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I never have made a thread for my Kubota B5100E so I figured I would. I bought it early last summer and it was my first GT/SCUT. I had just signed the dotted line for a bigger place and needed something to cut a bigger yard.

This was a little overkill but I also wanted to be able to work a decent size garden and the price was decent. It came with an old cobbled together 6" single bottom plow, a cobbled together rear blade, a worn out belly mower and a really nice, almost new 48" Coroni finish mower. It had worn out old mismatched turf tires on the front and the rears weren't much better.

This is what looked like when I went to pick it up.

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After looking and looking I finally found a decently priced set of lug tires.

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Then I decided that I was tired of getting cramps in my hips from the seat being too low and too far forward... So I moved it.

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Last I got a new set of rib tires for the front, loaded with 4 gallons each.

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Bobby, that looks like a great mower set up you have there and you have to love the fuel economy with that diesel.
 
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Thanks Brian. It will flat mow some grass and yes I really enjoy it's fuel efficiency. It burns about 1/4 gallon an hour mowing at 3/4 throttle... can't beat that.
 

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Well I knew you had it and did not think I had ever seen it. After getting my Ford I am sold on the SCUT/CUT Tractors.

And I don't think I would call it overkill at all. They are nice and I'm sure you love it. Don't underestimate the little guy. It may put out less Hp than many GT's used on here( You have Big Belgians not Welsh Ponies) but I bet if you work it, it will surprize you.

I'm thinking one day I will have to replace the 318 for lawn work(the Blue Mule can do the garden and field work) but that's the size I'm looking for to one day replace the 318.

What size tires did you put on the rear? They fill out the fenders like I have never seen on one before(looks great).
 

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So far I've worked her pretty hard pulling a 12" plow, weighted disc and that big heavy finish mower. I have even tugged (steering with my cutting brakes) my 16' car hauler trailer around the yard. She hasn't laid down on me yet... even with those oversized ag's!!

Yeah, I'm happy with how the ag's filled the fenders. I thought the turfs that were on it looked silly. They actually look tighter than they are. I can fit my fingers between the fenders and the tires without touching but I might space the fenders up another 1/2" or so just to make sure. The tires are 7.5-16's and I think they measure about 30" OD. The bolt pattern is 6 on 6" which is not real common, especially in 16" so I had to buy them new.
 

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I think you probably have enough clearance as long as your not pushing snow. Up here chains are a must to push snow and you would surely need more clearance.
 

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Thanks for sharing the pics. I am curious to know what sort of price you paid for it.
 

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Nice setup there! Looks good with the new tires.
 
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Got yourself a honey of a tractor there. Should last you for years and cost next to nothing to operate.
 

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Thanks for the compliments everyone! I'm glad you all like it. After getting my Cub I had thought about taking her off mowing duty but the fuel usage difference is unbelievable. So until I've got one of these baby kubota diesels in a standard GT I guess I'll keep on splitting up the seat time :thumbs:

Thanks for sharing the pics. I am curious to know what sort of price you paid for it.
I gave $1400 for the tractor, belly mower with PTO/mule drive, 42" blade, plow, the large fmco wheel weights and a set of Cub wheel weights and the almost new finish mower. I think I got a really good deal considering the mower coat $1340 new: http://www.agrisupply.com/estate-mower-rear-discharge/p/27846/

It's got some features that I like, the rear hubs can mount with the mounting surface facing in or out and they can be pinned in three different locations.So that gives you 6 choices for each rear wheel. Plus I think I could move the existing hubs all the way in and have room on the axle to slide another set on giving me duels... I don't really have the need... or $500 for the hubs, wheels, and tires... but it is something to think about. It has high/low range and 1st gear is barely moving. Nice for tilling. Has cutting brakes, dif lock, and from what I've seen/read it's really easy to tap into the high pressure line to run hydraulic cylinders.
 

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Thanks for making a thread about it. I had a 5100E too. It had a Woods belly mower and a snowblower. It went in a trade for one of dad's new tractors.
 
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hi, im new to all of this, recently just purchased a b5100e which has a 48" flemming grass topper on skids not quite sure which is the best way to use this ,i.e what gear i should be in,, what rpm range ,, how fast should i be moving and do i have it in the hare ratio or the tortoise :smilewink: , thanks in advance
 

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Welcome Buster. Yes, these gearing on these isn't the easiest to choose when mowing with a 3pt mower. I usually mow in 4th gear and it is a tad slow, 5th is too fast though. When it had the smaller factory turf tires I could mow in 5th. I run mine at about 3/4 throttle but I'm not sure what RPM's that is. I finally got an optical digital tach so I need to check. Good luck with yours and post up some pictures if you would like.
 

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i can not say on the Kubota but on my ford 1500 the tach is marked at about 2200 rpm for 540 rpm at the pto.
Max rpm is 2500 so pulling the 5 ft mower I run it at 2500. But then again i am not mowing the lawn and my pasture is usually about a foot tall when i mow it once a month so its probably pulling back a couple hundred rpm?
 

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It has been a while since I posted on this thread. At the end of last summer the oil pressure dummy light started coming. It started coming on after running for a while, especially after idling down. At first it would just flicker but it kept getting worse and worse. By the time I parked it in late fall it would come on completely after the tractor ran for no more then a few minutes. I decided that until I could figure out the problem I wasn't going to run it.

Well yesterday I finally had time to hook up a mechanical oil pressure guage. I was pleased to see that it actually has good pressure.

Cold 1400rpm: 55psi

Cold 4000rpm: 60psi

Warm 1400rpm: 30psi

Warm 4000rpm: 50psi

The lowest I could get the pressure was at warm idle when I hit the 3pt lift to pick up the 500 pound finish mower... then it only dropped to about 23psi. Service manual says the pressure should be 28 - 64 psi.

So I guess the old dummy light sending unit was going bad.

Tech: To connect a standard 1/8" NPT oil pressure fitting to the Kubota Z500, you need a 1/8 NPT Female x 1/8 BSPT Male Adapter adaptor. http://www.mcmaster.com/#4860k141/=wkhkez

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Good to hear your oil pressure was OK. Things like that can upset a guys peace of mind.
 

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Yes it can... this is my favorite and most valuable tractor so I was particularly worried about it.

Now it's time to till up the garden!!
 
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