Recent content by Marlon

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    Still understanding the implication of different tractor specs

    Well this would be great if it wasn't for COVID and supply chain disruptions, I don't think there is a new M series tractor on any dealership yard in Australia at the moment and I can't even get a delivery date
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    Still understanding the implication of different tractor specs

    So to explain my needs in detail since comments keep coming back to it, I have a Howard NUG180 slasher, don't know if this is a global company or model, but it is just a 6'slasher on skids and got it when I didn't have the current need, saw me as cleaning up the poorly grazed paddocks once or...
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    Still understanding the implication of different tractor specs

    Really good conversation and thanks all. First thing to stand out is that I obviously have to get rid of the HST for this type of work. Then in these responses, I’m still in awe of the various discussions that keep arising around Turbo Engines. While you guys in USA have many more models than...
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    Still understanding the implication of different tractor specs

    I've created two posts in an attempt to search for facts and information to help me make the right decisions on purchase, and thank those who have responded and taught me allot, but still haven't seemed to get to the point of my queries. So, I would like to make one final post before I decide...
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    Kubota M8540 vs M7040 re fuel consumption

    To a point I agree , but with regards to "Your not going to save any fuel" , VERY OBVIOUSLY, the hydrostatic tractor working the PTO at 2700 rpm which is the engines max chews up the fuel whereas the feedback is that a non-hydrostatic working at 500rpm UNDER the engines max rpm will not, so it's...
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    Kubota M8540 vs M7040 re fuel consumption

    The only reason I was looking at the M8540 was because a dealer was suggesting it, and looking at the downloads of manuals for the M series, the M8540 had these amazing figures of PTO 540 at 2035 rpm against engine rpm of 2600, as opposed to the M6040/7040 which had PTO 540 at 2160 against...
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    Want experienced comment on whether I should upgrade from MX5200 to M6040

    So to clear up my apprehensions first, what does Hydro Shuttle (which I understood to mean I could change from forward to reverse and back without using the clutch) actually mean in terms of the transmission, drive and PTO drive of my Hydrostatic MX5200 compared to my proposed M6040 hydro...
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    Kubota M8540 vs M7040 re fuel consumption

    I'm not trying to go from 21mpg to 22mpg, I'm trying to get to a position where I can slash a 20 acre paddock using less than approx. 26 gal of diesel which from what I have gauged here is way more than it should take, which I have to do frequently now. So What I have seemingly determined from...
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    Kubota M8540 vs M7040 re fuel consumption

    Thanks for your experiences - I know fuel discussions can be endless and impossible to compare where there are different uses and weather conditions, but some indicators like the MX tier 4 vs the M7040 tier 2 are interesting and new to me. I'd like to get some experienced and mechanical minded...
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    Kubota M8540 vs M7040 re fuel consumption

    Thank you for your concern As I said, inexperienced, not ignorant, my current MX5200HST has an engine rpm of 2700, and has to run at the same 2700 rpm to spin the PTO at 540, and in doing so with a 6' rotary cutter which I was told would be fine, guzzles fuel like a session at the hotel on...
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    Kubota M8540 vs M7040 re fuel consumption

    Not ignorant, just inexperienced. A couple of people who supposedly know more have told me that a bigger tractor NOT under stress will use less fuel than a smaller tractor under stress. So, if I am to run a Topper that specifies it requires a PTO of 50-120HP (and weighs 640Kg but that shouldn't...
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    Want experienced comment on whether I should upgrade from MX5200 to M6040

    Also, appreciate the lesson here, so much to learn from people with experience, with the hydrostatic tractors, I have always raised the slasher off the ground at high revs to start it, obviously have to change my ways with a geared tractor having read the paragraph above.. Thanks again
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    Want experienced comment on whether I should upgrade from MX5200 to M6040

    Thanks... I'm getting the impression that 540E is dependent on not doing work that may cause 'lugging'. In my case I will be using this as a topper (therefore higher cut) rather than a slasher (low cut of thick grass) on gradual slopes, i.e. not quite flat with a gradual rise at the back of the...
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    Want experienced comment on whether I should upgrade from MX5200 to M6040

    I have an MX5200 Hydrostatic, only 18 months old with 163 hours on the clock. Have subsequently had to get into regular slashing of 70-90 acres, and it is not coping with this type and amount of work, so I am looking at changing it over to an M6040 Hydro Shuttle I have written down why I am...