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post #1 of 7 Old 01-24-2018, 06:56 PM Thread Starter
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BX1500 still "relevant?"

So, as outlined in the thread here:
https://www.mytractorforum.com/320-sh...searching.html

I'm buying a new house, and the seller is offering the BX1500 with FEL and MMM for $6.5k. Unit has roughly 1k hours it, and looks beat up, but generally well maintained. Owner seems like the type who takes care of his stuff.

My concern though, is that there doesn't seem to be a ton of info out there about the BX1500. Googling for videos and how-tos generally yield for-sale pages. It sort of feels like this is the SCUT that time forgot, as the model was only made for a couple years. Nervous about taking on a well used machine without lots of maintenance resources out there.

Just curious to see if there are any current or past BX1500 owners here, who could weigh in.
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So, as outlined in the thread here:

https://www.mytractorforum.com/320-sh...searching.html



I'm buying a new house, and the seller is offering the BX1500 with FEL and MMM for $6.5k. Unit has roughly 1k hours it, and looks beat up, but generally well maintained. Owner seems like the type who takes care of his stuff.



My concern though, is that there doesn't seem to be a ton of info out there about the BX1500. Googling for videos and how-tos generally yield for-sale pages. It sort of feels like this is the SCUT that time forgot, as the model was only made for a couple years. Nervous about taking on a well used machine without lots of maintenance resources out there.



Just curious to see if there are any current or past BX1500 owners here, who could weigh in.


Iíve had my BX1500 for several years. I bought it with 165 hours, and retired (sold) a Cub Cadet 125 that came with my house many years ago. The CC was fine for mowing, but was challenged plowing my 400í driveway. The Kubota has been fantastic. Some people donít like the fact that it has two cylinders, the three cylinder successors being smoother, but the 1500 is well balanced, making this difference a non-issue, IMHO. The 1500 is an excellent finish mower, and I use a plow for snow removal because we get more wet snow here along the coast, and the snow blower originally offered with it would be less desirable. I do not have or want an FEL as I donít want to do the tasks people use them for, other than back saving lifting. For that I have a boom that attaches to the 3 point hitch, and I do use that! The 1500 with the 48Ē deck fits in my shed; bigger tractors would require a bigger shed. If you canít tell, I love my 1500. Let me know if you have specific questions.


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post #3 of 7 Old 01-26-2018, 01:01 PM
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Re: BX1500 still "relevant?"

I have a BX1500 with loader, MMM and weight box. It gets used for firewood, backup mower, snow removal, mulching, light digging, back saver, etc... I have added a tooth bar and skid plate from bxpanded. I did have to modify the skid plate as the 1500 is shorter than other models so I had to move the front mount back an inch or so.

There are not a lot of videos out there, but I have found that for the maintenance I have done (oil, filters, trans) the videos for the other models of that era are similar enough to give me an idea of what it will take to get the job done.

I think I got a good deal on mine when I bought it and would not want to be without it. Seems like people are always amazed at what it can do.

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I have a BX1500 with loader, MMM and weight box. It gets used for firewood, backup mower, snow removal, mulching, light digging, back saver, etc... I have added a tooth bar and skid plate from bxpanded. I did have to modify the skid plate as the 1500 is shorter than other models so I had to move the front mount back an inch or so.

There are not a lot of videos out there, but I have found that for the maintenance I have done (oil, filters, trans) the videos for the other models of that era are similar enough to give me an idea of what it will take to get the job done.

I think I got a good deal on mine when I bought it and would not want to be without it. Seems like people are always amazed at what it can do.

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That's encouraging, as I just bought a BX1880 (rec'd last week), which I think of as a "new BX1500". I assume I'll still have my BX fifteen years from now, or maybe one of my kids will, and durability, fixability, number of dealers and general popularity of Kubota SCUTs were key reasons for selecting it. Extended usefulness and name recognition are big reasons that they retain their value in the market.

BTW, have you used your tooth bar yet? Just ordered that plus skid plate from BXpanded yesterday.

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I just got an installed my tooth bar this week. It looks wicked, can't wait till the thaw so I can get out and do some clearing with it. I really thought about welding it on, because it'll never come off of mine.

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Congrats on the 1880 Neil. Hope you get as much use and enjoyment out of as I do mine. The tooth bar is great. I take it off in the winter for snow removal and leave it on the rest of the time. Helps a bunch with light digging, turning over the compost pile, cutting down small brush, mulching, etc... The skid plate is easy to put on and take off and provides good ground clearance and peace of mind when in the woods getting firewood. Those and my front grill guard have been great additions.

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Re: BX1500 still "relevant?"

Thanks, Brian. Reading owners' accounts like yours led me to this purchase. Really excited about getting out there with it.

I imagine doing the same with my bar - on except for winter - and my father-in-law bought a big overgrown lot adjacent to his lake cabin property....skid-plate territory for sure.

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