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Re: Should I buy this Kubota tractor?
« Reply #20 on: January 02, 2011, 08:03:27 PM »
Qweaver, the JD hydro is not comparable to Kubota's HST, way more slop. If they made a Bic pen attachment for tractors, I could sign my name with my Kubota HST.

Piston, in almost 1900 hours, I've never once needed to use the individual brakes, in fact the little tab is rusted, I'd have to free it up just to used them. Your mileage may vary on that point.
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Re: Should I buy this Kubota tractor?
« Reply #21 on: January 02, 2011, 08:59:53 PM »
Dave,
I'm used to two older tractors, one with no power steering and the other with no front weight on it (no FEL so if I have a heavy load on the forks in the back the front wheels don't turn too good) so that is why I use the brakes a lot to assist turning. 
I'll probably notice the same as you though once I start using a nicer tractor, I have to say I'm pretty excited for it and hope the deal goes through.   8)

I've never used an HST tractor so I hope I like it, but I really don't have any doubts.
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Re: Should I buy this Kubota tractor?
« Reply #22 on: January 04, 2011, 01:05:34 AM »
I have a quick question.   What is the difference between "Hydro"  and "HST"  ?
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Re: Should I buy this Kubota tractor?
« Reply #23 on: January 04, 2011, 09:59:03 AM »
I believe HST stands for HydroStatic Transmission, so I don't think there is a difference.
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Re: Should I buy this Kubota tractor?
« Reply #24 on: January 04, 2011, 05:34:29 PM »
HST is hydro, GST is Kubota's shuttle shift transmission.
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Re: Should I buy this Kubota tractor?
« Reply #25 on: January 04, 2011, 07:00:23 PM »
Correct, my Kubota is a GST shift. I'm not sure I use it as I'm supposed to cause I still clutch for every shift.
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Re: Should I buy this Kubota tractor?
« Reply #26 on: January 04, 2011, 07:54:28 PM »
Your looking at a good tractor and you won't regret it, especially with the implements.  My ancient L series has been very good to me.

As a comparision, Koiti is selling brand dk45's with loaders for 18.5k and often factory financing can be pretty good.  The dk is not a hydro tho and is a stripper of a tractor so I don't think you did too bad.

As far as made in the USA goes, no sub 50 horse machine is made in the us.  YOu might argue that the profits end up here with a US company, but even that is a stretch these days with conglomerates. 

All I can really say about tractors is I have never heard a bad thing about Kubotas and Mahindrahs.

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Re: Should I buy this Kubota tractor?
« Reply #27 on: January 04, 2011, 07:59:23 PM »
Thanks guys,
Hopefully I'll be posting a pic of my new to me tractor here within the next week!  8)

I'm pretty excited about it.  This is gonna make loading logs on the LT15 a WHOLE lot easier...especially once I get the grapple.
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Re: Should I buy this Kubota tractor?
« Reply #28 on: January 11, 2011, 11:49:19 PM »
Well I did it guys..... 8)

This will make handling logs a WHOLE lot easier for me! 












Now I just need to get some action shots! 
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Re: Should I buy this Kubota tractor?
« Reply #29 on: January 11, 2011, 11:55:48 PM »
 8) 8)
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Re: Should I buy this Kubota tractor?
« Reply #30 on: January 12, 2011, 12:03:54 AM »
Nice looking tractor. You will have plenty of snow to move in the morning ,12 to 18 inches .  Have fun   Holmes
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Re: Should I buy this Kubota tractor?
« Reply #31 on: January 12, 2011, 12:12:48 AM »
Those open, easy access cockpits sure are nice.  It might be the nicest thing about the tractor.   I'm sure it will do what you want it to do if you don't get in a hurry.  I've done it with a lot less.  :)

One thing that you might find handy is a flat-bar for bracing welded along the upper side of the bucket and a locking chain hook welded on it.   It makes it easier to pick up logs without the forks.   Put the skidder hook on a short chain and hook the chain on the hook.  Roll the bucket over and hook the skiddeer hook to the center of the log (balanced as best as you can) and then roll the bucket so that the cutting edge goes under the log and the skidder hook pulls the log up against the sides of the bucket.  The bucket actually ends up holding most of the weight and the skid hook holds it there.

You are probably already aware of losing a load over the top of the bucket.  A log might kill you.   I think I would invest in a 4 point ROPS or at least build a stop of some kind in front of the steering wheel.
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Re: Should I buy this Kubota tractor?
« Reply #32 on: January 12, 2011, 08:00:34 AM »
Sweet!

Good move kicking your wife's car outside to make room for it.  ;D

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Re: Should I buy this Kubota tractor?
« Reply #33 on: January 12, 2011, 04:16:05 PM »
Sweet!
Good move kicking your wife's car outside to make room for it.  ;D

Here it was this morning....  :D :D



Tom, thanks for the advice.  I've read quite a bit on tractorbynet in the 'safety' forum over there for operating and didn't come across that one yet! 
I am planning on getting a root grapple for the front end to replace the bucket.  The majority of what I'll be doing will be made a lot easier and safer with the grapple. 
-Matt
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