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    1025R TLB for someone new to the countryside

    Hi all,

    New poster here. This seems like a great community .

    My wife and I just purchased 10acres outside the city. It has a gentle slope, and about 2/3rds of it is cleared with grass/brush growing.

    I'm new to living in the countryside. I've been in suburbs my whole life (I'm 32). Been reading a bit on various projects we'd like to tackle -- mowing around 7 acres of brush/grass, putting down new gravel on the driveway, grading some of the land to plant some crops. Rather quickly decided that a tractor is probably the right tool to have around to get these jobs done in a timely manner. (My wife thinks I'm a bit crazy though, our discussion went from a lawn mower to riding mower to tractor pretty quickly).

    So we went to look at the JD 1025R last weekend. The dealer had them put next to a row of 3-family tractors, so the 1-series looked really small in comparison . I really liked the 1025R TLB, it seems like a pretty good package, especially since I'll need to put down some french drains to address various drainage issues we have, as well as dig some trenches to run electrical out to a shed, so the backhoe seem like it would come in handy.

    My question is if a 1025R is a good "beginner" tractor -- or do you think I should get a riding mower first, get used to that, before getting a tractor? Even though it's the smallest tractor JD has, still seems like a serious piece of equipment to have.

    The dealer here has a sale on the 1025R TLB right now -- $19,929. That seems like a pretty good deal, considering I see used ones going for around 16-18K. Getting 0% financing on top of that makes it pretty attractive.

    Anyway, any advice/tips would be appreciated. Thanks!

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    If it's affordable to you and you have a bunch of projects you want to tackle then buy it.
    I wish they were available when i was your age because i should of bought a tractor long before i eventually did in my late 40's.

    There's one thing the folks here at GTT are good at besides the great advice, it's spending your money.
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    from Texas !!! Go for it , I bought my 1025R without the backhoe and regretted it shortly afterwards . These tractors are awesome and really retain their value in case you want to upgrade later on .
    ... and we really like pics !!! Good luck with whatever you decide on .
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    These tractors are indeed serious pieces of equipment but are extremely easy to operate. You will be "used to" the tractor just as quickly as you will be used to a garden or lawn tractor. I believe if you already have the 1 series on your mind then anything less will have you regretting the purchase of it rapidly. Might as well get what you want now than loose a few dollars with a trade that most likely will come sooner than later, I and several others have already been there and done that. The 1 series is an excellent beginner machine IMO that will not only be excellent at beginning with, it's capable of being the only tractor many folks will need for the next 20+ years.
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    I do believe the 1 series tractors are a great starting tractor. I think you are going to find out rather quickly that you will soon out grow it in a short time. Especially with the projects you have in mind along with the acreage you plan on tending. To be honest, if you can swing a 2 series with a BH you would be better off and it will do anything you put in front of it. While I think the 1 series is great, I had two of them, I just really feel you will out grow it in a short time. Spend big now and not regret it later.
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    From the work you have planned- ditching, trenching, backfilling, and grading that stuff is going to cost you thousands to pay someone else to do it.
    These machines pay for their depreciation very quickly.
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    Agree with the others. Get the 1025R TLB!
    Check out our videos on YouTube (see my signature). These should help you answer questions on the tractor's usefulness and capability.
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    1025R TLB for someone new to the countryside

    That's a pretty good price. While the 1 series is small, you'll be surprised by what it can do. I haven't been able to stop mine yet in almost 300 hours of runtime. Later on you might have a need for something bigger, but a 1025r TLB is cheaper than a 2 series. Plus it's smaller and more nimble, allowing it to get into areas that a bigger tractor might not fit. Only regret I have with mine is not buying the backhoe. Have tried to convince the financial department I need the backhoe but no luck so far. Watch the YouTube videos that GTT member Timmarks has, he's the guy that posted one before me. Search on YouTube for Tractor Time with Tim and you can get a good feel for what a 1025r TLB can do. You won't regret it.

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