So i am debating about possibly trading in my 1025r for a 3025e. The reason is in the end of July we will be moving to our new house on 25 acres. Right now we live on 3 acres, and i have been using the 1025r at both properties and it has been great so far.
However, at the new property i will have around 10 acres of open land to maintain, with mowing, cutting, and light farm work, and it just seems to take a really long time to get some jobs done. I have been using the 1025r and the 48" Frontier cutter to maintain the property while building and it has done a fine job, just takes time. The problem though is that it is a rough ride in spots while cutting. the pasture areas were old farm fields that are kind of rough because they were just left after the last year they were tended. i feel like have the much larger tires will be better, and I could also upgrade to the 60" to decrease my cutting time. Increased ground clearance would also be a plus because i will be making some trails through the 10 acres of woods. I am planning on only having about 1.5-2 acres be my lawn, and the rest fields where we will plant a large garden and then have pasture areas for animals. Right now having the mid PTO and drive over mower is really nice because i have some tight spots to get into but that will not be an issue at the new property so i would probably just get a rear finishing mower, so not have the mid PTO wouldn't be too big a deal, but eventually i would probably invest in a zero turn.
So after some of that rambling, my question is really what advantages will the 3025e have over the 1025r? What advantages does the 1025r have over the 3025e? I know some of the differences are in the "E" and "R" which are mostly creature comforts like upgraded seats and lighting, but what other things might i be overlooking? I know i would be getting more torque and additional weight and greater hydraulic power with the 3025e, but realize i will lose the maneuverability of the smaller tractor. How well will the finishing mower mow compared to the 54D?
I've looked at spec charts but they don't always tell the whole story. Has anyone here made the move to the 3025e and if so what are your thoughts? some input and opinions would be really appreciated! And if this is not posted in the right section and should be in the 3 series forum someone can move it for me!
Also, as far as trade in value, from experience, would you recommend trading in to the dealer or private sale to try to get as much as possible for my 1025r. I have 90 hours on it as of now and have brought it to the dealer for all of its scheduled services.