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  1. #11
    Silver Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Posts
    220
    Location
    Central Ohio
    Tractor
    3130HST, Ferguson TO35

    Default Re: THE TALE OF THE 3130

    Congratulations on your new purchase. It's great to see someone else as excited about their 3130 as I was mine. My 3010 was a nice tractor-the 3130 is a GREAT tractor. Most everyone has made the mistake of not buying enough tractor, truck, boat, etc to do the job. As you said, it costs quite alot to sell or trade your mistake and buy what you should have. Not to make anybody mad, but when I purchased my 3010HST in Jan 2000, it was $500 more than a B2910. If you can use it, the 3010-3130 is the most kubota for the money.
    That's what I try to do when I purchase any high dollar item. Good luck.

  2. #12

    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Posts
    247
    Location
    mid- Maine
    Tractor
    Century 3045

    Default Re: THE TALE OF THE 3130

    I am Orange with envy! Just curious, where you are in New England and who you dealt with?

  3. #13

    Join Date
    Sep 2000
    Posts
    1,862
    Location
    The Fabulous Foothills of Northern California

    Default Re: THE TALE OF THE 3130

    Neither of my two mowers 80" and 84" have a slip clutch. When I hit something with the blades with the brush mower, the blades swing taking the bulk of the hit stress and then the 4 parallel belts eat up the rest. The tractor still has a pto clutch that can slip. My finish mower has one extra spindle so one more set of blades. While it only has 4" more of mowing width, it also has the extra 2 blades that are fixed. They are run by a single belt that also eats up much of the impact. I have not seen the single spindle mowers with slip clutches either although I am sure they might exist. Rat...

  4. #14
    Veteran Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Posts
    1,070
    Location
    Western Washington
    Tractor
    5300 JD 4X4

    Default Re: THE TALE OF THE 3130

    Rat. don't think the clutch in your tractor pto is made to slip when hitting something with your mower. More likely it will take out some gears or a shaft. Be sure to use the right shear bolts or the right tension on slipclutches on any driveshaft you have when using pto emplements.

  5. #15

    Join Date
    Sep 2000
    Posts
    1,862
    Location
    The Fabulous Foothills of Northern California

    Default Re: THE TALE OF THE 3130

    My mowers have no shear pins that I am aware of. My post hole digger does. The Harley rake has a slip clutch. my mowers have belts which take much of the shock from hard hits. The brush hog has swinging blades as well. Thanks, Rat...

  6. #16

    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Posts
    208
    Location
    seattle area
    Tractor
    kubota l3830 hst/723 fel

    Default Re: hey rat

    question-multiple dealers[4] have told me not to use a slip clutch on a rotary mower in the wet climate[western washington]they say the clucth may lock up and it may break the tractor.i have been reading that slip clutchs are the way to go but i think the dealers may be right with this climate?

  7. #17
    Gold Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Posts
    289
    Location
    ECNY
    Tractor
    DK35

    Default Re: hey rat

    I read somewhere [Agtalk?] that you should back off a slip clutch and reset every year before use. bcs

  8. #18
    New Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Posts
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    Default Re: hey rat

    Yes slip clutches do require some maintenance. Back the springs off , make sure the clutch is not frozen, and retension the springs if the attachment has not been used for a couple of months or more. Personally I like attachments that have both slip clutch and a shear bolt. A lot less trouble/cost than repairing my PTO.

  9. #19
    Silver Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Posts
    247
    Location
    Depew, Oklahoma
    Tractor
    9641 Zetor Forterra

    Default Re: hey rat

    To carry what slowrev said just a step further---when you back off the springs on the slip clutch ,make sure it will slip by turning it --if not by hand, then hook it to the PTO and make sure it slips before tightening it back up. Sometimes they can get really stuck and should be taken apart and cleaned off .

    Dancce

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