L6060HSTC Question

tjaltz

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I’m new to Orange Tractor Talks, and I’m looking for some advice on a new purchase. I’m upgrading my B3200 to a larger tractor to take care of 35 acres. About 25 acres of fields for a rotary cutter, a grapple for down tress/limbs and trail maintenance. I need a cab and I am seriously considering an L6060 Grand. Will that machine be able to handle an 1872 rotary cutter okay on property with some hills and slopes? I know it has the necessary PTO horsepower, but is it big and heavy enough to handle a 6 foot cutter behind it going down or up a hill? Any other thoughts regarding the L6060 would be helpful. Thanks
 

virginiavenom

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I've got a 4060 HST open, with loaded rears, I use a 1872 cutter and live in hilly area, yes, it will have more than enough power. in fact for that you could easily go to an 8 foot cutter with power to spare. you won't be disappointed.
 

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I***8217;m new to Orange Tractor Talks, and I***8217;m looking for some advice on a new purchase. I***8217;m upgrading my B3200 to a larger tractor to take care of 35 acres. About 25 acres of fields for a rotary cutter, a grapple for down tress/limbs and trail maintenance. I need a cab and I am seriously considering an L6060 Grand. Will that machine be able to handle an 1872 rotary cutter okay on property with some hills and slopes? I know it has the necessary PTO horsepower, but is it big and heavy enough to handle a 6 foot cutter behind it going down or up a hill? Any other thoughts regarding the L6060 would be helpful. Thanks
Yes, but you will probably need front weights depending upon the weight of your mower and ground conditions.

I have an L6060 ROPS which I use with a Woods BB720X 6' rotary cutter in sometimes very steep conditions. This is a HD cutter with a 160 HP gearbox and it is heavy.

I have a full set of front weights (7) but mounting the front weight bracket requires removal of the grill guard so I have never mounted it. Rather I mount 4 weights onto the grill guard. This is adequate for my purposes but the other three weights would help in some conditions.

Of course, I remove the FEL when the mower is attached. Be advised that no front weights can be mounted with the FEL installed but one would not want to do so in any case.

The L6060 is rather light in the rear so you will need loaded rear tires and a rear counterweight to do serious grapple work.

I change/repair my own tires so never use liquid ballast but I do nave 2 cast iron weights on each rear wheel (planning to add a third to each). I also have a 4-in-one bucket, which weighs about twice as much as does the standard material bucket. Without the counterweight installed, my 6060 will not back up an incline with an empty bucket unless FWA is engaged. I have a CAT II Kubota ballast box filled with bags of playground sand which I use with both my M9960 and my L6060. No significant traction issues with the ballast box installed on either.

Be advised that the hose routing of the third function hoses (third function valve needed for grapple) makes the hoses very vulnerable to obstruction damage. There is a person in Canada who makes a guard to reduce vulnerability.

The only other significant gripes that I have with my L6060 is that the adjustable stop for the position control lever is a just about useless and I am not fond of the design of the hydro pedal but this is personal preference.

Otherwise, I love my 6060 and it saves me considerable time vis a vis the gear drive MF tractor that it replaced.

SDT
 
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I've got a 4060 HST open, with loaded rears, I use a 1872 cutter and live in hilly area, yes, it will have more than enough power. in fact for that you could easily go to an 8 foot cutter with power to spare. you won't be disappointed.
I am regularly power limited with my L6060 (nothing wrong with it) and HD 6' cutter and would never consider anything larger.

I do sometimes mow heavy grass and find the stall guard regularly slowing ground speed (even to stop and even on level surfaces) if turned on. I mow in M range and as fast as the mower (lawn mower sharp blades) will cut well and conditions permit.

SDT
 

virginiavenom

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interesting SDT, I routinely mow over the height of my hood on my 4060, usually in Medium rabbit, occasionally thick and wet enough to drop into Medium turtle, but rarely slower than 3-4 mph speed. curious if your having some other kind of problem maybe. an additional 20ish hp should be far greater capability to keep up. is it clumping up under the deck? when I first got my rotary cutter I had to adjust the rear wheel as it was allowing the rear of the deck to be too low, which wouldn't allow any clippings to come out of the mower deck (not chain equipped, just the metal plate....which I'd like to change) once adjusted, it worked great. before it I was having to constantly lift up and down on 3 point to allow the clippings out from under the deck. I run at the display of just under 540 pto speed, I try not to let it go over 540.
 

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interesting SDT, I routinely mow over the height of my hood on my 4060, usually in Medium rabbit, occasionally thick and wet enough to drop into Medium turtle, but rarely slower than 3-4 mph speed. curious if your having some other kind of problem maybe. an additional 20ish hp should be far greater capability to keep up. is it clumping up under the deck? when I first got my rotary cutter I had to adjust the rear wheel as it was allowing the rear of the deck to be too low, which wouldn't allow any clippings to come out of the mower deck (not chain equipped, just the metal plate....which I'd like to change) once adjusted, it worked great. before it I was having to constantly lift up and down on 3 point to allow the clippings out from under the deck. I run at the display of just under 540 pto speed, I try not to let it go over 540.
It all depend upon what you are mowing and how fast you want to travel.

Tall weeds/brush mow MUCH more easily than does heavy grass. Get into some brome grass that is laying down and you'll think you are hitched to a snow blower.

I bought the BB720X because it has a deep deck, providing lots of grass clearance. Grass clearance allows the deck to clear as does rear chain shielding rather than a metal or poly band. The mower is adjusted properly and I keep the blades lawnmower sharp, which helps.

That said, I do mow closely and travel s fast as conditions and power permit.

SDT
 
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The recommendation below is from SDT, another member. I also have a L6060 with a grapple which uses the Kubota 3rd function hydraulic valve. Speaking from experience, pay attention to what he is saying.

Be advised that the hose routing of the third function hoses (third function valve needed for grapple) makes the hoses very vulnerable to obstruction damage. There is a person in Canada who makes a guard to reduce vulnerability.
 

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My L3560 does great with a 1272 mower. I usually mow around 4MPH, slow down on some of the inclines.

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interesting SDT, I routinely mow over the height of my hood on my 4060, usually in Medium rabbit, occasionally thick and wet enough to drop into Medium turtle, but rarely slower than 3-4 mph speed. curious if your having some other kind of problem maybe. an additional 20ish hp should be far greater capability to keep up. is it clumping up under the deck? when I first got my rotary cutter I had to adjust the rear wheel as it was allowing the rear of the deck to be too low, which wouldn't allow any clippings to come out of the mower deck (not chain equipped, just the metal plate....which I'd like to change) once adjusted, it worked great. before it I was having to constantly lift up and down on 3 point to allow the clippings out from under the deck. I run at the display of just under 540 pto speed, I try not to let it go over 540.
Here you go.

(51) L6060 Mowing. | OrangeTractorTalks - Everything Kubota

You should have been there.

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Yes, but you will probably need front weights depending upon the weight of your mower and ground conditions.

I have an L6060 ROPS which I use with a Woods BB720X 6' rotary cutter in sometimes very steep conditions. This is a HD cutter with a 160 HP gearbox and it is heavy.

I have a full set of front weights (7) but mounting the front weight bracket requires removal of the grill guard so I have never mounted it. Rather I mount 4 weights onto the grill guard. This is adequate for my purposes but the other three weights would help in some conditions.

Of course, I remove the FEL when the mower is attached. Be advised that no front weights can be mounted with the FEL installed but one would not want to do so in any case.

The L6060 is rather light in the rear so you will need loaded rear tires and a rear counterweight to do serious grapple work.

I change/repair my own tires so never use liquid ballast but I do nave 2 cast iron weights on each rear wheel (planning to add a third to each). I also have a 4-in-one bucket, which weighs about twice as much as does the standard material bucket. Without the counterweight installed, my 6060 will not back up an incline with an empty bucket unless FWA is engaged. I have a CAT II Kubota ballast box filled with bags of playground sand which I use with both my M9960 and my L6060. No significant traction issues with the ballast box installed on either.

Be advised that the hose routing of the third function hoses (third function valve needed for grapple) makes the hoses very vulnerable to obstruction damage. There is a person in Canada who makes a guard to reduce vulnerability.

The only other significant gripes that I have with my L6060 is that the adjustable stop for the position control lever is a just about useless and I am not fond of the design of the hydro pedal but this is personal preference.

Otherwise, I love my 6060 and it saves me considerable time vis a vis the gear drive MF tractor that it replaced.

SDT

Paul Short from Newfoundland makes a third function protection cover. That is the link to it. Just got my L6060 last week, am planning on putting on as much protection items as I can find as I work more in forest than any place else and stick, stumps, rocks can do a lot of damage.
 

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Just out of dumb curiosity, why not run steel lines down the loader arm and just use a short flexible hose at the pivot end? Floppy hoses on a loader arm are just begging for issues. It's actually cheaper for the hard line anyway over a long run of hose.
 

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Paul Short from Newfoundland makes a third function protection cover. That is the link to it. Just got my L6060 last week, am planning on putting on as much protection items as I can find as I work more in forest than any place else and stick, stumps, rocks can do a lot of damage.
Wow! He sure is proud of his stuff! Why not buy a MIG welder and make your own guards. It's really not that hard to do. It's also very enjoyable and you'll be able to fix things when they break.
 

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I’m new to Orange Tractor Talks, and I’m looking for some advice on a new purchase. I’m upgrading my B3200 to a larger tractor to take care of 35 acres. About 25 acres of fields for a rotary cutter, a grapple for down tress/limbs and trail maintenance. I need a cab and I am seriously considering an L6060 Grand. Will that machine be able to handle an 1872 rotary cutter okay on property with some hills and slopes? I know it has the necessary PTO horsepower, but is it big and heavy enough to handle a 6 foot cutter behind it going down or up a hill? Any other thoughts regarding the L6060 would be helpful. Thanks
I have an MX6000 HSTC currently, but last year had no problems dragging an RCR1884 around with the MX6000 HST (now sold) cutting 12 or so acres on my property which is very hilly, and about the same acreage at a friend's property which is basically flat. As @SDT said, the type and condition of the vegetation being cut combined with how fast you can or want to cut are important variables.

Neither of the scenarios shown below presented a challenge for the MX6000 and RCR1884.

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