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 04-26-2003, 10:35 Post: 53802
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Just wanted to let everyone know about an incident I had that could have been very bad.

I was mowing up hill with my B2400 that I had just purchased. A 1996 model. I was in low range. All at once to my suprise, the tractor just went straight backwards. It happened so fast that I was traveling backwards so fast that I hesitated to apply the brakes as I thought this would cause the tractor to flip straight back. I tried to steer the tractor around the incline to slow the tractor down. I almost made it. Just as the tractor started slowing down as I approached being horizontal to the incline, the tractor turned over and rolled three times. I had my seat belt on and the ROPS worked like it was supposed to.

When it was all over and I regained my ability to think properly, I saw that the Hi/Lo range shift was in the neutral position. It seems like this should not happen.

Why doesn't the machine have to be stopped and the clutch pushed in to knock this out of gear? Why isn't there some sort of locking mechanism to keep it in gear?

Has this ever happened to anyone else? Is there something wrong with my tractor?

This could have been tragic. As it is, I was not hurt at all.

Any comments or advice on this would be greatly appreciated. I am new to these tractors. I am sure my inexperience played a very large part in the incident, but I did not expect this machine to go out of gear on me.






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 04-26-2003, 12:42 Post: 53804
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My Father's B 2400 1996 did the same thing three times.
Your not alone with this problem.






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 04-26-2003, 12:53 Post: 53806
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Gentlemen -

Sorry to have read about your near catastrophic events. They should never happen. Question, Have either or both contacted your dealer or Mother Orange to identify this situation as happening? Mother orange may have had a retrofit that disables such events from occurring. Just a thought. Glad to hear the ROPS worked!

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 04-26-2003, 13:24 Post: 53808
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My fathers dealer said they do that sometimes , Larry if
hi/lo is not fully engaged it will move but can pop out of
gear on hills it happened to me twice and once to dad he
rolled too I dropped the bucket when it happened to me and that slowed me down






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 04-26-2003, 15:35 Post: 53810
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During the incident, the seal broke on one of the rear tires and I had to get it refilled. I put it back on today and fired the tractor back up. I worked the Hi/Lo shift and I am not able to get the gear shift handle to travel any farther into gear. I also, while on flat ground, was able to bump the shift lever with not much force at all, and knock it out of gear. This doesn't seem like a good design.

I was thinking of a bungee cord to loop over the handle to hold it in gear. Are there any other techniques others have used to prevent the machine from kicking out of gear?

Thanks for your advice.






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 04-26-2003, 16:05 Post: 53812
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I don't believe that this is the way it should be designed. None of the four tractor that I have owned would allow the tractor to move to neutral that easily on the high/low. If anything you had to fight with them. I have never owned a Kubota, maybe Art White or someone else can address this problem.






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 04-26-2003, 17:47 Post: 53817
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I think the bungee cord is a great idea until this gets sorted out.






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 04-26-2003, 20:06 Post: 53822
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Just a thought: with all of the cosmetic plastic on this stuff is there a panel there preventing the lever from moving fully? Any thing stuck in the linkage or interfearing below the lever?






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 04-27-2003, 07:22 Post: 53837
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I would not trust bungee cord to hold lever in place the lever pops out with a lot of force larry if you play with the speed control pedal while in neutral 1st, then try to move lever it might help to move lever did you lose a lot of fluilds when tipped over?






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 04-27-2003, 08:18 Post: 53846
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Unfortunatly these are compact tractors which also includes the operators compartment. Normally I hear of more of this type stuff happening in the winter with big over coats and gloves. They normally would not come out with just load, it would take a small hit by an arm or by the body. It does happen, I'm unaware that there is any updates for this. On another note I happened to stop by a customers place as he was outside his garage with his BX, he thought it was to hard moving his PTO lever thru the notches that Kubota put on the tractor to keep from accidently engaging the deck. He was filing them off, oh well.






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