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    Elite Member DT86's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by RoyJackson View Post

    I agree...pretty flimsy.
    Even the older Deeres (670, 55 series, 770, 790, etc.) had robust forged anti-sway links.
    Now Roy you know they just don't build 'em like they used to. Sometimes that's a good thing, this time not so much.

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    Default Re: Broke turnbuckle first time using bush hog

    The OP has not described if he/she was PULLING the mower forward or PUSHING the mower in reverse. Tractors are designed to PULL, not PUSH.

    Turnbuckles only provide 50% of support when pushing, relative to pulling, at best. In addition, factory turnbuckle stabilizers on my kubota B3300SU weighed 4 pounds. Replacement Stabilworks pin adjustable stabilizers weigh 14 (+) pounds. I am not an engineer but I calculate Stabilworks mechs must be at least eight times stronger than factory turnbuckles WHEN PUSHING A BUSH HOG INTO THICK BRUSH.

    In my experience the two occasions that cause turnbuckle stabilizer failure are PUSHING a bush hog and PUSHING a box blade.

    Watch the Stabilworks video:

    Kubota tractor stabilizers Kubota www.stabilworks.com - YouTube
    The word tractor was taken from Medieval Latin, being the agent noun of trahere "to pull, draw".




    Kubota B3300SU; no longer with me but still pulling in the community.

  3. #33
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    Default Re: Broke turnbuckle first time using bush hog

    Stabilworks option looks super strong and stable.

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    Default Re: Broke turnbuckle first time using bush hog

    Quote Originally Posted by jeff9366 View Post
    The OP has not described if he/she was PULLING the mower forward or PUSHING the mower in reverse. Tractors are designed to PULL, not PUSH.

    Turnbuckles only provide 50% of support when pushing, relative to pulling, at best. In addition, factory turnbuckle stabilizers on my kubota B3300SU weighed 4 pounds. Replacement Stabilworks pin adjustable stabilizers weigh 14 (+) pounds. I am not an engineer but I calculate Stabilworks mechs must be at least eight times stronger than factory turnbuckles WHEN PUSHING A BUSH HOG INTO THICK BRUSH.

    In my experience the two occasions that cause turnbuckle stabilizer failure are PUSHING a bush hog and PUSHING a box blade.

    Watch the Stabilworks video:

    Kubota tractor stabilizers Kubota www.stabilworks.com - YouTube
    He (me) was pulling most of the time, which was less than 10 minutes total before it broke. I had to back up a couple times to turn around. For all I know it could have broke while "pushing" when I was backing up to turn around. I didn't see the moment that it broke. I just happened to look back and see that it was broke. Either way, I think I am going to go with the Kubota parts to make my arms. Stabil Works looks great, but I can't justify the price difference.

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    Default Re: Broke turnbuckle first time using bush hog

    To fix the factory defect would be $5 at our local welding shop.

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    Default Re: Broke turnbuckle first time using bush hog

    I can get it re-welded for free, but it would still be a weak set up in my opinion.

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    Default Re: Broke turnbuckle first time using bush hog

    Quote Originally Posted by howie70 View Post
    I can get it re-welded for free, but it would still be a weak set up in my opinion.
    I agree...it's inherently a weak design.
    Roy Jackson

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