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post #1 of 4 Old 01-31-2018, 09:50 AM Thread Starter
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Seat upgrade?

So, I test-sat-on a Kioti CS2010 over the weekend (my harrowing adventure is documented here: https://www.mytractorforum.com/320-sh...arching-4.html), as I'm gearing up for a SCUT purchase in the spring. It's main competition in my area would be from John Deere, which also got a test-sit (I wasn't going to bother sales reps with a test drive, as I wasn't ready to sign yet). the JD was far more comfortable and natural feeling, but was a tad overpriced by comparison (not by as much as I though though, Kioti needs to throttle back a bit)

I like a lot of things about the Kioti, especially how all the controls are laid out (far more intuitive than JD). One thing I was not wild about though, was the seat. It was immediately clear that it wasn't going to be anywhere near as comfortable as the JD. To that end, I was wondering if anyone had ever looked into replacing it with another seat, be it either aftermarket, from another tractor brand, or from another Kioti model.
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Re: Seat upgrade?

Welcome to the Kioti forum.

If you read through the threads you will see a common theme amongst new owners of CS tractors; and that is the seat sucks. I have to admit that I too shared this perception coming from the comfortable-couch of a Cub Cadet 3000 series, but in time I forgot about it.

Sitting on the seat is one thing, traversing uneven ground or roots is another. If you are coming off a garden or lawn tractor, any SCUT is going to give you a jarring ride. The reason is you are sitting higher on a machine with a higher center of gravity. You're gonna get moved from left-to-right faster and further. So seat suspension is probably more important then static seat comfort. Unfortunately the CS suspension (at least on my 4-5 year old CS) isn't the best. One member on the forum used a lightly inflated inner tube placed between his seat and frame. He claims that this simple solution solved the suspension issue. I've gotten use to it so I haven't tried it, but your question reminds me that there is a solution that I should probably try. I'll buy an inner tube on my next visit to Tractor Supply.

Question for you - what's a CS2010? I see that Kioti has a 2210 and 2510 listed on their website. I wasn't aware of a lower power unit.

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Welcome to the Kioti forum.

If you read through the threads you will see a common theme amongst new owners of CS tractors; and that is the seat sucks. I have to admit that I too shared this perception coming from the comfortable-couch of a Cub Cadet 3000 series, but in time I forgot about it.

Sitting on the seat is one thing, traversing uneven ground or roots is another. If you are coming off a garden or lawn tractor, any SCUT is going to give you a jarring ride. The reason is you are sitting higher on a machine with a higher center of gravity. You're gonna get moved from left-to-right faster and further. So seat suspension is probably more important then static seat comfort. Unfortunately the CS suspension (at least on my 4-5 year old CS) isn't the best. One member on the forum used a lightly inflated inner tube placed between his seat and frame. He claims that this simple solution solved the suspension issue. I've gotten use to it so I haven't tried it, but your question reminds me that there is a solution that I should probably try. I'll buy an inner tube on my next visit to Tractor Supply.

Question for you - what's a CS2010? I see that Kioti has a 2210 and 2510 listed on their website. I wasn't aware of a lower power unit.
Sorry, yes, I meant 2210.

And still, it would be nice to upgrade both the static and dynamic comfort.
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Re: Seat upgrade?

I havn't found a bolt-on seat. BTW, my seat is the 180 reversible that is installed as part of the backhoe kit. I do believe that this seat suspension isn't as good as the standard set.

The best way to judge any SCUT is to go to a dealer and cut their lawn with it. That's what I did. I quickly decided that I hated the Kubota and that I liked the Mahindra. Mahindra wouldn't budge on price, and the Kioti dealer was a great guy. Easy decision.

In my experience, any machine you purchase will require service and assistance from the dealer. All of these machines are very similar (except Kubota) and you're gonna love whatever you bring home, so choosing the right dealer is more important than the ultimate machine.

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