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    Who actually mows their yard with a 1023/1025/1026?

    I'm looking at a 1023 sized tractor for my property. I have 5 ac, mostly pasture and grass. I have a commercial zero turn now for grass, but find that its not very good on slopes (I live in the mountains) and it can *only* mow. I want something that can do it all. Loader, mower, box blade etc.

    That being said, I love having a flawless yard more than anything. One thing I'm worried I'll give up is the quality of cut and the speed at which the zero turn mows the actual yard grass (less than .5ac). I know the 1023 has the 7iron deck so cut quality should be good, and I know it will be somewhat slower than the zero for mowing...but just how much slower will it be?

    Who actually uses their 1 series tractors for cutting their yard? Do you have any pictures of the cut quality? Any problems?

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    I to like a well manicured lawn with directional stripes and all that. The deck on the my 1025r cuts nicely, but doesnt lay flat with on a slope. It does leave faint stripes, but its mainly for cutting large quantities of grass in a short time. I cut 2.5 acres of full grass in about an hour. I'll see if i can get a few picts, no promises.


    Quote Originally Posted by ShowroomShine View Post
    I'm looking at a 1023 sized tractor for my property. I have 5 ac, mostly pasture and grass. I have a commercial zero turn now for grass, but find that its not very good on slopes (I live in the mountains) and it can *only* mow. I want something that can do it all. Loader, mower, box blade etc.

    That being said, I love having a flawless yard more than anything. One thing I'm worried I'll give up is the quality of cut and the speed at which the zero turn mows the actual yard grass (less than .5ac). I know the 1023 has the 7iron deck so cut quality should be good, and I know it will be somewhat slower than the zero for mowing...but just how much slower will it be?

    Who actually uses their 1 series tractors for cutting their yard? Do you have any pictures of the cut quality? Any problems?

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    I do get a little stripe action.
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    Early 2012 1026R with H120 and 60" auto connect MMM

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    Nice, those arent bad for a deck without a stripe kit.

    Any problems with tearing up the yard or any cumbersome qualities of the tractor?

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    I cut 5 acres of grass and weeds. The cut is very good. For doing the 4 acre pasture I pull a 5' Swisher offset mower that give me a 9' swath.
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    I mow about 3 acres, maybe 3/4 of an acre yard and the rest sloping field I have cleared and previously bush-hogged. On the flat it is a perfect cut. On the slopes in my yard, the deck hangs askew and cuts a little lower on the down-hill side. Noticeable, but the ease and speed are worth it for me now. On the cleared areas, I leave it up all the way and just drive around.

    4WD will get you in trouble easily of the turf. Any weak areas of grass that don't have a good root system will get scraped off on a tight turn, but good grass seems not to be a problem.
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    Just cut my 2 acres yesterday for only the second time with my new 1023.. I also cut a winding strip up and back along the road for about 1 kilometer.. All told its about 7 feet wide.. This serves as a little atv track for my son.. The 1023 with the 54" deck cuts beautifully in my opinion.. Nice clean rows and all that good stuff.. Not gonna be as fast as a zero turn as you know.. But I can maneuver in and around obstacles with ease and the R4's do not do any damage at all to my lawn.. I think I'm most impressed and surprised by that since its been so bloody wet this spring..

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    My yard has lots of slopes and that can cause me some issues. In the time I've owned the property I've learned a few tricks to keep my turf looking pretty good. With the 1026R the biggest problem areas I have are tight spots on slopes. With the 4x4 you can handle some, but I do have a couple spots that get skid marks. My 318 wasn't really any better so I think the only way to completly eliminate any turf issues would be to push mow these tight spots. I've also left areas and just trimmed them up with the string trimmer. If you have a fairly flat yard I don't see the 1 series giving you any issues. When you start to put it on slopes in tight areas you may have to adjust your style some. I just keep in mind that some places just aren't riding mower friendly.

    My mower will also sag a little on the down hill side leaving a lower cut line. In my yard I try to mow up and down hills instead of sidehilling. Well if it's possible.

    Do the 54" mower guys with 1 series have this issue? My 60" sticks out past the tires a ways and I assume that makes the problem more pronounced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShowroomShine View Post
    Nice, those arent bad for a deck without a stripe kit.

    Any problems with tearing up the yard or any cumbersome qualities of the tractor?
    I'm running the R4 tires and only in the really soft places do I see any kind of impression from the tires (got them because I also do grading, etc.) The turning radius on my 1025R is tighter than my little JD180 Lawn tractor. You do sit quite a bit higher, so low hanging obstructions that weren't a problem before, are now. I'm simply driving around the yard with the chainsaw looking for anything I can't walk under as the top of the roll cage is just a little taller than I when I'm standing on the ground.

    I have only thrown the deck on once to test it on Friday, but I was impressed with how it just powered through the deep grass (went through some 12" deep stuff). 60D 7-Iron deck.
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