6 Kubota B2601 Problems & Fixes [Explained]

The Kubota B2601 is a heavy-duty, four-wheel drive mower that is suitable for large at-home lawns as well as smaller farming jobs.

When you are operating a piece of machinery of this size, it is very important that it is running at its best, so it is as safe as possible. That is why, today, we are going to be tackling the issues that may befall you and your Kubota B2601.

The six most common Kubota B2601 problems are hydrostatic transmission and pedal problems, seating issues, quick tach loader connection problems, overheating, starting issues, and engine issues.

This article is going to tackle these six issues and give you some helpful advice as to how to tackle them yourself.

Gardenaholic Fact: The Kubota B2601 is fitted with a reversible seat that swivels and allows you to operate the backhoe with ease.

Common Kubota B2601 Problems

Even though it is a tough model, the Kubota B2601 is susceptible to issues like any other piece of lawn equipment.

Today we are going to go into depth about six of the main issues that the Kubota B2601 can suffer from to help you diagnose your specific problem. We will also be sharing simple ways that you can fix them yourself at home.

If you require any spare parts, we suggest locating your local Kubota dealership to make sure you are getting high-quality replacements.

Here are the six common issues and their fixes:

Treadle Pedal Problems

The first issue that may come to your attention is stiffness in the treadle pedal, especially when you first buy your new Kubota B2601.

The treadle pedal is foot operated and is responsible for delivering power to the hydrostatic transmission. If the pedal is at all difficult to operate, in forward or reverse, it can get very tiring when you are using your tractor for prolonged periods. Luckily, there are two easy fixes that you can try.

First, check the joints and bolt to see if they have been overtightened. You don’t want to loosen them too drastically, just enough to make the pedal lighter to operate.

On the other hand, it might simply be an issue of not having enough lubricant. You can buy lubricant for relatively cheap from a motor or tractor store. Apply it to the joints, and your pedal should be smooth and easy to use.

Seating Issues

Another common complaint about the Kubota B2601 is with the seating, and, unfortunately, there’s not a lot that can be done about this issue.

The seat is rather small and restrictive, especially when it is in the reverse position to operate the backhoe. Since this is a compact tractor, the seat is bound to be on the small side.

We recommend going and testing out the seating in a showroom before buying it to make sure it suits you and your needs. You can also try adjusting the steering wheel and retractable seat belt to see if that makes operating a little more comfortable.

Quick-Tach Loader Connection Problems

The quick-tach loader feature is very handy, but many customers have complained that it is prone to leaks in the hydraulic fluid.

You can avoid this by checking the hydraulic fluid filter regularly to identify any blockages. On top of this, you may need to pad or protect the hose somehow. If the filter gets old, replace it immediately.

You should also keep in mind that the hydraulic and transmission fluid should be replaced every 400 hours.


Overheating is a common issue in small tractors and mowers, especially if they have been overworked and run for too long.

Most likely, this issue is caused by a blockage in the air filter or clogging in the cooling fins. Luckily, this issue can be avoided completely if you are cleaning both of these elements regularly.

If the air filter is blocked, you can simply clear it out, but clogged cooling fins will have to be replaced.

Starting Issues

Problems with getting your tractor started can be due to a few reasons.

It could be a dead battery, faulty safety switches, or dirty battery terminals. Luckily, all of these issues are simple ones that you can handle at home.

The Kubota B2601 is fitted with a number of safety switches to make operating the tractor as safe as possible. Unfortunately, engaging them incorrectly can cause issues with starting. Check the PTO switch and make sure any other switches are in the correct position before trying to start it again.

If the problem persists, we suggest cleaning out any dirty terminals and charging the battery. In the worst-case scenario, you may need to replace the battery.

Engine Issues

Issues with the engine can be caused by a host of different issues, but these are a few small issues that you can probably handle at home.

If your engine is stalling, we recommend checking the fuel and oil levels before getting into any more complicated issues.

Other elements that could be causing engine issues are a blocked fuel filter, soot in the engine, or an improper parking brake.

Check the parking brake and adjust that if it is improperly engaged. If that doesn’t solve the issue, we suggest flushing out the fuel system to get rid of any blockages.

Gardenaholic Fact: The K connect front hitch makes PTO attachments easy to attach and use, increasing the efficiency of the mower.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many hours will a Kubota diesel last?

Kubota is a very hard-wearing and long-lasting machine that will last 4500-5500 hours of run time.

How often should I change the oil in my Kubota?

We recommend checking your oil regularly to make sure the level is safe; however, it only needs to be changed after every two hundred hours of run time.

Kubota recommends using oil with an API rating of CF or higher.

Where is Kubota made?

Kubota is a Japanese company based in Osaka that was established in 1890.  


The Kubota B2601 is a multi-purpose lawn mower that, like all machinery, will suffer from issues every now and again.

The six main issues that plague this lawn mower model is hydrostatic transmission and pedal problems, seating issues, quick tach loader connection problems, overheating, starting issues, and engine issues.

Using this guide, you should be able to diagnose your issues and fix them at home with relative ease.