Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by stanleyjohn, Nov 18, 2012.
Honda Rubicon and HF trailer.
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Between the Kubota, J.Deere Gator, and the Polaris 500 I'm set:
John Deere 5400 with a loader and chains. Its the perfect tractor for the woods -its 68hp and has an open station so no broken glass.
Honda Foreman ATV with small trailer . . . which I then haul the wood to my pick up or pick up and trailer.
Most of the wood I cut myself is moved out by me! End over end or carry. It's bull work, but you do what you have to in order to get the wood. Once I get it to the process area, I can use my lawn tracktor and cart to move it to stack area.
My back my legs and my brain along with a sled a dolly and a little helper niece sometimes. Then it goes into my truck a lot of work but for a few weeks a year I am ok with it. Besides it makes the warm winter fires even more worth it. Soon I will have my 95 Ford Ranger 4*4 restored and I will be able to have the luxury of a 4*4 for the first time in years.
Sounds like what i do! I do have some trails in my woods but they are not wide enough in many areas for a tractor or ATV.Stone walls,and some pretty rocky areas make it hard to widen the trails.So for now i either hand carry or use a wheelbarrow to get the wood to the splitting /stacking area.
Woods to stacks:
hey! I love your hand truck mod! I have used mine but go over a big rock and timber. Ill have to try that with mine.
Thanks it works great for rounds I am going to make the tires bigger and extend the axle for this winter I think maybe even a ski mod.
Here's mine, can move pallets of wood out to season then up to the house. Can also move large rounds and logs with it. Just bought it this year and love it so far.
Thou this is not all of my toys...its what I use the most...just pick the right size truck/tractor with the right size trailer and go.
There's no way you own a 6x4 Gator and a 3320.... Because I don't see any pictures!
(You know the rules.....)
Compared to some equipment posted. This is child's play.
But this is what I use. Try to skid them out when possible. But also cut in the woods
We fill this up 4 or 5 times a year and we are done!
Who's jealous THIS GUY!
How are you liking your RTV500? I have one as well, and lets just say I have a love hate relationship with mine LOL. I've had mine for 2 years and have not had a problem with it. I just wish it had better suspension articulation and more torque in High gear. It is limited to certain types of terrain thats for sure. Hauling and towing it does well.
Currently use an atv and cart to get it to the trailer. Yesterday the wife and I test drove a Polaris Ranger crew 500 and 800. Think we decided on the 500 for the size and price. Gonna sell the at. And wait a couple of weeks so we can surprise the kids.
It's my first Kubota of any kind. I'm not real happy with it. I cranked down the spring preload in the rear one notch which helped the ride. There's no helping the shifting though. I hate the metal on metal shift gate and the banging sound it makes. Mine also doesn't want to go into gear about half the time. I've seen lots of complaints about that, so I guess it's a design issue.
It's definitely under powered in my opinion. 15.6 HP working into a hydrostat just doesn't get it. I think it would do a lot better with 20 - 25 HP.
BTW, a lot of them came out of the factory improperly set up. Having to ease up on the go pedal to climb a hill in high is one of the indicators that the machine needs adjusting. There are instructions on the TractorByNet website on how to do it. They were posted by a couple of frustrated Kubota mechanics in response to complaints that Kubota would not acknowledge the problem and wouldn't or couldn't address it under warranty.
I liked every one of those machines because this is what I have to use:
You must be in good shape Albert!
This is hydraulic driving vs gear driving. It's different. We have a snowmobile groomer which has a hand throttle and a hand forward reverse lever. It's all hydraulic drive. backing off on the speed you are asking it to climb the hill builds the revs back up and gets you back into the power curve of the motor.
Not saying your machine isn't under powered.. but driving a hydrostatic machine is NOT the same as driving something with gears.
Shoulda known better
I've been driving and maintaining hydrostatic machines for years.
You are making the same erroneous assumption that most people make when they have never actually looked at how a Kubota RTV500 is designed, that it is controlled in a conventional hydrostatic manner. It isn't. The RTV500 does not have the typical hydrostatic swash plate control plus separate throttle setup of most hydrostatically driven equipment. Instead, it has a single speed control pedal. The swash plate is controlled automatically.
Simply stated, the speed control pedal is connected to both the fuel injection throttle body and a load sensing servo control. Engine RPM is controlled directly by the speed control pedal, while the swash plate position is controlled by the servo. As the machine starts to ascend a grade, internal hydraulic pressure increases and the servo backs off the swash plate accordingly. The speed drops, of course, but the engine RPMs stay constant. A properly adjusted machine does not require backing off the throttle (speed control pedal) in order to climb a hill under any circumstances.
The only time a change is needed by the operator is from high range to low range. That must be done while stopped and requires the operator to be able make an informed judgment regarding the load being carried or towed and the steepness of the slope to be climbed. High and low ranges are mechanical gear changes.
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