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Kubota Pushing some Snow

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by dan6399, Oct 8, 2009.

  1. dan6399

    dan6399 Member
    Messages: 87

    I just bought a Kubota B3200 and would have to have it sit all winter. Id like to have it in one of my lots this winter and would put around a 7-8' plow on it for tighter spots. My problem is I dont have an enclosed cab. Do you think its reasonable and safe to have someone use this without a cab? I know I used to shovel up to 8 hours a storm but I was moving around not just sitting. Does anyone have a Kubota they use? How does it work for them?

    Thanks!
     
  2. lawn king

    lawn king PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,070

    Having used 3 kubotas on snow over the last decade, i will give you MHO. Curtis cab, worth its weight in gold for snow operations. 8 ft. blade on your machine is a dream! I ran a 5 ft on my b7500. Im running a GL 3540 hsdc now and i wouldnt even put an 8 on that! Put an 8 footer on that machine and you will save on fuel as you will be in the same spot all winter.
     
  3. dan6399

    dan6399 Member
    Messages: 87

    Thanks for the reply. So would a 6' Plow be better on the machine? The cabs I looked at seemed very pricy for what they were.

    Thanks
     
  4. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    IMO you could use it in a pinch with no cab but you will be hating life if you use it regularly.
     
  5. lawn king

    lawn king PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,070

    Curtis cabs cost a few bucks but they are well made and the heaters rock. If you mount up a 5 foot plow on that tractor, you will have a good strong snow moving machine.
     
  6. KCLawnTamer

    KCLawnTamer Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 53

    I had a B7800 last year we used in smaller lots for loading ramps. I didnt have a cab for it and it wasnt bad, but you guys get alot colder and more snow than us here in Kansas.. We dont usually get more than 4" at a time. It did ok though. I had a 6' blade on the back and the kubota front mount snow blade on the front.
     
  7. QuadPlower

    QuadPlower PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,056

    If you don't spend the money on a cab (and Curtis is very good) then spend the money on a good pair of snowmoblie bib cover alls. Carharts are great, but the snow melts on them and they get wet. You will enjoy the tractor/blade combo
     
  8. dannyslawn

    dannyslawn Senior Member
    Messages: 106

    I have an L48 with a Curtis cab and heater and my guys love it.
     
  9. oldmankent

    oldmankent PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,318

    I would think after plowing with it in a storm once you would want a cab. Also, I think 7' blade on that machine tops. I have a 6' blade on a 28 hp ford tractor. It does ok. How about a front mount snow blower that runs off the mid pto. That would be handy.
     
  10. lawn king

    lawn king PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,070

    My 1st kubota was a B7500 (21 hp), i had the 302 fel,2019 front blade (60") and a 2650 front snowblower (48"). It was the ultimate side walk machine. The cab was the curtis softside with front wiper and worklights and a heater that would blow hot hot hot! The softside doors came off for the summer and the roof was great protection from the sun & rain.
     
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2009
  11. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill PlowSite.com Addict
    from MA
    Messages: 1,822

    And what size would you be comfortable putting on that machine?
     
  12. lawn king

    lawn king PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,070

    Go to sno-ways web site & click on skid steer blades, there is a format to enter the wheelbase,weight and frame width of your machine. I would start there. Are you looking to fel mount or tractor mount? My B7500 was tractor mounted and shared the subframe with the snowblower. Thats the set up i would go with if you plan to use it for sidewalks.
     
  13. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill PlowSite.com Addict
    from MA
    Messages: 1,822

    I'm going for FEL mount. In an earlier thread I was planning on putting on a pusher, and everyone strongly advised against it for my size machine. So since then, I am buying a skid steer and it comes with a 9 foot plow. So my plan is to put a 10 foot pusher on the skid, and then put the 9 foot plow on the tractor. BUT I am just trying to decide what size to cut that 9 foot plow down to. I was going to take a foot off both sides, and then re weld the vertical support back on each end. I know I can get away with a 7 foot plow on it. I have not plowed with the machine yet, but I have put on over 250 hours on it this season, so I'm well aware of its capabilities, and with a 6 foot bucket, I cannot imagine it only being able to handle a 6 foot plow.
     
  14. lawn king

    lawn king PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,070

    With turf tires and a maxed out weight box, you may get away with a 6.5 I think you will struggle with a 7 just mho. Did you spec out the machine for blade size on the sno-way website? Do you have turf tires or do you plan to use chains?