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 04-01-2004, 07:30 Post: 81776
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A hard cab with provisions for heat, demisting/defrosting, and air if your climate warrants it are very nice to have. The "clipon" 3 pt backhoes pretty much all force you to sit outside of the cab to operate. There are the small construction CUTs; Deere 110 tlb, Kubota B21, L35, L48 which all sit you under the FOPS, and use swivel seats, but I don't think that any have a hard cab option, yet. The only small construction grade tlbs (that I'm aware of) with hoe operated from inside the hard cab are JCB's 108, and the new Bobcat tlb line. But both the JCB and Bobcat are different from what you have in mind, the Kubota.

The Kubota factory cab models are very nice and comfortable, they are in my opnion, worth every cent if most of your work keeps you in the operator's seat, not on the hoe. One point to remember, most factory hard cabs enter and exit only from one side, the left. This can be an inconvenience at times until you get used to it.






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 04-01-2004, 07:38 Post: 81777
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The door I opened and entered was on the right of the tractor, and I *think* there was a door on the left, too. I say this because I asked the salesman about opening to the outside air if I wanted, and he said I could latch the doors (plural) open as well as the large back glass.

I doubt if I'll ever be digging in inclement weather with a backhoe, and if I am it must be some kind of emergency. Thus, an exterior backhoe is fine. I just wanted to make sure a backhoe would still fit and *operate* (clearances, etc) with a cab.






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 04-01-2004, 07:39 Post: 81778
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Jonathin; your question on why someone would'nt want a cab. I have put sunshades on my 4000 series Deere tractors. I kind of enjoy the open air feeling. I've had cabs on farm tractors since the early 70's. The first ones were real crude especially the decibel level and no air cond. The cabs we have today on our 7000 and 8000 series Deere tractors are nearly as quiet as your new pickup, decibel level has ben taken down drasticly. On perhaps a negative note, most madern cabs have minimal windows that can be opened and running with the cab door open just isn't an option. So what this leads to is that if the AC breaks down your done till it's fixed. The heat buildup in a cab from the greenhouse effect is unbelievable, just hop in your car after it's been sitting on a parking lot till late afternoon, same thing. Frank.






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 04-01-2004, 07:57 Post: 81779
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Ok here you go, the draw backs:

1) If you are using the tractor as a wheel barrow stopping and starting it in the summer. The cab will get hot, and not cool by the time you do a short run and stop again. It will also be a pain to open and close the doors as you get in and out and in and out.

2) It will reduce the sounds you hear during operation, slipping tires etc.

3) Reduced visibility all around.

4) Requires a very high garage door, cannot put ROPs down to go into low clearance areas. With a Cab there is no concept of a Foldable ROPS to go into low clearance areas

Pluses:

1) great if you are in field running for hours and hours without getting in and out of the tractor

2)Makes snow blowing painless, although Goretex and Ski Goggles are a cheaper alternative.
3)Commerical operators who have to work in all weather conditions
4)Deadens sounds so you can listen to Credence Clearwater Revival ;>)
5)Looks like you spent alot of money







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 04-01-2004, 10:52 Post: 81788
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Abbeywoods, the Kubota cabs have doors on BOTH sides, if you have the factory FEL the joystick is aback far enough that it is only a minor obstacle to get past and it does come with a lock feature so that bumping it is not a problem for those of us that may be a little 'clorically challenged'.

Hardwood, the only window that doesn't open on my cab is the windshield, other than that every peice of glass is ventilation if I feel so inclined.

Dennis, the only 'drawback' of yours that seems applicable to my machine (based on a few hundred hours experience) is # 2, but that's one of the reasons I got a cab. As for visilibility I don't think it has much if any affect at all, in fact it was a little disconcerting at first because there is so much glass and VERY little frame. Clearance is only in my case changed by 2.1" according to Kubota's spec. sheet and the same data says my unit wouldn't fit into a standard 7' opening anyways even if it was open station.

I don't agree with your 'plus' # 2 either, it doesn't IMHO make snow blowing "painless", it makes it a down-right JOY!

Best of luck.






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 04-01-2004, 11:33 Post: 81792
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For commercial work where you need to be productive in all weather conditions a cab is the way to go.

For a homeowner it is a little tougher decision.






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 04-01-2004, 11:35 Post: 81793
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How about for a homeowner who wants to play in all weather conditions?

Next you'll be trying to tell me I don't NEED a big plasma TV & satelite....... Laughing out loud.

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 04-01-2004, 11:46 Post: 81795
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A cab is obviously just as much of a must have as a Big Plasma TV and a Sateliite Dish, why not put an LCD screen in the Cab as well ! Most of us will never come back in the house.

Hmmmm my wife might go for that cab afterall!






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 04-01-2004, 11:57 Post: 81797
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Actually Dennis that's a touchy subject at my place.

When I realized that I had a 'spare' TV and a glaringly vacant spot in the shop, I naturally thought if I put that TV in the shop and hooked the sound up to stereo I already had out there, then I could keep up with the races on Sunday afternoon AND work in the shop.

Apparently I thought it was a MUCH better idea than my wife did.

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 04-02-2004, 09:30 Post: 81865
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Thanks for the info, Murf, I did not know that there were two doors on the Kubota. That is a nice feature.






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