Sandbox forum: Kubota 3301 with FEL.

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Name: Al
Michigan
trailtwister
Sep 24, 2017 4:33 AM CST
Took delivery early Friday morning of a new Kubota 3301 with FEL.
This tractor is going to save on the old back a bunch I have found already.


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First job it did was rescue the Ford I had ran out of gas in the field and would start with a new can of gas in it.

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Dealer put a quick detatch bucket on it, we ordered a pined bucket.Easy job to install a snow blade or pallet forks now.

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Green Grin! Al
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Sep 24, 2017 9:48 AM CST
You got me drooling, Al! Wish we had one here.
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Name: Al
Michigan
trailtwister
Sep 24, 2017 7:08 PM CST
Well it is a muddy mess now. No we have not had any rain in a long time. Just hauling fire wood across the creek and nearly got it stuck.

Got it down to fix some stupid enginners mess up. Can't turn in the seat to watch the load behind with out the tractor stopping because of the seat safty switch, gone tomorrow.


Green Grin! Al
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Sep 24, 2017 8:49 PM CST
Sighing! The engineers have gone too far with a lot of our modern machinery.
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Name: Mac
Soon to be MidCoast, ME (Zone 6a)
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McCannon
Sep 25, 2017 9:46 AM CST
@trailtwister, we've had our B2920 for a few years now. Bought it with FEL and 60" mower deck. It's been a real time save with mowing chores and the FEL gets regular use for turning compost piles, moving wood-chip mulch, and getting firewood up to our back deck level for easy unloading. We also run a 4' tiller with it. Best "yard tool" we ever bought. Only a few minor issues that we took care of ourselves.
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Name: Al
Michigan
trailtwister
Sep 26, 2017 6:48 AM CST
I used to run my Woods finish mower, Ford brush hog, and tiller with the 1952 Massey Harris Mustang model 23. It has a front loader to but had a rod trip bucket so the bucket stayed in the same postion in relation to the loader arms. Great for moving manure from a pile into a spreader, carrying heavy idems from place to place.

I also have a 1961 Allis D17 with a loader also with a rod trip bucket. I made some mods to the bucket so I could dig up some clay dirt I softened ahead of time and then dig up some wood top soil to replace the clay. But that made it sort of useless for any thing else

I have made a finger to hold the seat switch down so I can stand to drive, turn to look at towed equipment and not have the tractor quit running.
Bought a tool box yesterday to replace that thing smaller than a lunch box, more like a pencil box the company calls a tool box. couldn't even put my chain clevis in it.


Green Grin! Al
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Name: Mac
Soon to be MidCoast, ME (Zone 6a)
Ex zones 4b, 8b, 9a, 9b
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McCannon
Sep 26, 2017 7:30 AM CST
Thumbs down on the "tool box". I usually put everything I need in a 5 gal bucket and stuff it under the steering wheel or carry it in the FEL. Sometimes a big wide flat-bottomed FEL bucket would be real handy.
The aboriginal people of the world and many other cultures share a common respect for nature and the universe, and all of the life that it holds. We should learn from that!
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
Sep 26, 2017 12:11 PM CST
Ah Kubota.
I remember way back when they were considered just another toy Japanese tractor playing in a market with real tractors. John Deere, Alice
Chalmers (no wait , I think I dated her. Nice hooters), MM, Oliver, Case etc. Back in the day when most common small tractor on farms around here were Ford 9n or 8n.
Well at the County Fair this year, they had a Kubota tractors up to 170hp.
How times have changed.
Of course as huge as that tractor was , it still looked small--er, than the big tracked JD and Case International next to it.
Name: Mac
Soon to be MidCoast, ME (Zone 6a)
Ex zones 4b, 8b, 9a, 9b
Cat Lover Birds Hummingbirder Butterflies Frogs and Toads Vermiculture
Critters Allowed Vegetable Grower Canning and food preservation Annuals Morning Glories Sedums
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McCannon
Sep 26, 2017 7:05 PM CST
Lots of companies in the small to mid-sized tractor market. Most are powered by Japanese diesels, Kubota, YanMar, and some others. Lots of owners that don't need something as big as an 8N. I have 2 neighbors that own Kubotas, both have belly mowers and one has the backhoe option and a 3-point brush hog mower.
The aboriginal people of the world and many other cultures share a common respect for nature and the universe, and all of the life that it holds. We should learn from that!
Name: Al
Michigan
trailtwister
Sep 28, 2017 6:19 AM CST
Ya I laugh at the guy who bought a JD compact and was not happy with it and then found out it had an engine from another company that makes compact tractors.


Any way I did some work to make my Kubota mine.

first to be fixed was that pesky seat saftey switch, fixed for ever but can be quickly removed for sale. Just made a tab to hold the switch in the run postition.

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Kubota installed a box they called a tool box, I have bigger lunch boxes and pill boxes nearly as big.is right of the SMV placard.

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I bought a tool box and it is a good color match too. Made some brackets for thre inside so the mounting bolts would not pull thru. Made two more brackets for out side that would help support the box. Made them extra long so I could install hooks to hold some light stuff.

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With the seat all the way back I have some extra room between them so no rubbing there.


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I also installed hooks to hold some small things like the 3 PT draw bar.

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I Designed this with the ROPS bar up so was surprized how close the latches for the box is to that bar when down for woods work. I will fix that with some wire pulls I can make easy.

I nedd to serch for a rear work light so I can plow snow in the dark plus it will help the fools flying down the slippery road see me.

Green Grin! Al

You not dressed with out a smile.
Name: Mac
Soon to be MidCoast, ME (Zone 6a)
Ex zones 4b, 8b, 9a, 9b
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McCannon
Sep 28, 2017 8:21 AM CST
Nice improvements Thumbs up . Kubota needs to take some clues from the owners.
The aboriginal people of the world and many other cultures share a common respect for nature and the universe, and all of the life that it holds. We should learn from that!
Name: Al
Michigan
trailtwister
Oct 5, 2017 5:34 AM CST
Found out I need to buy some wheel weights. I have 2 sets different styles for IH tractors, Two sets same style for Massey Harris and they are to big around I also have a different style I just remembered having just now I will measure.
Other wise I will have to buy some.
Had a load of fire wood (EAB killed) Ash in the front loader and going down a hill the tractor was slideing. I was hanging on for dear life with PUCKER POWER on the seat.


Green Grin! Al
You not dressed with out a smile.
Name: Mac
Soon to be MidCoast, ME (Zone 6a)
Ex zones 4b, 8b, 9a, 9b
Cat Lover Birds Hummingbirder Butterflies Frogs and Toads Vermiculture
Critters Allowed Vegetable Grower Canning and food preservation Annuals Morning Glories Sedums
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McCannon
Oct 5, 2017 7:34 AM CST
I haven't had that problem yet, but when I was unloading the 600lb tiller off the truck with the FEL, it was feeling pretty light on the rear. Your firewood adventure sounds like a "back down the hill" situation. Land is flat here. Mrs' father had an old 4wd Satoh. He made lead weights for it from old tire balancing weights. Some people use a removable 3pt hitch mounted "ballast box".
The aboriginal people of the world and many other cultures share a common respect for nature and the universe, and all of the life that it holds. We should learn from that!
Name: Al
Michigan
trailtwister
Oct 13, 2017 6:33 AM CST
Well got tired of squeezing the seat when going down the hill to the basement walk out door with a load of fire wood. So till I could get into town for some big bolts I backed down draging the bucket. That did make the ride down a lot less scary and it also smoothed out the path/track/ driveway.

Finally made it to town and bought the bolts I needed to add what I think is a 350 pound case iron wheel center from a 1953 Massey Harris 44 Butane. I can not move these wheels by hand they are so heavy. I got one bolt in the slot where wheel weights can be added then thru the 3 PT draw bar then used the 3 point lift to lift it and set it so I could get the second bolt in place.

Finally got it where I could lift it with the 3 PT, it made a world of differance going down the hill forward view, and best of all no PUCKER POWER needed.

As you can see by the picture it isn't what you call balanced in any way. But it would hit the regular draw bar and once it got there I stopped the lift.

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Yesterday I removed it to mount the back blade and set it on some blocks where I could move the draw bar so it would balance the weight. I can also get some longer bolts and add some of the wheel weights I have to make even more weight if I need it.


Next step is to jack the rear of the tractor up and support it and change the wheel stance. I am not fond of the narrowness of it. Can't remember off the top of my head but think it is about 10 inches wider with out spacers.


Green Grin! Al
You not dressed with out a smile.
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Name: Mac
Soon to be MidCoast, ME (Zone 6a)
Ex zones 4b, 8b, 9a, 9b
Cat Lover Birds Hummingbirder Butterflies Frogs and Toads Vermiculture
Critters Allowed Vegetable Grower Canning and food preservation Annuals Morning Glories Sedums
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McCannon
Oct 13, 2017 8:02 AM CST
That should help a lot, and easier to deal with than touting a ballast box that would probably be in the way of anything on the TPH. Good idea. I might do something like that. If I go over around 600 lbs in the FEL mine gets a little light. I bought a set of clamp-on fork for mine a few days ago.
The aboriginal people of the world and many other cultures share a common respect for nature and the universe, and all of the life that it holds. We should learn from that!
Name: Al
Michigan
trailtwister
Dec 15, 2017 5:57 PM CST
We had a good snow fall here Wednesday, so I got to use the bota in the snow. It played with the back blade draging that snow. Not impressed trying to use the front loader to move snow and build piles out of thre way. Need to make a bucket level indicator really.

Pileing the hours on it, have 33 as of this morning but have only used about 15 to 18 gallons of fuel.

Green Grin! Al
You not dressed with out a smile.
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Dec 15, 2017 6:09 PM CST
We have a Kubota as well and love it. We still hang on to our old Cub though, it's the go-to tractor for grading the road.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.

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