I am a current BX1880 owner so I can offer some feedback. You're asking if cyclone rake is going to tax the HP of an 1880? The simple answer is 'no'. I pull utility carts of firewood that are way heavier than a cyclone full of debris regularly on hills and I have no issues with taxing the tractor. It seems like the issue your having with your tractor is transmission related and not HP. The transmission on the BX1880 will be way better for this application than your Craftsman.Hello All.
I already own a l3901 w/ Fel, box scraper, rcr1860 mower, and a BH77.
My issue is mowing my "lawn". I have very little grass, mostly wild grass, where my leech field is. It's green in spring, dies the rest of the year. Other than this area, the rest of my 5ac are completely oak wooded acres. I "maintain" 1ish acre around my house. It's 75%+ oak debris (leaves and branches).
I pull around a cyclone rake to do this, which does a great job of pickup. I'm doing this with a 22hp Craftsman riding mower, it tries really hard, but I'm burning up the CVT transmission, I know this. It's life is limited.
I want to get a 4wd replacement. I have slope, and dump the debris in rough terrain. I have to pull out the mower with my 39 when it gets stuck and cannot deal with the terrain. I was looking at GR series, but...if I'm spending 9k on a pure mower, why not just get another tractor with a FEL for a few K more?
I kinda dont want to drop 20k on a bx2380, because I already have the L, but if the cyclone rake is going to tax the HP of the 1880 at ALL, ill have to consider other options.
Appreciate any constructive thoughts, thank you.
I run a 48" MMM on my BX1880 and it can cut thick grass and leaves with no issues so HP isn't an issue there. I think the 1880 would work just fine for what you're looking to do.