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Old 08-07-2011, 01:38 PM   #1
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I just bought a new Kubota BX 2360 with loader and a 54" MMM. I started using it to mow my lawn and also my 4.5 acre field that has been cut with a bush hog until last year. I am mowing with the deck a 4". Maximum thickness of any saplings is 3/4 of an inch. The MMM does not cut very well tall and thick grass and saplings Also noted that the temperature of the tractor can go close to the red line. I stopped mowing when that happened and let the machine cool for several hours before starting it again. Would I be better wit a bush hog. What is the maximum size that this tractor can pull. I found a 40'' King Kutter on Graigslit. Seems pretty small. Also what is the HST fan? Do I need to protect it as recommended on some website? Thanks for any advice to a novice.
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Welcome to the forum, Tchinkubota. Hope you enjoy your visits. I think you will get some good advice and suggestions in the Kubota and accessories forums. Good Luck!
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Old 08-07-2011, 10:16 PM   #3
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Tchinkabota, welcome to the forum! You would probably find that a brush hog would work better as MMM are not designed to cut 3/4 inch saplings. A brush hog should do it nicely though!
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Old 08-07-2011, 10:39 PM   #4
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Hi, welcome.

The mmm isn't really designed for cutting brush or saplings. I imagine you would dull and knick the blades pretty quickly.

A brush hog / rotary cutter is what you need. 40-48" is usually the recommended size for scuts like yours.

The overheating neds to be figured out. Sounds like the machine is still under warranty, so you might want to get the dealer involvec. Could be any number of causes, but the coolant level should definitely be checked.

The hst fan is for the hydrostatic transmission. It is attached to the driveshaft that comes from the engine back to the transmission. If you get down and take a look under the machine, you will see a little plastic fan just in front of the tranny. As the drive shaft spins, the fan blows air on the tranny and helps to keep it cool.

That hst fan is vulnerable to damage from stray twigs etc. Newer BX units have a shield that partially protects it. Older units may not have had the shield and some folks have added aftermarket protection.
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and congratulations on your purchase. The overheating could simply be a result of air blockage. Your engine is reverse mounted. Make sure the screen in front of your legs is clean, and more importantly, check the screen behind the radiator. Then, blow compressed air down on the radiator fins. As UT stated, the HST fan is easy to break, so definitely check it. If you've been cutting saplings with your MMM you should sharpen and balance the blades.
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Old 08-15-2011, 11:03 AM   #6
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Thank you all for the very informative replies to my post. Since then, I found and bought 40" Kingkutter Bush Hog. It is in decent shape. Paid $350.00 for it. Was this a decent price? I sharpened the blades that had hit several stones! But now the blades need to be be balanced because the bush hog vibrates when turning. Can I still using it with the vibration then balance the blades when I am finished or it is a NoNo to use it with unbalanced blades? But the tractor does not heat up anymore when I am using it with the bush hog.
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Old 08-15-2011, 01:42 PM   #8
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Welcome to MTF! Its a great site with lots knowledge and information, and plenty of nice people to help you along the way
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The vibration is not good for the mower. Vibration tends to loosen bushings, bearings and bolts. I would remove the blades and balance them using a nail in a wall stud or take them to a pro.
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