I've owned my 1023e for almost a year now that's served me admirably well thus far. When I purchased it its primary use was to just mow my slightly less than acre yard, help out around the house (I was in the midst of a major renovation project where it proved extremely valuable), and for odd jobs for some other smaller urban properties that I own.
Earlier this year I purchased 10+ acres of mountain property with about 400' of elevation change across the state from me. I recently cleared a good bit of the property from probably about 10 years worth of kudzu growth with the 1023, a flail mower, and a ratchet rake. The 1023 performed great and I see the tractor being fully capable of making several trips to the property on a yearly basis to cut back any future growth and similar smaller property chores.
There are some other bigger jobs on the horizon as well though. I'm needing to cut out maybe about 20' wide, 15' deep, 10' worth of a hillside and dig out some footers for a foundation for a cabin build later this year. A couple other projects planned over the next couple years will also include reclaiming the driveway to the upper portion of the property which is overgrown with 1-4" saplings, and cutting out a couple hundred feet of new paths possibly growing into a second driveway at some point. Also still need to reach up and down to some steep banks that the 1023 couldn't reach to get at the last bit of overgrown kudzu.
All and all there is a good bit of potential backhoe work ahead. Getting a 260 backhoe is something I've been considering since first looking at the 1 series. I'm just not sure how many, if any of those tasks, the 1023 and 260 backhoe would be up to as I've read here that its capabilities are somewhat limited. There's several thousand's of dollars, probably several times over, worth of work that could potentially be saved there by not hiring out though.
Could a 2032 for example, which could possibly be purchased this year by selling the 1023, and a larger corresponding backhoe, be capable of putting a reasonable dent in some of those types of jobs? Anything much bigger and I'd likely have to almost have a dedicated tractor for the mountain property and one for the delicate mowing on my often soggy lawn and smaller job around the house jobs which would circumvent the logic used to originally justify the purchase of the 1 series in the first place and could quickly erase the savings from the DIY projects up at the mountain property and would likely require some saving of monies and delaying some jobs.
Another thing I want to strongly factor in is the stability of a larger tractor on the steep terrain. I had always believed I had read that larger tractor equates to greater stability, but after speaking to my dealer, and looking at some of the larger framed tractors on the lot, their center of gravity seems far from ideal give my terrain. How would a 2032 compare to my 1023 in terms of stability on my mountain terrain? I assume a longer wheel base should better deal with rocks, humps, bumps, ect but at some point it does appear the higher center of gravity would overtake the gains from a longer wheels base, I guess I'm just trying to establish where that break even may be. This safety factor will also be strongly considered in the decision making process/strategy going forward.