New Kubota SVL90-2

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by scagrider22, Jan 2, 2014.

  1. Digdeep

    Digdeep LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have heard from the local Kubota dealer of multiple Kubota machines having engines fail due to the cold weather. The salesman told me that there is a problem with a breather that freezes and blows out a plug in the engine siezing it or the turbo seal.
     
  2. scagrider22

    scagrider22 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I guess its a good thing i keep mine in a heated garage then :)

    I have heard of one other instance where that happened on one of the early models, supposedly it is fixed on the 90-2 but who knows.
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  3. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
    from TX
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    Aren't those engines the same as the Bobcat V3300 and V3800 that have been in use for years?
     
  4. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
    from TX
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    What type are tracks are on the mustang? Is one better over the other for traction/ride?
     
  5. Digdeep

    Digdeep LawnSite Bronze Member
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    These failures happened during snow events in the Madison Wisconsin area this winter while the machines were operating. It has been abnormally cold. The salesman has heard that they have experienced some failures in MN and ND too. Like I said, it has been extremely cold this winter. Two of the turbo seal failures completely filled the DPF with oil.
     
  6. Digdeep

    Digdeep LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I'm sure they are the same variants, but they may be slightly different since they're in different machines.
     
  7. lumberjack1986

    lumberjack1986 LawnSite Senior Member
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    The parts manual calls them a "Straight Bar Pattern", and the bars/grousers are 1" tall when new. Alternating half of the width is only about half as tall (guessing) as there is a rubber block that fill part of the void between the grousers.

    Ride on hard surfaces isn't great, but then again that's not the point for me. The ASV undercarriage with dual level suspension has the best ride, the Tak/Mustang/Gehl has none. Traction is hard to quantify, but suffice to say I've been happy with its performance in a myriad of conditions (no snow/ice to speak of here). I'm contemplating getting a stump grinder attachment for it, although smoother tracks would be better for regularly going in folks yards (ASV green tracks for example).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TkoPN9uglM
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  8. scagrider22

    scagrider22 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    OK so after getting the machine out on some actual job sites to see how it performs I am very unhappy, the only thing it does well is lift a pallet at a standstill, every single other aspect the machine is very under powered. I couldn't even scoop up a bucket full of #4 limestone without the machine bogging way down and it was even worse in a dirt pile.

    My 2006 Bobcat T-250 had more power in every single aspect and the Bobcat was faster with one speed than the SVL is with 2! I am very disappointed with Kubota considering how great my mini excavator has been. I am taking it back to the dealer in the morning, they think the hydraulic pressure may be to low but I don't think so...

    We will see, I will update you guys soon. If their is nothing wrong with the machine I will most likely be selling a brand new machine...NOT HAPPY! I should have bought the Bobcat!!!
     
  9. excav8ter

    excav8ter LawnSite Member
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    That is unfortunate. Hopefully you get it resolved. Not many Kubota CTL machines in my area. There is a real good Kubota dealer, with tons of mini excavators around. Takeuchi is the brand of CTL most of us use for dirt work. Our dealer is awesome and so is the machine.
     
  10. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    That doesn't sound right at all
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