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2018/10/01 09:31:36 (permalink)
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Upgrade to a sub-compact tractor (Kubota BX1880) or Riding Mower with 25hp????

I own 2 acres total.  1.5 acres is all field with thick field grass and some thick weeds and slight woody vegetation at times and I blew the engine on my Husqvarna YTH18542 mowing that field.  The grass is thick and gets mowed every other week at the least (it takes awhile on a 42" mower with 18.5 hp to cut), while the .5 acre lot that our house is on gets mowed weekly.  I tried to slow the mower down so it would not get too bogged down in the tall grass, but did not do so quick enough and the engine blew... anyhow, now I'm looking to upgrade.   Should I go with a sub-compact tractor (Kubota BX1880) OR another riding mower with a stronger engine (at least 25hp)???  

I am really leaning toward a sub-compact tractor (Kubota BX1880) with a 54" mower deck and a font loader.  Reasoning's are:

1) well built machine that could handle lawn and side field with ease

2) versatile for our property, could attach tiller on rear 3 point-hitch for garden, or rake/box blade for leveling gravel drive

3) could use front loader for snow removal on our drive-way, as well, as other general tasks

4) quicker cut time with a 54" deck and stronger cutting power/speed

*My reservations are cost.. looking at $190/month  

Riding mower with at least 25 hp reasoning's are:

1) Storage will be easier as it can fit in my shed

2) Should be able to handle the side field with stronger hp compared to the 18.5hp of my Husqvarna?

3) Price point is better at a couple grand ($100-$119 month with financing)  

 

Part of me thinks I should just spring for the sub-compact since it will be more versatile compared to a regular riding mower.  Any thoughts/suggestions are welcome, thank you.

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    AVB
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    Re: Upgrade to a sub-compact tractor (Kubota BX1880) or Riding Mower with 25hp???? 2018/10/01 12:24:29 (permalink)
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    Try cutting 6 acres with a 15.5 hp 38" cut. I did upgrade this Spring to 21hp 42" cut that currently cutting some of the 6 acres as I had to eliminate two yellow dens so the grass is as high as the mower hood. With current mower I am cutting that grass at mid travel speed.
     
    On that 18.5 Briggs you had,  it was a blown head gasket that did it in and those 310000 are bad about blowing the head and using up all the oil before you know it if you don't keep your oil checked.
    post edited by AVB - 2018/10/01 12:25:44
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    Re: Upgrade to a sub-compact tractor (Kubota BX1880) or Riding Mower with 25hp???? 2019/03/25 18:43:58 (permalink)
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    I know this is old but I am curious what you chose.
     
     
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    Re: Upgrade to a sub-compact tractor (Kubota BX1880) or Riding Mower with 25hp???? 2019/03/25 19:51:03 (permalink)
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    I upgraded to a bx1880. Reasoning: more versatile; I can now move bulk mulch for flower beds, move gravel to maintain driveway, dig a small drainage ditch to convey surface water from an area that ponds, set fence posts, use it for garden work, and mow/maintain manicured lawn & side field. The bx1880 is a very versatile little tractor that offers more power and more utility than a supersized lawn mower (in my opinion).

    Plus we are looking to expand our acreage and acquire another acre or 2. The bx1880 will only be more beneficial when that happens. It was an investment for our property, that’s how we looked at the purchase.
    post edited by Deerbarth - 2019/03/25 19:54:05
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    Re: Upgrade to a sub-compact tractor (Kubota BX1880) or Riding Mower with 25hp???? 2019/03/25 20:22:38 (permalink)
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    Great choice. I had the use of a Kubota SCUT for three seasons and loved it. I did find the FEL was limited, the tractor did not have enough traction to take full advantage of it
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    Re: Upgrade to a sub-compact tractor (Kubota BX1880) or Riding Mower with 25hp???? 2019/03/26 19:16:50 (permalink)
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    Deerbarth
    I upgraded to a bx1880. Reasoning: more versatile; I can now move bulk mulch for flower beds, move gravel to maintain driveway, dig a small drainage ditch to convey surface water from an area that ponds, set fence posts, use it for garden work, and mow/maintain manicured lawn & side field. The bx1880 is a very versatile little tractor that offers more power and more utility than a supersized lawn mower (in my opinion).

    Plus we are looking to expand our acreage and acquire another acre or 2. The bx1880 will only be more beneficial when that happens. It was an investment for our property, that’s how we looked at the purchase.



    That was a good choice in my opinion. I just got done setting 6x6 squares and 8/9 rounds for a non climb horse fence, small property benefits from a bucket. A real back saver, well worth it, sounds like you have a lot of property work done but still more to do.
    I put an easy mod that has quick connects for the fence posts, in the attached pic, do you have any pics of your kubota?

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