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upgrading 8N

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Grapeview8n

05-19-2017 18:42:41




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The time has finally arrived. They will be delivering my Kubota L3901 next week. I'm happy and sad all at the same time. It will mean retiring the '50 front mount 6v N that has been the workhorse for road maintaining, heavy lifting and landscaping for many years. My father in law bought it 35 or 40 years back from an uncle who owned it for a long time. The Kubota will have a loader and backhoe, 4WD and hydrostat. My wife is looking forward to all the new "jobs" the tractor can do for her!
Anyone in the PNW interested, I have a good runner '50 with well earned patina, and '49 non-runner that's still pretty much good looking. I've scavenged pieces from the '49 as I've needed them, but it's still fairly complete.
I'm going to miss the great help and advice from all the knowledge base available here. Dell, Zane, Hobo, TheOldHokie and Bruce to name just the tip of the iceberg. It's been all of you that have helped me keep the old girl running like a top and working like a dog. Thank you all!
I've searched long and hard, and haven't found an equivalent site for new tractors. There are a few places, but none formatted like this one that are easy to use and find what you're looking for. If anyone has suggestions as to where to go, I would be thrilled to learn there's someplace I've overlooked. I may still lurk around, I feel like I know you guys even though we've never met. You all have a great summer, and God bless.

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TheOldHokie

05-21-2017 06:35:44




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 Re: upgrading 8N in reply to Grapeview8n, 05-19-2017 18:42:41  
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Here is one Kubota specific forum - there are several others:

Everything Orange

TOH



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Grapeview8n

05-21-2017 21:09:38




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 Re: upgrading 8N in reply to TheOldHokie, 05-21-2017 06:35:44  
Yes, found that one. It seems to be one of two good ones I've found so far. Thanks.



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Bruce (VA)

05-20-2017 15:26:22




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 Re: upgrading 8N in reply to Grapeview8n, 05-19-2017 18:42:41  
You are hearing some very convincing arguments from others as to the logical reasons why you should always have an N around the place. I'll offer my rationale: a man can never have too many tools, tractors or guns. ;)



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HFJ

05-20-2017 14:46:58




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 Re: upgrading 8N in reply to Grapeview8n, 05-19-2017 18:42:41  
The edit feature has not been available to anybody for quite some time now

...which enhanced the backslash festival.



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Caryc

05-20-2017 13:24:24




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 Re: upgrading 8N in reply to Grapeview8n, 05-19-2017 18:42:41  
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The edit feature has not been available to anybody for quite some time now.



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Dean

05-20-2017 13:51:43




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 Re: upgrading 8N in reply to Caryc, 05-20-2017 13:24:24  
Thank you.

I was unawares as I use Modern View only to edit, which I do rarely.

Dean



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Jimmyjack

05-20-2017 12:29:15




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 Re: upgrading 8N in reply to Grapeview8n, 05-19-2017 18:42:41  
Ive got a 3901 and you will love it! One of the best pieces of equipment I have ever purchased. Dont care too much for the exhaust regeneration, but it works.



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Grapeview8n

05-21-2017 21:14:29




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 Re: upgrading 8N in reply to Jimmyjack, 05-20-2017 12:29:15  
Awesome to hear. I researched as much as I could to be sure I would be happy. As far as the regen, I work for the Chev dealer, so it's not new to me. I'm just thrilled I don't have to buy DEF fluid for it.



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Ed S. (IL)

05-20-2017 12:00:53




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 Re: upgrading 8N in reply to Grapeview8n, 05-19-2017 18:42:41  
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Quoted Bill, but echo most of the other comments. My Kubotas are both mowers (ZG227 zero-turn and a TG1860G rider). My loader tractor is a 2010 NH Boomer 8N (50 hp). Having a loader tractor opens up a lot of "scope," especially with a quick-mount coupler. I have a material bucket, pallet forks and a manure fork (so far). The Boomer 8N runs the baler now, which means the '50 8N is freed up for hay rake and hay rack duties without implement changes. I used to do it all with the '50, but it sure was a lot of work, and some jobs were right at the edge of what the old 8N could do.

Both of my tractors have use cases where they excel, and I wouldn't want to get rid of either. I think you'll regret not keeping an 8N around at some point!

es

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Hobo,NC

05-20-2017 10:59:45




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 Re: upgrading 8N in reply to Grapeview8n, 05-19-2017 18:42:41  
Forks make everything a one man show, engines, transmissions, air compressors most anything one man a tractor and a set of forks... Besides its a tax write off :D



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Caryc

05-20-2017 09:39:59




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When I bought my MF202, it came with this fork lift front end on it. It also came with a bucket. My 8N and this MF both have the same loader on them but the MF has double acting cylinders on it so I put the bucket on the MF. Don't have much use for the forks but if needed it takes only a few minutes to pull the three pins to remove the bucket and put the forks on it.

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HCooke

05-20-2017 05:21:39




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 Re: upgrading 8N in reply to Grapeview8n, 05-19-2017 18:42:41  
I have had a Kubota 3410 for 18 years. Hydrostatic and power steering, and front loader. I still have some fords for light work. I keep a box blade on the Kubota most of the time. Not easy to change implements. I would keep the 50 8N for plowing and disking chores.



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Dean

05-20-2017 10:17:48




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 Re: upgrading 8N in reply to HCooke, 05-20-2017 05:21:39  
If one has the storage space, there's much to be said for a tractor for every task in order to avoid changing implements.

I keep a HD box blade on the 55, 860, a boom pole on the 64, 4000, a 5' rotary cutter on the 51 8N, and a carryall on the 52 8N. None of these implements have been removed from these tractors in five years or so.

The three Kubotas do all of the real mowing and FEL work.

The down side, of course is required storage space and maintenance expense.

I find myself buying at least one new battery each year. I replaced the failed battery in the 51 this morning. Checked the dates on the other Fords and expect I will be replacing the batteries in the 64, 4000 and the 55, 860 this year or next. It's always something.

That said, I bought my B1750 Kubota new in 1994. Since that time, it has needed NOTHING aside from routine lube, oil and filter service and a new battery about every 7 or 8 years. NOTHING. Not so much as a fuse, lamp or fan belt. NOTHING. That's quite impressive for 23+ years. Yes, I do maintain it well, keep it inside and avoid abuse.

Dean

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Dean

05-20-2017 12:56:59




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 Re: upgrading 8N in reply to Dean, 05-20-2017 10:17:48  
Unable to edit, even in Modern View, though joined in 1998. Why?

In any event, "...have been removed from these tractors,..." should be "...have not been removed from these tractors...."

Dean



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NoNewParts

05-20-2017 03:58:19




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 Re: upgrading 8N in reply to Grapeview8n, 05-19-2017 18:42:41  
congrats

I'll add another voice to keeping a Ford around too.

My loader-backhoe-HST-4x4 tractor comes out to do the rough work.

Then a Ford takes over with the blade and rake to finish it.

I remember the dealer showing me how easy the backhoe would come off...told him don't bother, it'll never be off....I have other tractors..

A loader, backhoe tractor is a long machine, it's handy to have a little tractor around for little jobs.

also, plus one on the forks....so valuable that if I had to choose between the bucket or the forks....I'd keep the forks.

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JMOR

05-19-2017 22:42:50




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 Re: upgrading 8N in reply to Grapeview8n, 05-19-2017 18:42:41  
Better keep at least one N. Down the road you will know why, as when you really need a tractor right now!



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Dean

05-19-2017 20:28:01




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 Re: upgrading 8N in reply to Grapeview8n, 05-19-2017 18:42:41  
I have 3 Kubotas.

Though I've kept 4 Fords for various tasks and/or hobby projects, you will not look back.

The exception might be heavy tillage. Hydrostats are VERY inefficient and not well suited to plowing, discing, etc.

Dean



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Dell (WA)

05-19-2017 20:26:52




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 Re: upgrading 8N in reply to Grapeview8n, 05-19-2017 18:42:41  
GrapeView.......are you familiar with Capitol Press outta Salem Ore? My wife spotted an adv fer tractor sale in Lebanon, Ore and INSISTED I drive 200-mi from Mt Rainier (Roy) to check it out. Ended up being part of divorce settlement. Seller was a professional diesel truck mechanic and had rebuilt the 8N tractor. I borrowed a flatbed trailer and away I went. I had it fer 3-years before I found the 3rd speed in the Sherman aux tranny. (frown) I got into the sheep business so I could train my Australian Shepherd dog fer trials against Border Collies. Sold my wool to Pendleton in Portland, who resold it to Afghanistan or some place like that. I grew up in Indian country (New Mex) and was familiar with Navajo rugs. Can you imagine tossing a 100# wool bag (BIG gunny sack) into the backend of a pick'em-up and driving 1200-mi to sell it to some reservation trader? Me neither. FYI, 1st bag of wool I sold, I got $1.12/lb; last bag I got $0.23/lb. (same whiteface sheep) I gott 2-bags inna the barn and am outta the sheep and wool biddness. (sigh) and my dog died........Dell

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Bill M. from Illinois

05-19-2017 20:19:59




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 Re: upgrading 8N in reply to Grapeview8n, 05-19-2017 18:42:41  
I'm with Hobo on this, I bought a L3400 Kubota but still like the Fords for mowing and garden work (I kept all three). 4WD and loader make it very useful but I like Little fords better for plowing , disking, hay cutting and raking but bush hogging and baling is easier with live PTO. Diesel fuel will get 3 times work done per gallon though. By the way, I absolutely hate kooking up 3 point equipment to Kubota. I have to use heavy piece of pipe and pry equipment or lift arms to hook up.

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Hobo,NC

05-19-2017 19:26:55




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I love my bota but if I had to farm as in plow and cultivate with it , it would be a P.O.S. to do'dat with... For Loader work with HST its like a sore D---K you cain't beat it...
The #1 piece of equipment to add to it is a set of pallet forks :wink: Its a bush hog'n machine.. If it does not have the extendable lower lift arms pass on it... Move up to one that does I will tell you WHY its a beach to hook up a implement to'em with out them... The other mistake I made and will never make again is a tilt steering wheel will be mandatory :!: I am not 7 ft tall with 10 ft long arms the seat that's a P.O.S. is to far away from the steering wheel and I have moved it 2" forward :evil: And I am not a little guy...

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HFJ

05-19-2017 19:08:49




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:lol:

she's gotta drag u, kicking and screaming, to pick them up, eh? :D



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BlackThumbHomesteader

05-19-2017 19:03:42




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 Re: upgrading 8N in reply to Grapeview8n, 05-19-2017 18:42:41  
Where abouts in the PNW? I've got some room that my wife would LOVE to have filled with more tractors.



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Grapeview8n

05-19-2017 19:08:53




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 Re: upgrading 8N in reply to BlackThumbHomesteader, 05-19-2017 19:03:42  
As my handle implies, Grapeview, Wa. I'm south of Bremerton by about 30 minutes, or north of Olympia by about an hour.
We're lucky guys to have wives that like tractors!



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