EarthWindandFire wrote:I have a new Honda 9-hp wheeled Snow blower. She does a great job, but I have 4 residential driveways to do. Two of those belong to my elderly neighbors, so I take care of them.
I'm thinking of getting a sub-compact tractor that can use a front-mounted snow blower and possibly a rear-mounted snow plow.
The thing is, I just lost my dog, a beautiful 200-lb Mastiff. So, I'm kinda having an early mid-life-crisis. It's either a Tractor, Harley Davidson or a Corvette. But, I'm also paranoid and have lost many friends to motorcycle accidents and heart attacks from shoveling snow, which is why I bought the Honda a few years ago. I'm hoping the Tractor can take my mind off losing my dog.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but engines under 25 horsepower aren't yet required to have emissions equipment which makes them more reliable and less expensive to repair and maintain?
Good Morning Mark,
This model year 2015-16 is the last year before the Tier 4 regulations require all the extra crap.
Why they simply do not install a catalytic converter on them I will never understand!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The smaller older "Tier 2 and 3" diesels sold are now being detuned by advancing the timing turning the three cylinders into "paint rattle cans" and many people including myself are affected by engine vibrations.
When the engines start running at a higher RPM the rattle can reduces somewhat and what Kubota has done is install rubber mats on the open station tractors to absorb the vibration.
Many dealers tell the customers there is no vibration but you can end up with sub compact or compact mule that will vibrate right up into the steering wheel at low and high idle and that is never good.
It can be overcome by simply correcting the fuel setting on the injection pump and bringing the 3 cylinder engines back to the proper idle to eliminate the rattle can syndrome. The smaller JD 3 cylinder engines are Iseki indirect injection engines. The smaller 3 and four cylinder Kubota engines are also indirect injection engines where a portion of the fuel delivered is returned to the fuel tank.
(changing the fuel settings will violate the warranty(if new) but the engine will not be damaged)
saying that installing a a catalytic converter for this engine will work with no engine issues.
The smaller 2018 engines are soon to to be burdened with the Tier 4 crap.
If you can purchase a mule now or invest in a good used JD 3020 with gear drive and shuttle shift
as you will have plenty of power, no pollution control crap and no loss of power from the use of an automatic transmission. These smaller engines were used for everything including irrigation pumps and generators.
Its easy enough to change the fuel settings by just getting the the few tools you need and an engine repair manual from Foley Engine Service in Massachusetts to set the proper low idle by changing shims and have a tractor that you can enjoy using.
I got so sick from the exhaust fumes from my old firewood processor that I purchased a catalytic converter for the engine and it worked very well and I no longer became ill from the fumes made by the Honda GX 340 gas engine.
The sub compact and compact tractors offered today have their engine exhaust directed under the engine and frame like a small pickup truck or car and that can get really nasty at times if there is no wind.
Some owners of these tractors change the exhaust to direct above the operators station and away from the tractor but a change like this would prevent you from using a front end loader unless you can take it to a muffler shop to have them install the exhaust piping and drill a hole in tractor hood to allow the exhaust pipe to exit through the hood.
The Older JD3020 row crop tractors have the vertical exhaust and do not have that issue.
If you visit http://www.TractorByNet.com
you will be able to learn much more about this issue.