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    Gold Member Jibber's Avatar
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    After years of window shopping I'm finally buying a kubota L3130 with a loader. Wondering what I'm forgetting. My question for you formerly "first time" tractor buyers is.. What item or items did you later determine you should have purchased with the tractor?

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    Hi,

    Congrats on the new tractor decision.

    I forgot to get the block heater...so it was an add on later. Feels good everytime I need to use the tractor when it is cold out...knowing the engine is partly warmed up before I turn the key.

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    Epic Contributor Bird's Avatar
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    Jibber, you didn't fill out enough of your profile, or tell us enough in your message, about how much and what kind of property you have, what jobs or projects you intend to do with that tractor (and you'll find others to do after you get it). Block heater sounds like a very good idea for your part of country; not needed in mine. If you're not getting a cab model (for heat maybe in your area and cooling in mine), I'd sure want a canopy (makes shade at least, keeps things like small limbs and leaves from falling on your head and makes a good place to mount extra work lights - if you're going to work when it's dark - and makes a good place to mount a rear view mirror and tiltmeter). How about a SMV (slow moving vehicle) placard (if you ever intend to get it on a public road). And a couple of remote hydraulic outlets on the rear (if you intend to use a rear blade or box blade, they sure are handy to add hydraulic top 'n tilt). Are you gonna get some chain hooks mounted on the FEL bucket? Seems that everyone finds those are needed. And then what implements do you intend to buy/use? Finish mower, rotary cutter, tiller, plows, blades, snow blower, etc.?

    Give us a little information and I'll guarantee we can help you spend your money. [img]/forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img] [img]/forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]

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    Elite Member thcri's Avatar
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    Jibber,

    Congrat's on your new rig. It's not blue but your gonna love it. Just joking on the blue. I actually looked a kubota first, but the only dealer was 60 miles away and I just didn't like the salesman.

    The option that I wished I had was lights on the ROPS for when you are using that bucket at night. That is an home made project that I just have to work on sometime.

    Anyway have fun with it and if your married, make sure you spend some time with her too, they can get pretty jealous when you spend more time on that seat.

    murph

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    John Deere 4200 MFWD HST w/ JD 420 FEL w/ 61" loader bucket & toothbar & JD 37 BH w/ 12" bucket

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    I didn't miss anything with mine that I couldn't add later. I think if you get the HP, transmission and tires you want up front most anything else can be added later. I'm sure you'll be happy you got a FEL now. A couple things I added to mine you might want to have the dealer add if you don't want to or can't do yourself. One thing I added to mine is a toothbar and it's turned the loader into something I can actually use to dig. All you need for that is a drill and a good bit.

    Something else you'll want to do is add a couple of hooks to the top of your loader bucket. If you weld, that's something you can do yourself, too. If you don't weld, have the dealer do it.

    Personally, I kind of like adding things and making some changes now as opposed to having everything perfectly suited to my needs day one. I even reconfigured my SCV lever which controls my FEL (I'm a little taller than most and I kept dumping my bucket with my leg [img]/forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img] ).

    Part of doing things like that now is the learning process of finding out what I really do need and another part is the enjoyment of tinkering and doing it myself. I know I enjoy my toothbar a bit more because I bought it and put it on myself rather than it having been there when I bought my tractor. I think it's the same with adding bucket hooks. I'm even adding a couple hooks to my backhoe so I can more readily use it as a tool to lift and load and carry things.

    Good luck with your new tractor. Enjoy tinkering with it. I think that's half the fun. I hope this helps. [img]/forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]

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    Congratulations on your new tractor and welcome to TBN!

    I agree with Bird about a cab or canopy. My first tractor had a cab. Great in winter, but too hot in summer(could have installed AC). My current tractor has a canopy. Just right in summer and keeps snow and rain off my head and shoulders all year.

    The FEL is THE most useful implement I own. After that, bucket size and type; maybe a 4 in 1 bucket. Pallet forks are very handy, but adjustable width forks would be much nicer. A nice finish mower and a brush hog are right up there as well.

    And tops on the list of most useful enhancements is......drum roll please.......

    The Chalkley Cup [img]/forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]

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    If you aren't going to have a rear implement, you will want to get the tires loaded(fluid filled) before you put much in the bucket. A box scraper is a nice, usefull, and fairly heavy tool that you might want to look into. The new 30's are awesome, you'll love it [img]/forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]

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    Default Re: New Owner

    Congrats, I recently bought the same tractor. I've added hooks to the bucket and front of the frame. A rear quick connect would be nice if you don't have one. There was one on already for the backhoe but another would be nice to add tilt or rotate a blade etc.. I would get the 4n1 bucket if I could do it over but its not a big deal. I'll be adding a canopy to it as well.

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    congrats on the new purchase! u already have the 2 most impotant things , 1) tractor 2) loader' a s bird mentioned if u fill out your profile a bit, it would help to give u some ideas. where exactly is KENT HILLS NY? JUST WONDERING AS I LIVE IN NY MYSELF. welcome to the forum and let us know how u like , dislike your tractor

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    generally speaking I'd concentrate on getting the big ticket items that you want at the same time as the tractor - might get a bigger discount on 'em that way - the smaller items can always come later and are easier to justify to the cfo [img]/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

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