B2310, b2601 or L2501

RalphVa

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It probably came up before, but which one is better in my case? About 2-3 pretty wooded area that includes a geove of medium sized trees, cottonwoods, fern, small brush etc that need my care. To add on too, lots of old fallen branches, trunks possibly hidden in the way.

Looking to buy used due to budget. I like the b series, but if L2501 can be had for just 2k or so more, i would rather buy once, then upgrade later.

I looked at tractorhouse, and prices are pretty wide range, but are my estimates on the following model fair, assuming all are lower than 400 hrs, hst with just fel.

b2601 ~ $16k
L2501 ~ $18k

any feedback is appreciated
I've been looking at these 3. Thinking a B2301 will be fine to replace my 2025R since I was quite happy with the 18.5 hp 4010 (like a 2019E if made). JD no longer puts turning brakes on their lower hp 2 and 3 series tractors. Can have on the Bs and Ls.

Only problem with the L2501 HST is the brakes are right in front of the treddle pedal and not usable as turning brakes. it's also 1,000 # heavier and could stress my tractor overflow/underlow crossing. Like the simplicity in not having a mid PTO.
 

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I've been looking at these 3. Thinking a B2301 will be fine to replace my 2025R since I was quite happy with the 18.5 hp 4010 (like a 2019E if made). JD no longer puts turning brakes on their lower hp 2 and 3 series tractors. Can have on the Bs and Ls.

Only problem with the L2501 HST is the brakes are right in front of the treddle pedal and not usable as turning brakes. it's also 1,000 # heavier and could stress my tractor overflow/underlow crossing. Like the simplicity in not having a mid PTO.
I want to say on the new Ls (L02 I think) they moved the brakes to the opposite side of the treadle and got rid of the clutch.
 
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Rdrcr

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Only problem with the L2501 HST is the brakes are right in front of the treddle pedal and not usable as turning brakes. it's also 1,000 # heavier and could stress my tractor overflow/underlow crossing. Like the simplicity in not having a mid PTO.
You could also consider the LX tractor too. Fits nicely between the B & L sizes and has the split brakes on the opposite side of the HST pedal.

Mike
 
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The BX is plentiful in the used market. L series is a bit harder to find. B series is hardest to find, and command a premium around here. Basically B and L about same price.
 

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The L2501 is a lot bigger tractor. Whether you want that or not is up to you.
 
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DDCD

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I just pulled a 10" stump out with my L2501. It barely got it out. It's just not heavy enough. I wouldn't buy an 2501 and think you're going to be pulling large stumps all day.

Brakes on the same side as HST is not a problem. The tractor has power steering. I never use the brakes for turning or anything else, the HST slows me down enough.
 

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^^^^
I agree. But, the L2501 is much more capable than the alternative tractors the OP is considering.

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My B2601 just wasn’t capable of pulling stumps on my property. The L2501 has done everything I’ve asked of it. That being said, the Grand L / MX may have been a better choice but at a much higher price.

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Mike
 
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DDCD

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^^^^
I agree. But, the L2501 is much more capable than the alternative tractors the OP is considering.

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My B2601 just wasn’t capable of pulling stumps on my property. The L2501 has done everything I’ve asked of it. That being said, the Grand L / MX may have been a better choice but at a much higher price.

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Mike
I love the 2501. It's a great tractor for the money.
 
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RalphVa

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Why are the LX models so much higher price?

Anyone find the owners/operators manual online free? Found one for the B2301/2601 online. Cannot seem to find for the LX2610SU.
 
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Orange man

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Having owned a LX2610 and a L2501, I can say I did not think care for the LX2610, The l2501 is so much more tractor. I sold my first l2501 to get a LX2610 and belly mower, did not care for the belly mower and sold it and got a rear finish mower. When I did that, I kicked my self for letting the L2501 go, so traded the Lx2610 back in for a new L2501. The "deluxe'' features of the LX were not something I used anyway. Even though the LA535 and the LA525 loaders specs look close the LA525 loader is built so much better. Many things on the LX2610 just did not look that well made. When cold out mine had a jerk in the transmission that drove me nuts. The Lx2610 is not a bad tractor, but having owned a L2501, I just was comfortable with the L series.
 
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leetdog

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^^^^
I agree. But, the L2501 is much more capable than the alternative tractors the OP is considering.

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My B2601 just wasn’t capable of pulling stumps on my property. The L2501 has done everything I’ve asked of it. That being said, the Grand L / MX may have been a better choice but at a much higher price.

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Mike
I second this. i've pulled out large stumps with an l2501 and bh77 . might take some creativity, but it works. i imagine the lx with the bh77 couldnt have done it. now that the stumps are gone, i had been considering an lx for the cab. also consider an excavator rental for the stump job, if its a one and done.
 
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Rdrcr

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Why are the LX models so much higher price?

Anyone find the owners/operators manual online free? Found one for the B2301/2601 online. Cannot seem to find for the LX2610SU.
The LX series tractor is a ‘premium’ tractor meaning it has several deluxe options that the standard L series does not have. Ultimately, you get ‘more’ tractor and less ‘features’ with the L2501.

A similar comparison would be a Grand L vs the MX series tractors.

The LX2610SU is a good example of Kubota removing deluxe features in an effort to bring the tractor cost down. However, I will admit, I haven’t compared the prices between the L2501 and LX2610SU.

Mike
 

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I second this. i've pulled out large stumps with an l2501 and bh77 . might take some creativity, but it works. i imagine the lx with the bh77 couldnt have done it. now that the stumps are gone, i had been considering an lx for the cab. also consider an excavator rental for the stump job, if its a one and done.
And I've pulled large stumps out with my B2650/BH77 combo, too. It's mostly technique, that "creativity", when the stumps are getting the size that the tractor can barely handle.
Yes the B2610 is a few hundred pounds heavier. I consider that a disadvantage in some situations - my 2650 won't sink in the mud or deep snow as easily, and adding a few hundr4ed pounds isn't a big deal if I needed it.

Just looking at the specs, though, on the B2610 the 3-point will lift more, the pto is live instead of independent hydraulic, the loader will lift a bit more, and the engine has a bit more power.
 

JimmyJazz

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Why are the LX models so much higher price?

Anyone find the owners/operators manual online free? Found one for the B2301/2601 online. Cannot seem to find for the LX2610SU.
This might sound kind of stupid but here goes. Kubota is a publicly owned company. Their first order of business is to generate profits for the shareholders. The more the better. Much time is spent trying to determine how many tractors can be sold at various prices and how much they can make. A balance is struck whereby the company prospers, shareholders are happy and tractors are sold. I myself balked at the price of the LX models and bought a B2601. There is an old saying that "there is an ass for every seat" that may be applicable here.
 

Oliver

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Yes the B2610 is a few hundred pounds heavier. I consider that a disadvantage in some situations - my 2650 won't sink in the mud or deep snow as easily, and adding a few hundr4ed pounds isn't a big deal if I needed it.

Just looking at the specs, though, on the B2610 the 3-point will lift more, the pto is live instead of independent hydraulic, the loader will lift a bit more, and the engine has a bit more power.
I'm trying to understand. What model is B2610? Are you meaning B2601 or LX2610?
B2610 lift a bit more than what... 2501?
 

RalphVa

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Found a good review on the LX2601SU by a guy who had a B2601. He said the B2601 had butter smooth treadle control. The LX's jerked on. Only redeeming feature was a very nice seat on the LX2601.

Think the butter smooth treadle control has sold me on the B2301 for me. Would be the same as the B2601, just less hp, and I do not need the hp.
 

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Found a good review on the LX2601SU by a guy who had a B2601. He said the B2601 had butter smooth treadle control. The LX's jerked on. Only redeeming feature was a very nice seat on the LX2601.

Think the butter smooth treadle control has sold me on the B2301 for me. Would be the same as the B2601, just less hp, and I do not need the hp.
My B2601 treadle is smooth in forward. I found the reverse stiff and awkward because you have to find it and stomp straight down with your heel, which feels unnatural. I guess you can put your toes under the forward treadle and lift, but that felt even worse to me.

After 8 months, I think I'm pretty used to reverse, however. I did chock the treadle pedal occasionally trying to weaken the reverse spring. Doubt it worked because it is a very stiff, powerful spring. There are other fixes like replacing the spring, but I couldn't figure those out. Dealers seem to be no help on this issue, saying it will break in fine.

You should try the B2301 and see how it feels. Kubota has a number of treadle variations. The B2301's is probably the same as the B2601 but may feel different. It also may or may not bother you. I figured I'd get used to the pedal and, like I said, seem to be adjusting and don't notice it so much. I think my body has gotten used to how it feels and what needs to be done.

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