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.
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? 🤫