Looking at retiring my 445 with 54 inch deck and just drove a 1023 with 60 inch deck. Was looking at the 700 series mowers but by the time you add diesel engine and 4x4 its quite a bit more than a 1023 just at MSRP. Anyway I got a quote of $12995 with 60 inch deck but I have seen several others advertising under 12k pretty regular. I want to be fair but the Kubota BX2370 was quoted to me for $11000 plus the tax so big difference. I have owned both JD and Kubota and still have a 2013 MX5100 HST that I love but really like JD mowers better I do believe. So if you purchased one let me know what you paid around about and I will call a few dealers and get some price quotes.
Also wanted to ask, should I opt for a 1025 or 1026??? I am just going to use it as a mower and nothing else, I don't need a loader or really even a 3 point hitch but I understand that is standard. I tend to overkill everything I do and it usually keeps me pleased. That's the reason I am entertaining the 1023 over the 700 series mowers. Anyway thanks for the help and your time ...... God Bless