Less Than I Expected

 Posted by at 12:35 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 232024

According to Kubota’s specifications, a new tractor should have its first service at 50 hours. That service includes oil change, lube job, fuel, air and oil filters, checking and adjusting valves if needed, and a thorough inspection. We have had so much going on that I goofed and didn’t realize I was at 71 hours on my tractor. Oops.

I took it to my dealer, Tuscaloosa Tractor, on Wednesday afternoon and dropped it off. Because I didn’t want to haul my 20-foot trailer back and forth twice if I could avoid it, I asked if I could leave it there until I picked up the tractor, which they said was no problem. The service manager told me they weren’t very busy and that he would call me when it was done. I expected it would take a couple of days, but he called me mid-morning yesterday to say that it was ready to pick up.

Terry and I had some errands to run, so we drove into town to take care of them, which included dropping off something at the UPS Store in Northport, picking up a few things at Publix, and then we had lunch at McAlister’s Deli before picking up the tractor.

In reading the different online Kubota forums, members reported prices of up to $650 for their initial 50 hour service at their tractor dealers. So I was very pleasantly surprised when my bill was only $222. It was much less than I expected.

The service manager said that because I’ve been careful about doing lubrication and checking the oil, keeping the radiator and air intake screens clean and such, the tractor is in very good condition. He said they see a lot of tractors with less hours than mine that already look trashed. I’m not a mechanic by any stretch of the imagination, but I can’t understand why someone would spend a bunch of money on a vehicle or any piece of equipment and not take care of it as best they can. Obviously, it pays off!

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And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.

Thought For The Day – We enter life with an inhale and leave life with an exhale. In between, we live for the moments that take our breath away.

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  One Response to “Less Than I Expected”

  1. Too many people believe that things just take care of themselves, then complain when they break.
    Someone definitely did not think that sign through before making it.
    Your thought for the day is so true, in more ways than one.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It’s about time.

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