Hey guys - new 1025R owner from central NJ. So far about 5 hours on the machine and very happy with my purchase. We purchased a house on 8 aces with a 700' gravel driveway back in Feb. and I decided I needed something long-term to help maintain around the house.
I spent the last 3-4 months deciding which sub-compact tractor to buy and what route to go. Looked at the BX25 which seemed to light duty and a 'dime a dozen' if you will. (there's orange everywhere by my house). I almost bought a Massey Ferguson 1720 TLB BUT the lack of dealer network and parts support scared me. The Deere dealer is a 10 min. ride from my house and excellent. I happened to find a killer deal on a new 1025R in South Jersey and the dealer matched it. $18,700 with 0% financing for 72 mo. Can't complain.
Before the driver was even off my property I was already drilling into the bucket to install 2 Ken's hooks. Also piked up the diff lock pedal, a 3 pt. hitch receiver, heavy hitch receiver and heavy hitch garbage can attachment. Looking at box blades now to help with the driveway.
Overall very impressed with the little tractor. My neighbor has a few machines including a mini excavator and legit Deere 4wd backhoe/loader. My decision was based on a machine that would accomplish 85% of what I needed and if anything else I could always ask my neighbor for some help.
Here's a few pictures in the garage and outside the barn where she'll stay once I trench out power from the house. In the meantime I'm thankful I found this forum!