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Kubota has been building this series of diesel zero turns for the better part of probably 15 years. This is the third major iteration of these machines, the third major redesign that has been done.
We're out here today with the Kubota F Series front mower. Take a quick walk around this machine here. We'll show you some of its features and options. There's some really unique applications for front mowers and we sell them into a lot of surprising applications. A lot of time these are going to places that really have a lot of acreage to mow, where guys are going to be sitting on a machine for six, seven and eight hours.
This is a new model that replaces ZD331. Let's take a quick walk around here I'll show you some of the things that have changed. The ZD1500 incorporates a lot of the features that have changed in the ZD1200 series which we've done a video on earlier that you can see right up here if you'd like to click there to go and view that video. We'll do a couple of things that are actually unique on this model.
These are a prosumer-oriented mower positioned between the commercial V700 series and the residential Z400 series. Take a quick walk around here with me, we'll show you some of the new features on these new models.
Let's take a quick walk around this machine here and we'll show you some of the different features on this four-wheel-drive mowing machine. Well, Kubota has always been known for there compact tractors. They've also always had a line of residential mowing equipment as well.
Mower deck that's out of level can cause a whole host of cutting problems and performance issues. Generally, when a mower deck is out of level, you'll generally see that your one side of your cut is just a little bit higher than what the other side would be, leaving that step at the end of your deck. If you go through a couple steps here with me today we can eliminate that problem, make sure your tractors performing as well as possible.
Neil from Messick's here, out to talk to you today about rototillers and everything you probably ever wanted to know, and then some. We're going to talk through four different things here with you today. We're going to talk through the features of a rototiller if you happen to be shopping for one. The operation of one, if you're actually outputting it into the dirt. The process that you need to go through in order to attach it onto your tractor, and some maintenance tips if you own one today.
We're going to walk around this attachment here to show you some of its features, maybe you're going to find that this is a way that you can really improve your fall leaf collection chores. The TerraKing TKV is actually made locally to us here, right down here in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Kubota B26 - In a Lawn and Landscaping Application
Neil from Messsicks here out to do a little bit of backyard work with you today. One of the fun things is when you have a tractor-based YouTube channel is that all the projects that you need to get done at home become videos. If you come along with me here today we're going to do a little bit of work. I've got an area here that someday I'm hoping to have as part of my backyard.
Today, we're out with the Kubota B-series tractor. I wanted to go through and show you some of the differences between using a mid-mount finish mower and a rear 3-point mounted finish mower and show you some of the differences in these mowers between their different construction and different applications for the varying mowing chores that you may have.
Today, we're out in the parking lot with a Kubota BX series tractor. We're going to go through the steps of taking the mower deck on and off the machine and show you how to install and remove the non-drive over version of the Kubota BX deck. This process is relatively the same on all BX series tractors, whether you're looking at the new 80 series or one of the prior models that have been built over the last 15 years or so.
We're out with a Kubota BX series tractor with a set of R4 tires on it to do a quick demo for you today on the turf damage that is done by an industrial tire. You guys seem to like tire videos. Every one of them that we do seems to solicit a lot of comments and a lot of opinions. We're going to take a little bit more time today and go over the turf damage that happens from an R4
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The Harley rake is the implement that we're going to look at and it's the one that we're going to use in order to take some of the bumps and stuff out of the lawn here so that I can mow across it smoothly. There is a huge variety of soil prep tools out in the industry. We mainly deal in two of them, the FFC preparator and the Harley rake. These are not competitors with one another. They're actually both owned by the same parent company called Paladin.
I've gotten to spend about the last two months putting significant hours on both my LX3310 and an L2501, which have a lot of things in common, but also a lot of differences and so we're going to go around and talk a little bit about my seat time here for the last two months.
Is this the future of mowing. It Looks like something out of "The Jetsons" or something, doesn't it? The little space capsule for mowing your lawn. This is a Kubota ZD mower, but we're going to be talking more specifically about this cab today, an air-conditioned cab that can go onto your mower, that's going to do a couple of things for you. Keep the pollen in off of you, keep the bugs out of your face, keep the grass blowing back on you, and keep you cool all at the same time. I'm going to show you around this. We'll talk about the benefits, but also some of the downsides and complications of installing this on a machine like this. Come along with me today, we're going to take a quick walk around this cool-looking mower.
This is an Epic hydroseeder out of our rental fleet. I'm out here working at my house this weekend. I have an area out here about an acre and a half or so of new lawn that we're putting in. We've come out and we have burned off the weeds with a sprayer in the back of my RTV. We've used an FFC preparator to take off the stones and smooth out the dirt. We've put the seed down in the soil using a Land Pride slit seeder. And now we need to stick everything down and make sure it doesn't wash off. It is a 92-degree, humid, dry day, not the best temperatures for doing grass seeds, but with all of the rolling hills out here I have and stormwater swales, we've got to get this thing stuck down or else we're going to have runoff issues and stuff with the dirt.
This is the GTA 26 handheld pruner. This is a cool little three inch chainsaw that's battery powered that I'm adding to my list of Stihl stuff that I keep in my garage. I actually changed over to a lot of the Stihl battery handheld tools probably five or six years ago. I had a leafblower, a string trimmer, I had a chainsaw for a little while and I'm adding this one now, too.
There's only a handful of implements out there on the market that I would sit and make this statement, that there's anyone in particular that simply the gold standard, the one that's better than everybody else. Generally, there's enough competition between these companies that there's a lot of things that contend for that title.
Neil from Messick's here to show you an FFC preparator. I'm out here in my lawn today, doing a little bit of finish work at an excavation company out here doing some work, and are at the end of their work where you have a job site left over with some bulldozer tracks in it and some rough soils that are not quite ready for seeding. Going to take some time here today, run this attachment for my very first time, and show you how it works in different soil conditions. Now I've talked about power rakes a lot already, and I think it's important that you understand that the manufacturer of this implement would not view a power rake as a competing implement. In most cases, the power rakes are built by this same company. This is an FFC preparator. Now FFC is part of a larger company called Paladin that includes the originator of the power rake, which will be Harley.
Neil: Neil from Messick's here. I'm out with Seth Gantz, one of our precision farming specialists, to show you how to calibrate a sprayer. I have a little bit of work to do. We're going to do a short series here, on going out and taking a field and turning it into a finished lawn. What is essentially my front yard, believe it or not, becomes a YouTube video. One of the things that we need to do in that process is kind of burn off all of the existing grass. Now, Seth is going to help me go over this sprayer here and set this thing up to do it properly so that we're putting this Roundup down at the right rate. Seth is a gentleman who takes care of all the technology, really gets to do all the cool toys, the cool stuff in our business. He gets to play with some cool stuff. He's going to show us the basics of how this has been done for the last number of decades.
Neil from Messick's here to show you what is one of my favorite tractors, a tractor that I actually owned for a short while. This is a Kubota G2160, a garden tractor that was made back in the early 2000s, back when big heavy garden tractors were made. The industry has kind of moved on the subcompacts at this point. This machine was ultimately replaced by Kubota's GR series. But not only is this one of the last big, heavy garden tractors that Kubota made, it also has a really unique bagging system on the rear of it that I think is extremely cool. So today I'm going to walk you around in older tractor here, one that is for sale. You'll find it on the used section of our website. It says a Kubota G2160-R48S.
You just don't see these things around all that often anymore. Good heavy garden tractors have been removed from many manufacturers' product lines. There's clearly not as much emphasis put on those products anymore. So today we're going to discuss the decline of the garden tractor and why you just don't see them that much anymore. We're going to start here by defining what is a garden tractor. If you go and you take tractors in and of themselves, there is a huge spectrum of the different equipment that's out there. Garden tractors tend to be machines that are built for a little bit more heavy-duty work than your typical lawnmower is. You're usually going to still cut grass with your garden tractor. You're going to do it in extreme comfort, usually having things like power steering or some kind of hydraulic or electric lift of that mower deck, but you're going to have a machine with a little bit more capability that's going to start to be able to accept some attachments.
A stump planer is going to drill this stump much in the same way that a spade bit would in the end of your drill. This is an interesting attachment to me for a couple of reasons. When we look at things for our rental fleet, we're often looking for attachments that are going to help our customers have more value from their base unit. I'm not necessarily looking just to rent things and have the reoccurring revenue, but look for things that also add greater value to the attachments that you own, to the things that you would like to be able to use here and there, but can't justify yourself to own. And so I like this thing for that reason.
Neil for Messicks here to bring you along on some of my weekend chores. I've been out here doing a little bit of work around my property, moving a little bit of soil around. We're going to show you the project that I've been working on here, personally. Some of the challenges that I ran into in doing it, and some of the operational techniques here with this equipment that's helped me get this done. This is the driveway here at my front yard. I've lived now at this property for about a year and we had gone through the construction process and I've done all of the prep and landscape work myself using, for the most part, my tractor. What we would've done here, would've been an area out here that I would've leveled off. I would've prepped for seed use. Saw all the videos on that. We had a stone driveway put in by the contractor that was then paved over.
Neil from Messick's here with two special customers. This is Jeff and Lori. We're out today dropping a tractor off, delivering their new machine. We're going to take some time here, have a good conversation with these guys about what the purchase experience was like, what this looks like from kind of shopping for a tractor to actually delivering it, to financing it. Spend some time talking about their equipment and introduce you to some really cool people.
Sometimes it's really cool to see companies doing things simply because they can, right? Because of the things that are possible today, because of what can be engineered, kind of throwing normal conventions and normal sanity out the window and making something awesome because they can. This mower is kind of that for me in the zero turn mower space. The real heart of this machine is down here underneath this back hood, and it is a 48 horsepower CAT diesel. 48 diesel horsepower in a zero turn mower. That is a lot of power. We're very used to selling diesel machines of half this amount of power. Diesel zero term mowers is something that we've been a proponent of for a very long time for a couple of reasons, fuel economy being one, though I'm sure this thing is pretty thirsty. Your typical diesel engines are going to be more torquey, and in a zero-term mower where you got a good constant load of trucking along through the grass, the torque does really help these machines perform well.
We're seeing more and more interest in the idea of a mulcher all the time. We sell many of them on the front of very large compact track loaders, like Kubota's big SVL97, where we're adding cooling packs on the back to deliver all of that hydraulic horsepower down to a very aggressive drum with big teeth. This though is constructed a little bit differently. Baumalight still refers to this as a mulcher, and it does a similar job, but there is some differences in its construction that are going to allow to work on the back of a small tractor. Where those big compact track loader mulchers generally have big aggressive teeth that are going to go and take chunks out of the wood. This uses these much smaller ones so that your little bit lower horsepower is applied over a smaller area, allowing this to go and work its well through and mulch that wood up.