Folks, looking for some validation on my own thoughts, I have scoured the threads and for sale (online) ads and I am fairly certain I know the answer but I am trying to gauge how much of a deal this is as I do not need a tractor this large, its much more of a want. Currently get by with a D130 54" deck.
for a 2013 1026R used for mowing with the 60" Autoconnect mower, stored inside year round, looks virtually spotless. Just shy of 350hrs and comes with a JD tiller however it appears the auger shaft is broken and was told its a very $$$ part. I have no need for the tiller, I want it for the mower and future snow blowing with the option to add front loader and backhoe if I ever choose to. Not trying to argue that Garden tractor would be better suited for that (it likely would) but I have tested both and for the small price difference can not justify why I would go with a X7xx vs a 1 Series.
My thoughts are this is a good deal and maybe hard to replicate in the future buy not by much, maybe $500-750 better then negating with dealer sans the tiller.........no idea how to value the tiller and without knowing what part is broke I assume no one here can help with that. Located in the Midwest if that helps
Regardless of your answer a couple questions, local dealer has not gotten back to me with answers.
*Are the new designed loader and backhoe a direct fit for the older 1026r? - I assume so
*Whats the deal with the 1026R being less cold blooded then the 1025R, I know there was an engine change but do we know why they seem to start better then the newer ones in cold weather? - Maybe this is a false statement but have seen it referenced at least 3 times in my research and being in the cold(er) midwest sounds like it wouldn't hurt.
Thoughts? and I appreciate the time