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    Greetings from a Georgia noob.

    Hi gang, I joined a little while back and have been reading voraciously trying to figure out what I can and can’t do with a 1025R and what I’d need to purchase to get those jobs done (including the tractor).

    The finance committee has given me a green light, but isn’t particularly thrilled at the idea at this point. She realizes, however, with our five wooded acres that SHE doesn’t want to be lifting all the heavy stuff that we have to contend with, and it may be that sympathy vote that got me the go ahead. Lol Still, I’m trying to be sensitive to the financial aspect of the purchase.

    As I’ve said, I’ve read a lot, but am still left wondering if I should buy new or used.

    Pros New - well for starters, NEW! 🙂 But there’s the finance options and warranty benefits as well

    Cons New - Expensive, which dips into implement funds

    Pros and cons for used are pretty much the inverse of that. Lol

    So, if I may ask, does anyone have solid opinions on the updates of the newer models over the pre-2018s or so? As in, are they such improvements that I should let that play into my purchase decision?

    I’ve read some of the input regarding unknown maintenance, and the unfortunate circumstance TTWT had with the VIN numbers.

    And then there’s the question of the expensive backhoe... 🤦‍♂️

    If I need to take this to another forum, I’ll be happy to roll over.

    Anyway, thanks all. I appreciate what I’ve learned already so far and I’m sure that has only been a surface scratch!
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    Hi gang, I joined a little while back and have been reading voraciously trying to figure out what I can and canít do with a 1025R and what Iíd need to purchase to get those jobs done (including the tractor).

    The finance committee has given me a green light, but isnít particularly thrilled at the idea at this point. She realizes, however, with our five wooded acres that SHE doesnít want to be lifting all the heavy stuff that we have to contend with, and it may be that sympathy vote that got me the go ahead. Lol Still, Iím trying to be sensitive to the financial aspect of the purchase.

    As Iíve said, Iíve read a lot, but am still left wondering if I should buy new or used.

    Pros New - well for starters, NEW! 🙂 But thereís the finance options and warranty benefits as well

    Cons New - Expensive, which dips into implement funds

    Pros and cons for used are pretty much the inverse of that. Lol

    So, if I may ask, does anyone have solid opinions on the updates of the newer models over the pre-2018s or so? As in, are they such improvements that I should let that play into my purchase decision?

    Iíve read some of the input regarding unknown maintenance, and the unfortunate circumstance TTWT had with the VIN numbers.

    And then thereís the question of the expensive backhoe... 🤦‍♂️

    If I need to take this to another forum, Iíll be happy to roll over.

    Anyway, thanks all. I appreciate what Iíve learned already so far and Iím sure that has only been a surface scratch!
    Welcome!

    Being aware of the potential for dealing with stolen equipment or equipment with liens is most of the battle. Once aware of the risk, you can deal with it easily. Call your local Deere dealer..they can tell you some history on the tractor, and if it has a lien.


    The changes in 2018...

    The biggest improvement is the backhoe. The 260b is a nice step forward. Other than that, the changes are minor.

    Of course youíll need to check for the air filter relocation, and if older (2012-2013), the bucket hydraulic issue. (Dumps when attempt to curl at times).


    If you intend to pay cash, and you donít mind some minor repairs, you can get a good deal buying used.

    If you are borrowing the money, I would recommend new due to the zero percent financing.

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    Lots of reading material on here regarding your questions.
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    Welcome to GTT!
    Letís talk your 5 wooded acres you got. Can you describe the terrain, and give us an idea of what you plan to do with a tractor on this acreage?
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