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  1. #1

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    May 2001
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    North Idaho, USA
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    2000 Kubota L4610

    Default Woods 9000 w/thumb-pictures

    Finally took delivery after a month delay. This is the 9000 on a L4610 kubota. It is the new subframe (apparently the reason for the delay) with self contained hydraulic. The thumb is a Rankin. The dealer had my tractor to install the hoe and replaced a loader ram and the battery on warranty at the same time. Apparently this subframe is a new item, or at least the first of its kind the dealership has seen. He dropped it off saturday afternoon and pretty well left me to figure it out. I dug 4 stumps the same size as the one in the picture, took about 2 hours total. Keep in mind I was learning how to run a hoe. Then I decided to drop the hoe so I could do some loader/backblade work. I thought the hoe would disconnect from the subframe, and the subframe would stay on the tractor. No way. The whole assembly comes off. Took me 45 minutes from the time I started to finish, including reinstalling the 3 point hardware. I think it will go alot faster next time, because I won't have to figure it out from scratch. So how did it go? Considering my lack of experience with this unit, pretty well. I ran the engine at 1500 rpm, well below the 540 PTO speed. The engine never strained, and hardly noticed it was pulling the pump. I expected the hydraulics to be jerky after reading some previous post, but glad to say I did not have that problem. The controls were friendly and easy to feather. I expect this will be a great tool when I get up to speed. The thumb is not as easy to use as I'd hoped, The pins holes are not aligned very well and it is not easy to change positions. Not a big deal.

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  2. #2

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    North Idaho, USA
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    2000 Kubota L4610

    Default Re: Woods 9000 w/thumb-pictures

    Another view

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  3. #3

    Join Date
    Feb 2001
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    Location
    Michigan
    Tractor
    Kubota B7100HST & Kubota L4610HST w/FEL

    Default Re: Woods 9000 w/thumb-pictures

    treeboone
    Looks good, glad you finally got her back. Your pics make me want my own hoe[img]/w3tcompact/icons/wink.gif[/img].I got some prices today on renting a backhoe for a weekend yesterday and time permitting,I'll probably rent to take care of all those projects. Not sure how much additional work I'd have for it to own one.It might be like the FEL, got by before owning, now wondering how I ever survived without[img]/w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif[/img].
    regards
    Mutt


  4. #4

    Join Date
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    North Idaho, USA
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    2000 Kubota L4610

    Default Re: Woods 9000 w/thumb-pictures

    You have a good point about renting. I cannot justify the cost of this, at least not on paper. The hoe, with subframe, self contained pump, thumb, setup and delivery is 7800.00. I can only look at it from the standpoint of making the tractor more versatile, available for small jobs, whenever I need it. It also did not add a great deal to the finance charge (what's another log on a bonfire?). I sure would not be able to buy it if it were a one time payment. I made what I consider a big mistake with the first tractor I bought. Thinking I would save money, I did not buy any implements with the tractor purchase. Later, what I was able to afford was not the best quality. The most expensive equipment I ever bought was the cheapest. It did not hold up to the job, had little value at resale, and required the purchase of the right tool (which I should have done in the first place) to replace it. Believe me I hate to go into hock for all this. For the next 5 years I will be reminded regularly. I've been in this boat before, and I know that the equipment will be paying me back long after the payments are over. That is perhaps the best justification I have, Buy the best.. it last longer. You have a 4610, I'm pretty sure we are of the same mind on that line. Regards, Treebone


  5. #5

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    Location
    Lyndeborough, NH
    Tractor
    Kubota L5030HSTC, Farmall SuperC

    Default Re: Woods 9000 w/thumb-pictures

    Mighty pretty hoe! (Nice to see one with fresh paint). I have the removal routine down to about 15-20 minutes on my 3710. It will come with practice.

    Curious about the new sub-frame you described - can you provide us with details and/or pictures? Would also be interested in following your experiences with the Rankin thumb. My dealer's mechanics don't seem to like those on removeable backhoes - though they deal with everything from garden tractors to the large end of full-size equipment.

    Andy in NH

  6. #6

    Join Date
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    Kubota L3710, JD5300, AC D19, IH 806, IH 8950, Ford 8N, Farmal Super M, several others in the past.

    Default Re: Woods 9000 w/thumb-pictures

    Treeboone:
    Great looking backhoe! I too am considering purchase of a
    Woods 9000 for my 3710. Is the subframe like Bush hog where it has 2 attachment points? If possible, could you send pics of the hoe detached and the attachment points on the tractor? It looks like your thumb does not have its own cylinder but instead holds whatever it picks up between the thumb and bucket? Is that correct? Do you feel the hoe is too large for the 4610? Sorry for all the questions but your setup is what I am looking for.


  7. #7

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    2000 Kubota L4610

    Default Re: Woods 9000 w/thumb-pictures

    Got a few irons in the fire, so I will post now, explain later

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    Default Re: Woods 9000 w/thumb-pictures

    another post

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    Default Re: Woods 9000 w/thumb-pictures

    a 3rd view

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    2000 Kubota L4610

    Default Re: Woods 9000 w/thumb-pictures

    4th view (Maybe Woods will send me a nice new 12 inch bucket....)

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