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    Default BX1860 vs. BX2360

    Hi all,

    I am torn between the 18 and 23 pony options.

    I have taken some measurements and the 48" MMM is the right choice for my yard. Can a 48" MMM mount to a BX2360?

    I want the BX2360 because it has nearly 30% more HP then its little sister the 1860. More HP = More PTO power for a snow thrower.

    Any recommendations?

    ~Kevin
    Kubota BX2360, 54" Fine Cut MMM, LA243 FEL, BX2789 Rear Snow Thrower

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    Default Re: BX1860 vs. BX2360

    i own a bx2360 w/54" finecut deck. the scapler wheels on the 48" don't rotate out making it a pain to remove the deck . . . you have to horse it around, instead of roll it out. easier to trim with the larger deck also.
    one sweet diesel. good luck choosing.

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    I was recently facing the same choice a couple of months ago and ended up buying the BX1860 with the FEL. I wanted the 48" deck as I thought it would be a better fit to get around tight corners in the yard. Had the 48" MMM fit on the BX2360 I would have bought the larger machine, just to have more HP (and a bit more capacity on the loader).

    While the BX1860 is a fine, well built machine which delivers what it promises, if I were going to make the same choice again I think I would have gone with the 2360, as I do wish for more muscle in clearing ground with the FEL. Also I end up running the 1860 at a pretty high RPM almost all the time and this makes operation noisy, I suspect with the 2360 I would be typically a few hundred RPM lower, although I don't have direct experience. I haven't used the back PTO yet and can't comment about the suitability of the 1860 for implements.

    The previous commenter was correct about the anti-scalp wheels on the 48" deck not pivoting, this makes putting on the mower a bit more difficult (although I slide it sideways on a piece of cardboard and this turns out to be a simple 5-10 minute chore once you've done it a few times).

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    Default Re: BX1860 vs. BX2360

    Quote Originally Posted by sbrown View Post
    .....I slide it sideways on a piece of cardboard ........
    This makes most heavy , non-sharp articles ( SUV tires etc ) much
    easier to handle , and one doesn't often need to remove the deck
    anyway ......
    BX2360 54"MMM

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    Default Re: BX1860 vs. BX2360

    Quote Originally Posted by sbrown View Post
    for implements.

    The previous commenter was correct about the anti-scalp wheels on the 48" deck not pivoting, this makes putting on the mower a bit more difficult (although I slide it sideways on a piece of cardboard and this turns out to be a simple 5-10 minute chore once you've done it a few times).
    Does the 48" deck have a round shaft on the wheel adjuster height like the 54" deck does? If so drill a hole perpendicular to the ones in it now and the wheels will then rotate the same as the 54". I had to drill different holes in my 54" deck to use the rotating feature. stock ones either had the deck resting on the ground or raised so high it would not clear the undercarriage.

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    Default Re: BX1860 vs. BX2360

    Yes, the 48' deck will also fit on the BX2360. Although this is not listed by kubota for this tractor. I have mounted the 48" deck on my BX2660. The 48" deck doesn't have the rotating wheels but is light enough and will pull out without too much effort.
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    Is it possible to just order 54" wheels and install them on the 48" MMM? I understand this is a weird question since it is unlikely one of you all have both mowers.
    Kubota BX2360, 54" Fine Cut MMM, LA243 FEL, BX2789 Rear Snow Thrower

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    Default Re: BX1860 vs. BX2360

    Quote Originally Posted by kday64 View Post
    Hi all,

    I am torn between the 18 and 23 pony options.

    I have taken some measurements and the 48" MMM is the right choice for my yard. Can a 48" MMM mount to a BX2360?

    I want the BX2360 because it has nearly 30% more HP then its little sister the 1860. More HP = More PTO power for a snow thrower.

    Any recommendations?

    ~Kevin

    Hello Kevin,


    About your searching and decision making; You have to keep a few things in
    mind.


    The rear PTO is going to deliver 540 R.P.M. at the rated torque when the
    engine is at the speed setting for using the rear P.T.O., no matter which
    tractor you buy.


    The impeller speed is still 540 R.P.M. and the open auger which is driven by shaft that rotates the impeller is using a worm gear to spin a spur gear at slower speed to convey snow to the center of the housing and the actual act of traveling in reverse pushes the snow into the cross auger.


    Why these folks have not switched to a solid auger is something I still fail to understand as the snow delivery will become more uniform and the snow will be cast further away as the impeller essentially is taxed to its maximum in work when it can be made easier (the snow floods the impeller and that is the one thing you do not want unless it is a cold powder snow.


    The slower the ground speed the faster the snow is removed and the further it is thrown.


    The solid auger takes the issue of flooding and overloading out of the way and meters the snow in a limited volume to dispose of it quickly when it enters the impeller at a slower rate of delivery.


    The issue of power and more power is missleading as a belly mower uses a lot of power to mow grass and is very low in efficiency.

    The snow blowers final drive gearing never changes at the 540 R.P.M. engine operating speed.









    The tractors speed in reverse is what you need to worry about more than the

    power issue simply because the snow blower is a ground engaging implement.


    You can flood the auger housing and simply overload the impeller with snow

    if you travel in reverse fast enough and stall the blower or shear pins.

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    Default Re: BX1860 vs. BX2360

    I purchased a BX1860 this spring. If all you're doing is mowing with a 48mm and throwing snow, it will do the job quite nicely.

    As for removing the deck, it's not THAT big of a pain. You can't put the round front wheels on it because the 48" wheel stem is flat.

    As long as you remove it on a flat surface, like a garage floor, it's really not that hard. First time you do it maybe 5 minutes, after that a couple at most.

    The 1860 will do the job, but if you want more FEL power, get the bigger one. I love my 1860 and am slowly running out of jobs I got so much done this summer!

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    I am waiting on my FEL to come in as I ordered an 1860, fine cut MMM, Loader, box scrape, and disc harrow in a single package. Space and wanting the 48 inch Fine Cut Mower chose the tractor for me, as the dealership said that the 48 mower would not cut out the tracks of the 2360!
    BX 1860, LA203 FEL, 48 in Fine Cut MMM, 4 ft Box Scrape, 12 Disc cutting harrow.

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