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 10-13-2005, 14:09 Post: 117853
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 Is the BX1500 for me

I am hoping to get some advice on whether the BX1500 would a good choice for me. I live on 6.5 acres of hillside with a little over an acre of it in lawn. Because of the slop I am not considering anything without a ROPS and 4wd. This combined with a budget has me turned on too the BX1500.

For the most part the tractor will be used for mowing but I have some hauling in mind also. We had the lower lot logged a year ago an I want to get down there (and back!) for firewood. Would the 1500 be able to handle a logging road, especially on the way back up pulling a cart of wood?

I also wouldn't mind adding a blade to smooth out the ruffer spots in the lawn.

Thanks in advance.
John in PA.






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 10-13-2005, 14:48 Post: 117854
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It would be frightening to drive on the clay logging roads around here without R1 Ag tires, wet OR dry. But they will tear up your lawn. How steep is the slope?






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 10-13-2005, 15:35 Post: 117856
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My lot is quite hilly and the BX1500 with bar tires handles it well. The BX's bar tires are not really any worse on the lawn than the turfs. Engine power is not a problem. It will pull a lot more weight than it can realistically stop, but that is true for virtually any tractor. Stay within the guidelines set forth in the operator's manual, exercise a little commmon sense, and you'll be fine. A BX sounds like a great match for your needs, but you might try a B7510 just for comparison.






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 10-13-2005, 17:35 Post: 117859
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Depends on the soil and moisture level. See my pics 5 & 6 for how badly R4s plug in our semi-moist clay. The R1's are far superior in our soil. If I still had R4's the tractor would be almost unusable in the winter months.






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 10-13-2005, 18:53 Post: 117862
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 Is the BX1500 for me

We have a BX1500 with Ag tires that work fine on lawn and rough roads. It is light enough to traverse wet areas without ruts and heavy enough to not experience wheel spin. The tractor has plenty of power for the rolling hills we mow, and the ROPS are relatively low enough to get under branches. We only use for mowing, but I wouldn't hesitate to hitch a trailer for general use.






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 10-13-2005, 19:29 Post: 117863
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Thanks for the input.

I was thinking that I would need Ag tires on the rear at the very least. The logging road was seeded and filled in nicely so it's not bare earth. Since one section gets pretty steep I figured that I would need the the extra traction. Would Ag's up front affect manuverablity at all?







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 10-13-2005, 19:45 Post: 117864
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I think you'll find it's not recommended to mix tire types on 4WD. This is because the front and rear tire sizes are matched sets. You're unlikely to find front R4s or turfs that are the same O.D. as R1s, and that will mess up your axle lead ratio and could cause damage.






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 10-14-2005, 10:11 Post: 117874
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I have the BX2230, but want to respond to you regarding traction. You don't need the bar tread! I have very steep areas I mow and the turf tread works like a charm. The bar tread would be better in very few applications, and on balance the turf tread overall is a better choice for what you will be doing. By the way, I pulled a 16 foot walnut log up the hill with my tractor for a mill to pick up to make lumber -- they were amazed I was able to do that. I also have a box blade and filled in 300 feet of utility line trench for a neighbor -- the turf tread would loose traction with a exra full load, but the unit performed great given the size of the tractor! Unless you are always working on unfinished pasture and soils, go with the turf tread.

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 10-14-2005, 10:20 Post: 117875
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 Is the BX1500 for me

I have watched this thread for a couple of days and I will jump in here. The only thing that alerts me to problems is the term "logging road".

All tractors ride rough due to the fact there is no suspension. The smaller the tires, the rougher they ride. The BX1500 has the smallest tires of any sub-CUT.

I have a rocky, lumpy lot and my BX22 was very, very uncomfortable to drive here. I was forced to crawl around at a snails pace and sometimes even slower. It was very tiring to put in even a couple of hours on it.

If your terrain is even a little bit rough I think you will be miles ahead of the game with a tractor equipped with larger tires.

My current machine came with R-4's designed for a 9000 pound skid steer, which did nothing to help the ride.

In order to make the ride manageable I replaced the rear tires with a similar size radial mud and snow SUV tire. Even then it beat the heck out of me until I reduced the pressure to 10 PSI.

The BX series is a marvelous machine for more civilized environs like extensive lawns and rolling pasture lands. For rough country I would want at least a 33 inch tall rear tire.






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 10-14-2005, 10:34 Post: 117877
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On the tires when Ken talks about Ag tires on his much larger Deere tractor these look like traditional ag farm tires. When you are talking about Ag tires on a BX I think you are actually talking about Bar Turf tires that have about the same tread width as the the BX turfs. Both of the BX tires are low profile wide tread tires. Traditional ag tires have a narrow tread. I say this because there is a reason farm tractors have those huge rear tires, "traction". If you are looking for traction look for bigger tires. But as in most things there are work arounds. I don't think there is much difference between either of the BX tires Bar or Turf. I would think on snow the wide tread bar tires would be less useful.

If what you call a logging road is more like a smooth grassy lane, and you are not pulling whole logs, but rather just putting split stuff or small pieces in a small trailer, my advice then would be to get the turfs on the BX, then add rear tire chains if needed. If you only go down there when the grass is dry, don't overload the trailer, and use 4WD you probably won't need chains at all.

If you are going over anything that has say 6" or so modulations in it then forget the BX and get a Kubota B or Deere 41XX series.






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