When deciding to purchase a 1025R, the hardest decision for me was the tire choice. I have had a 445 for the last 16 years with turf tires and they always worked great and with chains they worked great with the snowblower. I hate installing chains though. I figured I'd get the turf tires on the 1025R, but I went to 2 different dealers and when I mentioned turf tires, they looked at me like I had lost my mind. The one dealer said "Only if you want to ruin the value of it". I told them even though I would buy it with the loader/snow blower and deck, it would spend 90% of it's time mowing in the summer and then blowing snow in the winter and then using the loader as needed for the stone driveways, mulch and other stuff. I was told by both dealers that I will really want the cleated tires when using the loader and with the snow blower and I wouldn't have to wrestle with chains anymore. They said that as long as I keep it in 2 wheel drive when I am mowing, the cleated tires will be fine. Both dealers said that they have not had anyone complain about the cleated tires tearing up their yards. So the tractor that is to be deliverd this week is going to have the cleated tires on it. I hope I don't regret it. Have you guys done OK with the cleated tired and mowing?