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 10-21-2004, 16:18 Post: 98935
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 OK How do you Justify your Tractor

I am on a 10ac plot, and have been studying Kubotas' for awhile. Was looking at an L series, but have probably settled on a BX23 with a belly mount 54", a Woods box scraper and 1 set of Bar and Turf tires + rims to start it off. How do you justify the price, and do you use them that much? I know it is a quality TOOL but $17,000+ in my setup is kinda making me wonder.

Problem is, I may be relocating, and don't know what kind of land I may have in the future. Is resale good? Havn't seen many for sale lately, so it looks as if people hang on to them. I was figuring if I had to immediately dump the tractor for quick cash, I would take between a $2000 to $3000 hit from what I am paying.

But sitting here on my plot without being able to do the things I want is frustrating. Mowing, moving and leveling dirt around property and house (change low spot drainage), general landscaping (planting trees, bushes, lawn, etc), extending rock driveway, trenching for drainage and sprinklers, loading my p/u with heavy loads, moving snow, making dirt track for kids and myself, possibly plowing for a small garden, etc.

I will probably go to the dealer tomorrow, but any input from members? My wife says it's a go, but I'm still hesitant and would like more justification for her and myself. I am not a 'Premier' member, so sometimes I cannot read the really long posts such as this one.

I could live without one, but have the money (a big plus!). And I have looked at the JD mowers at Home Depot, but it pretty much cuts grass, nothing else. I presently don't have to mow all that often. Prarie Grass in Wyoming just doesn't grow so fast, but regular lawn would, if it were installed. Lots of plans, but no Tool. And Renting would Kill me. I hate paying high dollars for a tool and having to give it back to the rental place. I like my tools and take psychotic care of them.

ANY input would be more than appreciated!!! And Thank You.
I may be a premier member soon if I find an Orange Toy in the garage soon!






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 10-21-2004, 16:42 Post: 98938
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Well I thought the same way when I bought my BX22 but I use it every day for almost any of the things in your list. I can do things by myself using the tractor that I could never do alone. Just lifting and moving things makes it worth while.






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 10-21-2004, 16:43 Post: 98939
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 OK How do you Justify your Tractor

I had a similar concern for a similar-sized lot. We have horses and lots of levelling & bush hogging to do, and I guess I tend to 'over-buy' a bit. I don't think so in this case as I'm VERY happy with the L3130 I got. The comfort level knowing there is plenty of power to pull, carry, mow, etc. is big for me. No resale concerns. tho... Go with the L!

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 10-21-2004, 16:48 Post: 98942
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 OK How do you Justify your Tractor

I use the same line for lots of things, not just tractors, all toys in general.

I say something like "Honey, I'm getting a little bored with my life, maybe I'm having a mid-life crisis, maybe I need to find a mistress, either that or maybe a [fill in desired toy] would take my mind of it. What do you think?"

I think she knows I'm kidding because her usual answer is "When is it being delivered?"

At least I hope she knows I'm kidding, she's a damned good shot........ Hmmmmmm.

Best of luck.






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 10-21-2004, 16:52 Post: 98943
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I was going to consider the BX model for my 5 ac horse farm, but after shopping for prices, and comparing I decided on the B2410, and with a King Kutter Finish mower, FEL and folding ROPS I paid just over 13K for it. The Bx was just a wee bit too small for me. The B2410 is almost just right, but I find a few times where bigger would habve been better.






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 10-21-2004, 18:14 Post: 98951
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1*have probably settled on a BX23 with a belly mount 54" mower,
2*and 1 set of Bar and Turf tires + rims to start it off.
3*Is resale good?
4*How do you justify the price,
5*I have looked at the JD mowers at Home Depot.
6*do you use them that much?
EagleAye
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1*I just bought a new BX23 4 weeks ago. It's all and more than I expected.
The tractor loader and back hoe with a 60'' belly mount mower ran me 15500.
I would go with the 60" mower over the 54" one. It was only about a hundred dollars more than the 54" mower when I got my tractor.
I Got the AG Tires on mine and they seem to be just fine for me as I don't mow the lawn when the grass is wet.
2*I don't see any need for 2 sets of tires and rims. Who wants to go around switching wheels all the time anyway?
3*They do hold their value very well.
The down side to this is the high resale value can cause people to buy new rather than used. That's why I bought new. There wasn't enough difference between the new and used prices.
4*I justified it because It's what I wanted and I had the money for it.
5*If you want to see John Deer compact tractors you have to go to a real JD dealer.
Home Depot is a far cry from a JD dealer.
All you saw there were riding mowers because they don't sell compact tractors.
6*I have enough work to keep my BX 23 busy all summer next year.
I have 2 pole buildings to fill in and level up the floors before poring the concrete floors.
I have maybe 3 to 5 or more truck loads of dirt to move from digging 2 fairly long drainage ditches.
I want to line these ditches and I will need the end loader to back fill along both sides of the ditches.
I have yard work to do filling in some low places and I need to slope the back fill around the buildings so water will floe away from the foundations when it rains.
I have about 150 to 200 feet of ditching to remove 4'' plastic pipe and replace it with 6 or 8 inch drain pipe then backing filling this project.
I have an area about 100 by 100 that is densely grown up with 2 to 6 inch trees I want to remove and convert it to lawn.

My only regret is that I didn't get something like this 20 years ago.
I was dealing on a new kubota back then and got a steel it price of 12500 on a 21000 dollar Tractor with FEL Hoe and rear mount mower. It was the Biggest B series they had at the time.
The financing fell through and I never had another opportunity to get one until now.
I had the chance to get one now and wasn't going to let it get away again.Laughing out loud







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 10-22-2004, 05:48 Post: 98993
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The BX will do everything on your list with ease. Don't be fooled by its size. Get the bar tires, they won't tear up the lawn any worse than the turfs do. Just leave it in 2WD unless conditions warrent 4WD. Don't bother with turfs at all. Don't worry about justification because if you think you can use it, you'll be very happy!






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 10-22-2004, 06:14 Post: 98996
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Spend the 17,000. on the tractor and the same day spend twice that much on a new pickup. Take good care of both of them, keep them both five years then check the resale value. I drive bare bones pickups, a real nice one would be great, but WOW talk about depreciation. Just a little different view on the subject. Frank.






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 10-22-2004, 06:27 Post: 98998
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 OK How do you Justify your Tractor

When I got my new B7800, I figured to mow, plow snow and move a little dirt. A year later (over 140 hours) I have found so many more uses for it. I only use it during the weekend as it is dark when I get home in the evenings for most of the year. You won't regret your purchase except for why you didn't do it sooner.






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 10-22-2004, 06:51 Post: 98999
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It sounds like you have enough to do that the labor you invest in your projects would pay for the difference between the BX and just a lawn mower and hiring the work done. Go the 60" deck now, your lawn will only grow.






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