Review By : MagnaVita on Jul 2 2007 12:00AM
Price Paid : $11,500.00
Years of Use : New Owner (0-1 Year)
Implements : 54" MMM, FEL
Purchased From : Dan's Tractor - Battle Ground, WA
Strengths Awesome, Awesome tractor. I can't believe the difference 6x the price makes. We owned a cheap JD L-series for 2 years (since new), and had several issues with it. Transmission, PTO, braking, and deck. All happened around hour 30, and month 24. Finally sold it after extensive repairs with 38 total hours. The BX-1850 is hardly a good comparison - a riding mower vs. a real tractor, but it was an incredible upgrade for us. It runs strong, has excellent dealer support so far, starts right up, great on fuel, and feels like a rock crawler up and around our hills. The hill our mower wouldn't even go up at full throttle can now be mowed to 2.5" uphill in high gear at 2/3 throttle without diff lock or 4x4 engaged. It's a piece of cake! Large, comfortable operating area, nice ergonomic design, well-placed handles. All controls are at your fingertips, not "arm's-reach", so it's easier to operate than most. Fit and finish were superb, everything was spotless. I have to disagree with the one of the reviewers - the power-steering is not "two-finger-easy". One was more than enough.
Weaknesses A minor hydraulic leak right off the bat. Easy to repair. FEL will take some getting used to mounting/unmounting. It's not _quite_ as easy as the manual would have you believe, and mounting is a 5-minute, 2-person job, not the 2-minute single person job the manual touts. Maybe it will get easier with time. The FEL will take much more than rated, truly, but the tractor gets tippy with too much weight. The deck is begging to be stepped on, but we're careful. The digital tach is a great feature, but hidden behind the steering wheel, so you have to lean forward or around the wheel to read it.
Overall Overall, a beautiful, well-built tractor. Delivery and training were a breeze and the salesman was unbelievably helpful. We tried Deere, Case, NH, and settled on the Kubota - an easy choice for features, price, reputation. We would buy another in a heartbeat, if we needed it. Unfortunately, I doubt we'll be buying another for 25+ years. In that sense, they won't see many repeat customers. Go see Skip at Dan's Tractor - you won't be disappointed.
Parts : 10 Performance : 10
Ease of Use : 9 Financing : 10
Reliability : 10 Overall : 10