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    Backhoe M59 backhoe stabilizer pads

    Gathering materials to improve the pads. 2.5X more area. 4X heavier, 82#. 5.5” longer to the outside. 6” taller on rubber pads. Hopefully kinder on hard surfaces and lawn. OEM rubber pads engages 1.5” before steel cheats on soft or steep ground. In paint shop. Paint cost and much as the...
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    Backhoe M59 backhoe quick attach

    M59 backhoe attachment came with a 24” pin on bucket with hydraulic thumb. Looked for years to find a 12” bucket used. Kubota QA buckets are a little more common but still rare and have to buy $1,000 adapter. New M62s and L47s have three options. Pin on. Kubota M59 type QA or Kubota excavator...
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    Need to check pressures more often with tire sealers?

    Bought new HD 12 ply, extra deep thread skid steer tires to replace the worn and one slow leaking OEM tires on the Kubota front M59 a few years ago. Great improvement in traction especially loader work. Also pumped in about a half gallon of Gempler’s bulletproof tire sealant in each tire for...
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    Backhoe Backhoe bucket modifications

    Two modifications ideas considering for 12”backhoe bucket. First, sharpen and cut serrations in the side cutters to better cut/saw/break thru tree roots. Some single tooth rippers have this feature. Side cutters are AR400 1/2” steel. Second, weld a swinging 1” D-ring to top rear of the...
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    Front-End Loader Best SSQA trailer mover attachment?

    Need one to buy or build.
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    Rear Finish Mower Mathews Flail Mower

    Had this used 5’ fail mower delivered yesterday. Paid $1,200. Older model but in nearly new condition. Trying to find out more information about the machine. First experience with flail mowing. Comparing to 6’ Woods rear 3pt finish mower behind a Kubota B26. The flail mower is; 1) Heavier...
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    Front-End Loader Comfort Ride Adding a Kubota soft ride was one of the best modifications to the M59. Carrying logs and limbs so much smoother. Plays well with grapple. Anyone putting them on 20-30hp tractors?
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    Front-End Loader Flat Face Hydraulic QC

    Been using them for thirty years. Many pros and cons but are my preferred QC for loader 3rd function. Many tools available to help making connections. This is about Xboom coupler QC Mate Available as a complete tool for about $100. Or now can buy just the specialty jaws and use your...
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    Front-End Loader Danuser Intimdator

    Used on Kubota B26 plucking trees and brush. Some trees removed along the wooded driveway 20’ tall. Privet and Russian olives clumps easily pulled up. Small tractor gives great maneuverability and sight near fences and buildings. Easily pulled trees growing in the blueberry patch with surgical...
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    Rotary Cutter Brown tree cutter

    Bought an old, well worn 5’ brown tree cutter. Gearbox and stump jumper serviceable. Someone has tried to make blades from bush hog blades makes it very unbalanced. New blades are $165 each. Need four. Bolts are another $200. Only have $300 in it so far. May be worth only scrap. Has anyone...
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    Tires Tire ballast warning

    Doing general maintenance on the little Kubota B26 and finish mower this afternoon. Greasing, sharpening and checking tire air pressure. The usual loss of a few pounds pressure over a years time. Checking the last tire, left rear, which has methanol ballast. Grabbed the metal cap and began...
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    Rotary Cutter Bushog

    New to me 286 bushog. $1,300. Some improvements over the past 25 years compared to my old one. Hard to find good used equipment. New stuff is getting expensive fast. Anybody found a good rebuild for the front skids? My old one didn’t have bolt-on replaceable skids. This one is only 1/4” thick...
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    Hydraulic limb saw project.

    Been wanting to build something like this for sometime. Now there are several brands available. Probably cost and time more efficient to buy a quality and time tested one like LimbSaw. What’s the fun in that? Plus some other features I would like to explore. Just getting started so haven’t got...
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    Loader Hydraulic thread checker

    Pipe Thread Gauge BSPT British Standard Pipe Tapered Thread Identifier - Sizes 1/8-3/4 Pipe Thread Gauge BSPT British Standard Pipe Tapered Thread Identifier - Sizes 1/8-3/4: Industrial & Scientific First time seeing this for British pipe threads often found on Kubotas. I have been...
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    Mice mischief

    Hadn’t used the Kubota M59 for a few weeks and only had a few killing Frosts lately. Preheated twice and fired up. Several dozen red oak acorns shot out of the side exhaust, blunder bust style! First I seen them use inside the exhaust. Checked under the hood and found a nest of grass and shedded...
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    Front-End Loader 3pt weight

    Made 1981 for 2wd tractors. Pulled a lot timber out of the woods and trip bucket manure FEL stall cleaning. Used an old kitchen counter water heater tank, scrap steel and hand mixed concrete. Very handy at the time but use with 4wd tractors is none. Used as outdoor anvil or weight for proof...
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    Oil & Fuel Fuel cans

    Like the no-spill diesel fuel containers. Even my wife can fuel the little tractor but doesn’t like to. The bad part was holding the button down. 5gallons took 2-3 minutes to drain. Added these vents. ZOOYL Gas Can Vent Caps Retrofit Kit 6 Packs, Enhances Flow for Faster Refills, Universal...
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    Oil dispensing pump

    What’s the best oil pump or technique to get oil from from bulk 5 gallon pails into tractors? Gear and transmission/hydraulic oil. Been pouring using funnels. Sometimes transferring to smaller containers.
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    3-Point Hitch Mighty Lever

    Hitching up equipment, maintaining equipment or fabrication and repair having the the right tools sure helps. Have various pinch poles, crowbars and levers like most farms. Tried a small indexing head lever for the shop and was quickly a favorite go to tool. Bought the larger 48” to keep in the...
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    Bought a 20’ steel bridge this weekend. Doll up with some steel implement wheels, some base steel paint and set across the creek. Like I need another project.
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    Rotary Cutter Self powered bush hog Woods bb72 rotary cutter powered with 30hp Diesel engine.
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    Grading level

    Saw this at Bear Den campground off the Blue Ridge parkway. They are building and refurbishing new sites. Equipment parked beside us so felt at home. Level strapped to front guard L6060 with topNtilt yardbox.
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    SSQA plate from TITAN

    Ordered a 3/8” full back ssqa plate late Monday, end of Titan Attachments Memorial Day sale for a project. Got here 10am Wednesday morning. Shipping weight 108#. $119. Box had just a few tears and the plate was plastic wrapped. No damage. Corners were welded. Nicely made. Took time grind a...
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    Deep lug R4 tires

    Put these on the front of a Kubota M59. Immediately improved traction. Heavy sidewall and rim guard helps with loader operations. Twice as heavy as OEM tires. Several years now and doing well. Tractor stays mostly in 4wd and scuffing off-road is minimal. Only problem is they are difficult to...
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    Hazard light protection

    While browsing the local scrapyard for fun bought some short drops of stainless steel tubing. Back home cut some 2” rings of 5.5” OD, 1/8” wall tubing. Drilled a 1/2” hole for the lamp bolt. TSC has these lamps for $7. Had to slightly oval the hole and temporarily removed one lens for the lamp...
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    Show your man baskets ideas

    Forklift platforms are common and used safely everyday. For tractors the the hazards of off road and usually dangerous operation of construction, maintenance or tree work are many. Telehander type baskets closest comparison. Probably a good argument to never have personal on a tractor FEL...
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    Brush saw

    Bought this flat belt saw at the scrap yard for $46. Simple angle iron frame with hinged table to crosscut firewood or posts. Poured bearings have no play and rotate. Better now with a few pumps of new grease. 28” blade pretty rusty. People spend that much on blades for decorating or cut up for...
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    SSQA Lips

    This might be a trend on newer tractors. My 2016 Kubota B26 ssqa factory HD bucket has flared lips to help center the tractor ssqa mount when attaching. Of the dozen of other attachments from various manufacturers it’s the only one I have ever seen to have this feature. Have great line on sight...
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    Differential lock pedal

    The differential lock lever on the Kubota’s are rather simple compared to other tractors or equipment. Coupled with often muddy shoes a little lacking. When needing to engage one is usually preoccupied with competing operations or hazards. Spent hours thinking about different ways to improve...
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    Backhoe Backhoe bucket hooks

    Best idea or types of hooks for backhoe buckets? Hole or slots in the side cutters for Clevis or chain? Finally got around to welding a 3/8” chain hook like has been on several older buckets I’ve had. Don’t use much but very handy sometimes. Base welded a little ways up on the wear strip.
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    One of the best retirement jobs we did was to add a deck all along the back of the house. 48’ long, 13-14’ wide, mostly covered. Don’t like wood outside steps so bought steel and concrete used stair section from hotel demolition to install. Time changes plans. Had to spend time caregiving...
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    Spring house rebuild

    The spring house was crushed from tornado tree damage this summer. The spring was the water source and refrigerator for the 1000acre land grant over 250 years ago. It was rebuilt ~80 years ago with mostly white oak, rock and concrete. Currently supplies water to three houses and farm. Have done...
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    Loader Quicke soft ride

    Bought this NOS off eBay for $47. 210psi precharge on one bulb. The other bulb has plastic mounting cover over stamped info. Quicke is a Denmark brand loader manufacturer? My idea is to use this on a Kubota B26 loader. Anyone tried this on a scut? Used this brand of accessory?
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    Loader Loader lift pressure gauge

    Recently retrofitted a Kubota Soft Ride (KSR) system to fit a M59 loader. Nice upgrade and would highly recommend this option if available. Greatly reduces stress while carrying loads. Added a permanent pressure gauge at the same time. Anyone else monitoring their loader lift pressure during...
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    Mowing B26 won’t start after washing

    The B26 with the rear discharge finish mower going reverse is an excellent leaf blower/mulcher for the yard and gravel driveway. Only problem is having to drive in plume of dust. Doesn’t work near as well going forward. Decided to wash off using a garden hose and brush with wash and wax...
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    Mowing L39 hydraulic case vent?

    BIL noted the lack of a vent on the rear of his tractor rear axle near dipstick and threaded fill port. My tractors have a rubber or plastic crooked neck to vent the hydraulic reservoir. Checked with local Kubota dealer service department and they could not find one. Ask their mechanic and he...
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    Loader Pole saw

    Like many I use my tractor grapples often to help keep up my property. Recent EF0 tornado bounced around and left us much tree damage. Several piles and over 100 trips to one gully. Lots of trees and tree tops that need to be cut up into manageable pieces. A lot of cut, clear and repeat. When...
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    Brush, what to do with it?

    We generate a tremendous amount of brush. 140 acre Tennessee foothills farm with about 40 acres cleared. 1/2 mile driveway thru the woods with miles of other trails. Much brush from keeping the roads, pastures and fields cleared. Have done some burn piles. Getting harder with permits and...
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    Spark arrester cleaning

    Interested how folks are cleaning their spark arrester mufflers Owners manual says every 250 hours. 2016 B26 has a simple cone screen attached to the tailpipe with one screw. Cleaned it a couple of times. The screen being about 20-30% plugged. The screen was an option (~$70) and I guess was...
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    Grading Chasing gravel

    5” of rain in a couple of hours last evening. Good gully washer. 20-25 miles any direction no rain. Very little washout in 0.5 mile main driveway, 0.3 secondary and miles of dirt. Creek waterfall sounds good from the back porch. Land plane has made more difference in the last 3 years than...
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    Oil & Fuel B26 front axle oil

    Did the first 400 hour change of front axle UDT oil. Surprised how dark and the fine metallic sheen of the old oil. Hope the gears have polished their contact patches. Put back 5qts Lucas 75W-90 synthetic gear oil. See how it does for the next 400 hours. Can tell the difference in gear sounds...
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    Loader Bonnet protector for M59

    Needed more grill guard protection for brush, tree, dirt and stump work I tackle. With help of TBN members made improvements. The bonnet protector hinged to front guard was an option no longer available. Luckily found a NOS from Messicks. Had to source some of the hinge hardware also, no big...
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    Mowing L39 lost clutch

    While my brother in-law was bush hogging lost clutch. Making passes pushed in the clutch to roll back a bit and lost clutch. No noise and everything else works. Intelapanel says the gst transmission goes thru the gears. No forward or backward travel. No pto. He had just changed UDT and filters...
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    Oil & Fuel B26 Hydraulic inleakage

    Coming up on 400 hour service. B26, 2016 model. Noted some external leakage at fill plug and dipstick after mowing for several hours at a time. Not much but enough to attract dirt. A friend with an earlier B26 had a worse problem caused by rubber elbow on the suction side of pump. Air was being...
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    Loader Wicked grapple

    Owners of L39 using Everything Attachments Wicked grapple? Up to 55hp. Or their heavier utility grapple for up to 75hp? L39 FEL is strong for its size.
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    Oil & Fuel Dipstick retention

    While working on M59 a few days ago noted oil spray on the side. The dipstick was missing. Probably got dislodged during some recent brush moving. Looked for it but no go. Had the dealer order one and within a day got it. $ouch$ In >50 years and dozens of tractors this is only the 2nd time...
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    Loader SSQA mount play

    Using skid steer grapple I bought about 25 years ago on a M59. There seems to be excessive play in the mounting. Can’t see damage on the tractor or grapple side. Don’t note excessive wear. At the shop I could slide 1/4” plates between the lower tractor hitch and grapple tab. I also could put a...
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    Woods RD7200 belt guard repair

    Past several years the sheet metal belt guards mounting holes were fatigue cracking. One hole completely gone. Two top holes on two guards. From some scrap 1/4” plate cut some pieces to weld on top. Cut the hole/slot with the plasma cutter using templates. Perfect match...
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    M59 bolt-on tool caddy

    Details on fabrication under general topics, customization. Share with my orange friends. Several ground defense plates added. Gas and oil for chainsaw. Container also carries saw wrench, round and flat files, sharpening guide, extra chain, and two wedges. Multi tool hammer wrench...
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    Tire Selection Kubota tire upgrade

    Bought a used M59 about three years ago. Idea was to replace my aging ag tractors and backhoe. No end to the comparison between R1 and R4 tires. Complicated by the tremendous lift strength of the FEL. 1000 hours had worn the fronts. I first grooved the worn tires to improve traction in mud and...