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If I don't use my scut every day the out riggers have a habit of drooping, got tired of it and found my solution, got out my RA grinder and using a new grinding disc cut a slot in the pad, with the pad flipped in the travel position the groove is in the outside back corner, about 3/4" deep then got a piece of 1/4" link chain that would hook into each slot while going over the control panel so I wouldn't have to listen to it rattle around while using the hoe I put the chain inside a skinny bicycle tube.

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Good solution Duckman. Maybe you can post a picture for the guys. :thThumbsU

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I use bungee cords during the winter to keep the stabilizers from drooping when I have the snow blower mounted and cab installed, as it is a pain to start the tractor and then exit the cab and go around back to raise the stabilizers with the controls whenever I need to blow snow. During the warmer weather when the cab is not installed I just reach back and raise them each time I start the tractor.

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Read this thread the other day.... I too was tired of my outriggers creeping down. Have to push them up a few inches every week or so. Great idea to use the chain in the slot of the pads. Before grinding into the outrigger pads, thought I'd try something to see if it worked. It's pretty simple and after a week of testing has held up fine - and no grinding involved. It would also work with the reversible pads that some have on their outriggers.....

I took the two big cotter pins the keep the pad retaining pins in place on the outriggers, and bent the long leg of the cotter pin back a bit further on each cotter pin. (Please see the first picture) The extra bend is just enough to slip a piece of lightweight chain over the bent cotter pin leg and keep it in place under tension between the two outriggers. Those cotter pins are pretty stout and won't bend back under the creep of the outriggers. At least they haven't yet after a week of testing.

The chain I used is the chain that comes with many fluorescent light fixtures. Yea, it's pretty light weight, but is actually fairly strong. More than enough to hold the outriggers from creeping. There is just enough slop in the setup to allow you to push up on one of the outriggers enough to slide the chain off one cotter pin, then it will fall off the other cotter pin and away you go. An added plus is that the chain just clears the BH control pedestal. Please see the last couple of pictures.

In the process of doing this, I noticed something that I'd not noticed before. The outriggers are not mounted symmetrically on the backhoe frame. Thought at first it was just an optical illusion. But the right hand outrigger (from the driver's seated position) is actually welded to the BH frame about 3/4" further aft than the left outrigger. the two outriggers are also welded to the frame at a slightly different angle. So the combination of the more rearward attachment to the BH frame and the different angle positions the right PAD abotu 1-1/2" further back that the left pad (in the raised position).

Given all the attention to detail Kubota has built into the BX series over the years, I found this to be a little surprising. You'd think they'd have a welding jig to set everything in place symmetrically when welding up the BH frame and outrigger arm mounts. If they do, or did with the BX23, something got askew when they welded up the BH frame on my 23. Has anyone else ever noticed this? The end difference is not THAT much, but it is noticeable.


Here's the pics of my anti-creep setup...

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