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Kubota Tractors – Emergency Procedures

One of the most important aspects of the safe operation of a Kubota tractor is knowing how to turn the engine off, both as a natural process and in the event of any emergency or hazard taking place.

This is important as the mechanism for shutting off the engine may differ slightly between diesel and gasoline engine tractors, and between modern day and much older Kubota tractors.

Many Kubota tractors are old, simply because many tractors are old.

They tend to last a long time, partly because they are built to, partly because they are expensive both both to and replace, and because people who own a Kubota tractor often take time to find out what is wrong with them and do the maintenance and servicing of older Kubota tractors themselves.

This is an important distinction to make, because the controls for stopping an engine on a modern day Kubota tractor will be a colour-coded red, whereas on older Kubota tractors they may not be.

If you are an owner or operator of an older Kubota tractor that is not colour-coded, then you will need to familiarise yourself with the various control mechanisms for stopping the engine on a Kubota tractor.

Unsurprisingly red is the colour code for the controls that apply to stopping the engine on modern day Kubota tractors that are colour-coded.

There are a number of different possibilities depending on the type of Kubota tractor you own, and it is important to familiarise yourself with the specifics of what the control mechanisms are as outlined in the operator’s manual of the Kubota tractor.

As a general rule on gasoline engines, there are red letters on the key switch. On a diesel engine that is likely to be a red fuel shut-off switch. It is important to remember that on most diesel engines they are stopped with the fuel shut off switch marked by the ignition key.

Some newer diesel engines are also stopped by turning the key in a anti clockwise direction to the off position. It is important to recognise that these are general statements, and it is important to check the specific functioning of your Kubota tractor in order to determine precisely what the mechanisms and controls are for stopping the engine. You need to know this in advance of having to do it.

Kubota Tractor – Clutch or Brake?

When using or operating a Kubota tractor, it is important to familiarise yourself with the layout of the instrument or control panel and know what the various colour controls indicate and what the various mechanisms operating the tractor actually do.

There are a number of controls of the Kubota tractor that determines how to start and stop and drive the tractor, and the operator or driver should be aware of these prior to commencement of the use of the Kubota tractor.

This is important from a safety point of view, because in the event of the driver operator of the Kubota tractor having to make judgements in a fast moving or hazardous situation, they need to be able to react by instinct to an extent. To be able to do this they need to know what the various instruments on the Kubota tractor actually do.

Controls on the Kubota tractor will be colour-coded if the tractor is relatively new. Older models of a Kubota tractor may not be colour-coded in which case the operator will need to familiarise themselves more carefully with what they actually do.

It is also helpful to talk in a general way about the direction in which the controls move when operating a Kubota tractor.

As a general rule, similar to most automobiles, when engaging a break in the Kubota tractor there are two options. When engaging a foot break, the pedal is pushed down. When engaging a handbrake, the lever is pulled.

If there is a foot clutch, this may be unfamiliar to people who are used to driving an automobile or other type of vehicle which will be automatic. As such special care they need to be taken of a Kubota tractor. A clutch is disengaged when it is pushed down, and engaged when the foot is released and the pedal let up.

The other important area of direction of controls on a Kubota tractor concerns the various controls that operate any attachment or implement that may be part of the tractors operating mechanism. In this event it is important to refer to the specific model of Kubota tractor, as well as the type of attachment or implement that is to be used.

The driver or operator of the Kubota tractor should be fully aware of the direction the control needed in order to lift or lower a particular attachment, as well as the direction needed to pull up or push away any movement of the implement.

An understanding of the direction needed for the controls on a Kubota tractor is important, as much of it will be done by instinct wanted becomes established in the mind of the driver or operator of the Kubota tractor.

Kubota Tractor – Yellow to go

Kubota make a wide range of tractors, which come with different engine sizes and are intended for differing levels of severity of work, and different types of land. However they have one thing in common which is that they are all Kubota tractors.

A Kubota tractor will have an instrument panel or control panel that contains a number of instruments or controls that give the driver or operator of the Kubota tractor a significant amount of information about how to operate and control the tractor.

These controls also give the driver warning signs that there might be a problem or a potential danger with the functioning or operation of the Kubota tractor in advance. Such a warning allows the driver or operator to take action to stop such a problem or hazard occurring thus preventing damage to the Kubota tractor and themselves and possibly other people.

Because there are so many controls on a Kubota tractor, and because of their importance, it is necessary to understand the logic of why they are coloured and positioned the way they are.

It has become common within the agricultural industry for tractors to be standardised by way of colour coding for the different controls that exist on any tractor. This applies to new tractors and some older tractors, but there will be many much older tractors that this does not apply to.

The advantage is that any current Kubota tractor, as well as any tractor made by another manufacturer should have standardised colour coding for the different controls.

This means it is much easier for anyone operating a Kubota tractor to know what the controls do, especially if they are used to using another Kubota tractor which has a similar colour coding system, or they are used to driving a tractor made by another manufacturer.

This is an important safety protocol it has been developed and makes obvious sense. The important thing to realise is to know and understand what the different colours do and what they mean.

As a brief guide, the colour red first to stopping the engine on a Kubota tractor. The colour orange refers to what is known as ground motion – engine speed, Park – lock transmission.

The colour yellow first to power engagement, i.e. engaging PTO on a Kubota tractor and the colour black refers to controls that affect the positioning and adjusting the tractor such as checking the engine or turning the lights on.

If the Kubota tractor is old to the point where it doesn’t have a colour-coded system for any of these controls, then it is important that the operator or driver of the Kubota tractor takes time to familiarise themselves with what the controls are and what they do prior to using or operating the Kubota tractor.

Kubota Tractor – Engine Care

When driving or using a Kubota tractor the owner operative is effectively dependent upon the information given to them, the readings on the instrument panel of the Kubota tractor, that can alert them to any potential problem or hazard within the engine workings of the Kubota tractor.

An alert of these problems can give the driver or operator enough warning to be able to deal with them effectively before they begin to cause any serious damage to the Kubota tracked itself.

One of the most important indicators on the instrument panel is the gauge that tells the driver of the Kubota tractor information about the temperature of the engine. This information is extremely important, more so when the information is telling the driver of the Kubota tractor that the engine is overheating or getting too hot.

In the event that the temperature gauge warns the driver or the operator that the engine is getting too warm or too hot, it is obviously an indication that the coolant is not working effectively in the Kubota tractor engine and needs to be dealt with.

In such a scenario it is important to immediately stop the Kubota tractor. It is also really important to let the engine cool down over a reasonable period of time before even beginning to contemplate taking off the radiator cap.

Pay attention to the temperature of the engine is very important. If the temperature is showing that the engine of Kubota tractor is getting too hot it means two things. Firstly that there is insufficient coolant in the engine, either because there is a leak, or because the coolant needs refilling.

It also means that the danger of a Kubota tractor engine overheating is severe, and such overheating could cause permanent damage to the engine or Kubota tractor. Such damage could lead to a need for a Kubota tractor engine to be either replaced or rebuilt.

In the event of major work needing to be done to the engine by Kubota tractor owing to overheating, it is a likely scenario that if a temperature warning light had been displayed and had been ignored by the driver or operator of the Kubota tractor, it is likely that the Kubota warranty if one is listed and applied would be invalidated.

This is a likely scenario because a Kubota warranty or other expressly or implicitly stipulate that all reasonable care should be taken by the owner or driver of the Kubota tractor when using or operating this or any other piece of Kubota agricultural machinery.

It would likely be deemed that ignoring an engine temperature gauge to an extent where it damaged the engine of the Kubota tractor to such an extent that it needed major work would be in violation of the warranty

Kubota tractor – instrument lights

The instrument panel on a Kubota tractor will display a wide range of important information concerning a number of gauges.

They will most likely be a charge indicator or ammeter on the instrument panel of your Kubota tractor which will give you information as to whether your alternator or generator is charging your battery correctly.

This is obviously important to note both from a practical point of view and a safety point of view. The battery is a key element in starting mechanism of your Kubota tractor, and you need to know that it is charging properly during usage. Incorrect use of this information could lead to all Kubota tractor becoming difficult to use, or not be able to start at all next time you try and use it.

The instrument panel on a Kubota tractor will also have an oil pressure light or indicator. This is one of the most important indicator controls on your instrument panel. It is similar in many ways to an oil light on an automobile.

If the oil pressure light indicator starts to show on your Kubota tractor. It means there is a problem with the oil in the tractor. This is either because of an oil leak or center because oil levels have fallen to a dangerously low level.

In either event if the oil indicator lights on your Kubota tractor starts to display you should stop using the Kubota tractor immediately. You should check the level of oil on your Kubota tractor, and also check to see if there are any obvious oil leaks. You should fill or refill the oil to its appropriate level for reusing or starting to use Kubota tractor again.

In the event that the oil indicator light goes off, it is probably safe to start using your Kubota tractor again, but it would be well worth checking very regularly to make sure that there is still sufficient oil in the Kubota tractor to allow it to function properly. It is probably not a good idea simply to rely on the oil pressure indicator light again.

If the oil indicator light comes on can you continue to use your Kubota tractor without checking oil levels or for an oil leak, you risk doing severe damage to the engine of Kubota tractor.

This could result in an extremely dangerous situation in terms of your ability to use or maintain or operate the Kubota tractor safely. It is also highly likely that in the event of the engine becoming seriously damage and needing work or replacement, your Kubota warranty would be invalidated by the fact that you had not taken proper precautions to make sure that the Kubota tractor worked effectively.

Without proper levels of oil in Kubota tractor and engine can effectively seize up. As such the oil indicator light is one that should never be ignored. If you think any of the lights including the oil indicator light on the instrument panel of your Kubota tractor are faulty, then it is important to get the electrics and all the inner workings of your Kubota tractor checked by an authorised Kubota dealer, and any replacement Kubota parts obtained as necessary.

Kubota tractor – Tachometer

The instrument panel on a Kubota tractor will give the driver or operator of the tractor significant amount of important information about how they are driving or using the Kubota tractor, and if there are any conditions that need to be monitored and taken care of.

One of the most important gauges or pieces of information on the instrument panel is that of the tachometer, also known as the engine speed indicator. The tachometer shows revolutions per minute, which is an important guide for the driver or operator of the Kubota tractor to take note of.

It is important when using a Kubota tractor to make sure that the revolutions per minute are correct or in direct relation to the nature of the work being done.

Kubota will advise on the correct recommendations for engine speed selection, and this advice should be adhered to and taken note of particularly in relation to information given on your Kubota tractor by the engine speed indicator or tachometer.

Incorrect revolutions per minute can have a serious and damaging effect on your Kubota tractor. This can lead to potential damage of the engine of your Kubota tractor, leading either to an expensive rebuild or possibly a new engine or a new Kubota tractor.

Incorrect revolutions per minute can also affect the nature of the work being done by the Kubota tractor and pose a potential hazard or risk to the driver operator of the Kubota tractor or anyone else in the vicinity.

The two most important scenarios to pay attention to concerning the use or the correct use of revolutions per minute in relation to work carried out are as follows.

Using your Kubota tractor at a low engine speeds whilst being in a higher gear can stall the engine if you are beginning to pull or pulling a heavy load with your Kubota tractor.

Obviously stalling the engine is not good, and is something that should be avoided wherever possible. Not only are you stalling the engine on your Kubota tractor you are potentially putting a long-term strain on it, which will impair the effective use of your Kubota tractor and could lead to expensive maintenance and servicing work.

The other scenario is that where you are using a Kubota tractor at relatively high speed in a low gear, whilst attached to or carrying a heavy load . In this scenario there is a real danger of your Kubota tractor overturning or tiny backwards is going up the slope.

Either scenario is potentially extreme dangerous. Both can be avoided by correct use your Kubota tractor and paying attention to the information displayed on your tachometer.

Kubota – Fuel

Whoever is driving or operating a Kubota tractor needs to have a real grasp on the various lights and display area of the instrument panel on a Kubota tractor. The instrument panel area of a Kubota tractor can look fairly baffling and bewildering with the array of different instruments displaying differing levels of information.

As with most modern machinery tractors are effectively computer-driven. The instrument panel on a modern day Kubota tractor will display a differing range of control information.

Whilst the precise control area will differ depending on the make and model of the Kubota tractor, there are some common and fundamental controls that will always, or should always be displayed.

There is likely to be a tachometer, which is also known as an engine speed indicator. There is likely to be a indicator light control unit to show the oil pressure on the Kubota tractor. There will also be an indicator light or area showing the engine temperature.

There will be a fuel gauge and Kubota tractor show how much diesel that is in the tank. An important control unit will be the air filter condition indicator button or unit. Another temperature control part of the display should show the temperature of your transmission on the Kubota tractor. There will also be and hydraulic system while level indicator.

In addition there may well be for rioting of different other indicators displaying information about the operating capability of the Kubota tractor. All of these indicators on the instrument panel of your Kubota tractor display vital information, and should be constantly monitored.

Any information they do give you will be indicative that there may potentially be a problem with the Kubota tractors functioning, and if this is the case such problems should be addressed immediately.

It is good to think of the instrument panel as being a guide that will tell you as and when that are potentially any problems. Pay attention to the information given to buy the instrument panel on Kubota tractor will allow you to pre-emptively deal with issues such as fuel and temperature and general operating function ability.

This is important both for safe use of your Kubota tractor and also for making sure that it remains in good working order.

Kubota Tractor – Safety Checks

The instrument or control panel on a Kubota tractor will give the driver vital information about the safe operability of the Kubota tractor, and such information should be noted and acted upon swiftly. It is important for the driver or operator of the Kubota tractor to fully understand what the various dials and knobs actually mean and do.

The driver of the Kubota tractor should check the instrument panel at the beginning of the use of the Kubota tractor. This includes any time when for any reason they have stopped using the tractor and are about to start using it again. It may be tempting not to, but it is a discipline that is worth cultivating.

Any time you are about to start using a Kubota tractor you should check the instrument panel for readings that may affect the safe use or operation of the tractor.

It is also important when using a Kubota tractor to check the instrument panel at various stages of the operation. This again is a good mental check that you may not always think of doing.

There is a tendency when things are going okay to think that you don’t have to worry or check on anything. Just because the Kubota tractor seems to be driving a Kubota does not mean that the instrument panel or control panel of the Kubota tractor is not displaying some information that may be important to you.

For this reason it is important to get into the habit of checking the Kubota tractor instrument panel at different times during the operation of the tractor.

A Kubota tractor will be used for different types of work, and the Kubota tractor driver will be distracted by the nature of the work from worrying about any issues that may be relevant to the drivability of the Kubota tractor.

It is also possible that the driver of the Kubota tractor may be wearing your ear muffs or protective headgear some sort. They may equally be listening to music via an MP3 player or something similar.

Distraction is a normal and often healthy part of driving or using a Kubota tractor, but it also means that the driver is not necessarily engaged in constantly looking at the instrument panel to see if there is anything like your that they should be taking notice of.

It is also worth mentioning that the sounds of the Kubota tractor they will give the driver indication that there are potential problems with the operation of the tractor. Obviously if the driver is using an MP3 player or ear muffs of any type they are less likely to hear such sounds.

In any event it is important that if the driver or operator of the Kubota tractor becomes aware of any sound or movement of the tractor that gives rise to concern that there may be a problem with it, that they immediately cease operation of the tractor and stop and engage in parking mode. They are then in a position when they can establish either by the instrument panel by some other means any problems that there may be with the Kubota tractor.

Kubota tractor – safety and environment

Young people, the age of which can be difficult to assess, are involved actively in the running of most farms, mainly owing to the fact that the majority of farms are family businesses as well, and as such children will be involved from a very early age in watching and wanting to be involved in the working elements of the farm, such as tractors.

Kubota tractors and other Kubota agricultural machinery will be actively used in the running and work of the farm. Much of this work can involve young people safely, if done with proper thought and care.

A Kubota tractor can be used for many tasks and jobs around a farm some of which are outlined below.

A Kubota tractor can be used for mowing land, such as pastures,fields, lanes, tracks and any other piece of agricultural land such as a smallholding that may be part of a farm. It is important to remember that the term a Kubota tractor can refer to a small garden or lawn tractor as well.

Often these small Kubota tractors are involved in land maintenance work of differing varieties.

A Kubota tractor can also be used for towing a wagon that carries a number of commodities that will be found on a farm. This can range from anything such as grain to hay, which can need telling either from field to field or to a storage container, or to a barn.

A Kubota tractor can actively be involved in all aspects of towing these commodities, as well as they work to harvest them the first place.

A Kubota tractor can also be used for bailing hay and straw, depending on the type of Kubota tractor used in the various attachments that are fitted to it.

A Kubota tractor can also be used to pick up rocks and other obstacles of debris from land that the Kubota tractor is to be used on. This is often done if the K tractor is fitted or comes with a front end loader.

This is one of many attachments that could possibly be fitted to a K tractor. For a full range of Kubota tractors and various attachments contact your local Kubota dealer.

A Kubota tractor can also be used as a form of ground clearance machinery, by being used to pull debris out of land that needs clearing. This often applies to things such as pulling wanted tree stumps and old fence posts out of land where they are no longer needed or used.

A Kubota tractor can be ideal for this type of work,But obviously if young people are being used either in the driving or operation of the Kubota tractor or in the land maintenance or clearance work, then extra safety precautions may will need to be taken.

Kubota and the nature of a farm workforce

The issue of youth or young people (to be defined in a minute) is a hugely important issue in the context of farm safety and particularly in relation to Kubota tractor and other Kubota agricultural equipment safety.

A farm, perhaps unlike most other businesses, will often make extensive use of use or younger people as part of its workforce.

This is primarily because a farm will also be a home for a family, and children or young people will be involved in the running of the farm as a business from an early age. As such they will be exposed to the work of the form around Kubota tractors and other Kubota agricultural equipment.

Defining youth or young people is always difficult, and whilst there are guidelines available, ultimately defineing the age and subsequent responsibilities to do with the work of a Kubota tractor have to rest with a responsible adult such as a parent or guardian.

Whatever the actual work responsibilities of a young person in relation to a Kubota tractor, they will be exposed to the workings and therefore the subsequent safety of a Kubota tractor from an early age.

This does not mean they will be involved in driving a Kubota tractor. It does mean that they might be involved in work that also involves the use of a Kubota tractor, and as such need to be aware of the safety implications surrounding the use of driving or using a Kubota tractor.

There are a number of jobs that can be done and will be done by a Kubota tractor that can involve a young person actively being involved. This involvement can be either as the operator or driver of a Kubota tractor or in doing work adjacent to where the Kubota tractor is doing the work.

It is perhaps stating the obvious to say that it is unlikely a young person will have a lot of the capabilities to fully understand the safety implications of driving or using a Kubota tractor.

This in part is because, similar to driving a car, a lot of the understanding comes through experience and therefore progressive ageing. Equally a young person can often overestimate their own abilities (apologies if that sounds a bit patronising) but when driving or using a Kubota tractor this can be extremely dangerous.

Understanding how a Kubota tractor works, not just mechanically but in terms of its various capabilities and the potential dangers that stem from that is not something that can simply be learned from a book.