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  1. #11

    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Posts
    480
    Location
    Iowa
    Tractor
    JD4310 eHydro with bells and whistles

    Default Re: Kubota L3010 w/HST

    Hey, Pete,

    How do you move the logs? I've investigated grapple buckets, but can't figure a good way to move brush and 10-12" Eastern Red Cedar logs that I'll need to handle. BTW, see my post in JD buying - just ordered the 4310 -- if the kubota L3010 could have handled R4s and a midmount mower, I might have a Clementine. Oh, well....

    Bill

  2. #12
    Elite Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2000
    Posts
    3,748
    Location
    Stowe, Vermont
    Tractor
    Kubota L3240HST, KX-121-3S

    Default Re: Kubota L3010 w/HST

    Bill -- I have a Farmi winch for the heavy logs. Can winch in four at a time, cinch them up to the plate, raise the 3ph along with the logs, and off I go. When I come to a tricky spot where I'm worried about tipping, I drop the logs and let the cable freewheel out as I drive ahead, then winch them back to me. When it's muddy I'll use the hood of an old VW to act as a sled and keep the logs from digging in.

    For single logs or to cut them into stovelength without having to bend over, I'll use the bucket hooks with 5/16 chain. Not as safe to haul them this way, and when I do it involves a lot of backing downhill. The FEL can easily lift a 15" diameter maple log up to 15' long. I just have to remember to cut firewood evenly off both ends when it's up in the air! [img]/w3tcompact/icons/shocked.gif[/img]

    Have fun with that JD. If my local Deere dealer was better I would have been driving green.

    Pete

  3. #13

    Default Re: Kubota L3010 w/HST

    I am on my tractor more for the suntan then the clock so you may still have kept me in the L3010 camp! I am so careful of my slope if it does take some extra time (back to the sun tan...) I really do not care.
    I am impressed that the L3020 can use the 7-foot Land Pride. How do you like the land Pride product as well as any parting shots on the L3010?
    I plan on purchasing the L3010 with the stipulation that I get to try it for an hour or two. I just love the loader with the heavy duty bucket!( By the way, the president of the company that I am buying this from just bought his own 2910!)
    Any good dealer-and I am working with a respected business-will have no problem with that caveat.
    I look forward to hearing your response.

  4. #14

    Join Date
    Jan 2002
    Posts
    11
    Location
    Lancaster Ohio
    Tractor
    Kubota L4610HST w/LA852

    Default Re: Kubota L3010 w/HST

    I recently traded my L3010HST for a L4610HST and the main reason was the running out of power on inclines. The 3010 is a great tractor and did most anything asked, but in low range. It had a difficult time pulling medium range and high range was unusable except going down hill. The problem I found with doing loader work in low range is that it lost traction way too soon, not to mention being slow moving the load. This also caused problems in mud. I never got stuck, but came close several times. With the 4610 I hardly ever take it out of medium except to go to high to clean the tires. Low range just causes too much wheel spin.

    Steve

  5. #15
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    Location
    Stowe, Vermont
    Tractor
    Kubota L3240HST, KX-121-3S

    Default Re: Kubota L3010 w/HST

    LandPride -- now there's a quality company! Well, except for their 15 series in some cases. I have their 3572 rear blade and their 2572FDR finishing mower. Both are bomb-proof and indestructible!

    Pete

  6. #16

    Join Date
    Jan 2002
    Posts
    11
    Location
    Lancaster Ohio
    Tractor
    Kubota L4610HST w/LA852

    Default Re: Kubota L3010 w/HST

    One more thing I forgot to mention is the L4610 is much more stable on sidehills, running over logs, rocks, etc. than the L3010. The little bit extra width and length of the bigger Grand L's make a huge difference. I would have spent the extra $ the first time around and went to the L3710 if for nothing else than the extra stability.

  7. #17

    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    Posts
    77
    Location
    Underhill Vermont
    Tractor
    Kubota L3010HST

    Default Re: Kubota L3010 w/HST

    <font color=blue>...the large IC manufacturer that I work for...</font color=blue>

    Any chance that's the same place that I've Been Married to for the last 20 years? Or are you at the other Big I?

  8. #18

    Default Re: Kubota L3010 w/HST

    Is there a difference?

  9. #19

    Default Re: Kubota L3010 w/HST

    Buster,
    The L3010HST (loaded tires, FEL) can use the LandPride 84" 3 pt. mower. I have 7 acres to mow and I have only gentle slopes, however. I think the 3010 might be better suited to a 72" mower , especially, when dealing with grades. The L.P. RD8400,7200,6000 are first rate 3 pt. mowers that I am sure will give many years of 1st rate service. I don't see much reason to purchase any other 3pt. mower brand. Saving a few hundred on the other 3pts. available seems counterproductive to me. Why purchase the best tractor (kubota) and then pull inferior implements?
    As to power, I must admit that on slopes pulling the 7' mower causes the tractor to slow. I would say that a 4310, 3710 or 3410 would be better due to more power. Isn't more power almost always better? How large a unit do you want running around on your 3 acres? A 2410/2710/2910 would clearly be enough tractor for your lot. I'm sure a 2710 would be enough tractor for my 7 acres but I found the 3010 to be more comfortable for my body size. Yes, as a prior poster mentioned , you will most likely have to work in low range. In low range I'm mowing at 3.5 -4.0 miles an hour. This is fast enough for me to finish 2.5 to 3 acres an hr. and I am satisfied with that. If you need to run in med. range with a 7' mower you will need more power.
    Lastly, just a suggestion, if you have a severely sloping lot it seems to me it might be better for you to buy a tractor outfitted with a mid- mount mower. It can be a bit narly turning a tractor and 3Pt. implement on a grade. Also, I have seen it mentioned in other posts that a MMM installed on an L3010 must use turf tires since the R4s interfere with the MMM. Your getting a trial of the 3010 to see if it is a good fit with your needs and property is a good strategy.
    Good luck with your purchase!

  10. #20

    Default Re: Kubota L3010 w/HST

    Thank you for the input! I got what I thought was a really great deal on a 5 foot Land Pride with chain guard etc. $775.
    I am not in any real hurry while mowing and I think if I just take my time every thing will be fine.
    While my slope is steep, it gives my JD-318 problems at times, common sense should prevail and I should have a great ridding tractor.

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