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    1025r few questions before I pull the trigger...

    New guy here and my first post. I have been reading and debating with myself around this tractor for a couple of months now and with the 0 financing and $1950 (Canada) off from deere ending in a few weeks, I am looking to finalize my order.

    A bit of background first. We just purchased and took possession of a well maintained property that is the core of what was a much larger victorian farm. I have just under 20 acres of land in total, with 7 acres as farmland (currently corn) that I do not maintain, 4 acres of lawn grass and the balance unmaintained fields and wood lot.

    We also have a 400 foot gravel drive, with an additional 200 feet that loops around the house.

    I am thinking that a 1025r with a 60" auto connect mower, h120 FEL and a 54" snowblower would be the place to start from the factory.

    Is this too much tractor? My land is all basically flat, no significant slopes to the drive etc. I am thinking turf tires as much of this will be mowing and over my septic bed as well.

    Any better options? Any tractor features that I must have( hydraulic lifts etc.)

    Any thoughts are appreciated!

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    Welcome to GTT Brayman.
    With your property description you may find the 1025r to be a bit small.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    Welcome to GTT Brayman.
    With your property description you may find the 1025r to be a bit small.
    There is a ton of grass, use would be 80% mowing. I had also thought about not getting the MMM and instead getting a dedicated mower setup. The FEL will basically be used to move some old wood fence posts and things around, etc. snowblower to touch up the drive and clear some paths. Main plowing duties will get sourced out to a neighbour.

    The old owner also maintained hundreds of feet of winding mown pathways through the land, that I am concerned the SCUT may not be able to turn through well. He had an old riding mower only small deck width 48" and it took 6 plus hours to mow the lawns......

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    Pictures may help, here is a shot from the centre of the house looking down the driveway to the road

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    You need a ZTR and a tractor.
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    If money was no object I'd say get a nice ZTR mower and a 2032R for loader and snow duty. Beings you probably like to have food and power I think the 1025R will be a great "Do All" machine for you. The 60" deck just eats up the acres as long as your yard is mostly smooth. Turf tires should help soak up some of the bumps though.

    Nice looking property!


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    If the main snow plow duties will be done by someone else, save yourself a couple thousand and get the 54" front snowblade rather than the snowblower. It will work just fine and will actually be better for the smaller snowfall amounts than a blower would.

    To maintain that gravel drive - I'd get a 3pt boxblade. I use my 1025R to maintain my 5 acres and a 1/4 mi private road and it works great.

    FYI....My 1025R turns a tighter radius than my old JD180 lawn tractor (46" deck) even though it's a much larger machine.

    Also - I have the R4 tires and haven't noticed any kind of damage to the lawn. The dealer recommended those over the turf tires due to the road grading I planned on doing - I guess the turf tires wear faster with that kind of work.

    I can mow my entire property in about 3 hours with the 60" deck - used to take almost twice as long with the lawn tractor.
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    Agree 1025r should do find and a 60" deck. or as others maybe a 2032 and a zero turn for mowing, guessing could mow it in 3 hrs or less with zero turn and with 1025r maybe 4 hrs
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    Thank you gentlemen, my wife is already blanching at the cost, so sticking with one do it all machine is probably more doable!

    Interesting thought on the front blade rather than the blower, could the blade still do the full drive if needed to?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sstlaure View Post
    If the main snow plow duties will be done by someone else, save yourself a couple thousand and get the 54" front snowblade rather than the snowblower. It will work just fine and will actually be better for the smaller snowfall amounts than a blower would.

    To maintain that gravel drive - I'd get a 3pt boxblade. I use my 1025R to maintain my 5 acres and a 1/4 mi private road and it works great.

    FYI....My 1025R turns a tighter radius than my old JD180 lawn tractor (46" deck) even though it's a much larger machine.

    Also - I have the R4 tires and haven't noticed any kind of damage to the lawn. The dealer recommended those over the turf tires due to the road grading I planned on doing - I guess the turf tires wear faster with that kind of work.

    I can mow my entire property in about 3 hours with the 60" deck - used to take almost twice as long with the lawn tractor.

    Great info thanks!

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