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 01-07-2006, 13:43 Post: 122375
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 Thinking About Getting a 2305

Hi all, I've been reading the old posts about the 2305 and its predecessor, and I'm about ready to buy one in the spring. I own a mobile home park and in addition to mowing and some small drainage/backhoe projects, my main use would be using the loader to spread crushed asphalt and then roll/compact it. In your experience, is the 2305 loader sufficiently sized to handle heavy loads like gravel and crushed asphalt without bogging? Or should I go with a bigger tractor? I like the compact size of the 2305, and from what I've read so far everyone seems to consider it a capable workhorse. And I looked at Kubotas etc but I've always been a green fan. Thanks for your comments and experience.






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 01-07-2006, 14:05 Post: 122377
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 Thinking About Getting a 2305

Tance,

The 2305 would do fine for what you describe, although if a backhoe is in your cards, you would have to go with an aftermarket one. One of the advantages of these tractors is their size. For light to medium loader work, they work great. Ballasting is important though.

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 01-09-2006, 21:27 Post: 122508
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2006-01-09 00:00:00
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Thanks JD, the dealer said there might be an issue with ROPS head clearance if I go with a backhoe so I'll have to research that. And I'll keep the ballast box in mind. That's a nice yard you have.






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 01-10-2006, 05:47 Post: 122519
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 Thinking About Getting a 2305

Tance, depending on your location within, but a 4110 or 4115 (there aren't many left in the US, but if you find them, the deals are good because of rebates) even though bit larger than the 2305 has some added features and would easily cover your needs.






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 01-10-2006, 07:50 Post: 122528
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Actually, you read my thoughts. I'm just now starting to look in that direction. Funny how easy it is to justify something bigger (ha).






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 01-10-2006, 08:04 Post: 122531
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Tance, if wanted email me on the side and I will let you know what is available around you.






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 01-10-2006, 08:44 Post: 122532
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 Thinking About Getting a 2305

You will have problems with head clearance if you add a backhoe to the 2305, not to mention warranty issues if the aftermarket B/H damages the tractor.

I have owned both green and orange and I have to say that Kubota certainly offers the best, most user friendly tractor/loader/backhoe packages on the market.

If you cannot locate a 4110/4115, take a closer look at a BX23, it might be about perfect for your needs.






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DRankin,

I just noticed your photos and comments regarding green vs. orange, and would like to hear your pros/cons of the two machines you have now? I would (guess??) the 4115 is much more capable, but I sense you like the orange better? Reason for asking, I'm wanting to do something, not sure what in terms of my next step and would appreciate the insight.

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 01-11-2006, 15:25 Post: 122610
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DRankin,

Thanks,I did look at the BX23 and I liked it too... to tell you the truth I'm kind of overloaded on choices here, so many different models to chose from. But I think the best bet is to read posts on this site and others. I get the feeling it's like choosing between a Camaro and a Mustang... my guess is that they're both pretty good.






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 01-11-2006, 16:14 Post: 122612
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 Thinking About Getting a 2305

Not sure what your budget is saying but I was all onboard until the backhoe part and the spreading and roll compacting. I would thing would do better with a Deere 4310/4410 new or used if you can find a new unsold unit. The Kubota or Kioti equivalents would also be good choice in my opinion as well. With fluid filled tires and extra weights you would have plenty of weight to roll compact and enough tractor to tackle any backhoe chore you face. Yes they are bigger than the 2305 but not that much bigger.






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