Michigan Seat Highback Suspension Seat - Black, Model# V-5300
Replaced seat on Scag Turf Tiger, Bolts right on 10 mins to remove and replace original seat.
August 21, 2014
Michigan V5300 Suspension Seat
The original suspension seat on my Jacobsen 623D Turfcat was worn out and needed a quality replacement. After much looking I settled on the Michigan V5300. Although I think it is overpriced a little it is a very high quality setup. Came quickly, box was destroyed as other reviews stated but seat was unharmed. Bolt pattern was different but that was expected. I did however have to make 2" risers for the base as it did sit lower than the original Jacobsen seat. Rides much better and is very comfortable. Overall very pleased with this product.
August 16, 2014
Best Seat ever
OMG, I don't know how I got by without this seat. Very comfortable, easy to install, and just makes mowing a lot easier.
August 11, 2014
Kubota BX-2360 Upgrade
I installed this seat on a Kubota 2360BX purchased new in 2011. It fills a huge gap in what is available from Kubota. Service from Northern Tool was very good. The seat price was good and though backordered arrived sooner than expected. As others have commented, the condition of the box was laughable, but the seat was fine.
There is a provision for a back panel for a documents folder (?). Mine was missing and from Q&A it appears this is optional. That should be made clear.
The seat is intended to be an OEM seat where a tractor or equipment manufacture would provide mounting points equal to the seat’s track mounting points which I believe are about 11X11. I wasn’t sure how I would be mounting the seat to my tractor but saw reviews where another BX owner had installed it and assumed I could work it out. My guess was that I might remove the included adjustable tracks from the seat and bolt the seat pan directly to the stock seat track-subframe assembly and this proved to be the case.
The included deadman switch is an exact match for the stock switch. It is normally open and fits the stock connector. An extension pigtail would be useful for more flexibility in seat mounting.
The lumbar support knob interferes with the seat belt retractor bracket. The bracket can be bent out of the way by hand.
Step 9 below, installing the bolts, is easier said than done. It’s tight and access is limited.
Works well and even works as advertised, but you need to know up front that as poor as the stock seat is this suspension seat does not fix everything. The suspension system definitely works. I’m not sure it will work for heavier people. I have it turned up to 200 and I weigh 170. When you get on the tractor the seat gives a satisfying sinking sensation. The cushion shape and firmness are excellent. The best feature is the adjustable backrest. The stock seat tilts back toward horizontal. The new seat backrest can be adjusted up to nearer the vertical so that you can actually lean against it. This really helps by supporting you in three directions, especially when you let off the reverse pedal too quickly and tend to snap backward. The armrests are not so much adjustable as being able to trim back to horizontal when you adjust the backrest angle, although if you wish to angle them downward they will do that.
Where the seat disappoints, at least on the BX, is in side to side jostling. The suspension definitely works against vertical motion but with the narrow track of the BX there is not much the seat can do for you when only one rear wheel hits a bump. I am sure the response is improved over the stock seat, but be prepared that the seat won’t work miracles. This however is where the adjustable backrest helps because it wraps around you and provides support that way.
You will need
11/32 and 1/8 (approx.) drills
5/16x1 bolts, nuts, washers and lock washers, 4 each
Nylon spacers, Hillman p/n 880446 3/4 x .385 x 13/64, 4 each May be optional but the stock seat does not rest directly on the subframe so I used them. I found category 5 bolts and the spacers at a farm and tractor chain.
1. Tilt the stock seat forward
2. Disconnect the deadman switch
3. Remove the track-subframe assembly, seat included, from the pivot frame. Remove to work bench
4. Un-bolt the stock seat from the track-subframe assembly.
5. Using the subframe as a template, mark the rear holes on the seat pan for drilling. Note that I measured the distance from the front lip on the stock seat and matched that to determine location front-to-rear. You might consider moving the seat rearward to give better access to re-install the deadman switch connector
6. Verify clearances inside your new seat before drilling. On mine, the existing holes for the rear bolts were okay, the front holes were not.
7. Drill two 11/32 holes for rear bolts matching the existing holes in the subframe. I recommend you carefully mark, centerpunch, drill a 1/8” pilot hole, then drill the large hole running the drill at around 500RPM.
8. Bolt the subframe to the seat (snug but not tight) and mark the front holes to be drilled in the stock subframe. See photo. On mine the holes were about an inch off the deadman switch access hole. This placement is not critical as long as you don’t hit any of the mechanism and have room to connect the deadman switch. If you can, first mark the holes on the subframe and drill the subframe holes on a drill press. Then mark corresponding holes on the seat pan and drill those holes to match.
9. Bolt everything together with the spacers between the pan and subframe.
10. Reinstall the subframe on the tractor
11. Connect the deadman switch. Because of how I placed it I had to find someone with smaller hands to do this. I could probably have loosened the bolts and done it myself.
12. Start the tractor and verify the deadman switch works
August 9, 2014
Michigan High back Suspension Seat
Highly recommend this seat for a 60" X-Mark zero turn. Best money I've spent since purchasing the mower. It bolted right up (4 bolts) and is much more comfortable to ride on my 6 acres. No more sore back.
July 22, 2014
I recently purchased a Dixon Ultra 61 zero turn mower, and it is great but the ride was rough. I mow 3 acres and was sick of bouncing all over the place. I decided after researching my options to order the Michigan seat.....great decision. The difference in ride quality is outstanding, and I feel much better after mowing now than before. For the money I would recommend this seat to anyone looking for more comfort and increased productivity. As others reflected the packing/shipping of the item is not great, but my seat arrived in perfect condition.
July 17, 2014
Decent seat but not worth the money
Seat is better than factory seat but not worth the current price.
July 7, 2014
Title is discriptive
The seat bolted up to my Hustler Z without any modifications. Absolutely the most comfortable I have been in years while mowing, should have bought this years ago.
July 1, 2014
Mower replacement seat
The seat is fine, but the way that it was shipped was unacceptable. It came in a large box with no padding. One of the mount bolts was broken and had to be welded back on. There was no paperwork or instructions of how to mount it or change out the operator present switch. A beginner would have sent the seat back. I was able to repair it and make it work. As I said, the seat is fine, but it was overpriced, considering the amount of work I had to do to repair it and mount it.
July 1, 2014
Replacement seat for a backhoe
seat looks good, not sure it is going to fit easily
June 21, 2014