Just looked at a BX1870 about 5 years old and 198 hours on it. Comes with a 54" belly mower and a class 1 3 point hitch. Price is $6700 + tax. Looks to be in great condition so I believe the hour meter is true. This is 18HP Diesel, hi-low range hydro 4 wheel drive. I can get a new front end loader for about $2600. This model will NOT accept a back hoe. The salesman claims that with "teeth" on the loader bucket you can actually get some digging done, especially pointing the teeth down and dragging it backward then forward to scoop. A link to new ones here: http://www.kubota.co.../bx70/bx70.aspx
Any thoughts on this? Even if I don't get a loader I'd think as a lawnmower it should last me a lifetime (I'm 55). With the 54" mower deck it will barely fit on my current trailer. I forget if this model has a locking rear but I took it down in a ditch at an angle until 1 wheel would spin, then put it into FWD and it pulled me right out and up a decent incline even with turf tires (with slightly wet grass).