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Dean    Posted 05-20-2018 at 15:12:36 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Last Chore for the 51
  • The new Kubota replacement was delivered last Thursday, and I've nearly finished prepping it for its new assignment.

    Today, before removing the 5' rotary cutter from the 51, I took it out for it's last chore to make sure everything worked as intended (I already knew that it would) and for a bit of seat time with an old friend.

    This week, I'll mount the cutter on the Kubota, set everything up as needed, and try it out a couple of times to gain confidence in the new set up, before posting the ad for the 51 on CL.

    The 51 has been here since 1974, has been and remains a good one and I have mixed emotions, but it's time. Too many machines to maintain and too many batteries to replace.

    I've 5 Kubotas now and the 55 860 with all of the toys is collecting dust. It will likely go within a year.

    Priorities change.


    Dean    Posted 05-25-2018 at 16:43:50 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • First Chore For New Kubota
  • Folks, I know that this thread is getting old but I thought I'd post an update.

    Yesterday, I finally got around to setting up the 5' cutter, previously used on the 51 8N, on the new B3350 Kubota and tried it out.

    OMG! It's much better than I imagined.

    My 51 is in very good condition and has a Sherman combination transmission but the little Kubota (27 PTO HP, same as a good late model 8N) is so much more modern, user friendly, easier to use, etc., etc., etc.

    Of course, it should be as it is over seven decades newer. It also cost about 10 times what I hope to realize when I sell my 51 (LOTS of options and accessories).

    Yes, it's 6 or 7 hundred pounds lighter than the 51 and will need front weights (I have a full set not installed) for some of the chores that I used the 51 for but I will get the work done quicker and it will be easier on me. It is also more versatile and I will be able to use it for other tasks in the off season that the 8N was not well suited for.

    FWIW, I also have a 52 with just over 1,000 original hours and Sherman combination transmission that serves as my quad. I will never sell the 52.


    Tony C    Posted 05-20-2018 at 20:49:10 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Last Chore for the 51
  • Hi Dean,

    Sounds like you have a commercial operation. Sod farm, equipment rental, farming operation etc. New technology replacing old. Uniformity of equipment makes production more efficient. All diesel fleet makes fuel storage less expensive. Permits etc. Less chance of employees misfueling equipment. Less chance of operators making mistakes operating the equipment, hooking implements or modern equipment not compatible with an older power unit. Hydraulics, etc. Single source equipment repair and maintenance. Fewer parts in inventory. Not having to wait for parts for an obsolete piece of equipment when it goes down and is really needed.

    Sell it. Someone who can use it for a one tractor mowing, truck farm or horse operation can use it. Or a collector who will paint it, pet it and show it.


    Dean    Posted 05-20-2018 at 22:32:38 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Last Chore for the 51
  • No. Nothing commercial. Not even farming. Just mowing at my place.

    The Fords have become hobbies within the past several years but priorities change.


    Ben R    Posted 05-21-2018 at 20:44:30 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Last Chore for the 51
  • Hey Dean. Are you saying that you have 5 Kubotas just for mowing your place?

    Dean    Posted 05-21-2018 at 22:22:12 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Last Chore for the 51
  • Yes, but one is an RTV and another is used mostly for mowing the lawn.

    I pull 5, 6, and 7' cutters and will soon replace the 7' with a BW. I don't like to change mowers.


    Tony C    Posted 05-21-2018 at 08:39:12 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Last Chore for the 51
  • Thanks Dean, I understand. I went through that with classic cars. I culled the fleet to one several years ago. I've got a couple of tractors now. Pets. Can do most of the work necessary on them standing up or with enough clearance underneath to move around.
    ......and parts are a lot less expensive.

    Sometimes I feel like the Carol Brunett skit when they spoofed "Gone With the Wind. When she came down a staircase wearing green curtains complete with the rod and said casually, "I just couldn't resist." Happens with equipment.

    Jim    Posted 05-26-2018 at 21:39:52 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: Last Chore for the 51
  • I understand about priorities. My wife and I just recently sold our last horses-have had as high as a hundred miniatures as well as cows, hogs, goats and chickens. Now just one house dog. Mainly due to my health, ongoing battle with cancer. Been pulling fencing and gates (probably had close to 80 gates). Wanted to make it easier for wife to deal with in the event... but I am still kicking and working everyday. Maybe I am just sentimental but kinda sad to see chapters closing out of one's life.

    Buddy    Posted 05-20-2018 at 17:26:14 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Last Chore for the 51
  • You be better off keeping the Ford.

    Dean    Posted 05-20-2018 at 22:35:35 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Last Chore for the 51
  • Not any more.

    I still have a 52 with just over 1,100 original hours that I will likely keep forever.

    I also have my 64, 4 cylinder 4000 S-O-S with (nearly) all the options that will be my retirement project if I ever get to it.


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