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 12-02-2007, 21:09 Post: 148901
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Hi all,
I'm yet another newbie who found TractorPoint while looking for info on SCUTs. We'll soon be proud owners of 4 acres (1/2 of it pasture, other 1/2 yard) in NC, and I've narrowed my tractor search -for MMM mowing, FELing, and garden tilling- to the JD2305, MF GC2300 and the Kubota BX2350.

I've read many opinions about these three on previous posts, but have a couple questions to add:

One; does anyone know if the "limited" cat. 1 hitch on the JD will accept a run of the mill posthole digger ? Say a 42" or smaller 36"? One short term project would be to rent a digger, to add another pasture fence in the side yard, for the dogs, and I assume the JD's limited cat. 1 would accomodate, but seek any observations/facts on this.

Two; the JD dealer is just 8 miles up the highway from the property, while Massey-Ferguson is 40 miles away, and Kubota 40 also. As long as the JD dealer is friendly and has consistently good service, does close proximity add anything extra/ tilt purchase decision toward JD, just by virtue of easy access if questions arise/service is needed?

Three; Just in general, could those who own any of these three machines chime in on thoughts about them-- advantages, perceived disadvantages, things they do well, things to take note of?

Thanks in advance. Great forums on TractorPoint, and looking forward to getting opinions.
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 12-02-2007, 21:41 Post: 148904
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 Newbie advice between JD2305, BX2305 and GC2300

Welcome to Tractorpoint Smile

A posthole digger needs a good lift height to be useful so a standard post hold digger probably won't be too useful. I'm not sure if they make special diggers for those small machines but it's hard to see how the lift height would be adequate unless the digger had a completely new design.

Can't help you on your choice, but I will say that if all other things are equal the dealer being close would be a big plus. But if the JD guy has a bad rep it would be worth driving. The dealer can make all the difference between a happy owner and a disgusted one.






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 12-02-2007, 21:46 Post: 148905
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Thanks for your reply, KW. I'll need to do more research on the close-by JD dealer's rep for good service (on not good service), since I feel like the simplicity of being geographically close is swaying me toward purchasing from them at this point. Mike






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 12-02-2007, 23:31 Post: 148908
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As usual KW's given some more good advice. Along that line, get your ducks in a row so to say, and see the guys that are farther out. Tell them you are considering buying from them but the 40 mile drive doesn't please you. SO see if they will pick up and drop off your machine before you commit. FYI, my New Holland dealer 15 miles away promised me they would do that but fell short after the sale of two machines from them. Why? Cost mainly and not really too motivated ("hey we got more work than we can handle--so bring it here and wait about a week"Wink yeah rightBut---the other NH dealer is only 4 miles but is PIA. Guess it comes dwn to the lesser of two evils. That's from a service standpoint. From a buying standpoint, don't let the JD dealer know necessarily where you live (so that you don't want to let him know that you don't want to drive the 40 miles to the other guys)--the price will be harder to negotiate. Things may not be so dog-eat-dog in your area as it is here near Detroit.






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 12-03-2007, 07:25 Post: 148912
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I'll just repaeat a short form of my old sermon on dealers. These guys are right, a good or poor dealer can make or break your enjoyment of a new, or used tractor. All three have a quality product, and 40 miles isn't a real big distance, but no matter the brand all will need service at some point down the road. Resist the urge to drive a state or two away to avoid the sales tax or chase a false bargan then have the local dealer put you on the bottom of the list when you need service. I suppose that by the book this isn't supposed to happen, but if I were a dealer it sure would. Hey EW, you must have taken your easy to get along with pill today. Frank.






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 12-03-2007, 07:49 Post: 148913
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Frank: Me? Me thinks YOU have doubled-up on your pills hahahaha
Frank ar you still banned from ALL the dealers in the tri-state area? Did they drop all the charges? tehehe
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 12-03-2007, 07:58 Post: 148914
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EW; No not banned at all dealers, I even stoped by a BLUE dealer the other day, real nice guys, (and Lady), she even held the door for me, in and out. No free peanuts there, must not be close enough to Christmas. Frank.






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 12-03-2007, 11:22 Post: 148917
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I ran a regular PHD from my BX22. It fit, but just barely. That was before there were a lot of implements specially sized for this class of tractor.

You should have no trouble these days finding a PHD that fits and functions on any of the three models you mention.

BTW, the only problem with the BX and the PHD was the length of the auger.

In terms of distance, 40 miles is not too far to go if you develop a good relationship with a dealer. I have three dealers I trust. All are more than 40 miles distant.

I have had three small tractors over the last 7 years and none have had any need to return to a dealer except to add extra hydraulic ports or other optional equipment.






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 12-03-2007, 18:12 Post: 148931
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Welcome to the forum Mike!

I ran a Kubota post hole digger on my first compact tractor which was a B7100. I would guess that has about the same ground clearance as what you are looking at. As stated, the only issue was the length of the auger, mine barely cleared the ground but never really presented a problem as those things (the auger part) are not mounted solid.






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 12-03-2007, 19:54 Post: 148934
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Here is a link: note the shorter augers.






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