Re: CS2510 Backhoe
Just wanted to update my experience so far, and also I have one more request for help.
My experience with the dealer was horrendous. They took the tractor for over 3 weeks before even starting to work on it (is this normal for tractor service, for them to require it to be on their lot before they will even put it in line to get worked on?).
This is the dealer that sold the tractor, but I am the 2nd owner. Instead of having them fix the main issue (the chaffed hydraulic lines) and leave it at that, I decided to try and do right by them and also have them do the 50 hr service (which I am capable of handling myself), to try and establish a good relationship with them. They ended up charging me $740 (including pickup/delivery) for the 50 hour service and to fix for the hydraulic line...which their "fix" was... Zip tying the damaged lines off to the side of the pedals where they wouldn't rub further.
The service manager said he spoke to the owner and the owner said "this wasn't a warranty issue." No ####! (I thought but didn't say) Why would Kioti pay you to fix something you installed wrong? So instead they tried to charge me. I calmly explained I was quoted $300 for the 50 hour service and 84 for pick up and delivery and asked them to refund the rest. They refused, I said I would have to initiate a dispute with my CC company and the service manager said "good luck, you ain't seein the money" and hung up.
Anyways, CC company sided with me and I got the difference back from beyond what I was quoted.
However, my hoses are still pretty beat and I should probably post pictures so the hydraulics experts can tell me if this might be an issue down the road. From what I can tell, the rubber is chafed down to what looks like SS braiding, but the braiding itself looks relatively unharmed.
My experience with the tractor, once I finally got it back, continued to be great. Was able to get back to work putting in a 20'x40' paver patio, and then took the backhoe off and have been using it for lots of mowing. It is a wonderful mower; great cut, and takes me about 2/3 of the time it used to. Next up is 4' sub-frost trench to run some water lines out to the fields.
Now the issue...getting the back hoe back on. I had it lined up nearly perfect, but it was skewed just enough that one of the upper hooks wouldn't flip over fully and sit down so the pin could be placed through it. I tried for a while using the hydraulics to shift the hoe and trying to line the tractor up better, but they don't give you much room to work with in that bracket! I eventually gave up as frustration was getting the better of me and I didn't want to get careless.
Anyone have any tips? I think I'll build a dolly for it, and while this will make it easier to position, I think it'll still be significant trial and error moving the dolly, raising the riggers, checking the fit, lowering the riggers, moving the dolly, etc etc. So anyone with the CS series have any experience they can share?
It looks like only the CS has this style of attachment to the sub-frame?
Last edited by jontheram; 09-06-2018 at 03:16 PM.