psu_dad wrote:Your JD1025R sounds like something out of Tool Time.
If that's the model I'm thinking of, it's a beast. I wonder if it goes beep-beep-beep when Carl backs it up.
No beep beep for Carl,
Carl goes beep beep after beans.
The 1025 is a new unit as of last October. The old 445 had 19 years and over 2600 hrs. on the engine, too many for comfort and no trade value with a blown engine so Mr. & Mrs. Carl visited several sub compact tractor dealers in the area. The key benefit was an auto connecting mower deck as crawling under and dragging out a 300# deck is no longer in the cards for Carl, hasn't been for years. The JD is the only true auto connecting deck unit on the market as of last fall. The long term value of the tractor front end loader with mowing deck is excellent. We added a front plow for our driveway and the deal was struck after a long negotiation. The "R" unit has a few extras built in including a far better seat, a necessity for Carl. We will still have to modify the seat to reach a level of comfort necessary for the time spent mowing. A 60 month financing offer sweetened the deal plus financial enticements for multiple attachments.
I do have to say the plowing experience was remarkable. A totally different feel from a large garden tractor. Anyone with several acres to manage needs a larger unit to make it manageable and more enjoyable. The three cylinder diesel engine should save on fuel cost and add to longevity. Time will tell.