Kubota Logo Mystery

http://zhurnaly.com/images/Kubota_logo.jpgPrecision Small Engines, a business in College Park, has a big sign in front with an eye-catching symbol above the word "Kubota". It looks like a stylized gear with disconnected pipes inside. Is it an ancient logo for the Kubota Corporation of Japan? Or something unrelated? I haven't been able to find it anywhere else via image search. But the icon is one of the most captivating I've seen in years. What is its source?

(cf. LogoVision (2003-05-03), ...) - ^z - 2008-02-15

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