Which deck lift is on your 1 series?

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    Which deck lift is on your 1 series?

    Curious what everyone is using to lift their mower deck.

    There are three options

    Mechanical - tied to the 3 pt hitch and is raised / lowered using the 3 pt lever

    Hydraulic - hose plugs into the loader valve and is raised / lowered using the loader lever or using the third SCV

    Independent - raised / lowered using a dash mount switch, no hoses to deal with just the switch and the height knob
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    Hydraulic but using the 3rd SCV instead of the loader valve.


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    Independent now. Started with the mechanical lift. Swapped it out over the winter. I like the independent lift much better!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Milharri View Post
    Hydraulic but using the 3rd SCV instead of the loader valve.


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    Updated the description of the hydraulic setup. Thanks for the reminder.
    1025r TLB w 60D MMM & Independent Lift
    SN 114287 Built April '13 received 8/21/13
    180 degree thermostat
    Omni Transformer w/ integrated weight bracket
    Single Point
    Ken's Bolt on hooks
    Artillian Forks (42")
    Full Compliment of Wheel Weights (340lbs)
    Custom Seat Springs

    Kubota 326H 72" deck ZTR

    Stihl MS361, FS250R

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    I got the hydraulic using the loader lever. Regret it immediately after having to swap hoses the first few times. Now I'm considering reverting to mechanical or upgrading to the independent lift.

    Depends which one will be more cost efficient...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gasoleo View Post
    I got the hydraulic using the loader lever. Regret it immediately after having to swap hoses the first few times. Now I'm considering reverting to mechanical or upgrading to the independent lift.

    Depends which one will be more cost efficient...
    If swapping a few hoses is the hardest work you have I feel for ya.:empathy3: This is a dream compared to my old NH. You are able to mow with the FEL on? To many tight areas for me to do that.

    If you are made of money (or work for a dealer and get huge discounts and therefore can install your own) then get the independent, otherwise revert to the mechanical, which is in reality hydraulic anyway.

    Why could you not use a two way diverter valve? Then it is only turning the valve for flow to one hose or the other? I will play musical hoses.... Cause the FEL comes off anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gasoleo View Post
    I got the hydraulic using the loader lever. Regret it immediately after having to swap hoses the first few times. Now I'm considering reverting to mechanical or upgrading to the independent lift.

    Depends which one will be more cost efficient...

    Would you want to trade after the mowing season is over?
    I want to go from mechanical to hydraulic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Deere 1025R TLB View Post
    If swapping a few hoses is the hardest work you have I feel for ya.:empathy3: This is a dream compared to my old NH. You are able to mow with the FEL on? To many tight areas for me to do that.

    If you are made of money (or work for a dealer and get huge discounts and therefore can install your own) then get the independent, otherwise revert to the mechanical, which is in reality hydraulic anyway.

    Why could you not use a two way diverter valve? Then it is only turning the valve for flow to one hose or the other? I will play musical hoses.... Cause the FEL comes off anyway.

    Bill
    It's a factor of storage. I don't have a shed built yet so I'll have to take the FEL and BH off/on after every mowing in order to put the tractor away. Wouldn't be an issue if I had a place to drop the FEL out of the way until I needed it.

    The other thing that causes me grief is that swapping just the deck hose requires me to take 3 of the FEL hoses off just to get access. Not sure if there's not enough slack in the deck hose or what.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gasoleo View Post
    It's a factor of storage. I don't have a shed built yet so I'll have to take the FEL and BH off/on after every mowing in order to put the tractor away. Wouldn't be an issue if I had a place to drop the FEL out of the way until I needed it.

    The other thing that causes me grief is that swapping just the deck hose requires me to take 3 of the FEL hoses off just to get access. Not sure if there's not enough slack in the deck hose or what.
    You will love the independent lift. I hated swapping hose, not because it was hard but it is cramped and the tractor had to be shut down.

    With the independent lift it just makes changing quicker and cleaner.
    1025r TLB w 60D MMM & Independent Lift
    SN 114287 Built April '13 received 8/21/13
    180 degree thermostat
    Omni Transformer w/ integrated weight bracket
    Single Point
    Ken's Bolt on hooks
    Artillian Forks (42")
    Full Compliment of Wheel Weights (340lbs)
    Custom Seat Springs

    Kubota 326H 72" deck ZTR

    Stihl MS361, FS250R

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    Independent, all the way

    When I decided to buy my 1025r FILB, I wanted the 60" deck added. When the salesman asked if I wanted the mechanical or hydraulic lift, I was befuddled. I thought it was silly not to be able to use each feature independently. I picked up the brochure, pointed to the cover picture of a man riding off into the sunset with a loader, backhoe and mower attached and basically said, "I want what he's got". This raised the curiosity of the salesman enough that he put in a call to Mother Deere and discovered that there was indeed a way to do just that. It took two weeks for the kits (one for the independent lift and one for the independent lift if you have PB) to come in. I'm so glad I don't have to hook or unhook hoses, and that I can mow with my 3pt sprayer, or whatever I want, hanging on the back.

    They did a great job on the setup of the mower and independent lift with the exception of routing one hydro hose and a minor adjustment to aid in releasing the deck. I got the hose rerouted and have yet to make the adjustment to the draft links.
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