Several months ago I had hydraulic fluid leaking from the MMM PTO seal. Dealership thought they would have to pull the whole rear end out to fix leak and pull the seal from the inside. Thankfully, the mechanic I have is solid great guy and has mastered to fix every issue I have so far and is quick to respond. He was able to replace without having to pull the rear end out and was able to get to it from the outside and put a new seal in. No leak!
A few months after that got fixed I saw a big puddle of hydraulic fluid on the floor again and thought it was leaking from the MMM PTO again. So mechanic came back out to look and unfortunately the worst has happened. The rear casing is leaking. He stated he hates that these are just pressure fitted from factory with some sealant in between the casings and there is not a gasket like the bigger tractors have. He said, they do not even make a gasket for it so we can not put one in even if we wanted to. The bad news is he has to pull the whole rear end out. Everything from the steering wheel back is going to come off and its going to take at least a week to do. Thank God he talked me into buying the extended warranty and that is going to cover 100% of everything but............. I fear that its never going to be as solid as it was when coming from factory. He assured me it would be as good as new and maybe even better. When he has it all apart he said everything will get all new gaskets, hoses, fittings, etc. Whatever can be replace with new, will.
This 1025r of mine I bought brand new in 2013 I have almost 700hrs on it. He said, he wished he could have been my sales guy because he would have talked me into a 3 or 4 series tractor. I have a family member with a 4 and its to big for my needs. I only have a 4 acre property that I have converted all to sod. So lots of fun mowing time that I enjoy. But he highly is encouraging me that once this warranty is close to running out to get a 3 series. I think I'm going to take his advice.
Is there anyone out here in the JD family that used to have a 1 series and now has upgraded to a 3 series? You glad you did? Are the rear attachments like the rear blade, tiller, spreader transferable to one tractor to the other? I know the FEL is not.
Any and all feedback is welcome. I'm just so nervous about having more issues now that this whole rear end is coming off.