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Old 11-16-2012, 09:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Mama Bought a tractor

My wife wanted a little tractor for moving dirt from one side of our property to the other on a seemingly continuous basis, so she went and bought herself a little Kubota BX2360. 23 hp 3-cyl diesel, front end loader and 48" gannon box with ripper in the back.

Her toy, but I will end up caring for it, any advice on maint and such from folks who know? I know, read the manual... but not everything is in the manual..

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Do the recommended fluid and filter changes, and other than a safety switch here and there, it will be running long after you're dead. I have a 35HP and Dad has an older 28HP model. They've both been pretty abused, and still perform almost like new. My advice, if you can't keep it covered, at least keep the seat flipped up and covered when not in use.
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It's a tractor, make sure it has oil in all the right places. Don't let her ever run out of fuel. During extended periods of time make sure you can fill 3/4 new fuel to top off. Inspect all hoses and fitting after any oppsies. If running through high grass clean the radiator often. Those kubotas have there own grass catcher that they call a grill.
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Filtration is key. Just laid one to rest last year, but it was abused hard for close to 12 years.
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Do the recommended fluid and filter changes, and other than a safety switch here and there, it will be running long after you're dead. I have a 35HP and Dad has an older 28HP model. They've both been pretty abused, and still perform almost like new. My advice, if you can't keep it covered, at least keep the seat flipped up and covered when not in use.
Cleared a spot in the garage. worth more than either of her cars, so it gets tucked in neat and tidy. She even washed it after she moved some dirt for the first time last night.
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It's a tractor, make sure it has oil in all the right places. Don't let her ever run out of fuel. During extended periods of time make sure you can fill 3/4 new fuel to top off. Inspect all hoses and fitting after any oppsies. If running through high grass clean the radiator often. Those kubotas have there own grass catcher that they call a grill.
This one is kinda cool, it draws air from the back of the cowl, and blows it out the front grill. I explained to her about the fuel bit. I also ordered a skidplate because I heard that the trans fan is delicate and in harm's way(and it is).
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This one is kinda cool, it draws air from the back of the cowl, and blows it out the front grill. I explained to her about the fuel bit. I also ordered a skidplate because I heard that the trans fan is delicate and in harm's way(and it is).
Looked at the 2350 when I bought my JD. The location of the air intake was something I really liked on the Kubota... my JD has a screen that I have to clean often to prevent the front-mounted radiator from clogging.

Does the 2360 have the proprietary 3-point still? That was the biggest detractor for me (well.. that and the ergonomics).
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Looked at the 2350 when I bought my JD. The location of the air intake was something I really liked on the Kubota... my JD has a screen that I have to clean often to prevent the front-mounted radiator from clogging.

Does the 2360 have the proprietary 3-point still? That was the biggest detractor for me (well.. that and the ergonomics).

I don't know about proprietary, but it is called a #1 3-point. I didn't like the position of reverse, but I guess it would keep you from hitting it by mistake. Everything else feels fine. Hydraulics are loud at full rpm's tho.
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I don't know about proprietary, but it is called a #1 3-point. I didn't like the position of reverse, but I guess it would keep you from hitting it by mistake. Everything else feels fine. Hydraulics are loud at full rpm's tho.
if it's a true cat-1, great... when I looked at them in 09 they were closer to a 1/2... they couldn't accept cat-1 (or cat-3) implements.
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if it's a true cat-1, great... when I looked at them in 09 they were closer to a 1/2... they couldn't accept cat-1 (or cat-3) implements.
how can I find out? I will search dimensions now..

got it, 3/4" top pin, and 7/8" bottom pins..
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how can I find out? I will search dimensions now..

got it, 3/4" top pin, and 7/8" bottom pins..
you need to know the width of the bottom arms - that's (IIRC) the biggest issue.
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found one reference, 26" wide, checked some implements, and they were all 23-25" so I think it is a cat 1.
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You lucky son of a gun.

I just looked at these. Honestly I think they are more comfortable than the NH, Massey and JD. The new Kubota 70 series are out now with some improvedments I want one but honestly cannot justify it for my property. I also want to look at the new Mahindra Max.
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With you don't mind me asking, what did that set you back? Next year or two I'll be in the market, that looks like the perfect size.
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That box on the back makes my neck hurt just looking at it
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My wife wanted a little tractor for moving dirt from one side of our property to the other on a seemingly continuous basis, so she went and bought herself a little Kubota BX2360.
That statement right there is absolutely cool...
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With you don't mind me asking, what did that set you back? Next year or two I'll be in the market, that looks like the perfect size.
Delivered to our front door- $14,100 and change.

we chose this over the B2320 because it fits through our 48" gates with everything attached.
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Go spend a few hours leveling some dirt with it and you'll find out.

And here's a little hint, if that front end loader has a "float" mode, you'll find that it's WAY better for leveling dirt than the box blade. I use the box/scarifiers to loosen up the dirt, then turn around and use the FEL to put the dirt where I want it and level it.
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Go spend a few hours leveling some dirt with it and you'll find out.

And here's a little hint, if that front end loader has a "float" mode, you'll find that it's WAY better for leveling dirt than the box blade. I use the box/scarifiers to loosen up the dirt, then turn around and use the FEL to put the dirt where I want it and level it.
it does, and I will!

I know I need to level a spot to put up a 40x16 awning to park toy hauler under, I will be learning all sorts of new things...
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I've got basically the same tractor with the hoe, the BX25. It is an awesome little machine. General maintenance is as you would expect, I haven't done anything else to mine. My only complaint is the power to weight ratio. That little hoe can lift some amazing things (I've pulled at least 30 stumps) but could do a lot more with some more weight. The FEL is the same way, I picked up a large pine stump with the FEL and driving across the yard on a little slope and the back tires lifted off.
I highly recommend being very careful with it for awhile. It has more power than I expected for its size and that can put you in a pickle pretty darn quick.
And, as said above keep an eye on the fuel. It drinks so little, it's easy to forget about it.

Congrats on the purchase.

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I've got basically the same tractor with the hoe, the BX25. It is an awesome little machine. General maintenance is as you would expect, I haven't done anything else to mine. My only complaint is the power to weight ratio. That little hoe can lift some amazing things (I've pulled at least 30 stumps) but could do a lot more with some more weight. The FEL is the same way, I picked up a large pine stump with the FEL and driving across the yard on a little slope and the back tires lifted off.
I highly recommend being very careful with it for awhile. It has more power than I expected for its size and that can put you in a pickle pretty darn quick.
And, as said above keep an eye on the fuel. It drinks so little, it's easy to forget about it.

Congrats on the purchase.
Thanks! That is some good info right there! We were told never to operate the FEL without the box, and I guess we know why..
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Delivered to our front door- $14,100 and change.

we chose this over the B2320 because it fits through our 48" gates with everything attached.
Never realized how pricey those things were. I guess if it's all the bigger you could have to fit through your gates then carry on, but you could buy a real tractor or a real loader for that kind of price!
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Never realized how pricey those things were. I guess if it's all the bigger you could have to fit through your gates then carry on, but you could buy a real tractor or a real loader for that kind of price!
Not new with a warranty, you can't. And when I was shopping, it seemed like you were either going to get something almost new for just a couple of grand less, or something beat to shit for a lot less money.
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