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My dealer is giving me what I think is a great price on a 2048L ($675). A service dealer friend of mine is willing to deliver the KK (Countryline) XB 48" Box Blade for the Tractor Supply cost of $429. It is a $250 difference, but from what I can tell the Frontier is built a little better in the hitch and the shank mechanism. Both appear to be the same as far as metal and cutting blades go. The KK has 4 shanks vs. the Frontier having 3. Not sure if that matters much.

Is it worth the extra $250 to go to Frontier?
 

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FWIW, both implements are very capable. It is just what a person wants. I personally like to match my implements color wise but that is just me.
 

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IMO you won't find an implement built better than the Frontier stuff. Yes it does cost more but I believe you get what you pay for. I have a BB2060 for my 2320 and it simply has no peers in my book although Land Pride stuff comes close. Of course if you only use it once or twice a year sometimes compromise is justified.
 

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Have you actually looked at the 2 implements in person. The frontier stuff is well built and is imatch compatible if that is an issue. I believe the frontier 48" has 4 shanks as well. Hard decision!

Brian
 

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I have looked at both, and a buddy actually is letting me use his countyline (TSC branded KK) now. The Frontier only has three scarifiers vs. the Countyline having 4. I am not sure how much that matters. Both boxes appear to be the same gauge metal. The scarifier locking pins and setup are a little better on the Frontier. Both blades have a decent finish and appear to be constructed well. The Frontier is hands down engineered better on it's 3PH mounting hardware. The crimped trapezoid engineered mounts on the Frontier appear to be hands down stronger than the 1/4" x 2" flat iron that the Countyline uses for connections to the lift arms. I have noticed that the Countly line I am borrowing has a bent mounting arm on the lower right lift arm -- Nothing that is stopping progress, but just something to note. I think it would be helpful if Countyline would have either shortened up its mounting points between the implement and lift pins or put a spacer bar between the two lift pins to effectively double the strength of the mounts from any side torque. The Frontier lift pins are very close (4-5") from the implement. The only plus side I see to this is that if there has to be a weak piece, that is the piece I would want to bend rather than breaking a shank or the tractor. For $20, I can buy another piece of stock, drill two holes, and be back in business.

I do not believe the CountyLine is iMatch compatable, but that is not a big deal to me right now nor for this implement.

Another concern, although I think it is small, is that if I need to purchase a replacement blade, I know Deere will always be available, Countyline....not quite sure.

Still a tough decision, but borrowing (which I hate to do) is making me think that the Countyline will do for what I need especially since it is only a couple days a year tool. It would be nice if it was green...

Right now, I can't do much work as the rain has been killing us. Working the ground is pretty close to impossible.

Thanks.
 

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Green paint is always a possibility. Here is a pic of a friends machine with a Rural King BB he fixed the color on. :)

 

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Green paint is always a possibility. Here is a pic of a friends machine with a Rural King BB he fixed the color on. :)

I saw that pic elsewhere on this site. I like the way the rear blade is also green.

That box is BIG. I am stopping my 2305 with the smaller 48" box blade (not spinning, STOPPING!!). How does yours pull? I am working wet hard pack clay, and I am pretty sure that is the problem with stopping the tractor. Tree roots don'e help either when the scarifiers are down.
 

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Right now, I can't do much work as the rain has been killing us. Working the ground is pretty close to impossible.

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Please bring some rain my way!LOL I have had no rain in 3 weeks with it avg this week 97. I just put my FEL and BH on and took off my MMM. No grass to mow, as it is all burnt up.
 

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I saw that pic elsewhere on this site. I like the way the rear blade is also green.

That box is BIG. I am stopping my 2305 with the smaller 48" box blade (not spinning, STOPPING!!). How does yours pull? I am working wet hard pack clay, and I am pretty sure that is the problem with stopping the tractor. Tree roots don'e help either when the scarifiers are down.
It is HUGE looking on the 2305. :) Are you in low-range when you stop the tractor? Tree roots are tough all around. :)
 

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With a 2305 you probably won't bend either box blade. You are able to try the countryline which is a real plus. If it does the job then I wouldn't worry about replacement blades. If you only use it a couple of times a year you most likely will never wear out a blade.

Cheers
Brian
 
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