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Old 05-27-2011, 08:14 AM   #91
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The time I waste on the web has doubled!

I feel like a kid on Christmas morning. I can't wait to open my present.

infra,,,, I noticed you did not agree to the loan of your phd.
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Old 05-27-2011, 09:48 AM   #92
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The time I waste on the web has doubled!

I feel like a kid on Christmas morning. I can't wait to open my present.

infra,,,, I noticed you did not agree to the loan of your phd.
I could use a backhoe, lots of trenching in rocky ground awaits me.
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Old 05-27-2011, 10:20 AM   #93
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I could use a backhoe, lots of trenching in rocky ground awaits me.
If I ever do a cross country ride on the BX instead of the GS, I will look you up.
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Old 05-30-2011, 05:46 AM   #94
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One of the reasons I posted my remarks a week ago was that I was actively shopping for a new Kubota at the time. Sealed the deal last weekend and the new unit will be delivered in a week or so.

It is a B3300SU (B Series, 33 HP, 4-cylinder) with a FEL (front end loader) and a backhoe. I really need it for the backhoe to dig irrigation and other stuff on our mountain property. Still deciding on which rear blade to get and whether to get a PHD or not. The 6' rear blade is for snow removal, driveway grading, and can be used to do a ton of other stuff like lift trees, materials, etc.. around. Lift capacity is about 1000 lbs in the bucket.

Here she is on the dealer's lot. No backhoe mounted yet. The one right in the middle with the 60" bucket on front.




With R4 (Industrial) tires the tractor alone weighs about 1950 pounds Add the front end loader and backhoe and the total is right around 4000 pounds.




Hydrostatic transmission. Power Steering. Rear PTO. Class I 3PH, yaddie yaddie.






1.5 Liters (91.5 CU IN) of 4-cylinder diesel with 33HP. Sounds low but 32 HP in a CUT (compact utility tractor) is a lot of power and can do a lot of things in a small package. It will use about 1 gallon of diesel per hour.





Not my tractor, but here's a picture of the same tractor with the Kubota backhoe mounted. It is easily removable as there is a complete subframe that is bolted to the tractor that the backhoe rests on with a 4 point attachment system. Can dig down to almost 8'. I selected a 12" toothed bucket but you can get 10, 12, 16, and 18" I believe.




And of course it's 2WD or 4WD selectable. In 4WD this thing can move a lot of dirt or snow. My old tractor was a 3-cylinder 1-liter 24 HP and it could do a lot.




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How you liking the new tractor?
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Old 05-31-2011, 04:15 AM   #95
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If I ever do a cross country ride on the BX instead of the GS, I will look you up.
You'd better start now, it's gonna take a while and I'll need
that hoe pretty quick!
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Old 05-31-2011, 07:35 AM   #96
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Infracaninophile,

How you liking the new tractor?
So far so good. Planted 6 big trees this weekend in rocky soil. Used the backhoe to dig the holes and the front end loader to move the trees around with a chain on the bucket and onto the metal basket on the trees. Moved a bunch of big rocks around the yard to new locations. Regraded a part of our property for drainage purposes. All of those things would be impossible to do w/o a diesel tractor or skid loader.

Plan to remove the backhoe and install the post hole digger and put in 30-40 fence posts next. I have no experience doing that.

So far it's doing all I need it to do.

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Old 05-31-2011, 07:38 AM   #97
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Given that you have a loader, after a while you will wonder why you bought the rear blade. I never use mine.
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Dang Tom, it looks like you have a really crappy view.
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Old 05-31-2011, 11:16 AM   #99
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Nice outfit Tom, looks like it is exactly what you needed.
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Old 05-31-2011, 04:57 PM   #100
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Given that you have a loader, after a while you will wonder why you bought the rear blade. I never use mine.
I'll use it for snow removal for me and the neighbors who all have 1/5 to 1/4 mile long driveways. The 6' blade just moves the snow so easily. One pass in each direction and it's done. I only use the loader if it's really wet or need to work around a building or something.

Just applied today to the county for a setback variance so I can build a 36x28' 3-car garage this fall. Paperwork is into the county and will know by July 12 if we're good. In the meantime working on lining up a concrete guy and someone to build the garage and roof, etc.. I can do the painting unless we go stucco. By the time the county approves I hope to have it all lined up.

Here's a pic of my wife. She's getting proficient at the front end loader again and has done some backhoe work too. The mechanical thumb on the backhoe is so helpful for moving big rocks. In this photo you can't quite make out Pikes Peak way over there to the north east about 50 miles away.




And here she is with the backhoe over the fence.



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Old 06-01-2011, 04:00 AM   #101
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Nice bit of property you have there. Beautiful views and lots to do with the new tractor. This should be a fun summer!
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Old 06-01-2011, 08:08 AM   #102
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Been thinking simplicity. Smallest diesel. Mower pulls out sideways instead of driving over to mount. Taken care of 4 acres, horses, tilling, basic hobby stuff, dealer local.


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Old 06-01-2011, 09:28 AM   #103
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Plan to remove the backhoe and install the post hole digger and put in 30-40 fence posts next. I have no experience doing that.

That's an awesome view you have.

As far as the post hole digger, I have not had the pleasure, but I understand it's not a good thing to stop the bit while it's actually digging in to the ground.

It is also one of your more dangerous attachments.
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Old 06-01-2011, 10:03 AM   #104
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Mr. Natural,

That looks like a great tractor for your needs and property size.

I have 5 acres and a BX25, it is a very similar tractor.
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Mr. Natural,

That looks like a great tractor for your needs and property size.

I have 5 acres and a BX25, it is a very similar tractor.
I think so too. i am hesitant to get a post hole digger and back hoe just because those sort of things are easy to rent for the few times I would need them. Used 3 point diggers are easy to get.
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