Spent Saturday morning at the JD dealer with the family for their Drive Green event. All four of us got to try out the two tractors that we have been trying to decide between. I took the 2032r for a spin first and really liked it. My wife drove it after me and both of us had the same conslusion. Great tractor, but going to be to big for us size wise and price wise. While I parked the 2032r back in it's spot, the dealer fired up a 1025r with FEL for my wife. She fell in love. This is nice she says. I like this one. I drove it after her and I had to agree. About the perfect size for where I need to use it and the price point is much better. My daughter drove it after me and I had to drag her off so my son to take it for a spin. So we decided that once the van is paid off in July we divert the payments to a 1025r.
Now the karma part... On Sunday it was beautiful out so got the Yard Man push mower, Toro self propelled mower, front tine tiller, and Toro lawn tractor out. Sharpened all the blades, made sure all the oil levels were good, air filters good. Had my wife mow the one area with the tractor and the left side is 1/4" shorter than the right. Tried to level it but found that the left blade was bent. Started up the Yard Man and it worked perfect. Started up the Toro walk behind and went to engage the blade. The blade cable broke instantly. Tried the tiller and it worked great in the first garden. With three feet left to go, the tines stopped. Lift the tiller and they spin again. Hmmm. Pulled the tiller out of the garden and checked that the belt was on, it was. Started it up and engaged tines again. This time it killed the engine immediately and I can't turn the tines by hand. Gearbox that runs the tines siezed up. Ouch. Repair costs more than I paid for tiller.
My wife's response to my troubles? See, they know they are going to replaced in a few months and decided to just quit now. Hopefully I get the new blades for the tractor this week and the Toro walk behind is repaired quick. Otherwise on my day off I'll be mowing 1.7 acres with a 21" push mower. Man I can't wait until August!!!