View Full Version : Kuboata? I think not!!

02-12-2010, 04:25 AM
Kubota tractors may be tough, but they don't float. So we'll wait and see just whether they can survive spending a few days about 20' underwater in a flooded river.



No, it's not mine, fortunately! I helped my mate (in the photo) drag this out of the river where some dopey drop kick, who's supposed to be looking after his property, left it down on the river flat on Saturday when the floods came down that night.

For some reason he decided to mow the grass down on the river flat while it was raining on Saturday, then decided that it was raining a bit too heavily, so instead of putting it away in the shed he left it there.

Next morning it was under at least 20' of very fast flowing water. I hadn't taken my camera phone down to the river to get some photos before we towed it out, but it was pretty well buried under tree branches and all sorts of debris. The panels/hood etc could be anywhere.

This pic of some giant bamboo might give you an idea of the rivers force, there were bits of all sorts of farm buildings all up and down the river where it ran through my mates place.


A bit hard to get an iea of the scale of this bamboo as I took the pic from back up at the yards, but if you can see the white clump of exposed roots just to the side of the sheet of aluminium siding in the bottom left of the photo? When I was standing by that clump it was at least twice as high as me. So I'd guess that sheet of aluminium is maybe 6' wide and about 10-12' long?

02-12-2010, 05:02 AM
No insurance cover of course ? Flood etc ? It could be got going again but at the cost of a lot of work .Wot a bugger .

02-12-2010, 06:52 AM
Don't think the depth of the water is gonna matter much. Once it's over the bonnet anyhow. (Did I use the right nomenclature?)

I suspect the current did a good job of removing all traces of that nasty oil and grease carefully inserted into the engine and chassis. ;)

Unfortunately, most of us know the drill with submerged engines. So let us know how it comes out.

02-12-2010, 01:55 PM
mmmmmmmaybe with some (a lot) of distilled water and TLC they may work O.K.

02-12-2010, 02:13 PM
A John Deere would have fired right up like it never happened :)

02-12-2010, 08:00 PM
To rip large bamboo out of the ground takes a lot of force. Though judging by the amount of rock, gravel and silt that's been moved around during the flood there's been no shortage of force.

Duncan Gibbs
02-12-2010, 10:21 PM
Just to give an idication of the force of the flood have a look at this youtube of my site (not my civil design on the bridge in question, nor my contractual responsibility). The sportsfield beyond, including my design for scour protection beyond the bridge, has held up really well. We just have to have the whole field (52,000m2) hand picked of rocks and other debris from the bridge.

Link (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7ciqvaon-Y)

It wasn't a big flood, just a VERY quick one.

The Bigfella
02-12-2010, 10:28 PM
So, what's the goose who left the Kuboata down there had to say for himself?

02-12-2010, 11:54 PM
Not sure if was him or her actually, she's got balls of steel and wouldn't think anything of it, but he'd made himself scarce when we were towing it out yesterday and he and his missus are supposedly leaving the farm this weekend. It sounds like this is just one of a series of "insults" after my mate did them quite a big favour by bringing them in, accomodating them and covering a lot of their costs.

peter radclyffe
02-12-2010, 11:56 PM
do these floods happen every year fellas


02-13-2010, 12:49 AM
Not every year , every 2 or 3 for me , the Coomera ,a bit less People tend not to moor in the Tweed .We do get some surprising ones .At a mate's place it goes up 60 foot in a bad one ...he has a nice 32 foot ketch moored at the the bottom of his yard .....he tends to watch the river heights web sites .

02-13-2010, 12:53 AM
An amazing video !

02-13-2010, 03:46 AM
This was the last one that cut off our causeway,
which seems to happen a few times each year, but for the last three years running we've had some pretty substantial flooding - not as bad as this year washing away boats and pontoons, but still enough to do quite a bit of damage.

02-13-2010, 05:50 AM
do these floods happen every year fellas
Often enough that people should know better. This is the Sub Tropics. People came and live here because it's so green, well it's that way because we get a Wet Season and that means floods. Every time it happens though various people and the media jump up and down as if it's something new.

02-13-2010, 05:55 AM
This was Brisbane in the 1974 flood.