Well posted a thread in the SCUT forum but probably should have started here first, probably more experince with my predicament. I currently have a pre-2017 1025R and now have a couple of uses for a backhoe. I really like the updates for the 260B backhoe. I am considering a larger tractor though. My current primary use is mowing just over an acre. Mostly flat and have 3 trees to mow around, all around 3 ft in diameter at the base and no low hanging limbs. My current 1025R does a nice job of mowing using R4 tires. On the down side I have maxed out the lift capacity a few times in my ownership (had to bust a pallet of material in half, pain to do but better than doing it all by hand). The other problem has been lifting material over 6’ to get it in a bulk dumpster.
In the future I plan to be on 3 acres with a decent sized garden. The lot is mostly flat and cleared but have about 5 trees to avoid here, all in the same area but could drive a car no problem between them. I do not have any neighbors with equipment so anything I do will be with what I have or rent. I really try to stay away from renting, just a hassle I would rather not deal with.
All this being said I started looking at the options. I could just buy a backhoe for my current tractor (probably the cheapest option long term). I could trade in my 1025R with a new 1025R TLB keeping all my current attachments and getting a new warranty. The bad part is I would start payments all over but roughly the same as what I pay now. Then I could upgrade to a 2 series. I like this option the best if I get a “large frame” tractor. This would give me better lift capacity with the FEL and more options for garden attachments. My main concern is mowing a yard with the 2032/2038 regularly. Would this stress out the yard too much. Maybe with R3 turf tires it might not be that bad. Not sure if the tires on the 2 series are wider to account for the extra weight but will appreciate the increased diameter for a smoother ride.
If I could mow with the larger tractor without destroying my yard I think it would be a better option long term. As a note I do not want more then one machine in the garage. I know its cheaper to buy a lawn mower than the drive over deck, but not what I want to do. Any opinions?