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 07-03-2004, 23:23 Post: 90005
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Hi to all, This is my first post. I just laid eyes on the Kubota bx23 yesterday and fell in love! I have had a hell of time keeping up with the landscaping around my house. The bx23 looks like the perfect size for me, but I want to make sure it can perform.
I have 2 acres property (1.5 grass) and a 200ft gravel driveway that I am about to dig up and redo. How does the bx23 perform scooping stone? Does it have any difficulties, does it have enough heft and power to cut into and lift a pile of 3/4 stone? If so do you think it has the ability to scoop even larger stone like 2 or 3 inch river stone? I have seen many of the promotional pictures in the brochure where they are handling a bail of hay or a bucket of sand. It seems if this machine can handle the larger stones then this may be the one I want.
Also, Is there a mulching deck available? I'm selling my JD155 with a 42" mulching deck. That deck seems to have worked well. I'm not into picking up grass. I'm considering a 60" mid mount for the new bx23. Thanks for you input.

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 07-04-2004, 06:55 Post: 90011
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 How strong is the Bx23

I don't personally own a BX23, but I think that the tractor itself for grounds maintenance would never disapoint you. As for redoing that 200 ft driveway, I think you might be pushing the tractor beyond its limits with the stone work. I am not saying that the tractor will not do the work, but it would take a lot longer then it would if you had a bigger tractor. You need to get some input from kwschumm, Art W, and DRankin. They will provide you with the most accurate info. Good Luck.






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 07-04-2004, 06:59 Post: 90012
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 How strong is the Bx23

For the size of your property, and the tasks you need to have done the BX can handle it. It has proven to be a very good performer and the chassis has been proven over the last four years by the home owners doing the same jobs you are looking to do.






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 07-04-2004, 08:31 Post: 90016
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Keep in mind WP, the driveway is a one time project. It's 8feet wide and the has a good base that has worn down and some dirt is showing. I intend to widen the driveway by acouple of feet. I'll dig a shallow footing and lay a belgum block edge. Then the task will be to move and spread 3/4 stone mixed w/stone dust from a large pile. I'll rent a tamper to pack it then top it with 3/8 pea gvl. It's a one time project, I'm can take my time, we live in a country setting there are no neighboors to complain about the work in progress. As long as that machine can cut into a pile of stone I'll be happy. The work after that will be lighter; planting trees on the property, landscaping tasks ect. Thanks WP and Art, I look foward to input from the others.
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 07-04-2004, 10:34 Post: 90023
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I don't know much about the BX23 other than it's orange, it's cute, and everyone who has one seems to like them. They're supposed to be surprisingly strong for their size.






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 07-04-2004, 19:29 Post: 90059
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 How strong is the Bx23

The BX bucket volume is matched to its hydraulic output. It will do the jobs you have outlined. Generally speaking, if you can scoop it, the BX will lift it.

You already know that the BX (and any other, under 3000 pound machine) is going to take more time to do the work than a 9000 pound Bobcat. So you are already wiser than a lot of new tractor buyers.

If someone tells you that the 1400 pound BX (weight minus the backhoe) can't move a given load, but their favorite 1400 pound Green, Blue or whatever can, they are trying to sell you a bill of goods.






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 07-04-2004, 22:33 Post: 90080
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I've got a bx2200 which is pretty close to the same size and weight at the bx23 minus the hoe. It is a great little machine. More power than it should have considering it is so light. Without much weight on the back it's hard to fill the bucket. The hoe will counter the load in the bucket. Lift pressure isn't the best with the loader but pretty much what you would be please with from a 1500 pound or less machine. I think any of these BX's will do a good deal of work if you have the time. I have some big stuff to do to and will go slow doing it because once it's all done I'd much rather prefer having a small "every day" machine around my 5 acres to do the little stuff that a 6,000 machine that makes a mess on the lawn when I spread mulch. For the average "joe" homeowner the bx will do it. It takes a little longer on some of the bigger stuff and you won't be digging foundations with it but they work great.






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 07-04-2004, 23:13 Post: 90086
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The experience that I have had with my BX23 has been very favorable. It will do the tasks that you describe. While I have not yet moved the type of stone you mention, my FEL has moved soil and much larger stone very well. The backhoe, while small, will dig even in strong, heavy soil. I suggest that you try the BX23 for yourself by asking your dealer for some trial work at the dealership. Although it will likely be anything like the stone you wish to use for the drive, I am sure that you will be able to get a sense for what the BX23 can do. Remember that to scoop up a bucket of any material, the pile serves as the backing for your bucket load. The method you use will make a difference.

If you go with the BX23 with the MMM, I am sure that you will not be disappointed. Good luck. Please keep us informed on your deliberations.






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 07-05-2004, 08:42 Post: 90099
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Thanks guys for all of your input. I'll let you know






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I use my BX2200 to lift and spread 3/4 inch crushed stone all the time, 2 ton loads onto my driveway. No problems, very efficient and strong. Won't compete with a bobcat but you know that! You'll love what it can do.






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