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Title: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Ken Fleming on March 20, 2013, 08:32:27 AM
My friends and I were discussing blacksmith tools at an auction yesterday and they said this sale has them plus a forge.  Then the conversion turned to the Case steam engines and shop tools.  Amos Zimmerman (owner) has tons of stuff not listed in the listing.  I suggest that everyone should take a look at the auction listing and the photo gallery.  Easy to get to from I-81.  The photos will enlarge. The backhoe looks interesting for our use.  

  Auction list:  http://www.auctionzip.com/cgi-bin/auctionview.cgi?lid=1704706

  Photo gallery:  http://www.auctionzip.com/cgi-bin/photopanel.cgi?listingid=1704706&category=0&zip=&kwd=
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Ken Fleming on May 06, 2013, 09:06:03 AM
The Kubota Backhoe now belongs to the museum. It should great for use on North Yard and other projects.  It has a width 63" and will fit on a flat car.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on May 06, 2013, 09:51:24 AM
THANK YOU KEN!

Pictures (from the Auction Site)
http://www.auctionzip.com/Full-Image/1704706/fp35.cgi (http://www.auctionzip.com/Full-Image/1704706/fp35.cgi)
http://www.auctionzip.com/Full-Image/1704706/fp36.cgi (http://www.auctionzip.com/Full-Image/1704706/fp36.cgi)
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Gordon Cook on May 06, 2013, 03:26:27 PM
Very, very nice!!
Our members are amazing!!
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on May 06, 2013, 04:06:28 PM
Ken;
  Many thanks for your continued generosity! I'll bet Mike of RowMow Mfg. is already dreaming about a hi-rail system for it. And, of, course, I'm thinking about a drink holder for it...
Dave
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Wayne Laepple on May 06, 2013, 04:23:45 PM
How about a flail mower for it, too?
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on May 06, 2013, 05:22:38 PM
Like this:
http://www.everythingattachments.com/Excavator-Brush-Mowers-Excavator-Mulchers-Flail-Mowers-s/3013.htm
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: James Patten on May 06, 2013, 05:33:57 PM
Definitely needs an umbrella for sun protection too.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Ken Fleming on May 06, 2013, 06:49:02 PM
First things first.

1. The Kubota needs to get to Sheepscot.
2.  Someone needs to "adopt" it.
3.  Need of find a manual for it.
4.  Unit will need a new seat or a least a bottom cushion.
5.  The hood could use some sheet metal work (not much).
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Richard "Steam" Symmes on May 06, 2013, 07:37:21 PM
I think you need to convert it to steam power so it will "fit the period" the railroad depicts. Either that, or keep it hidden from the public. Or paint it with "Invisium" so nobody can see it. But then you'd have to explain how the operator "floats" in mid-air.  Lots to consider here.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: John Kokas on May 06, 2013, 07:45:52 PM
I second Ken's list but I would probably add a roll-cage for it too.  We do have some steep slopes in places; better safe than sorry.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Steve Smith on May 06, 2013, 09:34:33 PM
Bravo, Ken! Thank you very much!

I think the newly acquired trailer will take care of the transport problem, won't it?

Just a few days ago a landscaper here in Camden came in with what looked to be the same model Kubota and did some very skillful moving of soil with it. If the problem of getting the proper manual for it is tough, I could check with the landscaper whether he does have the same model and whether he has a manual, and if so whether he'd let me photocopy it     
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on May 06, 2013, 09:47:23 PM
After I learned of the purchase, I did some research on this Saturday night. It is a Gray Market machine, meaning it was imported to the US without Authorization from Kubota. They offer no manual for it, so I will be making something up as we go.

24 Horse power, and the machine should weigh about 7,000 pounds.

Being I am either the only or one of the only that has experience with this type of machine, I guess I am the lucky one who gets to adopt it. There is not much that can be done about an approved roll cage, unless we can find which model this closely resembles, and purchase one for that. That will be difficult, because all the US versions of Kubota excavators have the cabs on the left side of the boom. Basically when you sit in the operator seat, the boom is on your right. With this one, it is on the other side.

Wayne has been doing some research for Flail mowers. With any luck, the GPM required to run one will match the GPM for this machine and that can be an addition item this can do.

The only down fall to the machine I can see is that it is rubber tired. May have to be careful where we go with it, or the great blue clay of Alna may hinder it's travels.


I told the guys Saturday that a wooden cab may be more appropriate for this, trying to keep it in the right time period and all.

I can say that this excavator WILL be another great addition to the museum. Thank you Ken for finding this and making sure the museum got it.

It will be very useful, and part of the now growing Dirt Division of the WW&F

Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: James Patten on May 07, 2013, 07:10:17 AM
Steve, the newly acquired trailer experienced wheel failure during work weekend while it was transporting lumber.  The brake equipment inside the wheel caused the wheel to freeze up.  So for a while at least our trailer is sidelined.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on May 07, 2013, 07:15:05 AM
There was a contractor in MD that had the same type of Kubota.  He did some grading work for my fire company's parking lot which had a lot of clay.  The machine did well with chains on all four tires.  We should be able to get chains for the machine if they are needed.

Great donation Ken!  
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Brendan Barry on May 07, 2013, 09:09:33 AM
Transport back to Sheepscot is being worked out.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Dylan Lambert on May 07, 2013, 12:12:31 PM
I can't see the picture at the moment, but if someone could tell me the model, I could see if my brother Ryan would know something useful. Heavy equipment is something of his hobby, so I'd be suprised if he doesn't know something.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on May 07, 2013, 12:53:59 PM
It's a Kubota KH-12FD
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Ira Schreiber on May 07, 2013, 06:26:51 PM
In a previous life I built several sprint cars. Building a roll cage from 4130 steel is not that hard with the proper equipment, which we have.
Ira
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Dylan Lambert on May 07, 2013, 09:06:11 PM
It's a Kubota KH-12FD
Thanks Ed!
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Bill Reidy on May 07, 2013, 10:47:01 PM
Thank you Ken!
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Paul Crabb on May 08, 2013, 07:35:44 PM
Yes THANK YOU Ken!!!
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on May 08, 2013, 08:26:50 PM
Yes, Ken, you usually do great finding things, but you out did your self. Thank you and someone will be sure to post some photos of it working in Sheepscot soon.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Ken Fleming on May 08, 2013, 10:32:08 PM
Just a short note about the Kubota.  I visited the auction site the day before the sale and the son of the owner started it and put it through its paces.  No leaks and everything appeared to be working properly.  Also a Mennonite friend had also operated and spoke well of it.  Of course at the time of the sale, someone jumped in at the last second and tried to out bid me, no one does that!

Technically the museum bought the Kubota with the GE Foundation and myself reimbursing the museum.  Brendan and I have worked out a pickup over the Memorial Day weekend.  The sellers son has agreed to the extended time for storing it.  Now our trailer problem needs to be resolved to keep this schedule.

I can see using it for handling rail and ties for the North Yard project.  It has a hook welded to the back of the bucket, just the size for chain.  It should help with digging the footer for the garage building and future culvert work.  It can also reach where Icabod can't.  Mower is certainly an option.  The outside width is 63", nice fit for flatcar.  A Hy-Rail dolly is a real possibility, with #51 pushing to work area.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Robert Hale on May 09, 2013, 01:56:08 AM
I will have my wife (she's Japanese) check the Kubota Japan website to see if they have a manual. If any parts are needed for this thing, please let me know as I will be going to Japan next year (June) and I could try to get the hard to get stuff that normally wears on the machine.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Bill Sample on May 09, 2013, 01:46:28 PM
Just another indication of the talent and generosity available within our membership. 
As our trackage is increased and the members age having this type of labor-saving equipment will certainly be of great value.
Thank You Ken and the others assisting on this project.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on May 09, 2013, 08:11:26 PM
Robert,

 A manual printed in English would work best for me, unless your wife plans to translate it. ;)

 
 Even if we don't have a manual, we will be fine. I can cross reference most parts that we may need. If it has been serviced at all, the filters are ones we can get.

Brendan has a trailer capable of hauling that already, with out using the Museums trailer. I looked at the museums trailer last weekend and it needs some tires, 4 spring hangers, and 12 brake hardware kits before it is ready for long distant or heavy use.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Ken Fleming on May 16, 2013, 10:54:22 PM
The target date for pickup is May 27th.  I'll meet Brendan and bring a couple of helpers with me.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Brendan Barry on May 27, 2013, 09:35:25 AM
Went for a drive down to Myerstown, PA last night. Met up with Ken this morning and loaded up the new excavator.

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/dac1e1a8-8896-4efc-b09c-277bae451237_zps3a61823c.jpg)

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/5fe1e2aa-1c17-45e9-9c67-861ad492da9b_zps3babef15.jpg)

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/image_zpsc0720c1b.jpg)

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/image_zps03ed3d69.jpg)
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Duncan Mackiewicz on May 27, 2013, 09:44:53 AM
Brendan,
Great pictures. Thanks for keeping us in the loop. And Ken, thank you for your generosity. The Kubota looks like a nice tool and I'm sure the museum will find it very helpful.
Duncan
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Ken Fleming on May 27, 2013, 11:47:22 AM
Now that the Kubota is headed North, we need all members to start an all out search for any manuals for it, e.g. operators, service and parts.  This unit most likely came out of Canada via the Gray Market.  Perhaps our U.K. and Canadian members can really help there.  The model number is KH-12FD.

Brendan is also bringing along 15 pairs of blacksmith tongs and 5 old bell shaped oil cans of various sizes for the shop.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on May 27, 2013, 09:11:36 PM
Thanks for the updates. We have it's first project for it lined up already.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Brendan Barry on May 28, 2013, 10:39:03 PM
The machine made it to MA and is sitting in secure storage at Dean's house. We hope to give the machine a PM and general going over before I can make it back up to Maine in a couple weeks. Also have to fix my trailer brakes, it's a long ride from PA without working trailer brakes and questionable tow vehicles brakes.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on May 29, 2013, 12:10:52 AM
Brendan and Dean;
We appreciate all the work the WW&F Hauling and Rigging Department (Interstate Division) does for us. Thanks for all your time and effort!
Dave
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on May 29, 2013, 06:31:43 PM
Don't break it, that's Dave's job.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: John McNamara on May 29, 2013, 08:13:40 PM
Don't break it, that's Dave's job.
Speaking of Dave, does this thing have a cushy seat, a sun shade, and a cup holder? If not, how soon can these be installed?

-John
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on May 29, 2013, 08:52:44 PM
Going to have to make those items interchangeable with Big Joe and ROWMOW 1.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: James Patten on May 29, 2013, 09:05:42 PM
I'm thinking we want to erect some sort of cab for it.  IF we find a mower attachment for it, I'd like to have the operator protected from flying debris.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on May 29, 2013, 09:24:11 PM
I have been searching the web for such an item, or a simple design so we can build one. With a plexiglass window. I would like to visit some tractor "bone yards" to see if I can find anything we can easily adapt.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on May 29, 2013, 09:54:25 PM
I'm starting to get a complex here. If you're going to enclose it in Plexiglas I'll need AC as well... and that doesn't mean Alna Center.
KD
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on May 30, 2013, 09:03:21 PM
Alternating Current? 110 ok or is 220 what you are looking for?
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Duncan Mackiewicz on May 31, 2013, 02:09:50 PM
Mike,
220 could be a very electrifying experience for Dave.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Wayne Laepple on May 31, 2013, 03:41:10 PM
Shocking! Simply shocking, I tell you.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: John McNamara on May 31, 2013, 05:50:26 PM
Shocking! Simply shocking, I tell you.
Thank you, Captain Renault / Claude Raines ;)
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Brendan Barry on June 24, 2013, 09:24:28 PM
Just an update on the excavator. Work and my offspring has me a little tied up so I have not had much time to play with the machine. One of my friends who has a welding company has agreed to donate the manufacture and installion of a ROPS (roll over protection system) for the machine. Having played with the machine it's a little tippy and everyone running it would be a little safer.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on June 26, 2013, 12:34:28 AM
Thanks Brendan
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Steve Smith on June 26, 2013, 10:40:48 AM
Yes! Let's hear it for Brendan the Benefactor!
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Robert Hale on June 27, 2013, 02:39:55 PM
Just an update on the excavator. Work and my offspring has me a little tied up so I have not had much time to play with the machine. One of my friends who has a welding company has agreed to donate the manufacture and installion of a ROPS (roll over protection system) for the machine. Having played with the machine it's a little tippy and everyone running it would be a little safer.

Good to hear, but I would suggest not feeding it beer causing it to get "Tipsy".  ;D
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Brendan Barry on September 02, 2013, 08:38:14 AM
Worked on the machine this weekend with Dean. Did an oil change and changed out the fuel filter. I found out  the kubota dealer does not list this machine in their parts system but Napa does. My plan is to get the excavator to Sheepscot this week probably Wednesday or Thursday. Dean is tossing some extra bonus freight on the trailer that will make the shop crew happy when heavy item's need to be moved.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on September 02, 2013, 09:13:31 AM
Hi Brendan,

FYI - The regular Monday crew is off today.  They plan on working Weds so if you come up there will be some help at Sheepscot.

Start
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Brendan Barry on September 02, 2013, 09:29:23 AM
I will try for Wednesday. Thanks Stewart.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on September 02, 2013, 11:59:02 AM
Oh great, now it'll just be WW, Jrs A & B at Trask while the president of RowMow 1 Mfg. plays with the new toy.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on September 04, 2013, 02:51:18 PM
The Eagle  Excavator has landed.

Brendan brought it this morning ... Already been used to move a couple of things.

Start
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Brendan Barry on September 04, 2013, 07:00:20 PM
Official load inspector

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/image_zpsf73a578a.jpg)

In front of the Wiscasett Dunkin's

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/image_zpsac6a9c00.jpg)

The line up.

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/image_zps0b7a458d.jpg)
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Wayne Laepple on September 04, 2013, 07:15:24 PM
At this rate, we'll soon have more motor vehicles than rail equipment!
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on September 04, 2013, 08:38:46 PM
I think the garage is too small already. Might have to make it a 4 car if Brendan keeps on trucking stuff in.

Hmmm. That forklift looks to be about 2' gauge, could this be Big Joe 2? I'll alert the pres. of ROWMOW 1 MFG so the next time he is available he can check it out.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on September 04, 2013, 08:54:03 PM
Similar thoughts have floated through the air at SS already... No need to steal the tower off this rig for Big Jow 2- much easier to recognize that the rig is already 2 foot gauge, heavy, self powered and complete with hydraulics!  We'll see what the brainpower behind the RowMow flag come up with...

Jason
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on September 04, 2013, 11:08:50 PM
Looks like some work for the Paint Dept. too.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on September 05, 2013, 08:28:11 PM
Kubota should stay orange.....
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Ken Fleming on September 05, 2013, 09:57:13 PM
Shine it must, run it might.  That doesn't get work done.  However, Kubota Orange is readily available.  But, a new or used better seat is needed.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on September 05, 2013, 10:01:29 PM
Ken;
Mighty nice of you to think of me but Mike will have to give me a few lessons before I deserve a new seat!
Dave
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on September 06, 2013, 09:41:17 PM
It will be well taken care of, once we can get it under cover to keep mother nature from beating up on it
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on September 07, 2013, 09:35:16 PM
Well as James said, I got to play on the Kubota. I am going to change the controls for the main boom and the arm. They are backwards. I try to boom down and the arm goes out. After getting orientated, I removed a small stump. Then tried to use the blade. I quickly realized that I was in the wrong gear for that. I figured out where 1st gear was and away I went.

So I was able to stump and rough grade between 30 and 50 feet in about half an hour. The only issues I found are that the main boom cylinder needs rebuilding (I know someone for that) and the higher gears on the transmission seem to bog down and stall the machine. 2nd gear is fine for moving, which goes fast enough in the yard.

It is a great addition to the museum, and can help with our smaller digging projects. And of course, there will be the assessment to use in the row mow arsenal.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Fred Morse on September 09, 2013, 03:27:56 PM
The tractor is now in second place.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Steve Zuppa on September 09, 2013, 04:11:57 PM
Don't worry Fred. You're still in first. :D
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stephen Hussar on September 10, 2013, 07:24:50 PM
There really should be a "Like" button on here!

Don't worry Fred. You're still in first. :D
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on September 14, 2013, 09:47:06 PM
I made the hose swap I wanted to, but now will be swapping it back. I did not like the way the movement felt. It was better when I was trying to run it the other way. So after I was done, I looked at the valves and realized they were different. Now I may see if I can swap the linkage instead. I found a small fuel leak on a return line and fixed it, just need a small spring clamp. I did find one other leak that does require immediate attention. The line on the bucket cylinder had gotten bent at some point and while I was using it today it developed a leak. Just replacing the swivel fitting and straightening out the pipe a little.
(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/WWandF%20Ry/2013-09-14172019_zps974dc0ee.jpg)

And this is what I did after everyone left.
(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/WWandF%20Ry/2013-09-14161745_zpsfa73d671.jpg)
(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/WWandF%20Ry/2013-09-14162457_zps4798280a.jpg)
(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/WWandF%20Ry/2013-09-14164458_zps8a745f09.jpg)

I got stuck a half dozen times where I had to push myself out using the bucket. The ground is not level yet, but the stumps are out.

And the bogging down trouble was more noticeable today. Seems to be a brake issue as the brake pedal gets very hard when acting up. More time is needed to evaluate this.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Brendan Barry on September 22, 2013, 08:25:54 PM
With the work weekend fast approaching the Sheepscot Shops Seat and Upholstery Department has devoted all of their efforts to the Kubota. The seat bottom is padded with the best foam bay 3 had to offer and the seat back is covered in a double layer of the best terry cloth the shop forces found on the floor. We can only hope Dave B. will approve of our efforts.



(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/image_zps146803fa.jpg)
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Bill Reidy on September 22, 2013, 09:01:24 PM
What - no cup holder?

A
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on September 22, 2013, 09:40:54 PM
I'm not worthy! To quote Sally Field, "You love me, you really love me!"
B
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on September 23, 2013, 07:42:00 PM
Also included in the photo but not mentioned is the new accustick fuel gauge.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on September 23, 2013, 07:55:23 PM
Also included in the photo but not mentioned is the new accustick fuel gauge.

Well, the railcar has had one for years ...  although the Kubota's fuel gauge doesn't look like it was made by Atwater Kent. 
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Brendan Barry on September 23, 2013, 08:08:38 PM
Stewart deserves all the credit for the precision calibrated fuel gauge. I was going to use a survey stake but I was afraid of getting chased down by the Rhode Island survey mafia.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Brendan Barry on September 26, 2013, 12:09:44 PM
My brother found us a seat at work.

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/image_zpsa0e193ad.jpg)
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on September 26, 2013, 12:43:45 PM
Now that's what I'm talking about! Does the MAC tool chest come with it?
B
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Brendan Barry on October 03, 2013, 11:00:35 PM
New seat installed.

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/image_zpsd63a5c86.jpg)
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stephen Hussar on October 04, 2013, 06:29:44 AM
NICE!! Thanks, Brendan!!

SH
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on October 04, 2013, 09:51:11 PM
Nice. I see you also fixed the hinges on the box.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on October 13, 2013, 07:29:58 PM
Found one with a cab....

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/WWandF%20Ry/297654_zps1031a9b9.jpg)
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Fred L. Kuhns on October 20, 2013, 11:39:16 PM
Mike,  Possible to find cab in kit form or plans?   Fred L. Kuhns
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Brendan Barry on October 21, 2013, 11:11:11 AM
Different style cab. Has an oem look to it.

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/image_zps58d3901a.jpg)
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on October 21, 2013, 02:32:41 PM
How about a wooden cab with a Portland Company style roof  ;D
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: John Kokas on October 21, 2013, 04:10:00 PM
Judging from the roof line in the picture that would be a VERY narrow gauge roof, even by Portland standards.......
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Ken Fleming on October 21, 2013, 08:48:58 PM
How are going to find a cab, when we can't even find a manual?
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on October 22, 2013, 09:26:03 PM
Just looking at pictures for ideas. Going to have to build one eventually.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Brendan Barry on March 24, 2014, 08:59:44 PM
Did a little logging with the Kubota and tried out the new thumb.

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/image-7.jpg)

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Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Fred L. Kuhns on March 24, 2014, 10:57:54 PM
  Brendan,  The Kubota looks as it could do a great deal of work with small timber. Protection for the operator is really needed with some type cab or cage.  Mike could work on that during the coming summer then it would be ready for next winter logging .   Fred L. Kuhns
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on March 25, 2014, 08:25:24 PM
Actually, Brendan cleared an area for a much needed ditch. Hoping to get the parking area to dry up before June.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Brendan Barry on March 26, 2014, 10:28:02 PM
The Kubota needs lights. Nightfall is killing production.

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Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on March 29, 2014, 07:42:15 PM
Thanks to B's logging efforts this week, I was able to rough in the ditch today. The Frost was about 4 to 6 inches thick, but once I got the ditch started, I was able to keep prying it up and continuing. Water is draining from the road to the woods like I wanted, but due to the tough digging, I will wait to finish sloping the sides and getting it to the best level. I think the deepest point where we took the pine tree down this morning will be about 16 to 18 inches deep. I am also hoping to bring the wate through here from the ditch that runs next to the road, but I will wait for the finish grade before I decide that.

We plan on moving the fill that came from the ditch to the front side of the bathrooms, to help grade that off so we can landscape or put in a garden or grass or what ever the plans. I have also found another desirable location for a second ditch. this will also lead water north from between the garage and restroom. I am trying to catch as much water as possible and move away from the flow it has now, which is into the ditch next to track 7 and then under the yard. Because this area will eventually be filled with a turntable and roundhouse.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on January 30, 2015, 12:39:55 PM
Time to revive this thread. Since we have acquired the excavator, we have been looking at what else we can use it for. We have wanted to hi-rail it, and we have come up with a plan. This will take a little doing, but when done, will be a self propelled machine, with removable rail gear.
  
  So the other thing we wanted was a way to use this with a mower. I am pleased to announce we have purchased a new mowing unit for it at a discounted price. Plumbing and hook up will take place over the next few months, being ready for action for mowing season. This is a hydraulic driven sickle bar. Watch this video and see what it is. EX-Sickle Excavator Sickle Bar Mower (http://youtu.be/QPiUWhNUz7M) This unit will help us keep up with the ever growing right of way, without wearing out as many backs.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Brendan Barry on January 30, 2015, 01:07:18 PM
Mike your your link didn't work for me. I believe this is the same video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPiUWhNUz7M&feature=youtu.be
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on January 30, 2015, 01:09:33 PM
[link fixed]
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on January 30, 2015, 03:15:20 PM
Thanks Ed.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Andre Anderson on January 30, 2015, 03:40:06 PM
Wow :o ROW MOW is at it again.  ;)

Andre
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Ira Schreiber on January 30, 2015, 05:32:12 PM
Gee, it is even faster than Fred.
Sorry Fred.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Steve Smith on January 30, 2015, 10:56:16 PM
This is GREAT news!

Mike, what do you estimate its maximum reach from the track will be?
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on January 31, 2015, 01:30:55 PM
I have not measured that yet, but will vary with the terrain. Rowmow will still be needed to get close to the tracks, mainly because that close may not be possible.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: John Kokas on January 31, 2015, 06:56:37 PM
Betcha Fred can't wait for this to be operational - and hi-rail to boot!  Yippee  ;D
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Steve Smith on January 31, 2015, 10:27:21 PM
Very glad to know that ROWMOW 1 will not be left to gather dust!
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: John McNamara on January 31, 2015, 10:37:09 PM
Very glad to know that ROWMOW 1 will not be left to gather dust!
The Smithsonian will just have to wait.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Eric Larsen on February 01, 2015, 02:30:31 PM

Fred Morse, when he was a baby
 Settin' on his mammy's knee
 Picked up a weed whacker
 Said, "Kubota be the death of me,
 Kubota be the death of me"

 ;)


Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Fred Morse on February 01, 2015, 06:12:23 PM
If the Kubota can get down in some of those steep valleys near the top of the mountain I'll hang up my weed wacker and probably Dwight will do the same!
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on February 01, 2015, 07:35:18 PM
Don't worry Fred. There will always be a place for the weed whackers.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Dwight Winkley on February 02, 2015, 09:51:56 AM
Yes Fred. Albee's field.
dwight
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on March 12, 2015, 09:16:41 PM
And here is the first big part for the mower. This was a flat mounting plate, shipped with the mower. Saturday I tacked together the side plates then drilled the holes for the two pins. Monday after work I finished welding the side plates, Tuesday I lined everything up and welded to the base, Wednesday I added the gussets, cleaned everything up, and gave it a thick coat of paint. Next up will be the plumbing.

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Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on March 12, 2015, 09:24:23 PM
Hey that looks great Mike but how the heck did you get photos outside without snow??
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: John McNamara on March 13, 2015, 12:46:28 AM
Clever guy that he is, Mike modified the impeller in his snow blower to make it a repeller. He just parks the device in his driveway, and no snow ever falls there. :D


-John
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on March 13, 2015, 11:10:12 AM
Stewart, I had to zoom in on it on the hot top apron infront of ROWMOW Mfg. Still snow, just not in the pic.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Brendan Barry on March 14, 2015, 06:39:07 PM
Mower mounted up for the first time.

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Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Glenn Christensen on March 14, 2015, 07:39:04 PM
Great work, Mike!

You WW&F guys are really "Top Shelf."

Best Regards,
Glenn
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Bill Reidy on March 14, 2015, 07:39:43 PM
I noticed Fred has the biggest smile in the photos.

Very nice, Mike.  And thank you, Brendan, for the photos.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on March 14, 2015, 08:13:32 PM
Don't cheer just yet. Baby steps. Next is the plumbing. Thanks to Brendan, we have a back up plan, in case the pumps on the machine don't have enough umph to power this and run itself. Stay tuned..
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on March 14, 2015, 08:31:39 PM
Great job Mike! Now on to hi-railing the Kubota?
Dave
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Pete "Cosmo" Barrington on March 14, 2015, 08:48:25 PM
Looks wicked good so fah, Mike!  ;)
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Paul Uhland on March 15, 2015, 12:03:00 AM
Nice job, Mike!
Being a safety stickler, a 'cage' for your steed appears to be in order, especially for track grading in rough TOTM terrain.
At 2926, their donated 1948 Clark forklift (used to load Navy R4Ds) got a cage built from square steel stock and an old mesh overhead square. Looks odd, works fine.

And great to see  Mr. Snow gone from the parking lot.
Six days to Spring!!

Happy Saint Patty's Day.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on March 15, 2015, 07:42:39 AM
Hi Paul,

Ideas for ROPS started early on this thread. You'll see plans and photos of cages / cabs if you look through the preceding pages. Mike and Brendan have plans for installing one.  BTW - Mr. Snow is back in the parking lot.

Start
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Ira Schreiber on March 15, 2015, 11:07:47 AM
Looks like " guvamint" workers. Four standing with hand in pockets watching one work !
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Paul Uhland on March 15, 2015, 01:42:59 PM
Thanks, Start, finally read the history of WW&F's super-handy excavator/crane/plow/mower.
Since I helped restore/run 2926's two donated Clark vintage forklifts, looks like the Kubota also needs some work lights rehab.
So Master Mechanic Mike, wanna git-er-done by next week? Don't forget the WW&F lettering! ;D
Youz guys are awesome.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on March 15, 2015, 02:59:08 PM
Brendan "Tagged" it last year with some lettering. Lights are a work in progress. Low priority, spare time thing. Brendan has been working on those.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on September 16, 2015, 07:49:50 PM
Brendan is going to try a temporary fix, to get us throufh FWW. Hoping this does the trick for now..
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on October 24, 2015, 08:19:42 PM
Thought I would see what ailed the excavator. Not what I wanted to find, but not unexpected due to the age. This is the #2 cylinder sleeve, and if you look closely, you will see it is cracked.
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Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Fred L. Kuhns on October 25, 2015, 12:38:28 PM
  Mike, What are the possible solutions for a motor fix?  Thanks Fred L. Kuhns
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Paul Uhland on October 25, 2015, 12:42:59 PM
Is that sleeve easily replaceable, or at all?
Hope so.
Will an engine pull/breakdown, be necessary?
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on October 25, 2015, 06:32:40 PM
It is rebuildable. But before I tackle it, I may see what it would cost for someone else to do it. I can get everything needed to do a proper rebuild. Just need someone to turn the crank so we can put in properly sized bearings.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Ken Fleming on October 25, 2015, 08:27:19 PM
What about a rebuilt short block or engine?
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on October 25, 2015, 09:29:17 PM
They are available, but significantly more. That would be something the board would have to decide.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Duncan Mackiewicz on October 27, 2015, 09:29:59 AM
Mike,
Would you prefer to bore that one cylinder only and sleeve it or would you prefer to bore and sleeve that one cylinder and bore the others to match? Seems like any rebuild worth doing should encompass the full job. Just my thoughts from years of doing engine work.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on October 27, 2015, 03:24:06 PM
We are going to do everything. You have to take it apart to do one or all. So it will have all new cylinder sleeves (they are replacable) as well as pistons and rings, new wrist pins, new bearings, all new gaskets, and a new oil pump since we will be that far into it. And depending on what the crank looks like, that may get turned as well. Everything accept the pump comes in a kit, so it saves a bunch of money versus buying everything separately. As for the head, it looked good when I took it off, but we might send it out for at least some valve work. When it is done, it should have all the power it used to when new, and will serve the museum well for quite a while.

Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Paul Uhland on October 27, 2015, 06:17:48 PM
Good luck, Mike.
Something else to do in the shop? this winter.
Will then be able to tear into TOM-north ROW work in the spring?
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on October 27, 2015, 08:04:27 PM
We are hoping to have this done sooner than later. Well before winter sets in hopefully
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Carl G. Soderstrom on October 28, 2015, 03:04:23 AM
If you send the head out make sure it is magnafluxed to check for hairline cracks.

Is it flat? enough? or should it be planed?

Have had success welding when no head was available.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Paul Uhland on October 29, 2015, 07:59:26 PM
Just curious...when newest track is open past TOM siding, will trains go to EOT, back up to the siding, then via loco runaround  be pulled  back to Sheepscot?
Would be an interesting ride.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: James Patten on October 29, 2015, 08:18:15 PM
We will not run passenger trains down the Mountain until track is done all the way to the bottom with the run-around at the bottom.  The Mountain grade is on the order of 3% or more, which makes it hard to stop and get started again.  Better to be safe than sorry.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on October 29, 2015, 10:15:48 PM
The only exception may be the railcar.  Due to it's light axle loading it could run north of TOM and turn if there's a fairly level spot with adequate side clearance.  The decision for a longer run will be made by the operating folks when there's enough track past TOM to be of interest. 
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on October 30, 2015, 07:00:36 AM
I think we can plan for clearance Stewart. That is a great way to show what has been done.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on November 01, 2015, 07:14:24 PM
Brendan and I spent today removing the motor. We reached a good stopping point, deciding what we needed for bearing size. The block is very clean. So I can now get things ordered and begin reassembly.
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Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Ira Schreiber on November 01, 2015, 07:40:52 PM
So just a cracked liner?
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Paul Uhland on November 02, 2015, 11:06:32 PM
This looks like a 3-cylinder diesel in good shape.
Hope parts search and re-assembly go smoooooothly.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on November 03, 2015, 07:46:18 AM
Yes Ira. One cracked liner. Brendan has the machine shop on standby to make a part for the puller he is going to make. But since we are in there and need to purchase all the gaskets, we will be replacing all liners, pistons, rings, etc.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Ira Schreiber on January 06, 2016, 07:37:58 PM

What is the status of the motor rebuild?
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on January 06, 2016, 07:46:12 PM
We have been busy with Christmas and all, but have managed to get everything out but the liners. Once those are out and we press the new in, we can begin assembly.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on January 15, 2016, 09:33:58 AM
Building a sleeve puller this morning

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Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on January 15, 2016, 10:50:36 AM
And out they come

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Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Greg Klein on January 15, 2016, 11:23:14 AM
It's as if you've done this before or somthing ;)
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on January 15, 2016, 05:12:26 PM
Honestly, the sleeves are a new thing to me, but have been thinkinh about it and talking about it for 2 months, so I had a small plan.

This is a picture of the setup, 2nd version.
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Jason found a Bridge washer for me to use as a pulling head. It actually worked better than I expected.

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/Mobile%20Uploads/0115161046_zpslzb50wpw.jpg)

End result. All 3 new sleeves went in. Last one Dwight and I did in less than 5 minutes. Cylinders now need to be honed, as they are only semi finished.

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Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Paul Uhland on January 16, 2016, 04:32:40 PM
Bravo!
Great work.
As usual.   :)
Looks like today's light snow came just at the right time for motor work, with MLK Day for more  TOM work.
Sometimes, things really do work out.
But please, no Kubota wheelies.  ;D
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Greg Klein on January 18, 2016, 10:47:01 AM
Well Done!
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on January 18, 2016, 07:07:45 PM
Well today I started honing the new sleeves today. I had gotten to the point that I had the machined grooves smoothed out then did some checking. I was at 3.1000, and needed to be at 3.4700. So, Jason suggested I call my engine guy. He said bring it to him because he had something that would do it quick. The block was loaded in the back of the Presidential Auto, and delivered to his shop. Assembly will begin as soon as I get it back.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on January 22, 2016, 06:26:25 PM
Removed the boom from the excavator today. I need to replace some of the bushings to eliminate some play. The portable overhead crane came in extremely handy.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Fred L. Kuhns on January 23, 2016, 05:17:13 PM
 Mike, It is great to hear of your progress on the Kubota, looking forward to the motor return. A machine over hall will always allow for the unknown problems to appear and be corrected. Thanks again for your timely updates.         Fred L. Kuhns 
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on January 23, 2016, 07:38:41 PM
New wrist pin bushings were installed on the connecting rods this afternoon. Getting ready for installation in the block when it returns.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on January 28, 2016, 07:48:46 PM
Block is done. Picking it up Friday morning. The guy charged me nothing. He wants to come down for a train ride this summer. Pretty sure the 30/1000ths he took out of each sleeve is well worth it.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Paul Uhland on January 28, 2016, 08:29:02 PM
Great nooz!
Now you have something to do besides swilling crunjola out of the Continental's gas tank.  ;D
2926's ancient big Clark forklift (AFAIK was a Navy plane unloader) has a Cont 6. Once we got the sixth cylinder to fire, re-wired it, rebuilt the starter, the clutch, the transmission, the carb, the steering  box, leaky hydraulics,  it runs strong, works fine.

Ya should have a Kubota-is-back party when it's running again.  :D
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Glenn Christensen on January 29, 2016, 12:31:03 AM
Great news, Mike!

To say that you are dedicated is an understatement.  I'm glad you're around to supply the expertise to the museum that you do.  As a remote member, I just want to thank you for all your contributions to the WW&F!


Sincerely,
Glenn
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on February 13, 2016, 09:41:57 PM
Reassembly continued today, with the crank getting new bearings and 2 of the 3 pistons installed. I broke a piston ring installing, and the old ones are too worn to use, so I had to stop. I have plenty of other things I can do while awaiting the new ring set, so I am not at a stopping point.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on February 18, 2016, 08:31:27 PM
New rings arrived early. While I was thinking of it, I also purchased a new thermostat, and it came in the same box. So I will continue Friday where I left off on Saturday.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Ken Fleming on February 18, 2016, 09:57:48 PM
Mike,

How easy has it been to get parts needed to do the repairs?
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on February 19, 2016, 08:41:22 PM
Motor parts are easy. I have been having trouble getting exact replacements for bushings on the boom, so Jason has ordered a couple Drill Bushings that we will make what we need to and install.


Today the last piston was installed, the fuel pump, Camshaft, crank shaft gear, and idler gear were all installed and timed, and the new oil pump was also put in.

The new head arrived this week, and may be installed Saturday afternoon.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on March 04, 2016, 02:34:21 PM
Ready to head back to the garage Saturday, to mount back to the machine.

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/Mobile%20Uploads/0304161329a_zpsdsis7mtd.jpg)
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: John McNamara on March 04, 2016, 03:57:25 PM
I didn't know an engine could smile, but I think that one is.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Paul Uhland on March 04, 2016, 07:56:34 PM
Great news. Great-looking job.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on March 04, 2016, 09:36:12 PM
It would look better if I had the right color blue. I am just crossing my fingers hoping that it runs flawlessly.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Steve Smith on March 04, 2016, 11:45:08 PM
Once the engine is reinstalled in the Kubota, I suggest urgent consideration be given to applying rollover protection.
SAFETY FIRST!
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Ira Schreiber on March 05, 2016, 12:03:57 AM
And a secure seat belt.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on March 05, 2016, 08:23:33 PM
Still being planned. Too many projects. Seat belt will be a must if Rollover Protection is built. But until then, it is actually safer without.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on March 12, 2016, 07:59:52 PM
IT'S ALIVE...well sort of. Got the motor restarted today, but have a compression knock. It was then end of the day at that point, so I left it at that, and will spend a few minutes this week discussing the issue with the motor guy I know. It is probably as simple as an adjustment. I adjusted the valves today, and perhaps need to adjust again. Getting plenty of fuel, so I may need to adjust the timing of the fuel injection pump. Like I said, end of the day and was time to reflect on the days accomplishments.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Harold Downey on March 12, 2016, 08:55:29 PM
Mike,  I once let my diesel tractor run out of fuel.  I bled everything like I should, but it knocked like a son of a gun for a while.  I guess any air affects the fuel delivery and caused the problem due to erratic combustion.  It sounded like some serious engine problem, like a bad rod bearing.  But it went away and was fine.    I hope something similar is happening on the Kubota.

Harold
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on March 12, 2016, 09:24:02 PM
Oh, that is just about what this sounds like. But it is getting fuel. I need to double check a few things, bleed it again and try again.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on March 27, 2016, 10:37:55 AM
A little update. I did not have much time to trouble shoot today. But I did determine the injectors are spraying the mist they are supposed to. So I got thinking there is not enough pressure from the injector pump. So that was removed along with the injectors and will be dropped off Monday for servicing.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on March 30, 2016, 07:47:28 PM
Injectors and injector pump were dropped off Monday to be looked at. They called today and told me the injector cups were worn (imagine that after 30 years) and the injector pump distribution valves were also worn (see above note) and gave me an estimate to fix them. I told them to do it. Probably could have gotten away with just fixing the injectors, but only plan on doing this once. But am already planning for them to do it to another diesel we have...
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on April 02, 2016, 08:01:58 PM
Sounds like new again...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJw1RLyjjX4 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJw1RLyjjX4)
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Ira Schreiber on April 02, 2016, 11:51:59 PM
What is that terrible knocking sound?
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on April 03, 2016, 08:23:17 AM
It was just a cold diesel at an idle. After I ran it for a half hour or more checking various things, It sounded much better. Plus the sound is amplified from being in the building.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Ira Schreiber on April 03, 2016, 11:13:32 AM
I thought that it was opportunity knocking.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on April 03, 2016, 12:04:01 PM
It just wants to get out of the garage and play.
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Paul Uhland on April 04, 2016, 07:29:14 PM
Congrats, Dr. Mike. The patient sounds ready for more dirty fun.  ;D
Title: Re: Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on April 16, 2016, 07:33:58 PM
Proud to say, Kubota performed flawlessly today. I adjusted the valves again this morning after last weekends workout. Then also checked the return line to the fuel tank. I think it was clogged, but was able to clear it by blowing through the line. Last weekend, the motor would intermittently hog up and stall. Like it was getting too much fuel. No problems at all today.