 Kubota's reputation for making exceptional engines has never been more evident than in the Grand L40. Kubota's Three Vortex Combustion System (E-TVCS) allows for increased airflow into the combustion chamber, where it mixes quickly and evenly with fuel from the fuel injection nozzle to deliver exceptional power and efficiency. This resourceful system provides the user with a sustained higher torque rise, under heavy loads and at lower speeds, for optimum performance. Furthermore, the Grand L40 tractors boast engines that produce clean emissions, complying with EPA Interim Tier IV standards and emit minimum noise and less vibration, helping to reduce operator fatigue and stress.  
High Torque Rise
 Thanks to the reliable E-TVCS engine, the Grand L40 delivers increased airflow to its combustion chamber, where it mixes evenly with fuel from the fuel injection nozzle. This efficient system provides the user with a sustained higher torque rise, under heavy loads and at lower speeds, for optimum performance.  
Low Noise and Vibration
 The advanced engine design of the Grand L40 reduces noise and vibration levels, which helps diminish operator fatigue. This is extremely helpful when working long hours. In fact, Grand L40 engine noise and vibration levels are significantly lower than those of competitors' conventional direct injection systems.  
HST Plus (Hydrostatic Transmission)
 Tackle any task with ease and efficiency. With startling precision, the new HST Plus's automated control of both the HST pump and motor gives you optimal performance, regardless of the task, working conditions, or operator expertise. This new technology incorporates the popular light and smooth pedal feel of Kubota's traditional HST to provide the Grand L40 with a more comfortable, easier-to-operate, and higher-performance HST than ever before.  
GST (Glide Shift Transmission)
 Kubota's exclusive GST features 12 gears and clutchless operation for maximum operator ease. And, thanks to its electronically controlled hydraulic system, the Grand L40's GST allows you to shift on the go with exceptional response.  
FST (Fully Synchronized Main and Shuttle Transmission)
 Kubota's economical FST delivers the smooth and efficient shifting of eight forward and eight reverse gears while on the move. The simplicity of its operation, its responsive directional changes with Shuttle Shift, and its reliability make the FST ideally suited for tillage and front loader work.  
Live-independent PTO
 The hydraulically activated live-independent PTO clutch allows both the rear-and mid-PTOs to be independently engaged / disengaged while the tractor is still in motion. And because the lever is located in a new, convenient position, activating the independent PTO is easy. In addition, a neutral / auto shut-off system and protective flip-up shields are included for a full upgrade in total PTO safety and productivity.  
Telescopic Lower Link Ends
 A wide range of implements can be used with the 3-point hitch. Quick and simple hook-ups can be achieved via the standard-equipped telescopic lower link ends.  
Front Loader Hydraulic Valve
 Kubota has designed an integral front loader valve as part of the tractor. With this valve, you can quickly and easily attach the front loader and other front-mounted implements. The valve promotes efficient, clutter free operation and matches the sleek styling of the tractor. If you don't require a front loader or other front-mounted implements, an optional diverter kit is available to allow the loader valves to function as rear remotes.  
Loader Control Valve / Joystick
 Because the Grand L40's loader valve and control lever are integrated into the tractor as standard equipment, the control lever is positioned close to the operator for improved operability, easier access and less fatigue.  
4-wheel Drive
 The 4-wheel drive of the Grand L40 provides superior pulling power and traction in almost any working condition. The front-wheel drive bevel gear delivers a smooth and full-power transfer. Combined with its 55° steering angle and compact differential, the Grand L40's 4-wheel drive gives you the maneuverability and exceptional clearance you need for a wide range of applications.  
Grand Cab™
 The Grand L40 will offer a level of comfort that you simply won't expect and can't deny. Some of the highlights include a comfortable deluxe seat and ample legroom so you can stretch your legs on the job. The size of the control panel has been increased, with easier access to the operational and hydraulic controls and levers. The air-conditioning unit has been relocated to provide greater head clearance, and we've improved it for better cooling performance. In short, it's a control center that's centered on you. And the interior trim, with a new lever guide and console design, gives the cab a sophisticated look. The Grand L40's all-new comfort cab design truly puts you in the lap of luxury.  
Ample Head Clearance
 With increased head clearance for greater comfort and visibility, the Grand L40 Series gives you a wide-angle view of your landscape, and all the space you need to get the job done.  
Air Conditioning with Internal / External Air Ventilation
 The cab's deluxe air conditioner / heater can increase cooling, heating and air ventilation for greater climate control. You can switch between internal recirculation and external air ventilation: cool your cab quickly and thoroughly with the internal recirculation mode, and the air in the cab will stay fresh. The dual-level AC system, with a 7° - 14° Fahrenheit temperature differential, directs cooler air to the operator's upper body while sending warmer air toward the feet. And the entire AC unit has been elevated to provide greater head clearance.  
Air Flow
 Now you can have clean, filtered air in the cab, fresh from outside, with the simple flick of a switch. The increased ventilation helps prevent windows from fogging.  
Excellent Visibility
 See your worksite in widescreen. The Grand L40 cab's elevated seat and curved, frameless open-glass windows and doors give users 360° visibility that virtually eliminates blind spots. You can check the front tire position or the operation of the rear implements with confidence. In addition, the tinted glass protects your eyes from the sun and helps keep the cab at a comfortable temperature, and the windows can be opened to provide excellent ventilation.  
Minimal Noise and Low Vibration
 The large integrated cab, the engine, and the full-floating rubber cushion ISO-mounted platform all work to decrease tractor noise and vibration. A thorough refinement of the platform design has drastically reduced vibration and noise levels, making the Grand L40 one of the quietest tractors on the field. Lower noise and vibration levels mean more comfort and less fatigue, especially during prolonged tractor use.  
Full-open Hood
 Kubota has completely revamped the Grand L40's front hood. Thanks to the large exterior air intake area, engine cooling performance has been significantly improved, allowing the tractor to work better in high temperatures. The all-metal, full open hood makes it simple to check the engine, the easy-to-clean radiator screen and air and oil cartridge type filters. With one-touch access, the one-piece hood opens wide to fully expose the engine area. Routine maintenance doesn't get much easier. In addition, Kubota has added all-new independent headlights.  
Engine / Transmission Oil Level Indicators
 The engine oil dipstick is now located just below the hood, on the exterior right side of the tractor, while the transmission dipstick can be found on the exterior rear of the tractor. Both have been positioned for easy access.  
 Menu Button:  
    A simple touch of the menu's down button lets you make changes to the standard indicator's digital information screen.  
 Column-type Combination Switch:  
    This new combination switch allows you to operate the headlights and indicators with car-like ease.  
 HST Response Control Dial and Mode Selection Button (Only With HST Plus)  
Standard Indicators
 Kubota's standard indicators display the Grand L40's current working condition, hour meter reading, traveling speed, PTO speed and operating status - all in universally recognizable and easy-to-read symbols. With one touch of the standard indicator's menu button, you can change the panel's display to better manage tractor productivity, efficiency and safety.  
Warning Indicators
 To keep the tractor running smoothly, the IntelliPanel's engine, fuel, temperature and oil warning indicators will activate and change accordingly. After which, you'll get convenient follow-up messages until service is completed.  
Scheduled Service Alert
 The Grand L40 uses an LCD readout to notify you of basic maintenance needs at scheduled intervals.  
Deluxe High-back Seat
 With its newly redesigned deluxe reclining seat, the Grand L40 offers the ultimate in working comfort. It features standard soft armrests, wider seating, firm shock absorbing springs, a retractable seatbelt and a weight-sensitive ergonomic design that adjusts to your unique posture. But this comfortable seat doesn't stop there. Now, it also swivels 12 degrees in each direction; especially helpful when utilizing rear implements.  
Rounded Fender / Wide Step
 The Grand L40's fender and wide step deck feature provide a larger, more comfortable step-through area.  
Power Steering
 Responsive hydrostatic power steering makes every job easier. Straight-a-ways and tight turns alike are taken smoothly, while steering remains easy and worry-free when a heavy load is applied or the front loader is used.  
Tilt Steering Wheel
 The Grand L40's tilt steering wheel delivers an extra-wide tilt angle for maximum comfort. You simply need to step on the adjustment pedal, tilt the steering wheel to select your ideal position, and lock for the most comfortable operating position. Step on the pedal again to unlock the wheel for easy tractor mounting and dismounting.  
Open-floor Seat System
 The Grand L40 features a removable seat panel that's positioned over the transmission to allow easier access and service of hydraulic valves and sensor-related components. Now, hydraulics maintenance has been simplified. It's just another way Kubota works to keep you in the driver's seat.  
Metal Hood / Fender
 For expanded durability and lasting quality, Kubota uses sheet metal for its hoods and fenders.  
Electric PTO Switch
 Our new PTO switch makes PTO operation easier than ever. Conveniently located on the side console, one turn starts and one push stops the PTO.  

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