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 07-18-2006, 22:44 Post: 132356
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I'm not asking the obvious stuff -- wanted to know if you can do much digging with it? I would like to clean out some ditches and move some dirt around to landscape and all of this requires me do dig it out. Soil is not too hard in that it contains a good bit of sand. Was told today by Kubota that the FELs are not for digging just moving lose stuff around.

Is this true? thanks






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 07-18-2006, 23:53 Post: 132357
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Generally that's true that the FEL is just used for moving material from one place to another but in some limited uses it can dig....somewhat.

If you are using it for digging ditches, it will clean ditches but not really "dig" them. You can clean a ditch by approaching the ditch perpendicularly with the tractor, curling the bucket down and once it reaches the bottom, curl it up as you drive forward slowly to apply more digging pressure. This process of course will only dig the length of the FEL and only an inch or two with each pass. If you have much ditch to clean, it may take a while, but it will clean the ditch in this manner fairly well. And again if it is also not very deep.

If you are digging a new ditch, it really isn't an effective tool.

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 07-19-2006, 00:07 Post: 132359
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John,

I re-read your post. You said you were not asking the for the obvious and I stupidly gave you the obvious answers.

If you have mostly sandy soil it will "dig" fairly OK but for what purposes? It is hard to control the FEL for an even dig. To get it to get a purchase and begin to dig, it needs a downward angle and once you start the downward angle it tends to want to continue down so when you angle it up to stop that, it tend to want to continue up so you end up with a very uneven dig.

A FEL will "dig" if the soil is loose, but not a very controlled or pretty dig.

I think it will do a decent job cleaning your ditches, slow but decent. Other uses? What do you intend to dig with it?

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 07-19-2006, 07:35 Post: 132362
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In my opinion, the FEL is the most important accessory on a tractor. I would however think that cleaning out a ditch is not one of its functions.

When you are digging with an FEL, you only tip the bucket slightly. With the boom arms in the full down position and the bucket tilted a couple of inches, the tip of the bucket is then only about 6" beneath the plane of where the tires are driving on. So if the ditch is 3 ft. deep you will never be able to reach the bottom unless you drive way down in it. You will need another tractor to pull it back out.

If the ditch has any depth to it, you will need a BH. If it is really deep you will need the extend a hoe feature to get more boom extension.






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 07-19-2006, 09:00 Post: 132366
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If I had to pick a manual tool as an analogy to the FEL it would be a grain scoop or a snow shovel.

Put your foot on the back of one of those and it will bend, but there is nothing better for scraping the floor clean or scooping loose material.

For cleaning ditches you should look at a backhoe with a wide bucket.






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 07-19-2006, 11:40 Post: 132376
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Thanks, for all the replies. Seems the dealer was right. While my ditches aren't over 2 ft. deep I wanted to put in a number of metal road pipes so I could then fill in with dirt to drive over (tired of runing through the water and mud during winter) Also have a number of large rocks around edge of fields that need to be moved and I'm sure it would do that job. Further I have a lot of old terrace rows some of which I would like to dig up and landscape nearby with the dirt - soil isn't hard but has grass growing on it. It just seems that a lot of FEL are being sold - pointed out to dealer the Kubota description of every model being required to dig hole large enough to bury the tractor.






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 07-19-2006, 11:46 Post: 132378
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The FEL will cut the terrance rows if you point the bucket straight down, lower it and let the weight of the tractor peel off a chunk of dirt.






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 07-19-2006, 12:19 Post: 132380
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The FEL is a great tool for the CUT. But it does have it's limitations. I have used my to dig, but it's only an inch or two at a time. Now, in burying your culverts, it will work awesome if the fill dirt is in a pile. I've done that with great success.

It's also usefull for picking up dog poo. Not like that, but I park it nearby the piles and shovel them into the bucket by hand. Then I take it for a drive and dump it near a fresh gopher mound.

I've used it for leveling work by angling the bucket and going backwords. It lifted the new 3 pt tiller out of the back of the pickup. Hauled mulch, etc. Good tool, but digging is not it's main strength.






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 07-19-2006, 13:30 Post: 132385
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Again thanks, since it also requires 4WD which may not be needed on most jobs, that and the FEL is a large cost increase. Have any of you felt like it was not worth the cost or are all pleased with what you can do with the FEL. I have also have people tell me they would never buy 2WD again.






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 07-19-2006, 14:01 Post: 132386
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You will find that the FEL is a big wheel barrow that has a 1000 uses while saving your back and other muscles. I would never want to be without one again. Smaller tractors require the 4WD to take advantage of their power. They are light compared to large farm tractors and therefore require 4WD for their power to weight ratio. In my opinion 4WD and an FEL are a must. The big question is what size do you need?






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