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  1. #11
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    Default Re: I want to hear from owners of Kubota front mount blowers

    1) Not on my tractor and FEL combination.
    2) It does reduce ground clearance. The subframe comes off so easy it is not that big of a deal to change out come spring. I have used the FEL with the subframe on.
    3) Yes!!!! I had a rear mount blower and there is no comparison. There is no way I'd ever go back to a rear blower.
    4) Yes

    I bought the blower and subframe used and it came with the hyd. chute rotation and electric chute diverter. I probably would not have purchased these options given their cost, but they are really nice to have after experiencing them. The blower is very heavy duty and definately commerical grade. The snow throwing capability is impressive.

    Good luck!
    Kubota L3130 HST 4x4, FEL LA723 w/QA, Backhoe BH90, Snow Blower: L2185 72" front mount w/hyd rotation and electric chute, 7' back blade, carry all, 48" Pallet Forks w/QA, Sun Shade, Turf tires & Rubber Chains for the winter, Extra forward and rear lighting. BearCat 73454 Wood Chipper. LandPride RCR2672 Rotary Cutter. Ballast Box Approximately 360 hours

  2. #12
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    Default Re: I want to hear from owners of Kubota front mount blowers

    kebdvm

    Oddly enough, with the B3000, the Brush Guard is integral to the Snowblower as it uses the brush guard as part of the subframe system. It hooks onto the lower lip of the brush guard in similar fashion to front weights.

  3. #13
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    Default Re: I want to hear from owners of Kubota front mount blowers

    2011 B3030HSDC with LA 403 FEL & B2782A front snowblower & B2791A front quick hitch:

    1. Do you have to remove the snow blower subframe to mount the front end loader?

    Technically, no, but you can't lower the FEL because the metal cross guard protecting the hydraulic pipes for the FEL hits the top of the QH hydraulic ram. My dealer said you could do this, but delivered the tractor with this guard and pipes dented in exactly this spot, and the QH had orange paint at the point of contact. Not good.

    2. Do you feel the blower subframe is in your way when doing other tasks, (bush-hogging, road grading etc)? You loose considerable ground clearance for no gain. The QH is easy to remove: remove the drive shaft, loosen one T-handle bolt and remove one large pin and it drops off (onto a dolly if you've planned ahead!). NO tools required.

    3. Do you feel the front mount blower is worth the extra money over the rear? I have a 1200 foot driveway with steep shoulders; I can't imagine the hassle of trying to drive backwards to do that. The front blower works amazingly well. It loves to eat snow and throw it 50 - 60 feet into the woods. I can place it precisely guided by markers with the tractor under cruise control.

    4. If your tractor and blower was stolen, would you replace it with another kubota front mount? Without a second thought.

    BTW, on the B3030HSDC, the front brush guard is NOT involved in the mounting of the snowblower QH; they both independently attach to the tractor's front frame.

    YMMV,

    N. Fowler

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    Default Re: I want to hear from owners of Kubota front mount blowers

    Mr. Fowler,

    The reason that I answered no to the question "...Do you have to remove the snow blower subframe..."

    is because I was referring to the actual subframe receiver under the tractor rather than the quick hitch itself.

    You are correct regarding the QH both in regards to deconfliction as well as ease of removal.

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    Default Re: I want to hear from owners of Kubota front mount blowers

    Look at my Avitar, also here's another picture of my 4240 the day I got it.



    If you look you can see how much ground clearance you'll have with the subframe on. But it comes off easy (the second time). The first time I tried following the directions and found it's much easier to use a floor jack and some blocks of wood. I put it on in the fall and take it off in the spring. Using the fel is not as easy though. The front of the hitch sticks out so you can't get as close to things.

    I've never had a rear blower but I know that I wouldn't want one. Backing up is much harder than driving forward.
    Kubota L4240,Case 580K backhoe, Case 450 Dozer

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    Default Re: I want to hear from owners of Kubota front mount blowers

    Quote Originally Posted by Catfish Man View Post
    You sure do make a lot of assumptions about what that dealer did and did not tell me. I didn't notice you there.

    I'm not new to tractors just new to snowblowers, at this point I have specific questions for people that are actually running a kubota FRONT MOUNT SNOWBLOWER.
    Catfish, I would appreciate someone who took so much time to provide so much information?

    He did post much information to help with an informed decision.
    Joel
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  7. #17
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    Default Re: I want to hear from owners of Kubota front mount blowers

    So I have a few questions:

    1. Do you have to remove the snow blower subframe to mount the front end loader?

    2. Do you feel the blower subframe is in your way when doing other tasks, (bush-hogging, road grading etc)

    3. Do you feel the front mount blower is worth the extra money over the rear?

    4. If your tractor and blower was stolen, would you replace it with another kubota front mount?[/QUOTE]

    Had Kubota 2410 with subframe (quick hitch) and Kubota blower

    1. no, but the bucket could hit the front of the subframe at some combinations of subframe lift and bucket position. This may be tractor specific. Note that the subframe hydraulics have to be removed from the loader control for the loader hydraulics to work.
    2. snowblowing no; BUT I would not leave the subframe attached when going off road. The 2410 is a small compact and ground clearance with subframe on is very low. The subframe will gather brush when hogging and likely hang up on uneven surfaces. I did ground the subframe a couple times when loading on a trailer or driving into the cellar. Subframe went on in the winter and came off in the spring. Mount dismount time was about 1/2 hour.
    3. yes.
    4. no. I later purchased a plow and seldom used the snowblower after that, plow was faster. I replaced the 2410 with a 5240 cab and went snowplow only. I did look at a few used front mount blowers but couldn't justify the $5k+ cost for our snowfall.

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    Default Re: I want to hear from owners of Kubota front mount blowers

    My tractor is smaller than what you are looking at, but it uses the exact same quick hitch and blower as the Kubota BX.

    So I'll take a stab at the questions also.

    1). On my Massey, I can mount the FEL with the quick hitch attached, some BX owners say they need to remove theirs(requires driveshaft removal, and one 'T' bolt loosening is all).

    2). Yes. On my Massey, the Quick hitch is only about 3 inches off the ground, better to remove it since it is so easy.

    3). Yes. It is so much easier looking to the front, rather than the rear. While I haven't blown snow from the rear, I have tilled, plowed, cultivated and I don't like the neck strain.

    4). Yes and no. Mahindra has the new MAX series out. I would probably purchase one of those, along with the front mount blower. ( I only need a subcut or very small cut for my 2 acres)

    Hope this helps.


    EDIT: With your driveway threading through the woods like it does, get a blower. Hard to plow snow banks back with trees in the way.
    Last edited by Don87; 02-19-2012 at 09:56 AM.
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    Default Re: I want to hear from owners of Kubota front mount blowers

    Quote Originally Posted by JoelD View Post
    Catfish, I would appreciate someone who took so much time to provide so much information?

    He did post much information to help with an informed decision.

    He has already made his opinions known in the other thread, I don't see why he see's the need to restate the same stuff.

    This thread was intended to get specific information about a specific piece of equipment.

    I'm not new to internet forums, I have even owned my own forums, I understand the dynamics of forums and forum posters, that's all I have to say about that without being rude.

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    Default Re: I want to hear from owners of Kubota front mount blowers

    Dear FRB,

    "I was referring to the actual subframe receiver under the tractor rather than the quick hitch itself."

    There appears to be some confusion over nomenclature here. I've just reread the Operator's and Parts Manual for the Male Quick Hitch and Subframe B2791A, and I could not find anywhere Kubota referred to the small rear support bracket, that you correctly mention can be permanently attached to the tractor frame amidships and not interfere with the installation or operation of the FEL, as the "subframe".

    However, Kubota more or less consistently refers to the large removable assembly as either the Subframe or the Subframe & Quick Hitch if they are making a distinction between the movable part (QH) and the fixed part (subframe). The term "Quick Hitch" seems to be reserved by Kubota for the part of the large removable assembly that moves under the influence of the hydraulic ram, the male part of the hitch that actually engages the attachment including the attachment locking mechanism.

    In two prominent places, Kubota refers to the entire removable assembly as the "subframe": in the repeated warning at the beginning of each section discussing a specific tractor model for which this assembly is appropriate: "WARNING: The subframe and the front loader must never be installed on the tractor at the same time."

    And on the Attaching Instruction decal on the QH itself: "1. Insert the subframe into attachment completely."

    Elsewhere, Kubota uses the same term "subframe" describing the installation and removal of the entire removable assembly.

    I still believe that, in the spirit Catfish Man asked the original question, my reply #13 was correct for my situation. In particular, my FEL bears witness to the consequences of my dealer not heeding the above warning, something Catfish Man needs to be aware of.

    N. Fowler

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