I'm sure all of you have a bucket list. A real tractor was at the head of mine. So when retirement came....
Had a deal for a new Kubota L2800 HST w/FEL through a friendly local dealer and at a discounted price with free factory financing. It fell through because Kubota would not accept my homeowners insurance. Reason? Because the policy did not specifically state that I could drive on county roads and still be insured. I explained that I had an automobile and did not need or ever would drive on county roads. Told my sales guy that this was crazy and that it was a dealbreaker, but he could do nothing.
Then I saw a older, L2350DT with FEL, 281 hours, new tires (filled) and a 60" Field General mower, for one half of the new cost, on Craigslist. It was used to pull a firewood trailer. The seller would include delivery to the ferry terminal in Anacortes, WA (my place is on an island), with a full tank of fuel. I was concerned that 23.5 hp would not be enough. Was I wrong. What a powerhouse.
So I am in the automobile ferry line with tons of guys looking at this beautiful machine and asking a $1,000 questions. Had to wipe the machine down afterward because of the drool.
One problem that I've had is that the top of the bucket has a chain hook welded in the center, but with no reinforcement. So, any amount of pulling or pressure will bend the bucket top.
The repair/modification was easy: I found a piece of 2" square steel tubing, 1/4" wall that spans the full width of the bucket and bolted it at each end with backing to support each bolt. With primer and Kubota paint, it looks "factory".
The only other issue is the screw valve that modulates the raising of the hitch is too abrupt, even when the valve is closed. Anyone with a suggestion?
Performance wise, it runs the 5' mower easily, skids fallen timber with no problems, drills 12" post holes, and runs a 5" chipper without bogging.