Review By : 'OL Number 60 on Aug 22 2007 12:00AM
Price Paid : $10,500.00
Years of Use : 1-2 Years Use
Implements : FEL, 54" belly mower, pto bagger, 48" woods box scraper, 48" rear blade, Rankin 9" auger, 3' brush h
Purchased From : Private party, 2005
Strengths Compact size, versatility, rear pto power. The pto powered bagger ia amazing. It will not clog in 9" tall wet grass! It sucks up walnuts off the lawn if you're not careful. FEL is handy for bark, dirt and gravel jobs. I love the power steering, so nice for everyday jobs. Hydraulic lift on mower deck is a great feature, as is the blade height select-a-dial. You can even lock the mower in its highest position for loader work, etc, without having to remove the mower. Hydrostatic transmission is excellent, love the two-way pedal for quick changes in direction. With the differential lock pedal depressed YOU CANNOT GET STUCK WITH THIS TRACTOR (with bar tires). Post hole digger will dig through hard-pan or clay, 30" deep no problem (Rankin PHD 200 model).Box blade works excellent for grading soil or cutting sod. The Bx2230 starts perfect every time, even in cold weather (works best at 1/2 throttle). Be sure to let the tractor warm up for 10 min. in the winter, because a cold tractor will keep moving, even after the speed pedal is released.
Weaknesses The only major flaw in the tractor is the seatbelt. I have th '05 model, and the seatbelt is attached to the tractor frame. Every bump it goes over tightens the seatbelt a little more, so the belt is virtually unusable. The new models have a seatbelt attached to the seat, so this isn't a problem. One handy thing with the frame-mounted belts--- you can fasten the seat down with them, which overrides the operator presence switch so you can stand up for better visibility when doing detailed FEL work. Also, the factory lower link pins fell off once.
Overall Overall, this is an excellent tractor that will far exceed your expectations. It isn't a huge tractor. It's just a super-handy do-it all tractor that can lift about 700 lbs. with ease (with bax blade as counter-weight). Go get one now! Promise the wife new furniture!
Parts : 10 Performance : 9
Ease of Use : 10 Financing :
Reliability : 10 Overall : 10