Don’t overlook this inexpensive but really helpful tractor add-on!
I’ve had my Kubota L3901 for almost 3.5 years now and I had convinced myself I didn’t need a wheel spinner on Big Orange because, after all, it has power steering, and I could turn the wheel with little effort. However, when I put on the wheel spinner, I was amazed at how much easier it made an already easy task. And it is particularly, handy when backing up.
I chose to buy a Kubota Deluxe Wheel Spinner, but there are less expensive options that are probably just as good and I’ll cover some of them in a moment. The Kubota wheel spinner comes with an optional rubber spacer for skinny steering wheels or if you’re worried about marring your steering wheel. It also comes with a set of slightly longer set of screws for thicker steering wheels. An Allen wrench is included to tighten the screws.
I bought mine from online Messicks for $16.21 but with shipping the total was $26.23. I also found it on Amazon for $27.93 with free shipping, so just slightly more. However, if your Kubota dealership is not too far way, it may be cheapest to stop by and pick one up.
If you’d rather not pay the premium for having the Kubota logo, there are a lot of identical looking wheel spinners on Amazon, ranging in price from $12 to $16 dollars. There are also some not-so-deluxe styles available, like the one shown below, but they are in the same price range as the generic deluxe styles.
The best value I found is the Polar Snow Products Deluxe Wheel Spinner, shown below. It has over 900 mostly positive reviews and sells for $12.95, with free shipping for Amazon Prime members or free shipping for orders over $25. It ships from Amazon and is free to return. Plus it has more screws of varying lengths.
Installation is really easy. I mounted mine at the 12 o’clock position but you can mount it anywhere that works best for you. Place the knob portion on the underside of where you want to mount it. Put the bottom half on and screw in one screw just enough to get the threads started. Then do the same thing with the second screw. Alternate tightening the two screws until it starts to snug up to the steering wheel. Rotate the knob portion to the top of the steering wheel and start alternately tightening the screws a couple of turns at a time until the spinner is firmly attached.
Just in case the wheel spinner becomes loose in the field, I keep the Allen wrench in my tractor tool box. If that becomes a recurring problem, I’ll use a little Lock Tite on the screws.