So this fall we picked up a new 2017 1023e with 120r loader and Frontier SB1148 rear mount snowblower. I know someone with a 1025r which ultimately pushed us into a 1 series vs an x700 when we went to trade in our x310/w 44" front mount snowblower. The x310 provided 4 good years of mowing and snow removal duties, but it was time to move on and after last winters heavy wet high accumulation storms we knew we needed something with some more grunt to get the snow cleared quicker with less messing around. About 3 belts, endless shear pins and alot of choice words later, the decision to trade up was easy.
But I digress, when buying I was a little worried I would miss the cpl extra HP of the 1025. In the end, I dident value the extra lighting or the position control 3PH and better seat enough to cough up the $1800 for a 1025r and after some aggressive dealer pricing, we went 1023e.
Having been hammered here in Maine with snow this year to date I have had ample seat time and can say with surety that the tractor has plenty of power to move and blow snow. Im still a bit taken aback by how well it chews through 2' drifts and frozen banks. I have yet to back into something it will not chew through with relative ease. 6" or so cleanups are done in high range with the engine rpm around 2200ish-2500 tops. I rarely find myself setting the engine rpm up fully to get 540rpm at the PTO. Only when hitting huge drifts or moving large piles of spoil across the driveway will I bring the engine rpm up that high and usually only for a quick pass.
The loader is finally breaking in a bit and control seems to be smoothing out. Having used quite a few of the small orange tractors I have been pleasantly suprised at how well the JD operates. I moved a couple snow banks the other day and I found myself just operating it vs trying to figure out how to get the loader to curl and lift at the same time, it just felt natural. Im certainly stoked to use it for some earth work this summer. Mowing with it will probably feel a tad silly as I only have about an acre to mow, but the purchase was more for snow removal, loader work and the backhoe in the future. The fact that it mows as well is just a bonus.
The 4 -55w lights I installed are working great and my only complaint at this point is no fault of JD, we should have bought the Curtis cab snd heater from the start..... I can say with certainty I will not go another winter without one.
If it would ever stop snowing and warm up beyond 0°f maybe I could work on the auxillary hydraulics for the rear, but that doesent look good anytime soon. Really wish I would have had them install the hydraulic chute angle and rotation and the rear SCV, but I can only imagine how much the dealer would have charged to do some custom hydraulic work to the tractor. :/ They wanted $160.00 to install a single hook in the bucket.... To which I said no, ill weld ot myself this summer and spray paint it green for about $5......