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Kubota BX2350 or B7610 for big acreage small shed

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PeterRPh
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 2 Topsfield Massachusetts
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2007-07-24          143988


Guys:
I have a cabin in the mountains of New Hampshire, 100 acres total only about five is not forested - front lawn is about 2 acres and can be (barely) mowed with a riding lawn mower (some hills).
The back lot is an overgrown orchard (3 acres) that I have been clearing for the past 10 years (don't laugh!) there are still a lot of stumps that are not very high but have not rotted in seven years as they where supposed and clumps of trees in places I could not mow. I have been keeping this area as clean as I can by mowing twice a year with a D.R. brush mower (great tool - when you are 35 but when you are 47) its time to get a riding machine.
We burnt out our Home Depot scotts lawn mower that really was only used when little kids and the grandfolks took it for a ride and I bought a new one used it once in the front yard and brought it back, (I saw no reason to ruin a piece of machinery no matter how small).
OK so I need a way to mow the front (and have my wife mow the front) but more importantly I need clearance to mow the BACK. I could live with a BX1500 with just the cutting deck - Am I crazy to go all the way to the 2350? Is the loader really that important? Can the 2350 (with woods bh added at a much later date) clear stumps and rocks from the field and trails (within reason?)
The price I have for a new BX2350 - 54 inch deck(I need the small one in order to fit the shed) + loader (model?) = $12,400 -
I know this is a lot to ask - any help would be appreciated - Thanks Pete


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2007-07-24          143991


PeterRPh,

You didn't go into any details regarding your long-term plans with the property.

At age 47, you may not have yet started thinking about your retirement, but it might not be a bad idea to start thinking about what you plan to do with your time a few years down the road.

Those hills in the back area could be cut down, making it much easier to mow in the future. (landscaping work....moving soil....etc.) I would consider knocking those hills down.

If you choose to continue mowing over and around those hills, you might be better off using smaller equipment.

A loader isn't entirely necessary, but adding the loader makes your tractor so much more versatile. As far as I'm concerned, a loader is the FIRST tractor implement I would purchase.

You're not crazy to consider a much larger tractor than the BX models. Once you have yourself a real tractor, you'll be surprised at how much more of your land you could utilize. You'll also have the machine you'll need to improve the property to fit your long-term goals.

Have a great day!

Joel ....

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2007-07-24          143994


peter..
Candoarms is right...really look bigger than the bx series for 100 acres of property. The bx has small tires and you will feel all the bumps. Get at least the B-series tractors for kubota or the smaller 20 series tractors from deere. candoarms is again right on the front loader is essential, or maybe you like to wheelbarrow stuff around at your age...not me. Think you can still get your smaller mowing deck to fit into your shed for both colors. Good luck with your choice, your dealer you purchase from is really more important than price you pay or the color of the machine. Like your dealer the best and he will take care of you when you need him. ....

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earthwrks
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2007-07-24          143998


I'd get a 35-and-up hp hydro, 4x4. Anything less I feel is waste of money considering what it could do for you long-term. ....

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2007-07-24          144002


I might be going against prevailing opinions here, but I think the BX might be just fine. If I read his post right, he has 100 acres but only will work 5 acres. If 5 acres is all he ever plans on working, then the BX will do the job nicely. If he eventually gets over say 15 acres, then a B or even bigger would be the ticket....depending if he want to work most of the 100 acres or not. For most jobs, the BX will do what the B will do....just takes a bit longer.

I agree, a FEL is absolutely essential. I have not used the hoe on the BX, but what others have told me, the hoe would work the stumps out, as long as they are not huge. You might need to cut through a few of the main tap roots, but again with some time, you can probably work them out. If they are large, you will need a commercial sized hoe to get them out.

Just a bit of a different take.

Brian ....

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2007-07-25          144009


Thanks boys - I'm caught betweena rock and a hard place (no pun intended) the bigger I go (B series - my brother has one and tells me I definetly need a B7610 or I'm a loser!)the less user friendly the machine is for the family and less of a lawnmower (primary job at this point). I'm thinking to go with the 2350 use it well for five years or so get the back lot under control and then upgrade to a B series and just get a riding lawnmower for the front yard of course I need a garage as well at some point. The other problem is storage THe BX will fit in the shed (no loader and barely) I can keep the loader out back under a tarp for now. You guys think the BX will hold a reasionable value? ....

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2007-07-31          144235


I know for storage this selection may not be practical, but I believe that a serious consideration would be a an L-series tractor. I traded in my BX22 for a L2800 w/ bh75+fel and am very glad I did. You don't get the mid pto, which I don't need, but you get a lot of tractor for the money. Not many bells and whistles, but a great work horse and would put a big dent in the remaining 95 acres should you decide to go there. Art sold me on making the selection last year, I would like to know what he thinks. ....

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Art White
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2007-08-08          144485



I always like an invite! At forty seven I know what I would like and it would make you be able to snicker at your brother!

A loader is a must! Don't worry about the size as if you do it right the first time you only add on to the equipment. On the garage, it should be at least twice the size of the house!

I'd go for the seperate lawn mower and not look back and then get up to at least a small L of the weight. I do like to go light but for grading work or anything close the weight helps to keep it where it should be.

The BX's are awesome machines but you need to be larger unless you have way to much time on your hands. You have to much to do and the larger the machine the quicker you are able to move on to the next project. ....

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