In the process of picking a new SCUT and think I have my choice limited down to the 2025R.
Now I know better than to stop into a JD forum and ask should I buy something else. My question is more, what mods or implements should I consider and am I over-reaching with the 2025 and not going the cheap route with the 1025.
I've heard the 2025 referred to as a 1025XL and really agree with this name, as it really is. Specs wise, I realize the bigger rear tires and the upgraded frame - but in reality is there any other difference in the 2 (2018 specs wise)? Obviously ground clearance and weight capacity are GOOD things to have on a tractor - especially one that is going to be used in pasture/hillsides and not mowing the yard only.
Given my use for the foreseeable future is going to be light duty around our 40 acres - I think the 2025 is the minimum I can probably get by with. Mowing with a 5' brush hog is probably going to be a 5-6x yearly job for 10-15 acres, possibly putting in a small garden and some clean up duties and clearing out a few old stumps as well are planned for next year - might even get around to cleaning up a few older springs with the BH and getting things ready for livestock. Later on we will be setting fence post with it and pulling out some larger limbs from the wooded areas.
So what mods or upgrades should I plan on adding later and what should I be doing now? Going for TLB package - and immediate think I should put a thumb on. Since property is fairly hilly - also feel additional ballast is needed - filling the wheels. Been reading up on wheel spacers and considering that. Finally, going with a quick-hitch to start, but the more I read the more I am drawn to a non Deere QH - a couple of suppliers including one mentioned here seem to be on par quality wise and even includes everything I need in the package.
Also, a question on the MMM - i am skipping it for now...I do not think it would be used as much (I have a mower for yard duty already) - and seems to be quite a few offered virtually new for much less than it would cost to add now. Are all the drive over decks compatible with the new 2025 - what about the older non drive over's - can they be retrofitted somehow?