Just finished the install of the 54" Snow Blower on the 1025R. Ther are a couple weird things that I noticed.
#1-The impeller in the back of the blower is plastic. Yikes! The 47" blower I had on my 445 was steel. The drum around the impeller on my 47" had major grooves cut into it from stones (stone driveway) getting caught between the impeller and the drum. It wore the steel drum very thin in some spots. I figured that JD decided to go to a plastic impeller so stones etc. would sacrifice the impeller edges instead of the drum. The impeller can be replaced and the drum can't. I hope it's good plastic because even the edges of the steel impeller on my old one had the edges all gashed up from stones.
#2- It only came with one drift piece that bolts to the end of the blower. Even the instructions say that on the 1023 and 1026 that you only install one drift piece and you put it on the right side. What is the reasoning for only one and then only on the right side?
#3- I installed the cable as per the instructions for the blower chute and then connected the hyd lines as per color. I fired it up and I assumed that if I push the joy stick to the right, the chute would go to the right and left would go left, but it is the opposite. The joystick goes to the right and the chute turns to the left and vise versa. My son said, lets just switch the two hyd lines, so we switched black to yellow and yellow to black, then it would go to the left only and nothing else. That seemed so weird. I can get used to it, but it just seems odd that it would be that way. For you guys with blowers, does your joystick go one way and the chute the other?
If I am doing anything wrong, please let me know!
Also jumped the red and orange wires on the PTO switch, so I did not install the sensor on the blower. That way it will solve the issue for the blower and the mower this spring.
They are calling for 6-9 inchs of snow tonight, so I am hoping to try our this snow blowing monster soon!! Thanks Guys!!