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  1. #1

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    Kubota B7100 HST - 1995

    Default B7100 Tool "Box?"

    One of the challenges with the small compact tractors is trying to find a place or way to attach a tool box to the little beast. Like most owners, I'm sure I like to have more tools with me than will fit in the little tool compartment kubota provides (won't hold a hammer). After a couple of tries mounting a tool box to the front of the frame or on the ROPS, I think I finally found my tool "box" solution.

    While at Home Depot (my favorite store by the way) I was once again looking at tool boxes trying to think through how to attach a small one to the B7100. Nothing seemed just right for my needs. And then I thought, what would Harv do? I'll get to why I couldn't build a multi-storied Hi-Rise ROPS rack with ammo cans, barrels of monkeys, and beer kegs all attached in a minute. I saw a tool "bag" that caught my attention. Pretty heavy duty, zip open top that could hold enough tools for my needs, a bottom compartment with a box to hold nuts, bolts, pins, clips, matches, other important stuff, and several deep outside pockets. So I bought the tool bag, a six inch J-bolt, and two hose clamps.

    The challenge with attaching a tool box to the ROPS on the B7100 is two fold; the ROPS has about a 6-8 degree aft lean built in and is not all that wide in total. With the new suspension seat installed, space between the ROPS posts became even more of a premium since the new seat is taller than the original. I considered the ROPS rack approach, and just couldn't come up with enough room to make it work.

    So, I used the two hose clamps to attach the J-bolt to the rear of ROPS post about half-way to the top, loaded all the tools, gloves, WD 40, nuts, bolts, clips, pins, first aid stuff, etc that I wanted in a tool kit, and simply hung it on the back of the ROPS on the J-hook. Then I took it out to see if the bag would actually stay on the tractor under normal to bad operating conditions. After really bouncing around some rough country, it was still there. I did end up wrapping a small bungee cord around the ROPS and the tool bag handles below the J-hook to keep the bag from swaying. Works great.

    I hope to get pictures this weekend of my new suspension seat, this tool bag arrangement, and my attachment of a tiltmeter to the light bar on the front of the hood.

    Bob Pence

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    California - S.F. East Bay & Sierra foothills
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    Kubota L2500DT Standard Transmission

    Default Re: B7100 Tool "Box?"

    Bob -

    The tool bag sounds like a great idea. I might just check it out myself 'cuz I could easily hang one from my ROPS rack and have that much more storage.

    One of the things I'm still working on is a way to carry my nifty safety helmet. I don't want to wear it all the time, but I want it handy for when I do. I plan to enclose it somehow 'cuz I don't want it getting all crudded (tractor term?) up before I need to put it on. I have some ideas, but I'll spare you the details until I have a chance to try them out.

    Look forward to the pictures. [img]/w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif[/img]


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    Cedartown, Ga and N. Ga mountains
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    1998 Kubota B21, 2005 Kubota L39

    Default Re: B7100 Tool "Box?"

    Bob,

    That is a great idea. I'll check it out the next time I am at the Depot. I have a B21 and because of the backhoe, the seat turns around for backhoe use. I don't even have the mini tool box from kubota.


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    Lebanon,NH.
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    Kubota L2800HST w/Frontloader & CC LTX1046

    Default Re: B7100 Tool "Box?"

    Robert,
    I agree that the B7100 should have made there tool compartment a tad bigger also a better location.

    If you have a welder&sawzail&flat steel you can make a nice tool box and attach it to the ROPS.

    I to thought of the heavy duty bag,butsince I use my tractor to plow snow,I felt the zipper would freeze so I decided against that idea.



    Thomas..NH [img]/w3tcompact/icons/wink.gif[/img]

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    Kubota B7100 HST - 1995

    Default Re: B7100 Tool "Box?"

    Thomas, the thought of frozen zippers crossed my mind. I'll know pretty soon, though, if they're going to be a problem. Like you folks in the fine state of New Hampshire, we get snow on occasion here in Michigan and don't always get to plow the white stuff when the sun's shining. I'll keep everyone posted on how it works out. So far, I like it. I was working back in the woods yesterday clearing some brush out of an old trail and it was handy to have wrenches, sockets, and screw drivers to keep the chain saws adjusted without having to assemble a tool kit for the job.

    Bob Pence

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