The Extra Mile was written by Reed Boettcher in the Summer 2016 issue of Great Plains living
When hay season started ramping up, Kubota answered the call. With the assistance of dedicated Great Plains Kubota customers, along with Miki Kuronuma, Shingo Hanada, and Dave Palmer, GP took to the hay fields to get constructive feedback from Kubota baler customers. This isn’t a new practice for the Kubota hay tool team though. They reached out last season as well, however this, the rural Duncan area, was new territory for the team. Kuronuma of KTC’s Machinery/Business development group along with Hanada, GM of Tractor and Utility Planning Sales and Promotion, and finally Palmer, Sr. Product Manager of Hay tools have invested their time and resources to ensure Kubota’s hay line exceeds customer expectations.
Just north of Duncan you’ll find Marlow, Okla. Here, a custom baling operation owned by Clyde Harms Sr., his son Clyde Harms Jr., and partner Tom Heinrich puts Kubota equipment to the test on a daily basis. As committed GP customers, they own and operate several Kubota tractors, disc mower conditioners, and balers. This baling operation’s passion for Kubota equipment sparked KTC’s interest in garnering feedback by allowing Harms’s operation to test a new baler. This season, at the risk of their own profits, Harms and company have agreed to use Kubota’s new BV4580 prototype this hay season. Likewise, Kubota has technicians on call if the experimental 5X6 baler should have any issues. Kuronuma, explained further why Kubota was going to such great lengths for their equipment and customer base.
“Kubota is deeply committed to quality and customer satisfaction, and while we are relatively new to the hay tool market we are pulling all the stops to ensure our hay equipment is as reliable, if not more than any other manufacturer. We strenuously test our equipment, then send engineers like myself into the fields with prototypes. We have 15 prototype balers in the central division ranging from San Antonio all the way to North Dakota. We are dedicated to our equipment, and take these extra steps to ensure our hard work is not wasted.”
The Kubota hay tool team later visited Dan Wright’s cow calf farm near Loco, Okla. to gain further insight on the BV4180 Premium, which Wright purchased last year. Wright had this to say about his Kubota baler.
“Overall, I was very impressed with my Kubota baler. It makes really tight bales, and it seems like you can’t plug it up. The more hay you feed it, the better it works,” said Wright.
Spending time with vendors and customers is never wasted at Great Plains Kubota. The time spent in the field proves to us that as a dealership we can rely on Kubota to deliver a product we can stand behind, and offer a reliable way for customers to make a profit.
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Kubota has introduced numerous new products this year, but perhaps the most surprising is the introduction of Kubota’s Hay Tool Implements. Kubota now offers disc mowers, tedders, and rakes to their already impressive line of agriculture equipment. The disc mowers offer effective and reliable performance as well as easy operation for non-stop mowing productivity. Kubota tedders and rakes are the perfect combination to help speed up the drying process and ensure clean raking performance.
DISC MOWERS – Kubota is proud to introduce an extensive new range of side mounted disc mowers, specifically developed for the North American market. The DM-series side mounted disc mowers offer a working width ranging from 5’6” up to 10’5”. The counter-rotating three blades per disc Kubota mowers are constantly cutting and offer no compromises in performance. This means a third less load per blade; an even load on the drive; and smoother power usage. The result is neat, clean stubble.
Being prepared when mowing season takes place is essential. The new range of Kubota mowers is designed to offer maximum productivity.
The Kubota DM2000 models are lightweight, simple mowers with a compact, but durable design for maximum output at a competitive price. They are offered in working widths of 9’2” and 10’5”. Featuring the Kubota cutterbar with triangular discs, continuous and excellent cutting performance, especially in difficult crop conditions, is ensured.
The mowers are equipped with a powerful and flexible spring loaded V-Belt drive. As the belt loosens, the spring pushes the drive wheel outwards, automatically tensioning the belt. The DM2000 series is fitted with the Kubota Non-Stop BreakAway system to protect the cutterbar. The integrated BreakAway system is designed to protect the cutterbar from foreign obstacles. Upon striking an obstacle in the field the mowing unit swings backwards and up. This provides maximum protection of the cutterbar. What this means to the operator is effortless continuous protection for efficient cutting.
The 2000 series is just as easy to operate as the small 1000 series disc mowers. Adjustable suspension springs are easily set, to provide the ground pressure required. Once the machines have been set correctly, all the operations can be done from inside the tractor. No use of the three point hitch is needed when lifting on headlands or going into transport position.
Having added hay tools to the line-up means that Kubota is expanding its footprint in the agricultural market. Great Plains salesman, Brent Elliott, commented on the new products.
“It is nice to see Kubota is making a quality effort in completing the line of farm and forage equipment. The disc mowers especially will be a great added bonus for our Kubota customers. The name Kubota is synonymous with quality and I expect nothing less with their hay tools,” said Elliott.
RAKES – Kubota is also offering it’s first pull-type rotary rake with a working width of 13’9” (4.2m). The Kubota RA1042T is fitted with 11 tangential tine arms and 4 double tines per arm. The high tine frequency ensures clean raking performance, even at reduced rpm and high travel speed.
Infinitely variable cam track adjustment allows fine tuning to obtain optimum raking and swath formation according to crop conditions.
The new Kubota RA1042T single rotary rake is designed for low power requirements, while still delivering considerable working width of 13’9”. Offering a pull-type design and linkage mounted drawbar, the Kubota RA1042T can be easily operated by low horsepower tractors.
TEDDERS – The new Kubota TE4052T is designed to optimize performance for producing dry hay. The four rotors, in combination with a wide overlap, ensure complete pick up of the hay and equal distribution over the entire working width. The Kubota TE4052T rotors are driven by a low maintenance gearbox with only one grease point. The bearings from the pinion and crown wheel ensure maximum longevity of the driveline. The low weight of 904 lbs is ideal for applications with small tractors, or on hilly terrain.
series has five tough and reliable models to choose from. The DM1017, DM1022, DM1024, DM2028, and the DM2032 cutting widths range from 5’6” to 10’5”.
The new Kubota DM1000 series cutters feature a new heavy-duty Kubota cutterbar, which is designed for low maintenance and quiet operation. The fully welded cutter with overlapping C-channels has a rigid and sturdy construction, ensuring a very high level of durability.
The Kubota cutterbar has a high oil capacity which ensures a low working temperature. The long curved gear wheels run smoothly in oil and provide optimal power transmission with little slack. Kubota disc mowers also feature a spring loaded break away. When an obstacle is encountered, the mower swings backwards to protect the cutterbar. By reversing, the mower is reset into working position.
To learn more about Kubota hay tools or other Kubota equipment visit www.greatplainskubota.com
Athletes use the off-season to get stronger and faster, hone skills and recover from injuries sustained during the year. Once the season ends, preparations for next season begin, and success in the off-season requires a sound plan.
The same can be said of off-season maintenance programs for forage equipment. So we spoke with Jerry Bandstra, Senior Service Technician at Vermeer Corporation, who helped us develop a 5-step plan that can get your yellow iron in shape this off-season.
1. Learn from Last Year
During hay season you may encounter equipment issues you plan to have inspected in the off-season. But by the time your equipment is delivered for maintenance in the winter, that squeaking sound you heard back in August may have slipped your mind. Bandstra recommends logging any issues that come up during the season so you can share them with your Vermeer dealer come maintenance time.
2. A Clean Machine Sleeps Well
After working hard out in the hay fields all summer long, the temptation is to simply store your forage equipment and worry about maintenance issues come spring. Bandstra encourages Vermeer customers to clean off their forage equipment prior to storage.
For this, Bandstra recommends using an air gun to blow away dirt, grit and hay debris. He cautions that using a power sprayer can lead to rusting if parts are still wet when put into storage. In addition, he advocates changing filters and the oil, and cleaning and lubricating components that need to be manually greased, like gears, chains and the PTO on Vermeer balers.
3. Give It a Good Look
Potential problems are easily overlooked. Components may look fine and still operate well, and yet under the surface they are ready to be replaced. Bandstra recommends performing a close examination of heavy wear areas, like the pickup, tailgate and netwrap system on Vermeer balers. Also, be sure to inspect pickup tines on balers and rakes and replace any that are wearing out.
4. Safety First
Your own personal safety is paramount, which is why Bandstra encourages all Vermeer customers to inspect their safety features regularly to make sure everything is functioning properly. This not only includes your fire extinguishers, floodlights, and safety chains and guards, but also make sure wheel bearings are tight.
5. Get It Down to the Dealership
You know your forage equipment inside and out, as do the service technicians at Great Plains Kubota. Delivering your forage equipment for routine maintenance will prolong the life of your machines, bolster performance in the fields, and maximize your return on investment.
As mentioned earlier, be sure to share with your service technician anything you observed out in the field or during your end-of-season inspection. Lastly, aim to get your equipment in sooner than later. Bandstra notes that service shops get ultra busy later in the winter when folks are scrambling to get their forage equipment in shape for the upcoming hay season.
By Vermeer Corporation – www.greatplainskubota.com