Hi folks. New here.
Bought a 1025R a month or two ago to replace a 425. Still getting used to it. Some issues:
1) half the time when I engage the PTO, I hear this good solid "thunk". Half the time, it just engages smoothly. I can't seem to isolate it. What the heck is going to go "thunk"? The mating between the PTO shaft and the mower shaft seems fine, and I greased it. I'd guess it was belt take-up, but the deck is only a year old, it hasn't had time to go bad??? should I worry about this?
2) when I raise the deck, it goes "thunk" like the deck, or something, is hitting the frame. Is that right? Is that normal? This is with the hydraulic lift. I've adjusted it per the manual, best I can, but I can't seem to get this right somehow. So when I raise the deck, now, I try to be really gentle to avoid "thunk"ing.
3) mowing back and forth across the hillside, I always seem to end up with an uneven cut. Didn't have this with the 425. It's like the weight of the tractor somehow results in more of a tilt, so the low side digs in and the high side rises. Don't know an answer to this. I've adjusted the deck twice, and side to side seems fine. Up/down seems fine but is hard to do for a lot of the lawn. Any thoughts?
I gotta admit, I feel like I bought an elephant gun to take out a deer. I have only 3.5 acre. As a lawn mower, it's a great tractor. It maneuvers well enough (better than I thought) but it's big, it doesn't go under the trees well, it trods heavily on the grass. After the 425, well... I sort of wish I had a regular mower. A x7 would have been a better choice but a 2012 x7 with a FEL probably would have made more sense, but wife wants a FEL and a flat footboard (she just lost her right foot so flat foodboard makes it easier for her to drive), and dealer gave me a pretty good deal on this one (1yr old 2016, 86hr, FEL, 60D), so, SWMBO made the choice, not me. ('course, she didn't see an x7 either.)
I used to have FEL on one of my 425s, but had to sell it - FEL plus 425 on 25% grade hillside == not safe - but had really come to miss it. Plus driveway in winter w/o 4wd meant chains and 200+ lb of suitcase weights plus loaded tires == lot of stress on the transaxle; finally blew a seal on the second one, don't have time to fix it, so...