Sorry if this has been beaten to death but I did try to search the forum and couldn't really find an answer.
I have 2+ acres which includes large garden, stream, and small patch of woods. I had a conventional cheap big box rider that died. I used that as an excuse to go JD shopping and really wanted the 1025 but although it would have been great I couldnt afford the $20K pricetag.
I ended up getting the X350 for my lawn with plans to get something larger later. Fast forward 3 years and NOW is later.
I have an immediate need to dig a 3 foot deep trench to run some electrical and water lines to some out buildings and I looked into renting a mini excavator and it is about $350/day in my area. It made me recall wanting the 1025 and all the projects I could get done with it. I have been pricing the 1025R on JD site and i am always coming up around $25K.
A trip to my local JD dealer over the weekend to purchase a Stihl power sythe for my Kombi (they are also a Stihl dealer), lead me to some discussion on the 1025R. I have had zero luck over the past 3 years getting the dealer to move much on price. They tell me the price is the price and there is no haggling. No deals, other then JD 0% financing now and then.
My question is... I just got a quote from them for a 1025R TLB out the door price of $20, 776.00. They claim that there is currently some special discounts that are unheard of normally and I can combine it with the 0% financing. This is about $5K off the MSRP configured price on JD website. And to top it off they are throwing in the ballast box. Does this seem like a good deal? Is there still room to negotiate? I have heard there is zero room for negotiation with JD dealers and up until now I found that to be true from my dealer at least. The mower I had zero luck getting them to budge on price and i had to beg for them to give me a JD hat with the mower.
I use common sense when purchasing large sticker items like this and like ot think im not stupid nor do i get raked over the coals, but just looking for overall advice purchasing something like this from JD dealer and if there is room to wiggle and what other have experienced.