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Kubota BX series

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by Lawn Enforcer, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. Lawn Enforcer

    Lawn Enforcer Senior Member
    Messages: 569

    Hey everyone,
    I'm looking to go another direction for my residential snow accounts next year. My Dodge with the 8.5' blade just isn't the right thing for the driveways I do. I would love to get a skid steer, but I just don't have the type of work to keep it busy all year round and I hate having equipment just sitting and not making me money. I can use the tractor for mowing, spraying, and other light landscape work that I do. I've been looking into the Kubota BX series of tractors and have heard great things about them, but I just would like to hear some more about how much snow these things can move, whether it be a snowblower or loader, any feedback would be great.

    Here is a pic of some of the snow I've had to deal with this year, so just to give you a small idea about the loads of snow we get.

    SNOW REMOVAL 210 019 (Custom).jpg
     
  2. Lawn Enforcer

    Lawn Enforcer Senior Member
    Messages: 569

    Another view of some of the deep drifting that I deal with.

    SNOW REMOVAL 210 017 (Custom).jpg
     
  3. TheRealBuzz

    TheRealBuzz Member
    from ON, CAN
    Messages: 43

    I had a BX for years with a front blower and it worked great. especially in deep snow the blower kicked butt and made for a nice clean job.

    I sold the BX to a buddy and kept the blower to put on my new Massy GC which is also doing great.

    My buddy got a blade for the BX and I was skeptical because I had tried to push snow with the bucket before and it was not effective, but, I had the chance to use it the other day and was blown away at how well it worked with the blade. It was night and day. It made quick work of some heavy snow we had. He's only got the light duty 48" blade but if you throw a 60" heavy with hydraulic angle you do a good business on small residentials. Loaded turf tires are the best in the snow and if you tack a blower on the back you'd have a killer combo.
     
  4. Lawn Enforcer

    Lawn Enforcer Senior Member
    Messages: 569

    Thanks for the reply! I'm glad to hear it did well in deep snow, I had to deal with some very large windrows after a big storm we had last December and my truck didn't handle it very well.
     
  5. Lawn Enforcer

    Lawn Enforcer Senior Member
    Messages: 569

    Anyone have more suggestions on tires?
     
  6. plowatnight

    plowatnight Senior Member
    from Mn
    Messages: 305

    Hey Lawn, A bunch of us run Kubotas down here in Rochester, A friend of mine does driveways with a bx2350, front blower, box blade on the three point, does a great job. A little small for my work, but I don't think you'll be disapointed if you don't mind hauling it around town.
     
  7. Lawn Enforcer

    Lawn Enforcer Senior Member
    Messages: 569

    Good to hear. All my accounts are pretty close together so trailering around won't be needed very much. Do they make quick work of driveways?
     
  8. Snowzilla

    Snowzilla Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 397

    Kubota makes a good product. I have an old bullet proof B7100 which I love. But I find some of the ergonomics of the newer BX series a little odd. Not sure I like the big rocker pedal for the travel. But I suppose you could get used to it. I have at times considered the smallest Bobcat compact tractor, CT122. It is quite a bit larger than the BX and you can get a loader with skid steer style quick tach feature but the price can be about the same or less than the BX with loader when they have incentive programs.
     
  9. IC-Smoke

    IC-Smoke Senior Member
    Messages: 672

    for that much snow you might want to go with a larger series of tractor. The bx would do good work but it has its limitations on stacking height! You wont go wrong with a Kubota!

    here is a photo of mine day one, it currently has around 1200hrs:
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    mowing setup:
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    Ian
     
  10. Lawn Enforcer

    Lawn Enforcer Senior Member
    Messages: 569

    I also looked at and priced a CT122, which is nice, but I'm looking to get a used machine to start with since I can't justify a new one yet, and there are no used Bobcat tractors around. I plan on using the tractor for mowing, spraying larger yards, and some light landscaping on top of snow removal, and the BX seems nice and light to take on these jobs.
     
  11. Lawn Enforcer

    Lawn Enforcer Senior Member
    Messages: 569

    Nice tractor! I would go with a larger tractor, but I'm going with the BX series so I can use it for other jobs on the smaller properties I do. I am leaning towards the blower at this point, so stacking isn't a big concern for me. I also have a guy with a big CAT skid steer that can come and stack snow for me if needed.
     
  12. IC-Smoke

    IC-Smoke Senior Member
    Messages: 672

    Thanks! you wont wrong with a BX series, the BX24 has a design flaw with the hyd trans cooling fan... it is plastic and has no protection, Im on my 2nd one and think I just broke another one yesterday moving brush :eek: I use the BX in the winter for sidewalks and moving piles and it works out great! one tip would be to make a bolt on cutting edge for the bucket if you choose to do so.

    Thumbs Up
     
  13. vtzdriver

    vtzdriver Senior Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 111

    I have 2 BXs- a 2200 from year 2000 and a 2660 from 2009. Both run the 2750 front blowers in winter.
    Both are excellent snow weapons!

    I run turfs with chains on the rear and do switch to bar tires on the front for winter.

    Lift height and bucket width are the only limitations for the FEL.
     
  14. loudcav

    loudcav Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 59

    what about a rear mount blower that way you can keep the loader on if there happens to be a spot that the blower isnt effective on that or if there is an ice storm and you pick up other work
     
  15. vtzdriver

    vtzdriver Senior Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 111

    Some run up to a 60" blower on the rear.

    The power is there. The issue is weight on the back of the tractor. You will run out of traction first!

    Personally, if I were buying a rear blower, I would look for a 54"
     
  16. Lawn Enforcer

    Lawn Enforcer Senior Member
    Messages: 569

    Thanks for the heads up, I was also going to ask about the bolt on cutting edge, but you answered my question already. Thanks again!
     
  17. Lawn Enforcer

    Lawn Enforcer Senior Member
    Messages: 569

    Do you recommend any certain brands of blowers besides the Kubota one?
     
  18. Snowzilla

    Snowzilla Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 397

    I like the backhoe + loader. Great for lawn work without destroying the lawn like a skid steer does.

    You may already know, but there are aftermarket skid plates available to protect the fan like you mentioned. Not sure if this effects cooling.

    http://www.bro-tek.biz/

    Here's another site for aftermarket BX accessories:
    http://www.bxpanded.com/
     
  19. Snowzilla

    Snowzilla Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 397

    I understand. The BX would probably be more practical as a mower than the Bobcat. Also the Bobcat may be a little heavy for mowing, at near 2k lbs. Kubota's prices do seem to be a little high. The problem is the used ones I see are either beat or they are asking near new price anyway. Kubota almost always has 0% interest programs.

    Many of the Kubota dealers here are also Bobcat dealers. However, they don't seem to every stock the small CT122. I think because there is more profit in the orange.
     
  20. Lawn Enforcer

    Lawn Enforcer Senior Member
    Messages: 569

    I thought the CT122 seemed a lot bigger than the BX series. I looked at a BX 2360 today with a loader and 60" mower, seemed like a solid machine for sure. I hopped on and it seemed very comfortable.