No argument from me, i totally understand what your getting at. Thats why i installed a water trap on my BX23S and deleted the rear filter back at the tank and lift pump. I also run a pre-filter from my diesel refueling can before it goes into the tank on the tractor. Gotta protect these diesels.It is really unfortunate that something like this even needs to be discussed. Kubota promotes itself as a world class manufacturer. Had I realized the truth of the Kubuta fuel filter situation on the BX I would have looked more at the competition. A fuel filter on a diesel machine is important and needs to be changed regularly. No fuel shut off means I need to pinch the line off to change the filters. FUN! Why does it need to be this way? Is profit more important that customer satisfaction? This is not the only short cut Kubota has taken. (cutting edge on buckets is soft, tie rod boots do not last and are not covered by warranty) I guess I got what I paid for.