Review By : Fish4Fun on Mar 2 2010 12:00AM
Price Paid : $9,500.00
Years of Use : 30-Days
Implements : TLB & Scrape Blade
Purchased From : Tyler Equipment
Strengths This "SCUT" can really get things done! I have a 1 acre lot and about 300ft of road to maintain. I didn't need a 35hp tractor, I needed something that wouldn't tear up the lawn, but could move dirt and replace a shovel and wheelbarrow. This SCUT does EVRYTHING I have asked it to effortlessly. Best I can tell it runs on excitement, enthusiasim and satisfaction, but occasionally it needs a bit of fuel! I have put 11 hours on it. The gauge was @ ~1/2 full when I got it, and I didn't have to put fuel in it until the 9th hour! 5 gallons filled it to the brim! I know many consider SCUTs to be glorified lawn mowers, but this little tractor can do an amazing amount of work! It is an ideal home-owner or small contractor tool. You don't need a $50k truck to tote it around, it is small enough to work in tight places and powerful enough to get things done. If you are looking for a tool to get things done, but don't need or want a full size tractor, give serious consideration to Kubota's SCUTs! I am truly amazed by what this little tractor can do!
Weaknesses As noted by others, the BX23 "stock seat" is really bad. Not bad enough to order the $400 replacement, but bad. At 6ft 3in it is a bit akward switching from "tractor mode" to "backhoe" mode w/o getting off the tractor, but this is to be expected on any SCUT, it wouldn't be a SCUT if it were bigger.
Overall I looked for a tractor for over a year. I finally found this one at a dealer about 100 miles away. I called and told the salesman what I was looking for (a 20hp to 25hp tractor with FEL, preferably used with low hours for under $10k), he responded, "I've got your tractor." A bit taken back, I asked him what he had. When I found out it was a Kubota BX23 TLB with 198 hours in like-new condition, I told him I would be there to look at it by lunch time. 30 minutes after I got there I purchased it. I have already been offered a bit more than I paid for it! I have a short-term need (~three years) during which I need ~300 hours of tractor work done to complete various projects. Including materials I figure the cost of all the projects combined would run ~$10k to pay someone else to do. By purchasing a tractor with a high resale value, I hope to get the projects done DIY for ~$5k after I re-sell the tractor. I am already saddened by the thought of eventually selling my SCUT. It is amazing how quickly you become accustomed to having a tractor standing by ready to get things done. I will likely keep the tractor considerably longer than I initially planned; it is just so darn handy!
Parts : Performance : 10
Ease of Use : 9 Financing :
Reliability : 10 Overall : 10