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Old 07-03-2014, 10:17 AM
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Well so far my evaluation of this machine has been positive. The pasture grass area turned out wonderful once a complete cross mowing was completed. Left no real grass clumping and achieved good overall dispersal of the clippings.

After completion of the mowing I went back to a long standing tree stump that I've been mowing around for years. A nudge from the FEL showed that it was vulnerable. So I then nudged it a bit harder with satisfactory results. Moved the machine around about a third and nudged again. Now the stump is rocking. Another third of the way around and a nudge I then had a apx. 10" stump and some roots ready to be scooped up and disposed of.

Then while in the woodlot disposing of my prize I turned my attention to a couple of fair size standing dead dogwoods that died some time ago. I thought myself well why not? Lift the bucket up some and gave one of them a nudge and heard the satisfying sound of roots popping and had a visually leaning tree. A one eighty around and another nudge the other way I had it grounded. Then went to work on the second tree and achieved the very same results. I was then able to hook each tree by the roots with the bucket and take them on down over the hill. I'm thinking I'm liking having this FEL....

After the disposition of the trees and then pushing a few larger dead limbs out of the way. I left the mower at it's highest setting I then proceeded to mow off the woodlot, tall weeds, briers, multiflora, and all. Knocked it all down and found that the deck is suspended high enough that it cleared all the smaller limbs that littered the woodlot.

In the end I'm thinking this Kubota is going to be very useful and so far I've been happy with it's performance but a bit more time in the seat will tell. But I will say at the moment I wouldn't discourage anyone from buying one of these machines.

I had a hard time finding this online. BX2200 owners manual, a bit scrambled but may find useful. Some of the front pages are at the bottom of the PDF.

KubotaBX2200OperatorsManual.pdf

FEL manual

KubotaFrontLoaderLA211.pdf

Belly Mower

KubotaRotaryMowerRCK_60bOR54_22BX.pdf
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Yeah, aren't FEL's GREAT!!!!! I love pushing over dead trees with mine.
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Old 07-03-2014, 12:25 PM
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Glad you're enjoying it!

Pushing trees is fun but you'll find you will be using the "diesel powered wheel barrow" function more.

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Then while in the woodlot disposing of my prize I turned my attention to a couple of fair size standing dead dogwoods that died some time ago. I thought myself well why not? Lift the bucket up some and gave one of them a nudge and heard the satisfying sound of roots popping and had a visually leaning tree.
This is a highly discouraged practice!!!
When you push on a dead tree with your FEL, the top of the tree is going to start to sway (back and forth if you let any pressure off the tree with the FEL). Dead trees have limbs that break off when the tree sways. They always seem aim for the tractor and driver when they come down. It's an easy way to get hurt.
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This is a highly discouraged practice!!!
When you push on a dead tree with your FEL, the top of the tree is going to start to sway (back and forth if you let any pressure off the tree with the FEL). Dead trees have limbs that break off when the tree sways. They always seem aim for the tractor and driver when they come down. It's an easy way to get hurt.
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Yea, I know but unfortunately he's right. As long as the trees are relatively small then knock them over. On bigger trees ... watch out. I was rocking a big ol' pine tree and the top fell out of that thing and missed me by about 3 feet. If it had hit me it would have killed me stone dead, without a doubt.

The thing about these compact and subcompact tractors is that they are capable of doing so much when compared to lawn tractors that at times we tend to overreach. Be careful Bamby. We want you around for quite a while yet.
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I'll be careful I promise..

On that note, can someone answer this question?

If or should I say when I should run this tractor out of fuel are they self-priming? Or is there a special routine I'm going to need to follow to get it primed and up and running again.
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So, you ran it out of fuel already. LOL.

I'm pretty sure most diesel tractors made in the last 20 years are all self-priming.
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It depends on the model and maker but really you want to make sure that you never run them out of fuel. My little Kubota is self priming. You sometimes have to crank it half a dozen times before it starts. My bigger Kubota you have to bleed the air out of the lines before it will start. I do it through the drain valve on the bottom of the fuel filter until the filter bowl is full. You still have to crank it a few times until the fuel gets to the engine. I find that much easier than pulling injector lines and doing it that way.

I haven't run out of fuel in quite some time because it is such a pain to get it up and running again. I don't take chances anymore.
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I was hoping it would be pain-free and easy but you're suggesting it may be otherwise. Normally I wouldn't be concerned about it but the fuel gauge in this tractor swings wildly on the hillsides due to tractor angle and the fuel tank design on this unit. I noticed the gauge can show three quarters going one direction and show below mt going straight back the other way. Hopefully I'll get a real feel or handle on the fuel situation before I do manage to suck her down dry and mt.
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I agree with Frank, it's better to not find out the hard way.

I always top off the tank when I finish for the day. I keep diesel at the barn and at the house so I don't have far to go if I think I need to top up during the day.

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The link to the operators manual you provided above says you will have to bleed the system if you run out of fuel. See the section about fuel capacities, etc.

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I'm around to updating my experience with this purchase. I've now had the opportunity to mow the yard several times with this tractor, and frankly I'm somewhat impressed. Mainly meaning this unit is way more fuel efficient than the Cub ever dreamed of being, I've probably saved ten gallons of fuel (gas) already.

Tried doing some digging with with the FEL and found performance somewhat disappointing as I suspected I would. Previous experience with backhoes frustrated me also years ago. This led me searching for a solution and I'm hoping I chose wisely. Anyway I ordered one of these:



It seemed that everything I could find was positive for this unit and frankly I find the tooth design kind cool anyway. If anyone is interested I ordered it from here: http://bxpanded.com/

Hopefully soon I'll find out how well my new attachment allows this machine to move some earth.
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You'll like your tooth bar. I got one quite a few years ago and have gotten plenty of use out of it.
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