Problems with the new Kubota BX23S – Stalls when reversing (reverse gear)

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My new Kubota BX23S (backhoe model) was delivered at 08:30 this morning. I had a great time checking implements and testing everything – but I have a big concern at the end of the day – the tractor seems to want to stall when backing up (reverse) and the reverse paddle (for lack of the correct term …) seems more hard than it should to press. I first noticed the problem on a pretty decent incline, but then it cropped up at the end of the day, reversing just about any incline. Also this is my second Kubota, previously I had a used B2410 (without loader) that I had bought with ~ 2000 hours and had 500 more mowing. I don’t consider myself a Kubota expert, and the 2410 ONLY had one mower, but I’m still amazed at the difference.

The first time I noticed the problem, I had just dropped a set of quick coupler pallet forks by my shed and was driving back to get the loader bucket back on. The tractor was running (at first) around 2500rpm. I still had the backhoe on (but not the front attachment) so I decided to back up a hill (as a precaution as there was no weight in the front) being new to the tractor. I wouldn’t have bothered to upload it with my old 2410. Well, I would have raised it carefully, but I wouldn’t have worried that I could. It’s a decently steep hill, but nothing crushing, I haven’t had a vehicle (even towing trailers) that never does. I was on low, and 4wd on the tractor. Guess 10-15% grade? It’s about 40-50 ‘to the top. The tractor would go up the first third (until the entire unit was parallel to the slope), and then it would start to stall for a moment. I increased the rpms (2800) and it did it again, I increased it again (3000) it did it again, and then I ran it up to 3500 (higher than I wanted to go with a new tractor with 1 hour on it), in the last attempt the tractor stalled completely! I found a way to climb up the back, but I was very worried. At the time I thought the hill was too much for the tractor, but I was quite surprised as, again, I would have expected the 2410 to have to work going up it, but would not have thought in the least that I was overtaken.

Later it was at around 2,500rpm and I was entering a spot where I wanted to park the tractor for the night. There is a slight incline, but barely – like enough for the rain to run. He started doing it again. This time the tractor was in 2WD. Back up a couple of meters, the tractor stops for a second, takes your foot out of reverse, and the engine revs up again and recovers. Step back a couple more feet and do it again. I got it running up to 2800rpm and the problem seemed to stop but now things seem to be a problem.

Any idea what’s going on? It’s absurd that the problem was happening the second time around, and every time I was backing up during the day, the reverse gear seems * very * slow and the pedal seemed a lot harder to press than it should. At first I put it down to the fact that my 2410 was badly damaged when I bought it, but after the jam problems I think there is a problem.

  • You are not keeping enough weight on the seat or the seat switch needs to be adjusted. Also check that the power take-off is disconnected.
  • I had the same problem with the seat switch. I ended up tying something over it to hold it down. It hasn’t since. Now you probably fry some security brains to read that, but I went for the simple solution.
  • If you are talking about moving when you are not in the seat it is a safety feature. That being said, I do it a lot when I use the BH. The reason is that I try to get the bucket in a bit before lowering my legs. So when I need to position myself back a bit I get down, lift the bucket and move back just by pressing the pedal a little bit.
  • This got old really fast due to the seat switch.He didn’t need to waste time turning the seat twice.So I installed a push button switch near the lowering speed knob.This overrides the seat switch when pressed.So to move I push the switch and press the pedal.
  • In addition to the above messages, look for a reverse pedal stop bolt.limits how much pedal travel can go.maybe adjust that down so you have more pedal travel in reverse.Also grease the accessory under the pedal.
  • In addition to the above messages, look for a reverse pedal stop bolt.limits how much pedal travel can go.maybe adjust that down so you have more pedal travel in reverse.Also grease the accessory under the pedal. Oh, and make sure your parking brake is not applied lightly.
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