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This morning I bought a new MF 1725 MB ...
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I'm a long distance truck driver, and just happened to be swinging by my home this morning, and bought it ... to be truthful ... I was really looking for a bigger machine, like the 1825 ... I have great and mighty things planned for little "Baby Fergie'!

I will get back home this coming Sunday, and pick it up Monday from the dealer.

I also will pick up a land plane, and a rototiller on Monday ... I found a back blade out in the weeds of the house I just bought ...

Have a rotary cutter, loader forks, and subsoiler "on order" ...
 

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That is really nice, man...you can do a ton of work with that machine.My son borrowed an older model or that--I think a 1715 and moved a lot of dirt from a neighbor's pile to my back yard and filled in.graded a area where a big treee had been taken up.
Once you get her working--post the pictures!
We 'tractor junkies' here...;);)
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Great choice! (says the owner of a 1723E) ...congratulations and Best of Luck with it .....quick tip ...turn the directionals on the ROP to the inside...it is really easy to take them off on a tree...they stick out further than you think....I came pretty close the first day I had mine ..it only takes a few minutes....you will have to drill a hole on the inside for the wires to pass through
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Nice!
Is that a 16" bucket on the backhoe?....
for your drainage work, if you're dealing with nice soil, you may want the wider one (like a 16", as compared to an 8 or 12" one) to speed up the process.

I have an 8" for trenching (pipe etc), and a 16" for digging, for my 2305... both have seen many many yards of dirt, rock etc....
 

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Thank you!

Mark, I'm not sure if there is room inside, as the tractor seat rotates, and is lifted up about 6" higher to be used for the backhoe (bh) ... They may be in the way of my shoulders if they are on the inside??? I will have to look at it though once I get home ...

The "M" version does have a little metal guard that goes around the light though, besides a single rear facing work light ...

Comes standard with a 12" hoe, 10" & 16" are optional, I will see how the 12" does ...

I forgot to add that I also ordered a 3pt quick hitch too ...

Ordered a thumb for it already ...
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Congrats man! Great looking machine. I think you'll be surprised at what that dude will do, especially with the BH as ballast.
 

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Great choice! (says the owner of a 1723E) ...congratulations and Best of Luck with it .....quick tip ...turn the directionals on the ROP to the inside...it is really easy to take them off on a tree...they stick out further than you think....I came pretty close the first day I had mine ..it only takes a few minutes....you will have to drill a hole on the inside for the wires to pass through
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One of the first things I did too. Did you switch them from side to side so the amber is facing the right way.

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Congratulations. You will enjoy that little beast for sure. I just took delivery of my thumb a couple of weeks ago. Have yet to use it but I have a list of things for it to help with. I bought the same thumb you have pictured. Be prepared to wait a while. They are behind.
 

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Yeah, the BXpanded website said "4-6 weeks" ...

Yesterday when I was about ready to leave to go to the bank (which I named) to get a certified check ... I casually said, unless you'll take a personal check? And he said "sure, you don't look like the kind of guy to write a bad check"!

Today I checked my checking account, and it was deposited into there account at the same bank, about 30 minutes after I left ... Cleared for $24,700 - that was for the TLB, plus the rototiller, and land plane.

I asked him if he wanted a deposit on the attachments I had him order, he said "no, you can pay for them when they come in"

Nice place to do business with ... There name is embroidered on the hat they gave me.

Ordered front and rear wheel spacers from Bro-Tek this morning, already on the brown truck ...
 

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Sounds like a good decent place to do more business. Congratzs!
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I got home a day early, and went and brought "Baby Fergie" home, the dealer washed it, and greased it, plus filled it with diesel!

Unfortunately the dig safe utility markers still haven't come out for the cable company out by the road, for my driveway project ... Not sure when they are coming, I'm not waiting around for them, so I'm back on the road again! I'll try again in two weeks

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But I just had to dig that little bucket in the dirt ... I had dug a tiny ditch off from one corner of my house where the down spout dumped the water, which ran into my crawl space!

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I decided to enlarge the tiny 4"x 4" ditch, as that took me half a day digging by hand, and I really wanted to bury 4" drain pipe ...

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Operating the bh has quite a learning curve! I'm going to fill the tires, to give it more traction, the hoe can pull it all over, might add some dirt to the front bucket to, besides putting it on 4X4 mode to apply the parking brake to them too!

Overall it digs great, I have lots of fine tuning ME!

While the full sized seat is nice to use, it is a hassle to keep turning it around to move the tractor, then back to digging ...

I also pulled up two "T-posts that were in need to be removed for my driveway expansion, the first one came out great, the second one I bent a bit, because I forgot to tilt the bucket down, as I brought the boom up ... I just used a strap to hold it against the bucket, I need to get some hooks on it ...

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I scraped up some of that gravel and put it down where I had some soggy spots in my driveway ... Much easier than using a shovel and 5 gallon buckets to haul gravel, but I still have a bit of practice to get the scrape and pick up, smooth out process right.
 

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I had to drop the ROPS down to fit in my garage, it was 4" too tall, quite a hassle to drop, it has "O"rings that keep the pins snug, I'm guessing to cut down on rattling ... With the bh on, it doesn't fold down all the way.

I'm getting the wheel spacers, and already have half of the windshield washer fluid I need to fill all the tires, should help it not be so "tippy"!

I also hooked up leads to the battery to use my BatteryMINDer, it is now undercover, plugged in and resting ...

The hour meter was 0.4 when I first saw it, when I got it today it was up to 0.6, it now has 1.8 hrs on it!

Next time home it will get a real workout!
 

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...Operating the bh has quite a learning curve! I'm going to fill the tires, to give it more traction, the hoe can pull it all over, might add some dirt to the front bucket to, besides putting it on 4X4 mode to apply the parking brake to them too!...

did you deploy the side stabilizers at the back?... the wheels need to be off-the-ground when you use the BH... the point of being off the ground is to mean that the stabilizers are doing anywhere between 99 and 100% of the work.
Also you need to drop the front bucket to stabilize the front. Same story - pretty much lift the front wheels off the ground too. Then you dont need any dirt in the bucket to keep it stable when using the BH... And also dont need to fill the tires. But filling tires does help a lot when driving around with the FEL full of dirt or gravel.
 

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Wally,

Yes I used the stabilizer per the manual, so I hate to disagree with you, but I'm one of those guys who read the manual ... Here it is, read section 4.3

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Bucket was on the ground, but so we're all four tires ...

And the next page over says it again slightly different wording ...

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Also ... Even if I did lift all four tires off the ground with filled tires, that would increase the weight on the bucket and stabilizers, right? That would help anchor the tractor, so the backhoe doesn't pull me closer to the trench/hole ...
 

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Just about every where I work on my property in on a slope. I have always used the stabilizers to level the tractor and flip the bucket so the Piranha bar is stuck down into the ground to help hold. And with it being on a slope, it seems I always have at least one wheel off the ground. And I work slow, not because of my age... but so I can remain very alert to any shifting of the machine.
On a couple of the more severe areas I have had to cut into the slope to make a platform for the BX to sit on. More work, but safer.
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the instructions are true - in that the arms will be widest when the wheels are not off the ground. However if your tractor is moving around while digging, there is a problem. My comment on having the wheels off the ground was not to say that you lift "as high as possible".... because then what the manuals says would be 100% true... the arms would not as wide as they can be, and having the tractor elevated high off the ground reduces your reach.....

So my point is - when you deploy the arms, and you take the weight off the rear wheels - sink the arm "feet" into the soil, and you see your wheels lift off maybe 1" off the ground - that is perfect. The wheels are "USELESS" in stabilizing the tractor when using the BH. In fact if the wheels are doing any work at all - the forces of the BH are transmitted through the frame to the transmission and to the wheel axles and to the wheels. That is Bad-News. The transaxle is not designed to handle any of those forces. As I said before, the Stabilizers need to do anywhere between 99%-100% of the work. And to ensure this is the case, the wheels have to be unloaded... ie off the ground ever so slightly.

Just like what Newsman said - I quite often angle the FEL bucket to plant the "edge" of the bucket into the soil, and again just apply enough pressure to see that the bucket sinks in a bit, and/or the front wheels just begin to get light.

Using this method, my 2305 is "welded to the earth" when I dig... unless I am dealing with soft swampy soil, where the arms or the FEL simply plow through the soil as the BH does the heavy work.
 

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I quite often see BH's with the wheels off the ground, but didn't know if this little one was different?

This is my only BH experience, and I tend to read alot ... So I was going by the book ... The book also said not to use the BH to move the tractor ... My brother said he always does that with his Kubota B3030, and his son does too with his little BX ... When I told him that the manual said no ... He said more than likely it is a liability issue, as they want you in the seat facing forward, could be the same thing with the lifting the tires off the ground ... ?

When I used it, I just barely could see the pressure taken off the rear tires ... I will experiment ...
 
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