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    Default Kubota L3010 w/HST

    This is a very good discussion board.
    I did tremendous research and decided to purchase a kubota L3010, w/HST. The only difficult application is mowing on a steep grade. I have chosen a set of R-4 tires for stability and riding on the gravel pavement with all the kids in the neighborhood (25% of the actual use I have no doubt!) I have also decided on a heavy-duty bucket, Land Pride deck with folding ROPS.
    I have been assured this has all the power I will ever need, even for my steep grade-has anyone experienced a need for power on this machine. Restated, is this tractor underpowered for most applications? All I will be doing on the steep part is mowing. Tilling etc will be on more level soil.
    I only have 3 acres of pear orchard but I never plane on heavy manual shoveling again and I think I got a great deal at about $17.5 for the whole package.
    This is basically an expensive toy for a Mid-life crisis. Some people get new wives and some get new cars. I plan to buy a Kubota instead!

    Any thoughts?

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    Default Re: Kubota L3010 w/HST

    I own an L3010 and for a small yard like yours I would think the L3010 would have as much HP as you would ever need.

    Just a couple of comments. "riding with the kids" can be very dangerous. I will occassionally allow my kids to drive the tractor by themselves with me watching under very controlled circumstances i.e. slow speeds, no hills, nobody else around, etc. I think of it as teaching them how to operate the machine properly. I would never let anyone else's kids near my tractor because I wouldn't trust them to do exactly as instructed. My kids know they aren't allowed within 100yards of me and the tractor when I am actually doing work. Please be safe.

    The only other comment I have is from personal experience. When you are on any of those steep areas ALWAYS be in 4WD. Even if you don't need it for traction. Tractors only have brakes on the rear wheels and if you are going down hill especially with the loader on there won't be enough weight on the rear tires to stop. You could ride down the hill like you are on a big sled.

    Have fun with your new toy!!

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    Thank you for your earlier reply!
    I mis-spoke (typed). I have a trailer that I pull the kids around in. Right now I use a JD318 but that does not seem to have the aura of the bigger toy.
    Your point is very well taken though. Tractors are toys for big kids who know how to always take safety first!
    How old do you think my son should be before he can drive a machine like this by himself? He is 10 years old now and I let him drive the 318 on flat parts of my land or on the pavement when I am in the trailer being towed behind him(bumpy ride to say the least!)
    I look forward to your response!


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    Default Re: Kubota L3010 w/HST

    Buster3, Please, please, these are "tools" with which we do "work". If my wife ever heard me refer to my NH 1920 as a toy I would definitely get less seat time. As far as when your son is ready to operate your tractor only you can decide if he has the maturity and discipline to handle it solo. Have fun and good luck.

    Bill C

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    Default Re: Kubota L3010 w/HST

    Buster3: I have the same setup (L3010HSD), her name is Clementine. My land is also much the same as what you spoke of. Though I have 155 acres, most of it is hardwood forest, and the tractor is mostly used on my 7 acre meadow. The meadow is pretty steep, though, and I've really had to ease off the speed (like to a crawl) when operating implements or plowing snow/dirt uphill. If you don't need the mass of a Grande-L, the B2910 has almost the same hp and a much better power to weight ratio. If you really want the L series like I did, is there any chance your dealer would let you try them out on your land? Just from my personal experience on my land, I think the L3410 would have been a much better fit.

    Don't get me wrong, Clementine is a beast! It's just that living on a hillside I wish she was a faster climber.

    Pete

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    I have too many toys! I work in the electronics industry and I refer to all my own projects/programs as "Toys".
    My direct V-P may faint, but he knows how I discuss my/our work.
    I am not implying that tractors are any less a working tool then the computer I am typing on right now, however, I think they both, if used and designed correctly, can be “toys!”
    Work and fun can both have the same definition!
    Serious farmers use tractors. I obviously do not fit in that category, nor do I wish to insult in any way their hard work. I simply enjoy working with the wonderful equipment they use for livelihood-and our food supply!
    Actually, I consider farmers to be –in most cases-better business people then I encounter at the large IC manufacturer that I work for! (The one that we all use!)
    I will attempt to call tractors “serious pieces of mechanical engineering”, but then, I still call PCs “toys!”

    Buster

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    Default Re: Kubota L3010 w/HST

    Hills can make many tractors seem slower/underpowered particularly if you have a loader and ballasted tires. With my loader attached (1100lbs) and ballasted tires (1200lbs) I'm lugging a bit more than an extra ton around! Not sure how you can avoid this if you are using the loader on hills (unballasted tires are probably unsafe). If you are strictly mowing perhaps it is worth removing the loader...

    Peter

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    Default Re: Kubota L3010 w/HST

    Please expand on your thoughts. I am very interested in your ideas relating to load and incline. My primary concern is an application mowing on a steep grade.
    Typically I simply try to maintain a right angle and go from there?
    I am not afraid to admit I do not know what you mean when you discuss” ballasted tires". Please explain.
    The bottom line is that I may have no problem at all because I have never run the machine on this terrine before and it may (probably) perform perfectly.
    As Mainsteinn(sp) stated” The best plans have never faced an enemy!”
    I look forward to all your insight. I also can't wait to see how my new "Mechanical Machine" will interpret the hill that will pose the challenge!

    Thank you,

    Buster

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    Default Re: Kubota L3010 w/HST

    Buster -- Okay, I'll admit it. Playing/working on Clementine is loads of fun! [img]/w3tcompact/icons/shocked.gif[/img] When justifying the purchase to my wife none of the more logical uses would sway her. It wasn't till I started calling the tractor my "land yacht" that she understood and approved the purchase. With all the neat things we've been able to do with it, however, she now sees the light!

    Basically, on slopes you want as much weight low to the ground as you can get, and that weight distributed as widely as possible. Loading the tires with some sort of liquid (CaCl is common, but I prefer either windshield washer fluid or the ethanol-based "safe" antifreeze since I don't want my crops or dogs poisoned in the event of a leak) is perhaps the most common way of adding weight low down.

    Three acres isn't a lot of land, especially for the sort of tasks you mentioned. Again, check out the 2910. Advantages are less weight (less compaction across your tree roots), very stable on slopes, smaller and more maneuverable (much easier mowing around things like trees), and less money (so you can afford more implements). I haul logs out of the forest with my 3010, so for me the extra mass was critical. But that extra mass really slows me down when mowing uphill. My neighbor's 2910 with the same mowing deck is probably a third faster at the job.

    Pete

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    Default Re: Kubota L3010 w/HST

    I mow 7 acres with a 7' wide land pride 3pt rear discharge mower. My L3010 has a FEL and loaded R4 tires and makes short work of the 7 acres(2 to 2 1/2 hrs.). The land I use it on has only a gentle grades, however.

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