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BX 54” fine cut MMM review

Even after 9 years of owning my BX1860 it once in while it still surprises me. I just returned from a long vacation during the fastest grass growing season of the year. Just before leaving I aerated, fertilized, limed, knowing it would make it grow fast but, I was shocked how high the grass was when I got back. I didn’t measure, but almost as tall as the front tires, so probably more that 12”, dark green, thick, and to make matters worse, rained all day the first day back. Next day it was partly cloudy, by the end of the day it was dry on top, but still wet lower down. I couldn’t stand looking at it any longer so decided to try cut it, see what happens. I had visions of clogging, big clumps of grass discharged, bad un-even cut, bogging tractor down. Turns out, none of that happened. Ran at 3000 rpm, never bogged down once, got a really nice very even cut, no ruts, no matted down grass, discharged nice evenly distributed fine clippings spread out to about 6’. I was shocked at the performance. I did end up with a pretty think layer of clippings in some places because of the cut pattern I had to take, I put a double layer in places. So I did the trim work, some other stuff for an hour and came back and cut the clippings again after some drying, this worked well, no clumping, made the clippings very fine, still there but no problem. I attribute the performance of the MMM to the large airspace and airflow above the blades and the very tight baffling to the blades to get good vacuum. Unfortunately, I think on the new 80 series, this deck is no-longer available. Anyway, that’s my review.


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That's pretty amazing, especially since it was still damp. I could never get away with that with the mulch kit installed. Anything over 4" sometimes requires a second pass.

I wish my lawn was thick and green. So far only some places look good. There are a lot of bare spots, moss and thin areas this year. I'm hoping it fills in soon and I've added some seed in places that hasn't germinated so far after 12 days.

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I cut a lot of 6 inch+ grass yesterday - at a lake property, so not as thick as a suburban lawn - and it only required a 2nd pass in a few spots. Really solid performance, I thought, by the 54" deck with mulch kit installed.


Much of the property is pretty steep, but the BX handles it like a mountain goat. I'm super careful to avoid sideways movement - strictly vertical passes, except at the top and a moderate area mid-hill. If not for some trees and a few old small stumps (which are hard to spot), the hill would be a breeze.

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After weeks of rain here our grass was up to about 20 inches when we finally had a dry enough day to mow yesterday. The two JD X500 series garden tractors with 54" decks were able to handle it but we had to mow with the decks fully raised and even then we could only do about half of the deck width per pass without bogging the engine down, and there were lots of clumps so we ended up going back over things to spread those out, so it took more than twice as long as normal. I've considered getting a deck for the BX23D but I'm not sure it would be worth it having to remove the loader and backhoe every time I need to mow. I've also considered a second BX series machine for mowing and I may end up going that route one of these days/years/decades. Your write-up is pushing me more in that direction. Thanks for posting.

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Sean, I wouldn't get a deck for the BX. Removing the loader and BH every time you mow would definitely be a PITA. Do you always get that much rain in spring? If not, the JD's can probably handle it easily. Of course, if you really want another tractor...…..

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Sean, I wouldn't get a deck for the BX. Removing the loader and BH every time you mow would definitely be a PITA. Do you always get that much rain in spring? If not, the JD's can probably handle it easily. Of course, if you really want another tractor...…..
I think Al's right, for those reasons. Plus I think a deck could cost 2k...wonder how much you could pick up an older BX w/mmm for? I've got mine down at the lake - a great place to use it - and I'd like to talk my neighbor into selling a couple acres of land so I can justify buying another, lol.


One thing about mowing with the BX....I just love the way it easily steers/maneuvers. You can see precisely where the front wheel and the deck edge are at all times - a joy to cut with.

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Last year and this year have been a lot heavier with rain than previous years, but it may stay that way with the climate changing.

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I used a BX2670 with the 54" mmm for three seasons and like you was very impressed with the performance. I don't know about a backhoe but the loader was easy enough to take on and off. The only problem I ran into was overheating in the second season, conditions were very dry and grass had built up in the lower part of the rear mount radiator behind the battery. I did scare myself a couple of times on slopes until I learned
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The radiator screen doesn't prevent too much pollen from getting lodged in behind the radiator. After pollen season I remove the screen, clean it, remove the battery and remove gobs of pollen from the radiator. During the rest of the season I keep an eye on the engine temperature and check the radiator occasionally for other debris.

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I don’t have much trouble with radiator clogging, the grass isn’t very dry most of the time. And I do clean the screen and blow air back through the radiator often.

Also I think the 18 is a less prone to overheating because it has the same radiator and fan as the 23, and 26, but burns less fuel, making less heat. Mine doesn’t go above the center range, mostly stays dead center. Last year in 98 degree heat, cut grass, running hard because it was a little high, in that case the needle went a couple degrees higher than dead center, but was still in the mid range, long way from red.




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If my radiator gets clogged the needle goes to the top of the safe zone if the temperature is above about 85°. That's a good indicator that it is time to clean it out. With no clog it will stay substantially below that point.

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