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    Default Buying decision Kubota BX23 or BX 24?

    I have the ability to purchase from a kubota dealer a BX24 (LA243 loader & BT600 backhoe) that has the updated plastic and between a BX23 (LA210 loader and BT600 BH). Both tractors are under 100 hours and in very good condition. Price is about a $1000 difference. This will be my first tractor and need a tractor to haul logs up a hill and maintain a small pond and general homeowner landscaping tasks. Would appreciate good constructive pros and cons of both machines and things to watch out for.
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    Default Re: Buying decision Kubota BX23 or BX 24?

    First off Welcome aboard. I have a BX24 and dont have anything bad to say about it. It does everything that I ask of it and more. Did you sit on both and operate both?? I know that in hi range in reverse when you let your foot off of the pedal it stops abruptly. Many didn't like that but it doesn't bother me. I dont know if the BX23 did it. So test drive them both and see which one you like better. Obviously the BX24 is the newer version. Is the warranty on them the same?? Any attachments included with one and not the other?? I wish you lots of luck with your new toy ( I mean tool ) and enjoy it.
    08 BX24 FEL, BH, 6l0" MMM, Kubota PTO Bagger, BX2750D snow blower with quick hitch

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    Default Re: Buying decision Kubota BX23 or BX 24?

    If hauling logs includes working in rough terrain, note that the BX series have relatively low ground clearance and a somewhat vulnerable hydraulic fan directly below the operator's seat. If you're good with that, I'm sure either one would be fine.
    Mike

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    Default Re: Buying decision Kubota BX23 or BX 24?

    As MikeInEburg pointed out that is indeed a week point on the BX. But a well made skid plate will solve that problem and are available from BXpanded. Along with lots of other great accesories.
    08 BX24 FEL, BH, 6l0" MMM, Kubota PTO Bagger, BX2750D snow blower with quick hitch

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    Default Re: Buying decision Kubota BX23 or BX 24?

    Quote Originally Posted by keyman1808 View Post
    First off Welcome aboard. I have a BX24 and dont have anything bad to say about it. It does everything that I ask of it and more. Did you sit on both and operate both?? I know that in hi range in reverse when you let your foot off of the pedal it stops abruptly. Many didn't like that but it doesn't bother me.
    I dont know if the BX23 did it. So test drive them both and see which one you like better. Obviously the BX24 is the newer version.
    Is the warranty on them the same?? Any attachments included with one and not the other?? I wish you lots of luck with your new toy ( I mean tool ) and enjoy it.
    No it didn't; the problem was created with the introduction of the bx24.
    Most used tractors don't come with a warranty.
    Last edited by LBrown59; 02-05-2010 at 07:34 PM.
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    South of Canton Ohio L .B

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    Default Re: Buying decision Kubota BX23 or BX 24?

    I bought a new BX23 in Nov of 2004.
    I don't like the BX24 nearly as well and am very glad I bought new when I did.
    *The BX24 has the notorious jerking when shifting from forward to reverse .
    I would go for the BX23 Hands down especially for a $1000 less / No Contest.

    Quote Originally Posted by Scotty Dive View Post
    I have the ability to purchase from a kubota dealer a BX24 (LA243 loader & BT600 backhoe) that has the updated plastic and between a BX23 (LA210 loader and BT600 BH). Both tractors are under 100 hours and in very good condition. Price is about a $1000 difference. This will be my first tractor and need a tractor to haul logs up a hill and maintain a small pond and general homeowner landscaping tasks. Would appreciate good constructive pros and cons of both machines and things to watch out for.
    Tractors 2003 Kubota BX1500 / 2004 Kubota Bx23 / 2005 Kubota BX1500.
    Attachments 60'' Front Blade/48'' Rear Tiller/FEL/Back Hoe /
    60'' MMM/Clamp on Forks/48'' MMM
    South of Canton Ohio L .B

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    Default Re: Buying decision Kubota BX23 or BX 24?

    Thanks All - Although I would prefer a later model year (BX24), I hear most owners are happier with the BX23. Do both of these tractors use the same engine/drive train? What problems are either of these prone to?
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    Default Re: Buying decision Kubota BX23 or BX 24?

    Quote Originally Posted by Scotty Dive View Post
    Thanks All - Although I would prefer a later model year (BX24), I hear most owners are happier with the BX23. Do both of these tractors use the same engine/drive train? What problems are either of these prone to?
    I've had zero problems with the bx23... unless getting several flat tires count?

    I took care of that by having the rears foam-filled... can't go flat now and the extra weight down low adds to stability and back-hoe performance on my hilly property.

    I did add the skid plate too.

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    Default Re: Buying decision Kubota BX23 or BX 24?

    Thanks All.. the BX 24 is $13,900 and the BX 23 is $12,500. Both are about 100 hours. I drove the BX24 but have yet to see (other than Pictures) or drive the BX 23.

    So far I have a pros and Cons List Going - Please PLEASE do not take this as a dig against your machine...I am just compiling some of this data and noting it because its important to me: Please add or change if I got it wrong. I should also note the items I need to do with the tractor.
    1. Driveway snow removal
    2. Access to part of my property at the bottom of a 30 degree hill
    3. Pond excavation and maintenance
    4. Log hauling up hill
    5. General lanscaping - Field Stone retaining wall, back filling, land clearing, digging out stumps/rocks

    BX23
    $1400 cheaper
    Loader Valve stays on Tractor -
    Steel Body Parts
    Better Tranny than the 24
    No reverse Issue
    Air brackets tend to break
    Issues with getting back to neutral to start - important with my hilly property
    Smaller Alternator
    Lower FEL capacity
    No tach
    Smaller rims - lower grand clearance
    "Older tractor" - less re sale value


    BX 24
    $1400 more expensive
    Full Cat 1 3 PT
    Hydraulic lines better protected
    60 lbs more FEL lift
    1HP more
    Digital Tach
    10 inch tires - higher ground clearance
    Improved brakes
    Plastic fender issue
    No hydraulics at idle

    Both need skid plates
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    Scotty Dive
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    Default Re: Buying decision Kubota BX23 or BX 24?

    First, kudos for doing your homework.

    I think your loader valve bullet is reversed...stays on 24.

    As for steel vs plastic, depends on how you use tractor. Steel bends/rusts, plastic flexes/breaks.

    Don't think 23 tranny "better", just doesn't have abrupt reverse stop engineered in...however, I do like the 23's treadle better than the 24's HST pedal arrangement.

    There's an alternator upgrade for 23.

    Full Cat1 3PT on 24...almost.

    Make sure 24 has upgrades, especially fender fix. Upgraded seat is a plus.

    Hydraulic pressure can be tweaked on both.

    Filled rear tires make both more stable and work harder...they can be tippy, thanks to narrow treadwidth.

    Based on how you plan to use, I think you'll be happy with either...
    John

    BX24-loaded R4s/60" MMM/rear bagger/arm rests, Woods RCC42, 3PT Splitter, TuffTop, Bro-Tek skidplates/thumb/ripper, BXpanded forks/bag, American Solutions grapple, Berlon mini-toothbar, home-made ROPS lights...more to come...

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