I've been reviewing all the 1025R seat improvement discussions I can find and see some like the puffer as an option. I guess I'm in the same boat at many, over 60, spinal problems, arthritis, ruptured discs, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, etc. We all need the maximum protection available out there. Even my wife told me to get an improvement after seeing my condition exacerbated by mowing our 7 acres. Being down for several days from mowing takes the fun out of it.
I've considered several options. Air shocks replacing the front suspension springs. Air shocks replacing the rear rubber stops. Building an air shock system incl. a mini compressor to service the current seat suspension of the 1025R. A Milsco seat. A KM Grammar seat suspension. All seem to require modifications that I may not be able to do myself with my expertise and limited mechanic equipment.
That said, for those using the Puffer seat option:
- Do you like it?
- Was it difficult to install?
- Did you install on a 1025R? Any options for the 1025R to mate it to OEM seat?
- Does it protect your back and body over uneven, bumpy terrain?
- Does it remove the shock of the bumps and provide an "even ride" like you get in a good car?
- Over time, do you think it brings the most protection of the options you seen on GTT?
- Any complaints, problems, repairs or customer service issues with the manufacture?
- Would you recommend it to someone in my position?
- Comments pro or con?
if not the Puffer then what works for you if you share my sorry physical condition?
I don't want nor can put a fortune into this project yet my body can not take the uneven terrain I have to mow over all the time. The "puffer" appears to be a tenable solution given my parameters of age, financing, mechanical aptitude and need.
Guess I'm asking for a complete solution and not wanting to pay for it so I'm taking a best available option approach but don't want to buy a pig in a poke and be stuck with it and out my money. I'm casting my net out to the GTT family for sensible suggestions and experience with suspension systems on a 1025R tractor.
Thanks in advance to anyone willing to try to answer my convoluted questions. I'm charged and accepting of being overly verbal on my keyboard. Sometimes its the pain talking yet I enjoy mowing from my days in golf course management.