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1984 Kubota L275 - Front-end Loader?

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David Opperman

05-06-2004 07:22:59

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Good morning, folks. I would be much obliged to anyone who might share with me information about front-end loaders that are available for a 1984 Kubota L275 (please note: I am aware of the limitations of this size 2-wheel drive, non-power steering tractor). I have not convinced myself to get a loader just yet; I am just seeking availability information at the moment. I thank you all, very much. David Opperman

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Joe Evans

05-06-2004 08:03:14

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 Re: 1984 Kubota L275 - Front-end Loader? in reply to David Opperman, 05-06-2004 07:22:59  
David: I got your email last week, but returning a response to you proved unsuccessful on two attepts.

Anyway, I got a Bush Hog 2246QT for my L275 last year. Handiest thing since buttons on a night shirt! Why I didn't do this before is beyond me!

I went with Bush Hog because I know the local dealer and the Bush Hog is a good product. The real selling point was that Bush Hog had mounting brackets readily available for a 20 year old tractor. This is important--a loader is a loader, but it's got to bolt up easily to the tractor.

I saved some money by doing the install myself--even picked up the loader at the dealer. Bush Hog has a Kubota orange color offering, but it is the newer color code and will not match our older paint color. I got an orange one, and it looks OK on the tractor if that's important to you.

The loader isn't the speediest thing in the world with respect to bucket dumping, but the 6.7 GPM L275 pump has output enough for satisfactory work speeds. Hey, were not loading out twin screw dump trucks with it, you know.

Lifting power is very good almost to the point where it might have too much. The front axle of the L275 is not the most robust thing in the world. I just travel very slowly with heavy loads so as not to put too much dynamic stress on things.

The steering input force is not objectionable even w/o PS. You will definitely need counterweight! I've loaded my tires and have added a weight bracket to the 3 point hitch and have about 600 lbs hung on it. Most of the time I have a drag blade mounted and some suitcase weights strapped to the blade frame. Hey, it works!

The set up isn't the best for digging. The concept of this loader is for handling loose material, and it shines when used this way.

Having a loader at one's beck and call has opened up tons of options on how I get things done now. I do a lot of tree clean up and handling logs is now a pleasure instead of a milk-straining pain. Don't tell anyone, but that loader is great scaffolding. Keep us posted.

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David Opperman

05-06-2004 13:19:31

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 Re: Re: 1984 Kubota L275 - Front-end Loader? in reply to Joe Evans, 05-06-2004 08:03:14  
Joe, thanks so very much for writing. Our email server has been giving up the ghost on us recently. They are great when they work. If I am not imposing too much with such a question as this - what is the cost neighborhood of the loader (I will need to prepare the lady of the house)? I also read the past, posted messages about your loader experience and I shall take it to heart. Again, I thank you very much for replying and helping me. David

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Joe Evans

05-06-2004 14:05:14

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 Re: Re: Re: 1984 Kubota L275 - Front-end Loader? in reply to David Opperman, 05-06-2004 13:19:31  
I paid around $3050 total for it. But remember that I was able to keep the purchase price down because of the installation work I took on myself. I bought the loader in March 2003. With the steel market as volatile as it is, expect some price increase.

I just went and got the loader for wifey retaliation. She went and got some new furniture, but really frowned on me lusting after a Ferguson 35 Diesel Deluxe. Since the loader was more justifiable (new item on a newer tractor) she didn't say much. Just tell your wife, "Honey, I'll get things done so fast now, I'll have time to go shopping with you!"

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To Joe From David

05-07-2004 11:34:42

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: 1984 Kubota L275 - Front-end Loade in reply to Joe Evans, 05-06-2004 14:05:14  
Hello again, Joe. I am positive proof that God takes care of fools. I am a lucky, lucky man to have one of those wives who wants the loader more than I. She is an outdoor girl whom you have to fight to get into a shopping mall. I am afraid that I will break her heart when I tell her that we are looking at more than $3,000.00 for the loader. We are getting the tractor for free. I hestitate to admit this, but here it is: I am one of a billion lawyers in the world - common as pig tracks - and a friend (who insists on being a client in a business endeavor of his own) is "giving" it to me as a "fee." The "quotes" are because I have refused to accept anything from my friend as a "fee," so we have agreed that the tractor is on permanent loan. I have to tell you that I have enjoyed getting your messages - you are very helpful. I have had enough of the necktie today, so I am going home to get on the mower. Again, I am much obliged to you. I have a friend who works at Seal Tractor in Woodville, Mississippi (we live in St. Francisville, Louisiana) and I have called him for a quote on the loader. I'll write you back with what he tells me (if my heart is still beating). Please enjoy your weekend. David

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Joe Evans

05-10-2004 08:45:46

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: 1984 Kubota L275 - Front-end L in reply to To Joe From David, 05-07-2004 11:34:42  
You're a lucky man, indeed, to have a wife that enjoys the outdoors. For some reason, my two brother and I ended up marrying 'urbanites', and we sometime have to buck the sytem when our tractor interests and time get a little out of hand.

My wife has worked in the legal field for nearly 30 years, and almost without exception the attorneys I've met wouldn't know how to put a cob handle on a file. You would be a rarity in my experience.

There are some things with respect to the hydraulic hook up you'll need to know about. For starters, there are a couple of ways to tap in to the system. The best way and easiest, is to visit the local Kubota dealer and order a remote hydraulic adapter block. It bolts up nicely and is a neat arrangement. The adapter block furnished with the Bush Hog kit...well...I had no clue what it was supposed to fit. It sure didn't fit the L275! It was no big deal to me as I had already gotten the factory adapter. Once this is installed, everything else will appear fairly straightforward.

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