I just found and joined this forum and let me explain my situation and reasons I want to purchase a new 1025R TLB. We just purchased a new house on 4+ acres and will be passing papers in a couple of weeks. My wife and I are in our 60's so this will be our last house and we want to make it our best. The property is mostly wooded with enough well landscaped grassy yard to warrant at least a lawn tractor and I already have a John Deere D140 with a 48" mower deck and bagger that I purchased a couple of years ago. The house itself is located at the back of the property so there is a 650' driveway from the street to the garage.
That is the main reason I want to purchase the 1025R with a cab and 54" snow thrower so I can keep it all clear throughout our typical New England winters. I do plan on doing a bit of landscaping and some digging projects in the near future as well, that's why I want the TLB option for hauling, spreading, digging, etc. I love my D140 and know it and maintain it well, but I have no experience with anything larger and the 1025R will be all new to me. I've already contacted a local John Deere dealership and explained to him what I want (1025R TLB with snow thrower and cab) but also the addition of the 55 amp alternator (recommended with the heated cab), rear lighting kit and rear wiper, and a 12" bucket for the backhoe.
For what I intend to use it for, are there any additional options that I should consider or need? Also, the dealership quoted me a price of more than $31k for all of the above. Would I be able to haggle a better deal as I would with buying a new car or truck or are the prices at JD etched in stone? I am going to be paying cash. Would that help me get a better deal as well?
Any help and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.