I finally got to mow with my new 1025R yesterday. This unit is going to be replacing my 425 w/54" deck as my main mower. The 1025R rides much smoother than the 425. I attribute this to a better seat / seat suspension, and being a heavier unit, overall. It is also quite nimble. I don't know if it is just better geometry but the 1025 w/60" deck seems to turn tighter than the 425 w/54" deck. I can mow around the trees and other lawn obstructions much easier. I now need to adapt my mowing scheme to account for the wider deck. I have some areas, including ditches, that are a little challenging with a wider deck and overall larger unit maneuvering around. I also need to do some limb trimming to clear the ROPS.
I was somewhat apprehensive about replacing my trusty 425. It has done everything I've asked of it, and much more, without disappointment or complaint. The creature comforts, performance, and ease of operation of the 1025R are making it much easier to relegate the 425 to "trimmer" duty.
This is in no way a knock on the 425, but rather just a realization of the vast differences between a very good garden tractor and a very good SCUT. They really are two different animals.
I guess it is good problem to have; deciding between the 1025R w/60" deck (and FEL), 425 w/54" deck, or the 212 w/39" deck to mow with today???