kubota b series
The Kubota B2150 is a B series compact utility tractor, first produced in about 1998, and was in production for roughly eight or nine years.
It has a 1.2 litre, 4 cylinder diesel engine, with a power output of 24 hp, and a PTO of approx 18/20 hp. It has a fuel capacity of just under 7.5 gallons.
It has hydrostatic transmission, power steering and a wet disc braking sysytem.
Kubota make a wide range of different size tractors and agricultural machines, and have an established reputation for their tractors being known as compact tractors.
The idea of a compact tractor was in many ways symbolised by Kubota owing to their need to produce powerful but small tractors for use in Japan, where Kubota originated as a company.
Kubota compact tractors can refer to their series of Kubota B tractors, Kubota BX tractors.
There are a number of important safety protocols to observe when operating any of the range of Kubota compact tractors, to do with the operation of the Kubota compact tractor itself as well as the awareness and behaviour of the operative of the tractor as well.
When operating a Kubota it is important to read the operator’s manual and the instructions concerning any attachments that might be used or fitted to Kubota compact tractor.
Kubota Compact Tractors
The operative of any Kubota compact tractor should make sure that their clothing is appropriate when driving or operating tractor. This is primarily that they should wear clothing that is well fitted and belted, such as a boiler suit or similar apparel.
The operative of a Kubota compact tractor should avoid wearing any loose clothing or ill fitting clothing. The reason for this is very simple.
Any operative of a Kubota compact tractor that is wearing inappropriate clothing could get it caught in the machinery of the Kubota compact tractor and risked serious or even fatal damage to themselves as an individual as well as potentially damaging the operation of the Kubota compact tractor unit they manage to avoid damaging themselves.
When operating a Kubota compact tractor it is also important to recognise the safety of the environment where the Kubota compact tractor is to be used.
This primarily means making sure that there are no children or pets or other animals in the vicinity at all. Children especially, can be very inquisitive, and there are a number of reported accidents occurring where children have simply wandered into the vicinity where a tractor is being used, and the operator has failed to see them and subsequently injured the children or other people.
It is also important when using a Kubota compact tractor to make sure that the land that the Kubota compact tractor is to be used on is as clear as possible from any type of rubbish or debris could injure a passerby, or cause damage to the Kubota compact tractor itself.
This is not always possible, but the ground should be cleared of things that can be seen such as wires, rocks, bottles, cans etc.
There have been many attempts by manufacturers of all tractors including Kubota to standardise a number of the control mechanisms and levers that operate or allow an operator to use a Kubota tractor.
This standardisation applies to most modern day Kubota tractors, but care should be taken when operating an older version of a Kubota tractor to ensure that the controls are located in a manner that is understood by the operative of the tractor.
It is a golden rule when using any piece of machinery or operating any vehicle to fully understand the various controls that you need to be able to use. This is important both from a safety aspect, as well as from a simple point of view of be able to use the tractor effectively.
In order to do this a number of controls have been standardised. The brake control on a Kubota tractor, such as the Kubota B series B 2320 HST, will be a foot pedal, which will be located, or should be located on the right-hand side of the Kubota tractor.
In addition there may be a handbrake, which is a leader which would have to be pulled to be engaged, and could be located on either the left-hand or right-hand side of the Kubota tractor
Clutch control is normally by way of a foot pedal. This should be located on the left-hand side of the floor space underneath the steering column or steering wheel of the Kubota tractor.
It is possible that there is a hand operated clutch mechanism, and this may be located on either the right or left hand side of the Kubota tractor if a hand operated clutch is fitted, it must be moved towards the driver in order to be disengaged.
The control layout for floor pedals is similar to that used in a manual or stick shift automobile.
A power takeoff control system is most likely to be a hand operated system, and can be located on either side where the driver sits in the control system of the Kubota tractor.
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 control lever will work by being moved forward or upwards to engage and backwards or downwards to disengage.
There is a possibility of a combination clutch and PTO control. If this is fitted on a Kubota tractor it will be a foot operated combination which will be on the left-hand side of the floor space underneath the steering column. The operation will most likely be to move the pedal forward and possibly down as well to disengage the clutch and the PTO.
There is a possibility of a combination clutch and brake as well. If this is fitted to a Kubota tractor it will be a foot operated combination which again will also be on the left-hand side of the floor space underneath the exterior columnof a Kubota tractor, such as the Kubota B series B 2320 HST.
There is likely to be some type of control mechanism for regulating the speed of the engine of the Kubota tractor. This is likely to be a hand operated control and is likely to be situated on the right-hand side of the seat where the operator sits in the Kubota tractor.
It is possible that the speed control is also situated near the steering wheel. There can be a difference in terms of the direction the control needs to be moved in in order to increase or decrease the speed of the engine. In which case make sure that the operator of the Kubota tractor is clear about firstly where the engine speed control is, and in which direction it needs to be moved both increase and decrease the speed of the Kubota tractor.
There will be an engine stop control fitted on the Kubota tractor. If this is a key switch, it needs to be rotated anticlockwise in order to stop the engine. If it is more of a pool push control it must be located within 6 inches of the key switch. It will need to be pulled in order to stop the engine.
The phrase multitasking has become commonplace, and is liked and disliked in equal measure by many people. It has a better meaning in an industrial or mechanical sense, and is actually an ideal phrase for understanding the nature and diversity of the work as a modern day Kubota tractor can do. It is not simply that a modern day Kubota tractor can do several tasks at once just for the fun of it because it is more productive.
It is actually in the nature of the work that a Kubota tractor is likely to do on a modern-day form a large area of land, that it is necessary, often vital to be able to manoeuvre several different tasks at the same time. The driver of a Kubota tractor will need to be able to control and use steering controls, shifting controls and use remote hydraulic controls at the same time.
This obviously depends to an extent on the nature of the task, but there are numerous examples where the work of a Kubota tractor will involve negotiating rough terrain or land, whilst engaged in the work that the Kubota tractor, such as the Kubota B series B 2320 HST, is being designed to do.
Over the years all contract manufacturers have tried to standardise as far as possible the type and colour of control needed for different functions within the instrument panel or control panel of the tractor.
As such, if you’re using a modern day Kubota tractor is likely to be standardised with other manufacturers by way of colour coding of various controls, and where those controls are located within the operating cab of the tractor.
Whilst this is true of many modern day tractors, it will not necessarily apply to older tractors which may well still be in use on many farms and agricultural holdings nowadays. It is important therefore when using any Kubota tractor or any tractor by any manufacturer to be clear as to the age and stability of the tractor.
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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.
Many people will have heard of what is known as power take off, often referred to as PTO, a term which can give a slightly misleading impression as to what it actually means.
Kubota tractor safety has a big part to play in understanding that a power take off stub, is a stub that transfers power from the tractor to any type of machinery that the Kubota tractor is powering.
The issue of Kubota tractor safety concerning a power take off stub, relates to the danger of an operative of the Kubota tractor getting their hand or another part of their body entangled in the PTO stub itself.
A PTO stub can rotate at approximately anywhere between nine and 17 times per second, so obviously is extremely fast. Any part of a human being that gets caught or entangled with a power takeoff shaft at that speed is likely to experience severe damage.
Kubota B Series Tractor safety
Most modern tractors, including Kubota tractors, have a guard that is fitted over the PTO shaft, that should prevent anyone touching it or getting near it and thereby preventing any damage to the operative of the Kubota tractor.
The real issue, as with much Kubota tractor safety, relates to older tractors, which will not have a power take off shaft or stub fitted, and it is up to the operative of the tractor to have one fitted themselves.
A similar issue arises with the rollover protection sstructures, which are fitted as standard to most modern day tractors including Kubota tractors, but which were not and are not fitted to many older tractors. Age of a tractor is an issue, for two main reasons.
Firstly is that Kubota tractors last, and are often used for anything up to 40 or 50 years, although such length of service is quite rare nowadays. Secondly is the issue of cost in terms of replacing tractors.
Kubota BX Series Tractor Safety
The cost of a new Kubota tractor can seem prohibitive in relation to the cost of maintaining and servicing an existing tractor, even if it is quite an old one. One of the real dangers with all tractor safety, is that people think that accidents only ever happen to other people, never to themselves.
This is certainly part of human nature, but can be a dangerous attitude in terms of safety both to oneself, family, employees and friends.
It is worth recognising that Kubota tractors are designed, manufactured and sold with a very heavy emphasis on safety.
This is in large part is because Kubota recognise that the safe use of an agricultural machine is as important in relation to every area of work as is the safety aspect of any automobile, van truck or other driveable machine.
When considering Kubota tractor safety, the incidences of runover are an important factor, both in terms of research in showing that these are a significant number in terms of farm accidents, and also in terms of showing that to a large extent they are preventable, if certain basic safety protocols are adhered to by the operator of a Kubota tractor.
The dangers of a Kubota tractor run over fall into three main areas. The first is when a Kubota tractor is carrying more than one person, and that person falls off and is injured or damaged by being run over by the Kubota tractor.
It is perhaps one of the most basic rules of tractor safety that only one person should be sitting or driving the tractor at any one point. Kubota tractors are designed to be used only by one person, and the dangers and risks of having another person on the Kubota tractor at the same time can be severe.
Kubota B Series Tractor Safety
There may be more than one person on a tractor for a number of reasons. It may be that if the driver of a Kubota tractor is either young or inexperienced, there may be another person standing next to them on the tractor giving advice or showing them how they should be driving it.
It may be that a Kubota tractor driver wants to have a friend along and now sharing the cab all the seat with them.
It may also be that the Kubota tractor driver wants to have one of their children or siblings along with them whilst driving the tractor. It cannot be stressed too much, that all of these scenarios are potentially extremely dangerous and should be avoided at all costs.
A Kubota tractor is designed specifically to have one person on at any time and only one person.
The other danger of run overs is to the operator or operative of the Kubota tractor themselves. Accidents of this type happen when for any reason the operator of the Kubota tractor is knocked off the tractor whilst it is in motion and subsequently run over. This quite often happens on older tractors where there is no rollover protective system, and the driver can be knocked off the tractor by a low hanging branch or other obstacle or hazard.
Kubota BX Series Tractor Safety
An operator of a Kubota tractor can also be run over if they leave the tractor in order to do any type of adjustment or work on the tractor, without first having made sure that the engine is switched off and that any parking protocols are in place so the tractor cannot move.
Often an operator will do things quickly because they are in a rush, but this but this is an area where great care should be taken.
The other type of runover incident involves the driver of a Kubota tractor either hitting or being in collision with a person on the ground that they are unaware of. This can quite often happen with young children or adolescents who are attracted to the sight or noise of a tractor and want to see it up more closely.
The really important safety feature here is the realisation that driving a Kubota tractor of being aware that other people are in the vicinity where it is being used, and to make absolutely sure that there are no children or adolescents anywhere near the Kubota tractor when it starts up or whilst is being used.
Risks such as this are a real reminder to the driver of a Kubota tractor that a farm is a very real workplace and there is a need for very real health and safety understanding, both when using a Kubota tractor, and for an understanding of the environment around where the Kubota tractor is being used,
This applies both in terms of the actual environment of land and buildings, and the people who live or work on the farm as well.
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.
It is important to realise, given that most tractors are used on some type of farm or agricultural or industrial land that could be classified under the term farm, that a farm is a workplace and is very susceptible to workplace related injuries for a wide variety of reasons.
Farms are notoriously difficult to regulate in terms of health and safety legislation and procedures, simply by nature of the type of environment and the type of work that is done on a farm.
For this reason it is important to realise that understanding Kubota tractor hazards are an important feature of keeping a farm environment safe, and protecting both the operative of the Kubota tractor and other people who may be in a position whereby to be affected by any accident or incident involving a Kubota tractor.
It is estimated in the United States, that nearly one third of all fatalities and accidents that occur on farms relate to tractors generally. There are four main areas of hazard that can apply to any type of tractor, and Kubota tractors are well placed to be used in a safe and productive manner.
The four main types of tractor hazard are overturns, run overs, Power takeoff entanglements, and the dangers associated with older Kubota tractors, and generally older tractors including antique tractors.
Kubota tractor safety issues
Overturning a Kubota tractor is perhaps the most common and major hazard that can be faced by anyone driving or using a Kubota tractor.
It is estimated that about half of all fatalities connected with tractors on farms generally come from overturning. This can involve a tractor turning on its side, or falling or turning backwards.
Most of these accidents are preventable with a number of basic safety protocols are carried out when driving a Kubota tractor, most of which are really common sense.
It is also important to stress when driving a Kubota tractor that the operator or operative should never be under the influence of any alcohol or any type of drug, prescribed or otherwise.
Whilst this may seem obvious, there might be pressures that might make someone cut corners on this type of protocol.
If the driver or operator of a Kubota tractor is under the influence of any alcohol or drugs, then their judgement is likely to be impaired, often significantl,
This will inevitably affect their judgement in certain areas, and this could significantly impact on their safe driving or not of a Kubota tractor.
Kubota b or bx series tractor safety is perhaps one of the most important aspects to learn and understand in order to use a Kubota b or bx series tractor to its maximum effect, both in terms of ensuring that the work is carried out in an effective and safe manner, without any sense of risk, or minimal sense of risk to the operative of the Kubota b or bx series tractor or Kubota b or bx series agricultural machine.
Understanding that a Kubota b or bx series tractor has been designed to do very specific jobs of work is an important mindset to develop. There is often a belief that a Kubota b or bx series tractor is almost a sort of farm toy, or at least an agricultural machine that does not need to be taken as seriously as a number of other agricultural machines.
A Kubota b or bx series tractor can have either narrow and wide front ends, can be either two wheel drive or four-wheel-drive or articulated. What are referred to as articulated Kubota b or bx series tractors tend to be very large machines, that are normally only operated by extremely experienced operatives and used on large agricultural projects.
An important safety aspects of most if not all current Kubota b or bx series tractors is what is known as a rollover protective structure, which is effectively a metal bar designed to prevent serious damage to the driver of the Kubota b or bx series driver in the event of the Kubota b or bx series tractor turning over.
Kubota Tractor – b series safety
A Kubota b or bx series tractor will have been designed with a number of work purposes or types of jobs specifically in mind. A Kubota b or bx series tractor will be able to move loads, have a remote power source, be an implement carrier and be a transport unit.
Understanding the specific types of work and jobs at a Kubota b or bx series tractor has been designed to do is important in terms of understanding the safety protocols that need to go with operating a Kubota b or bx series tractor.
Understanding the work of a Kubota b or bx series tractor is also important as being able to distinguish it from being something that can be played around with, or used for things such as tractor races, which would always be discouraged.
Kubota Tractor Safety Concerns
Learning about Kubota b or bx series tractor safety is something that can be done in a variety of ways and something that should be encouraged in a formal sense as well as in the practice of learning on the job when driving the Kubota b or bx series tractor.
Things such as watching or taking photos or video footage of Kubota b or bx series tractors in use can show how they are meant to be operated in a safe and practical manner. There are many videos on YouTube and many pictures online showing Kubota b or bx series tractors in their true environment.
There are also a number of newspaper and magazine articles and pictures showing different types of tractors, including Kubota b or bx series tractors doing different jobs of work. These will help to emphasise the practical work of Kubota b or bx series tractors and to say it as an effective agricultural machine, to say in its true light.