There is a similar thread on the Subaru forums that I belong to. I'm going to start this thread to see what people have experienced with their 1025R.
First of all, John Deere ran ads inviting people to "Test drive a John Deere today". The "test drive" was a joke. The dealer let me drive it around the parking lot. My neighbor demo'd multiple brands of zero turn mowers. The dealers delivered the mowers to his home and he used them to cut his grass before deciding which one to purchase. Maybe that's just whining on my part but I threw it out there for you. I did a lot of research before deciding to purchase the 1025R rather than the Kubota BX. The lack of a proper test drive didn't affect my decision.
I had to send my 1025R back the day they delivered it. While mowing, the pto would shut off. This happened multiple times (over 20). The display would show error code "roi". The error code is in reference to the Reverse operation interlock. No, my foot was not on the "Reverse" travel pedal. I was traveling forward each time. The dealer first claimed that the tractor was working as designed and tried to claim operator error. After a few choice words, the dealer adjusted the interlock switch and I have not had that issue since.
One of the reasons I chose the JD over the Kubota was the AutoConnect mower deck. It is easy to remove and reinstall for the first 10 hours or so. After that, not so much. When I drive the tractor off of the deck the extension spring pulls the Bracket and Rod (front draft arms) out of the notches on the deck and it flops onto the floor. I replaced the U-bolts that are supposed to keep the bracket in place. I pried the U-bolts as tight as possible against the bracket while tightening the nuts. No luck. I will be making modifications to the U-bolts to extend them over the bracket so that it stays in place. I was at the JD dealer the other day, looks like JD redesigned the notches on the new decks.
Other than those two issues, there has been nothing major. It runs good, gives a nice clean cut and is reliable.
An ADJUSTABLE suspension seat would be nice. Better yet, how about an air ride seat? At 6'2" and 230 pounds, the suspension seat does bottom out when I hit divits in the lawn.
The final thing that annoys me about my 1025R is the stupid $h!!t that breaks.
One of the hinges on the grass deflector chute broke. JD tech said he never saw one of those break before. Easy to fix, but that stupid little piece of bent metal strap was $27.
Last week the "port plate" broke. That is the port on the mower deck that you connect your garden hose to to clean the underside of the deck. It broke off by the bolt that holds it to the deck. Again an easy fix, and it was only a few dollars.
The next time I cut the grass the top link support that holds the top link up and out of the way when not being used.......you guessed it, broke. I'm heading to the dealer today to get/order that part.
Like I said, mainly stupid $h!t that is breaking, but annoying nonetheless.
If the deflector chute hinges continue to break, I will fabricate my own replacements. IMHO I should not have to making modifications or fabricating replacement parts for my 1025R.
Feel free to comment. Maybe my "test drive" was just a crappy dealer. Maybe, like the tech said, I'm the only one to ever have a deflector chute hinge break.
I'm done venting, time for a break