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I actually received this tractor about 3 weeks ago, but due to the holidays and moving into our just built log home I have not had time to post about it.

This tractor has the FEL and it came with TWO 60" mowing decks. The story I was told was that the original owner thought the decks were a weak link and ordered two for when one broke. He ended up using one to finish mow and the other to rough mow a field. Both decks are in excellent condition. I plan to put one of them up for sale as I really don't need two 60" decks! If your interested in this deck PM me...

I have 2.3 acres of land around the house that is all old pasture land, no trees. One acre is established fescue, and the rest is currently raw dirt. I bought this tractor with the intention of prepping the soil to sow grass, and of course to mow the grass once its established. I bought a 7' Fred Cain Landscape rake to help with this task.

Anyway here are a couple of pics....




 

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I forgot: The tractor has 788 hours on it, needs all the fluids changed, and needs a good cleaning!

Some minor things it needs:
The rear turn signal lenses need replacing.
It needs a rear PTO shaft boot.
The seat cover is coming loose on the bottom. (I'll probably have it recovered.)
The seat belt will not latch. I know some may not use one, but my wife has already learned to drive this, and she insists I have this working for her.
That's all for now....
 

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Congrats on getting a BX2230. That is a very good little tractor.
Theres alot of knowledge to glean here and if you can't find it just ask, someone should respond.
At 788 hrs it should have already had the hydro fluid & filters changed. Per specs you change them every 300 hrs (300, 600,900 etc) The engine oil & filter is spec'ed to be changed every 100 hrs and the air filter every yr. The fuel filters are spec'ed for every 400 hrs but if you ever get contaminated fuel you'll end up having to change them to clean the system out. (there are two). They are the same part number also.

I've only used SUDT in my HST and just recently changed over to SUDT2 (which is replacing the SUDT) and I've never had an HST or hydraulic power problem with my BX23 (knock on wood). Some folks opt for cheaper fluid that meets the SUDT spec but most that have complained about louder whineing from the HST and changed back.

One thing I notice in your pic is your MMM lift links were hanging down. FYI, you can raise them all the way to their highest setting then spin the MMM depth control to "Top". This will lock them in the up position and still allow you to use the 3PH. Those arms can get bent real easy hanging down there in harms way :D

I'm going to move you on up to the Kubota CUT section. You'll get more hits in that section.
Let us know how it goes
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Thats a nice tractor :thThumbsU You've got yourself a pretty good rake too. I have one just like it. Very well built
 

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Thanks for the tip on the MMM arms. This is all new to me! Owning a tractor, with a diesel, and the 3 point have caused me to spend many hours reading here...

The rake is actually made here in KY in the town of Danville about 30 miles from me. I got a good deal on it: $350.00 and the man loaded it onto my trailer with his John Deere.

Learning to use it took the better part of a day and 4 gallons of fuel. I was using it to level out the eroded soil from the rough final grading done by the contractor that built the house, and to get the rocks all in one place so I could pick them up in the bucket. This turned out to be not as easy as I thought... I finally learned to set the rake at a slight angle which put all the rocks in a windrow. Then I went back with the rake set straight and drug them to the center of the future yard where I picked them up with the FEL. Wish I had a time lapse video of all that. Would have made a hilarious video of how NOT to do it! :biglaugh:
 

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Nice find. Looks to be in pretty good shape too. On the seat, it appears your BX2230 has the old style seat that Kubota upgraded on newer models and at one time offered a no cost or low cost exchange program for the newer seat. The newer version has a better seat/back angle to help keep you in the seat better. I've read the older seat made you feel as if you were sliding out of it in the forward direction. Anyway, I mention it since there's a slight possibility some Kubota dealers might have some newer seats available for exchange. Every once in a while, I read of an owner of an older model still taking advantage of the exchange policy. Might be worth calling around to a few dealers to see what's possible.
 

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Best of luck to you and the tractor! I love the pic of the house too and congrats on the new house as well. You will get lots of seat time grading and getting the lawn the way you want it. I look forward to seeing more on your tractor!

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Nice looking tractor and good luck with it. slkpk
 

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Hey INF, that's a good looking outfit. I hope this doesn't mean retiring the old Craftsman. You don't find beauties like that everyday.

30 miles from Danville, we could be neighbors, almost. I'm in Campbellsville, so in which direction are you 30 miles from Danville?
 

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Astaton:The rock is the lickem and stickem variety. The crew that installed the stone did the entire exterior fireplace chimney chase, outside walls and inside fireplace in 3 days!

KY_Wildcat: I'm between Berea (7 miles to my east and Lancaster 12 miles to my West)

I now have two of the Craftsman GT-18's. One is my original and the other is a GTV-18 I bought from a guy in Danville for $50. I bought it just for the hood and seat but after I saw the cast front axle and almost new mower deck I plan to swap those also to my GT-18. I like my 6 speed tranny!

CHDinCT: I'll check with the Kubota dealer in Lexington about the seat. I DO feel like i'm about to come out of that seat when using the tractor!

For more about the house and it's construction see here:
http://www.globalsoftware-inc.com/coolerman/1335/main.htm
 

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You will love this tractor. I got a used one last summer with 300 hrs. It was one of last one made before they moved up to the next model. My has a Fel #LA 211-1 which I love. Got a HeavyHitch who is a advertiser on this site which help a lot with the weights on it. I then put rear Hydraulic's so I could have a Hydraulic Center Link on it. This would work great for your rake or any 3 pt tool.

Dave Pidgeon
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Where did you get the hydraulic remote kit from? Kubota? I like that heavy hitch attachment. Multi-purpose attachment for sure. While I can tow my trailers with the OEM draw bar, I have to be careful about tight turns. That hitch would solve that problem AND allow me to hang rear counter weights on it to boot!
 

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To "I'mnofarmer"
To answer your question the rear Hydraulic Remote Kit can be order from your Kubota Dealer. As for the HeavyHitch you are right about the 2" receiver hitch. Last week I put a 1 7/8 ball on and moved a camper.

Here is the site for you.

http://www.heavyhitch.com/

David Pidgeon
New Haven, Vermont

( I am a farmer)
(over 60 years)
 
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