Cole Tyler

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That one pic almost looks like a rivulet running right through your road. Maybe a culvert pipe there (hopefully big enough to handle the heavy rains) w/ crushed limestone over top would help those areas that are very prone to washing out. Also, on the downhill side maybe a dam of some kind (earth, wood, stone, etc) to try and catch any gravel that might still wash away
3 weeks ago
Hey there - I'm 99% sure I don't want more kids ;) That 1% chance gives me some room to make a reply though, I think lol.

Anyways, I'm curious as to your whereabouts now? I ask because long distance can be a daunting thing to overcome and things just seem easier and more natural to try w/ people that are within a reasonable distance of each other.
3 weeks ago
Have we talked about wheel spacing, ballast, and operating techniques on hilly land somewhere that I missed?

I decided to try out the rotary cutter and start getting used to running the tractor around the land. I think I covered about 70% of where I want to go...I didn't want to push it too hard 1st day ;)

I spent about 5 hrs total just getting the feel for it and overcoming that scary feeling of tipping. I think I'm well within the operating limits of the machine, but one unseen hole can change that quickly.

I kept the loader/bucket on...not sure if removing it would have been better or not? I think I'd need some front weights if the loader is fully removed. I felt like maybe it raised the center of gravity some, but also is nice to be able to drop the bucket (I run with it just skimming the surface anyways) and have some support if things get sketchy.

My rear wheels are spaced in widest position, and each rear tire filled 75% w/ beet juice. I'd also like to add bolt-on center wheel weights in the future, I think. Even with the loaded rears and 5' cutter I still felt the rear was lighter than the front (w/ loader on)

I did combinations of side-hilling, straight up and down, back up, back down, etc. I think it's hard to nail down one "proper" technique...each task can be approached in multiple ways - but getting the experience to "feel" which one is safest is something that will just take time.

Using the tractor and a few attachments I have in mind to create more-level paths around the land is my end goal so other people in my family/friends can safely operate vehicles, atvs, or this tractor and get around the land.

I attached some pics to show the angles, they don't look like much, and realistically probably aren't :) Maybe around 17-18*??? Still took a little getting used to though!

1 month ago
I don't have a great update, tractor itself didn't make it to the farm this weekend because it was too bad the dealer sent me a bush hog that had been damaged underneath from a forklift. That was all I really planned on doing out there with it so I kept it here at home in the garage. I don't have a secure place to keep it on the land just yet, but hopefully soon.

I did manage tho, to help a neighbor put in a small water retention area in his backyard. There is problematic flooding in that area, there is a concrete catch basin at the lowest point right at the bottom of the new "dam" but it gets overflowed easily, so he wanted to control and reduce that flow towards it. Took the tractor only about 20 minutes to dig it out, mound the dirt and haul him over a few scoops of wood chips to fill it with from my place :) Was fun, quick and easy so I'd say the tractor fits the "Neighborhood needs" ;)

A friend of mine does tree removal and I take the left-over chips/logs, the loader is worth it's weight in gold! Especially when I borrow the dump trailer! I've done quite a few loads like this by hand on non-dump trailers on and off and it's a looong hard process compared to this.

It's a comfortable and capable machine, already feel my back hurting less in the future...

The real updates will come a few months from now once it's on the farm and doing other things, looking forward to it! Should this be the thread for that? Seems pretty good to me since most questions/topics about tractors will be related to the title.  
1 month ago

Eric Hanson wrote:Tyler,

Congrats on the new tractor!  It is amazing how much a tractor can improve your productivity.

If you don't mind me asking, I do have a couple of questions about your awesome recent purchase.  

1)  Is the hydro control a treadle pedal or is it the twin touch?  My first tractor was a subcompact and everything boiled down to JD or Kubota.  Really they were very similar machines, similar prices, similar specs, etc.  One thing that pushed me in the direction of JD was that the hydro control on the JD allowed my legs to stretch out while on the Kubota my knee was always rubbing the steering wheel.  I think that Kubota is moving in the direction of having the twin toe touch pedals in the manner similar to JD.  I am just curious as to whether they are there on all there tractors.

2)  Another issue that was a big one on the little subcompacts was that the on the JD, the loader control is a part of the tractor while on the Kubota the loader control sticks out from the loader.  On the little subcompacts (and yours might very well differ as it is a totally different animal), I could access the seat from either side on the JD as the control stuck up from the floor but on the Kubota the horizontal control basically cut off access from the right side.  Again, this was probably a bigger deal on the subcompact than your new tractor.

3)  Does your new tractor have the new DEF/regen stuff?  I sold my subcompact and got a JD 2038r which is similar in size to your new tractor and I have this extra stuff attached.  I have heard horror stories, but mine just went through its first regen cycle and it was not bad at all.  On mine, when doing the regen cycle, the tractor wants to idle higher than it would otherwise.  If I moved the throttle up to 1500 RPMs, then the tractor's brain would not let it come back to a normal idle.  It was doing this for a couple of weeks as I was doing a bunch of quick tasks.  Then I bush hogged my acreage, ran the engine high for a couple of hours and now the tractor will idle back at low RPMs again.  It was nothing like some people said where the tractor would not shut off for something like a half hour after turning off the key.  Personally I think the whole affair is overblown.

Anyhow, I am always interested in hearing about new tractors.  These have been a couple of minor issues that I obsess about, but in any case, I wish you the best of luck on your new tractor.

Best Wishes,



1) It is the treadle...I think I would prefer the side by side pedals but Kubota just simply doesn't really offer that option in a tractor size I wanted. It's a minor setback and I'll get used to it. At first I wanted a Kioti just because of that reason! It gets delivered tomorrow and I'll get a better feel and report back.

2) That issue is there on the L2501. I can probably sneak on through there though I'd have to mount a step and grab handle to that side! It doesn't really bother me, I was willing to accept a few downsides like this on the Kubota

3)Good to hear your re-gen system worked like that, yea doesn't sound like too big a deal at all. Being up in the rpm a bit seems to be the way a HST tractor ought to be run anyways. I purposely stayed under 26HP to avoid the re-gen system and DPF filter setup. I like the idea of being able to idle and use low rpm if needed w/o that system on my mind. I also figure it's just more to go wrong down the road, but I sacrifice a lot of power. I'll know for sure how this machine stacks up to tasks in the coming weeks once I get it down my farm. It's rough and hilly :)

1 month ago
I have a 14x28 shed that just sits on blocks at about a dozen spots. I'm moving it to a new area (after I level it of a little better) and was thinking about pouring a footer - but then I figured I'll just make a foundation out of tamped blocks and call it done. They make some big screw in anchors I was planning to put on all four corners and attach w/ steel cable in case of extremely heavy winds. I like the idea of jacking it up and shimming when (not if) things start to move.
1 month ago

Julie Reed wrote:Congratulations Tyler! A new tractor is always exciting stuff. Sounds like you’ve got a well thought out list of specs. For a small tractor, that’s still a very capable machine. You can do a lot with smaller equipment, just ‘one bite at a time’ style. One thing you mentioned was cutting into hillsides. Not sure exactly what you have in mind, but rippers might be able to help you do that, although having the tooth bar on the bucket would probably be adequate. Depending on the soil type and angle of the land, there may be no good substitute for either a backhoe or excavator to do that. Maybe add the backhoe attachment to your wish list? 🤫

Thank ya Yea a backhoe would be awesome, but super expensive and bumped my payment higher than I'd like. Also, there are a few downsides to consider when using a backhoe on a compact tractor from what I've been reading. Maybe once I pay off the tractor I could try to get one, I think Kubota has a program to finance just attachments if I recall correctly?
1 month ago
Well, we finally got approval on a tractor purchase. Haven't signed any papers yet but Kubota L2501 HST 4x4 is ultimately what I decided on. Various reasons, I wasn't interested in the highest spec'd machine at the cheapest price...I was looking at other things like...
Dealer locations
# of models made and for how long
Real world capability of machine (size/weight in regards to transporting to off-farm jobs, etc)
Simplicity, reliability, serviceability, (Kubota L2501 is pretty legendary in those regards, especially the sub 26hp non DPF/re-gen machines)

Brushogging and tree work (moving logs/brush from job sites to trailers and ultimately to my farm) are the main tasks but also whatever earthworks it can hadle in creating raised beds and swales, along with micro ponds, and moving rocks, etc.

Here is the list so far of wants, but might change a few things at actual time of signing.

Rimguard (beet juice) in rear tires and moved out to widest setting
Tooth bar for bucket
Pallet forks
60" brushcutter
3rd function loader valve for future grapple or snow plow
AG tires
Quick attach couplers
Grader blade/ripper bar (maybe a box blade, dont know whats best for cutting into hillsides so the loader can get into the ground better?)
1 month ago
Maybe this would work? Just mow it as low as possible, pour the gravel, set it all up, then put whatever type of skirting you desire (solid type if you want to dark out the weeds) around the sides down to your pallets or all the way to the gravel...If you want some airflow underneath for whatever reason, just cut some squares on the sides and install vents. Metal or rot resistant wood would work. You can just hit it with a string trimmer pretty easily afterwards to maintain.
1 month ago