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 09-19-2004, 19:43 Post: 96837
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I am new to purchasing a TLB and am looking at JD, Ford-NH and Kubota. I think I need 30 HP, 8 foot backhoe depth and 1000 # loader. Have a disability which limits me to using right foot and leg. NO real left leg strength for clutching and/or braking. With this in mind, do any of you experienced folks have any suggestions, recommendations or look out for's.

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 09-20-2004, 08:21 Post: 96866
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Chuck, do you wish to only do TLB work? Do you have any other chores you might wish to do?






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 09-20-2004, 10:08 Post: 96879
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Good Morning Art,
I do have a Kawasaki Mule and a tow behind trail cut mower which I might use with the tractor. But other than pulling some logs on a log skid, no I do not plan to till, etc.

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 09-20-2004, 10:40 Post: 96882
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Kubota's have the brakes and speed pedals on the same (right) side, but they are harder to use.

Deere has the brakes on the left side, but I am thinking it would be fairly simple to rig up a hand lever to the brake pedal so you could operate the brakes with your left hand. This would leave you right hand free to set the parking brake lock, etc.

The brakes on my 4115 do not require much pressure to engage. I can stand beside the tractor and easily press the brake pedal with my left hand and set the lock with the other hand.






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 09-21-2004, 10:11 Post: 96956
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Are we speaking aout hyrostatic drive on all that your mentioned? Any experience with the other JD transmissions? Any advantages over ehydro?

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 09-21-2004, 10:29 Post: 96960
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Yes. All my references are to HST's.

I have never used an E-hydro.






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 09-21-2004, 12:25 Post: 96966
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I've got the hydro on my 4310 I bought 2 months ago. I also have a hydro on my JD325 lawn tractor. I love it. It's so easy to control. Easy to go forward, backward, adjust on the fly for conditions. I wouldn't want to go back to anything else. I don't use the brake (left foot) very much if at all. The 4310 is better at stopping on hills without using the brake.

I can't begin to describe how much better the hyrdo on the 4310 is compared to my old Oliver. On some snow days, my left leg would get fatigued from using the clutch so much to change fwd and bwd. I love it and won't go back. They can't make me go back!!!






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 09-21-2004, 17:41 Post: 96986
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cekramer, I am also limited/disabled on my left side. I chose the JD over Kubota for that reason. Both are very good Tractors in the quality area but for the JD Hydro the Turning brakes are on the Left (and not used much) and has an electric/magnetic pto (on my 4700) just a button that you pull out to engage the pto. The Kubota I tried out had the turning brakes on the same side as the Hydro pedals/right, and on the left had a clutch you had to push in with your left leg to engage the pto. Things may have changed with the Kubota's since I bought in july of 2000 but that's the physical reason I went with Deere.

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 09-21-2004, 18:20 Post: 96988
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Thanks for the info. The braking on hillsides is another decision factor as I will be going up and down some steep trails as I trun them into fire roads. Am I correct in assuming the 4310 hydro does maintain a constant speed down hills? Without the need for braking. Is there a hand break for emergency use?

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 09-21-2004, 18:22 Post: 96989
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Hi David,

What has been your experience with the JD hydro in regards to maintaining a constant speed on steep inclines?

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