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 03-22-2005, 10:38 Post: 108522
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Well I have been reading and following the website for sometime now and you all have been a great resource for me. I have never owned a tractor and have just built a new home on 21 acres of wooded land in Pa. It has hills and springs but is flat (1 acre or 2) where the house is built on top of a hill with a 1100 foot gravel driveway winding up to it. Would the BX23 be right for me or should I consider a B series? Any info is greatly appreciated!
Some of my needs are:
Maintain Driveway
Cut Grass (1 Acre or Two)
Haul Wood
Some Drainage for gutters
Plant Grass, (rent tiller)
Make Trails
Landscaping
Make Pond
Excavate for Garage






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 03-22-2005, 12:48 Post: 108534
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Matt, you aren't doing to bad except for the pond! Now I'd tell you that that would be really pushing it and you should hire someone for that job. Could you use more tractor, yes but it is not needed. The larger tractor wouldn't have as much versatility or manuvering abilty.






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 03-22-2005, 14:18 Post: 108539
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I know where Art's coming from, but I think the B is just right. Not too large to mow with, but has the full Category-1 hitch and enough weight to put it to good use. I traded from a Sub-compact to the B, and am really happy I moved up. If you are moving logs

If you're talking about a garden pond, either machine would do the job. Anything more than that, hire it out.

Tractors and boats have the same genetics. The more you are on them, the smaller they get.






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 03-22-2005, 14:28 Post: 108542
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If it were me, I'd buy a riding mower with 42-54" deck to mow 1-2 acres. Then would purchase a CUT in the 27-35 HP range to do the other stuff. A cheap rider is less than the cost of MMM or RMM and can get around in your yard. It will have all sorts of other uses with a little trailer, etc. for the wife for gardening, plants, shrubs, etc. while you are on the larger tractor.






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 03-22-2005, 22:58 Post: 108584
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I feel that the BX series would tackle all of your major task. The only question is the tree moving. If the timber is large and you have a bunch of it then look at the B7510 or maybe the new B2930. The BX is more than powerful than you expect, but lacks the weight needed to really get the big grunt jobs knocked out. Call your local rental equipment dealer for your pond excavation. Big excavators are a blast to operate and a wheel loader will get the dirt out of the way. Have a great time with all that land, sounds like you are going to be busy ! !






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 03-23-2005, 06:04 Post: 108591
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Maintain Driveway = any BX
Cut Grass (1 Acre or Two) = any BX
Haul Wood = any BX (with trailer) or large B-series (for small log skidding)
Some Drainage for gutters = BX23
Plant Grass, (rent tiller) = any BX (48" max)
Make Trails = any BX
Landscaping = any BX
Make Pond = BX23 (small ornamental pond) or B21 (rental unit) or hire out (for anything over ~24' across)
Excavate for Garage = B21 (rental unit) or hire out






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 03-23-2005, 14:34 Post: 108626
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Thanks for all the response's!!!!
Lets say that the pond is way down on my list of things to do but why not consider it. It would be more of damming of a small spring creek channel to create so I don't think there would be a lot of material to move but who knows what I would be getting into. There is ledge and clay in that area and that clay is really heavy, But where the garage would be is very sandy.
I thought the ground clearance might be an issue here in the mud; BX23-6.7inches vs. B series that is almost double that.
I do have a little 12.5hp craftsman lawn tractor (42 inch mmm) that I could cut with.
I have been skidding the logs with my 4x4 to my splitter but could always cut them and get a trailer to carry.






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 03-23-2005, 17:54 Post: 108639
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You would be surprised what a BX 23 can do, it does a lot for the size it is. Iíve cleared out about an acre that was wooded (check out pics) for my pole barn this year. I bought the BX because when Iím all done the BX will be fine for the size of lot I have and the MMM will mow about an acre and half. I looked at it this way when Iím all done my tractor wonít be to big to use. And yes sometimes bigger is better, but if I need something bigger Iíll rent it.






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 03-23-2005, 20:05 Post: 108644
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Matt,
I have a bx23 and a property the exact size of yours. I'm constantly amazed at what the bx23 will do. However, I'm always wishing I had a little more. If I were you I'd go with the B or L series for the weight only. The horse power of the BX23 is fine but I'm always spinning my wheels(turf tires don't help). Bx is a sweet tractor but lacks a little punch. Good luck and let us know what you decide on.






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 03-25-2005, 15:10 Post: 108725
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I bought BX2200 a little over a year ago and it did about all of the things you mentioned you needed. I traded it in for a B7800. It does all the BX does but much quicker and more stable. The B will push and pull without spinning so much better than the BX. From what you have told, I would get the B tractor. You'll find you want to do alot more than originally planned especially with that much land.
I recently did alot of dragging a landscape rake with my BX1500 (or my wife did,it's hers). Frequently backing up and retrying to go and getting stuck (spinning tires). Hooked it to B and it went everywhere like it wasn't even on tractor. No retrys or spinning tires. It just goes.
Also fel is so much better and more stable on B. Would be no choice for me having owned both.






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