Kubota LA534 Front Loader Removal & Operation | Messick's

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-Neil from Messick's here with the Kubota LA534 Loader.

This is the loader that's used on the B50 series tractors

including the B2650/3350 and 3350SU.

Both are open station and cab variants.

We're going to do a quick walk around here on this loader

to show you some features and how it's removed from the tractor.

On the front of this loader here you'll see we have installed

a skid steer quick coupler.

This isn't optional in these series tractors

but it is something that we think really should be standard equipment

for most people.

Putting a skid steer quick coupler on here allows you

to lift these two handles in order to release the bucket

from the loader and swap it out with oversized buckets pallet forks

or other attachments.

If you look at the front of most universal skid steers

or a lot of other tractors in the business,

you'll notice that about three-quarters

of the machines that are out there use

this universal coupler on the front.

Making it really easy to find a lot of use and affordable

or aftermarket options to go onto your front loader.

Kubota also includes a leveling rod on this tractor.

You notice this arm that's right in here gives you

a visual indicator back here at the operator station

of exactly where the front lip of your bucket is located.

That way when you go to push into a bucket to a pile of dirt

you can have a visual reference up here

that your front bucket is level when you push into the pile

to keep it from riding up the pile and not filling up

when you go and push into it.

You'll notice on a lot of economy loaders,

features like this aren't offered in order to keep the cost down.

On Kubota's machines, here they are including that.

Kubota's model numbers do actually mean something.

This LA534 Loader means that this tractor can lift

basically 534 kilograms at the pivot point on the loader.

If you multiply that 534 by 2.2 that tells you roughly 1100 pounds

that this loader can lift at the pivot point.

Now, we do want to be cautious to watch that that 1100 pounds,

which is a spec that many manufacturers rely on

as a marketing number,isn't reality

for what this loader will lift.

Because you don't lift loads back at the pivot point,

you lift loads out at the center of the bucket.

If you're looking for a real true lift capacity

for a very specific application, make sure you're looking

at your lift capacities at bucket center at full height,

not at the marketing numbers that some companies use

at pivot pins or at carrying heights.

Kubota is very conservative in their loader measurements.

Whenever we give a number on these things,

we've never really seen an application

where somebody's not easily able to meet

and exceed those numbers.

You'll notice that the process of removing a loader

from a Kubota tractor is nearly universal

across all the models.

The first thing that we'll do is start the tractor

and lower a parking stand then pull some release pins

and roll the loader away from the tractor.

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Right on the bottom side of the loader, here, on either side

or two parking stands, the first thing that I do

is pull this cotter pin out and lower the stand down,

slide it over a can and put it right back in place.

Once that's down, we'll use the loader

in order to lift the front tires of the tractor up in the air.

When you do that, you force the orange part of the loader here

and the socket down here on the bottom

into alignment and these black pins here

on the side will be forced into perfect alignment

and slide right out.

I did not prep this tractor ahead of time, this is a random one

that I picked out of a parking lot.

Now, if you don't ever do this and these things sit for months

and years without ever coming out those pins can solidify themselves.

Putting a little bit of oil and grease on them

to keep them fresh and clean does help.

Once you've pulled those pins out you simply curl your bucket closed.

You'll see back here that when I curled it,

my loader socket and my loader itself

pulled apart from each other.

Once I'm free there I could take my parking brake off

and back up.

For the valve, when the loader tractor right here

Kubota is now locating it over here off your side.

If you've ever used a loader foul before

they all basically have the same functions.

Kubota has a little chart right down here in the bottom,

that shows all the different positions

and exactly what they do.

Essentially, what you want to do is push the valve forward

in order to raise the loader up and down and go left and right

in order to curl the bucket.

In addition to that there's also corner positions

and float functions in here as well.

When I push forward I can feel a little detent

and the loader stick will click and it will stay forward.

Essentially, what that does is it takes the boom cylinder down here

and it locks the valve open, allowing the boom

to ride up and down on its own.

If you're going to push snow off of your driveway, for instance,

you simply push the loader up into the float position

so that the bucket will scrape and contour with your driveway

rather than digging out the low spots and being too high on the high spots.

There's also a float in the dump circuit as well

and you can feel a small detent in there that.

What that does, is when you go and dump your bucket down

you can throw the whole way over to the side

into a speed dump position that will simply open the valve up

and let the bucket flop right over and go.

While you're working this stick you can also pull into the corners

and stroke those functions simultaneously.

This is one of the things that Kubota does best.

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You'll notice that a lot of loaders that are on the market

doing functions like, raising and curling at the same time

are really difficult.

Kubota uses a type of valve where all these functions

can be operated at the same time, making functions like lifting

and curling really easy to do.

You can look at a lot of other leading loaders

on the market and see that you go up and then over

and up and over and up and over and up and over,

which is just not nice to operate.

Even though they have those corner functions

like the Kubota loaders do, they won't move both functions

at the same time.

You'll get one or the other because the valves

aren't balanced as well.

Just because you see a loader that shows those functions

and has those positions, don't assume that it works this well

without getting in the seat and actually

working the loader around and seeing how the functions work.

That's a really significant contributor

to being able to work quickly and efficiently and predictably.

Predictability is one of the biggest things

that I like on a tractor because when I move a stick

or a control, I want to know what's going to happen.

When your valves aren't balanced well you're not always sure

when you're in a corner position if your loader

is going to lift or curl.

Rather than getting that herky-jerky motion

the Kubota loaders do a great job of being very balanced

as they go up and down.

That's a Kubota LA534 loader.

If you have any questions

so we can help you out with these things, give us a call.

We're available at 800-223-373 or online at messicks.com.

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