There are a number of symbols that are used throughout the tractor world to symbolise various functions and malfunctions of both the machinery and the operation of the tractor.
These will be fully covered in the operator’s manual or the owners manual of the Kubota tractor that you should have. Any symbol that is unclear to as to its meaning, or seems confusing, make sure you refer to the operator’s manual for clarification.
These are some of the more common symbols and their meaning that are used.
Diesel – there will be a symbol which is normally that of a gasoline pump with a big D in the middle you that the Kubota tractor uses diesel rather than gasoline. When refuelling the Kubota tractor make sure that diesel is used otherwise it could be a very expensive and costly mistake.
There will be a symbol of a man sitting on a chair a strap across his knees remind you to use the seatbelt, if fitted.
Most if not all current Kubota tractors should be fitted with a seatbelt which in conjunction with the rollover protective system is the most effective safety device available to be used which will Kubota tractor, such as the Kubota B series B 2320 HST. There is a temptation or tendency to dismiss a seat belt is being unnecessary.
This part is because of the misconception but a Kubota tractor does not do the speed normally associated with an automobile and therefore a seatbelt is not needed. A seatbelt is needed on a Kubota tractor for two reasons and should always be used. The first does relate to the speed of the Kubota tractor which whilst not matching that of an automobile can nevertheless get up to a significant speed level.
The other reason much more common, is that in the case of an overturn a very tight a seatbelt should help protect the driver of the operator from serious injury.
There will be the common symbol for alert, which is normally found in conjunction with another symbol such as that for the oil gauge. This, in addition with the ammatter symbols are designed to draw attention to the fact that there may be problems with the pressure operation.
If either of these lights come on you should stop the Kubota tractor immediately and seek advice as to how best to deal with the situation.
The instrument or control panel on any Kubota tractor can seem fairly daunting, as does the instrument or Control Panel on any modern day tractor. As with any piece of agricultural machinery, a modern day Kubota tractor will have a number of display units giving the driver of the Kubota tractor a huge amount of information about the safe and efficient operation of the tractor.
Most modern day tractors of all models have a number of colour-coded systems for identifying the groupings of controls that to certain functions on the tractor. This is an important safety feature, and means that it is easier for someone who has not used or not familiar with a Kubota tractor to identify what the various controls are and what they do.
Even with a colour-coded system, the various controls and control panel can seem quite daunting, and it is important that whoever is driving or operating the Kubota tractor understands what the various controls are and what they do.
The colour-coded system of controls on a Kubota tractor includes the colour orange. Orange is used as a colour to identify a number of controls that include the engine speed, the transmission controls, the parking brake and also the independent emergency brake. These are known in tractor speak as ground motions controls.
A Kubota tractor will be colour-coded if it is new or newish. Older models may not be colour-coded – as such should be carefully checked to see what the various controls are and what they do.
Colour coding is intended to make it easier for the driver of a tractor to automatically relate to certain mechanisms in the instrument panel of the Kubota tractor that are important to know.
The various braking mechanisms and controls that apply in a Kubota tractor are obviously important. Depending on the type and make of the Kubota tractor, it is likely to have both a handbrake and a foot brake or foot pedal. Its layout may well be similar to that of an automobile.
However it is important and ultimately the responsibility of the driver of the Kubota tractor to familiarise themselves with the layout of the cab of the Kubota tractor that they are using, and to know and understand where the various breaking control mechanisms are located.
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 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.
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
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.
Lots of excitement about a new Kubota manufacturing facility costing $73 million being opened in Jefferson, Georgia.
Aside from the good news in terms of jobs in Georgia, it is actually also good news for people who own or intend to buy any type of Kubota tractor.
This is largely because it shows a vote of confidence by Kubota, based in Georgia and in the United States generally.
This type of commitment is important especially for Kubota tractors and agricultural machinery generally in part because of the longevity of use of the equipment.
Kubota tractors can last easily 20/30 years, the issue becomes servicing and maintenance and Kubota parts.
This type of investment and opening of a manufacturing plant shows that Kubota is looking forward.
Kubota also hint that they want to expand significantly within all of the US, which is at least an indication that they are committed for the long-term.
Full story – Kubota
Repairing or rebuilding a kubota engine can be a major decision, and an expensive one, whether you get it right or not.
This site gives calot of really useful info about new engines, rebuild and kubota parts.
Rebuilt kubota engines can be used with some other manufacturers, so worth checking out.
County Sales and Service – click here
Kubota make a wide range of tractors, from their Kubota BX series, of which they call their estate tractors through to their TLB tractors, their tractor loader backhoe series.
In addition they make a number of other tractors and agricultural machinery that can be used on farms of any size as well as residential land, smallholdings and small businesses such as garden centres etc.
The Kubota BX Series, The BX 2660, the BX 2360 and the BX 1860 range from 18hp to 25.5hp, and all come with a number of safety features, including a category 3.1 hitch, and a ROPS as standard
The term farm can be misleading in some ways. This is partly because many people have a preconceived idea of what a farm is. From a point of view of looking at Kubota tractor safety, the same principles apply to thinking of the farm as a workplace, whether the land is one or two acres or several thousand.
Running a farm, whatever its size is a highly intensive business experience.
There are many factors that make running a farm unique and different to any other type of business, although these are often not recognised as such. Some of these factors are environmental ones, such as the weather meaning that work must be carried out in all types of conditions, both outside and inside buildings.
Often work must be carried out on land where there is poor visibility, either in daylight or early morning or late night. There is likely to be an overlap between the workplace and a home life, both in terms of physical environment, and work practices and boundaries.
It is much more likely that their will be children and teenagers and young adults in places where they could potentially be at risk from certain types of hazards. Some of these young people may be family members or employed on a farm or doing seasonal work.
It is also likely that people working on a farm will be physically isolated both from other people and from any emergency services that may be needed on any occasion.
This is not to say that farming is inherently dangerous, simply that there are unique and specialist types of hazards that need to be anticipated and catered for when planning what type of equipment to use on a farm.
One of the most common types of accident involves tractor overturns and run overs. Most modern day Kubota tractors have an ROPS fitted as standard, and if the operative has a seatbelt fitted as well, then that is the best safety protection available.
It is also very common for young children and teenagers to want to look at tractors whilst they are working, which means there are often up close or in an environment where the tractor driver may not see them.
Accidents like this to happen fairly regularly on farms and small holdings, but with a number of preventative and commonsense measures the majority of them can be avoided.
Kubota tractors, such as the L series tractors, are on the whole designed with a huge amount of safety features built into them. This is in part to ensure a high degree of safety for the tractor and the operator, but also with a very clear sense of the nature of the environment, the type of land that the tractor is most likely to be used on.
It is important always to remember that a tractor is a piece of agricultural machinery not a toy, whatever its size and whatever type of land it is being used on. The risk of injury on a farm is as likely as in any type of business in one sense, and it is important to recognise the need for health and safety implementation and structures.
These health and safety rules need to be applied both to personnel and machinery all types, such as tractors, garden tractors, atv’s and all types of industrial or agricultural machinery.
When driving a Kubota tractor, being aware of the risk of overturning on any type of land is hugely important, as this is one of the major factors of Kubota tractor safety.
Tractor overturns generally, account for approximately one half of all fatalities that occur on farms that are caused by or affected by tractors.
Tractor overturns as they are known tend to be when the tractor either falls on its side or falls backward. Obviously this type of fall is extremely dangerous for the operator of the Kubota tractor, and great care should be taken to avoid situations where a potential overturn could happen.
Kubota B Series Tractor Safety
There are a number of common scenarios when driving a Kubota tractor that can potentially cause the Kubota tractor to overturn. Being aware of these in advance can give the driver of a Kubota tractor a mindset which will hopefully prevent them putting themselves in a situation that could lead to a potential fatality.
Many tractor overturns occur when the driver of the tractor is turning or driving too close to the edge of a bank or a ditch, or on any type of land where there is a sudden slope, or fall off. It is important to remember when driving a Kubota tractor, that whilst you may be on flat land most of the time, it is not like a road.
Driving too close to a ditch, or the edge of a field where there is a dip can be extremely dangerous if you’re driving a Kubota tractor.
Driving on open roads and lanes can also be extremely dangerous, on a Kubota tractor, partly because driving a capital contractor on a road is a very different proposition to driving an automobile on the road. Kubota tractors will not have the suspension or driveability of an automobile and needs to be driven much more slowly than you would drive a car.
Kubota tractors will often be used on open roads and lanes, both for accessing other parts of the farm, and for transporting goods and materials to other areas of land within the farm. Great care needs be taken when driving Kubota tractors on open road.
Kubota BX Series Tractor Safety
Great care need to be taken when driving up or down a slope of any size or angle, when using a Kubota tractor. It is very easy to underestimate the real angle of a slope, and the driver will not realise it until they are on the slope and unable to get off.
It is really important when driving a Kubota tractor never to go up or down the slope is too steep, but find some other mechanism for doing the work required of such a slope.
The other type of overturn that can happen with a Kubota tractor, as with any type of tractor is when a Kubota tractor suddenly turns sharply, whilst it has a front end loader that is raised quite high.
When using a front-end loader on a Kubota tractor, it is extremely important to realise that the height and angle of the loader will make the Kubota tractor potentially more unstable, and needs to be driven with much more care.
Most if not all modern Kubota tractors will be fitted with what is known as a rollover protective structure which can help prevent serious injury to the operative. A Kubota tractor should also be fitted with a seatbelt that the operative wears at all times.
Both these factors are perhaps two most important safety elements for a Kubota tractor driver to adhere to in order to prevent serious injury in the event of an overurn.
An interesting initiative in Wisconsin highlights both a potential problem concerning health insurance for dairy farmers as well as a possible solution.
The rural health initiative, a non-profit, has identified that just under 1/5 of dairy farm families in Wisconsin have no health insurance.
Equally of those who do, the health insurance coverage they have is fairly limited in many ways.
The issue of health provision on farms is much more complicated is then simply identifying risk as in a normal business or for a regular family.
The rural health initiative is a program designed to visit farms and farm families at their place of work and in a variety of ways help them to identify health risks, farm safety risks, to do various screenings to identify potential health risks, and to help educate farmers and their families on a wide range of medical and health issues.
For a detailed news and assessment on Fox News click here
To access the rural health initiative website click here
The United States Department of Agriculture is saying that there has been an overwhelmingly positive response to the Census of agriculture that was distributed to farmers and ranchers approximately one month ago.
They are saying that 25% of the questionnaires have already been returned, and they are doing their best to deal with all the questions have arisen.
The questionnaires are due to be completed by February 4, and may be submitted either online or by regular mail.
It will be interesting to see how the USDA uses this information, and whether the final basis of assessment is one of real benefit to those who work in agriculture.
Full report click here
Anyone with questions about the census please click here
The Oregon Department of Agriculture has recently undertaken a remarkably candid assessment of the problems and strengths that currently characterise agriculture in the state of Oregon.
The intent of the report was primarily to compare Oregon with neighbouring states, with a view to understanding where it might be lacking, and as such would be able to demonstrate what could be done to make it better.
The main recommendations of the report are listed below, and a full copy of the report can be accessed by the link below the recommendations. Perhaps most important thing about the report, is the fact that the Department of agriculture was willing to honestly assess what the problems were in the first place.
The value of this is very much in the fact that if you demonstrate what a specific problem is then a solution or potential solutions tend to flow very naturally from such an analysis. It makes it much harder to argue against implementing solutions, although politicians will always need to assess the viability of any such solution.
The report makes its recommendations as policy recommendations to politicians in Oregon, and those that can be implemented easily, will have much more weight attached to them.
Those that are more difficult to implement will nevertheless provide a long-term framework, that will serve a valuable purpose. The report also acts to serve as a model for other states, and for many other industries as a way of providing a solid basis for advancing recommendations of policy, but are rooted in a natural flow from an analysis of specific problems or areas that are lacking and can be improved.
Priority policy recommendations to the legislature, governor, and regulatory agencies
- Ensure access to irrigation water (statewide).
- Expand markets and increase sales locally, regionally, and internationally.
- Support truck transportation, but begin to maximize rail use, and barging and other water modes, to move product to market more efficiently.
- Provide relief from the high cost of inputs, including taxes, energy, and labor.
- Encourage management of natural resources in a way that enables farming while protecting water, soil, air, habitat, and endangered species.
- Support a land use system that protects farmland for farm use.
- Support high quality research and experiment and extension services that enable growers to diversify cropping and capitalize on unique geographic micro-climates and soils, and to remain competitive in a world market.
- Offer assistance for food processors—as key markets for growers—with technical and financial help to address wastewater permits that incorporate recycled, reclaimed, or reused water methods and technologies.
- Help growers meet new food safety standards that are becoming more stringent and costly.
- Help young or new farmers and transitional family farmers successfully become the next generation of aspiring producers.
Oregon Department of Agriculture – report into state of Oregon agriculture, click here
Interesting article on the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition website, explaining why only sixteen states are able to apply for federal aid with regard to national organic certification programs, and why thirty four other states are not able to.
The federal aid comes via the Agricultural Management Assistance program (AMA) . This has more to do with the fiscal cliff than with any debate about organic farming, or any debate about federal aid, but does raise huge concerns about the future of organic farming for a simple reason.
Organic farming depends on trust and credibility to justify higher prices on produce to consumers. Key to that trust is certification of organic produce. Anyone can pretty much use the word organic to mean what tehy want.
For proper organic farming, it is essential to have national standards of certification, that everyone can judge produce and farming accordingly. This is now less likely……
Read full article here
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition website here
Agricultural Management Assistance program here