My first impression upon sitting on a 1025R was that it was too big to use to mow my lawn. Probably should have listened to myself - I have a few places I really cannot get it in to and unless I am super careful the tractor just rips the sh*t out of my lawn. I have a 54" MMM and R4 tires.
First problem was the ROPS - the top portion just had to come off. It was just way too destructive to my trees and I am unwilling to trim trees to accommodate a mower - they provide privacy from a fairly busy road. The way the ROPS is designed for these tractors is disappointing at best. It gathers, traps, and snaps branches as you move forward. Really, I think the way they gather tree limbs behind and then towards my head is more of a safety issue than the possibility of rolling on fairly flat ground is. Pulling down a prized tree was a serious safety issue when my wife found out about it. I do not know what the people who designed the way ROPS "folds down" were thinking. It doesn't fold down. It is attached in a destructive and somewhat dangerous position, or it flops around - even worse if the 3 point hitch is in place. So it is gone. Pretty sure that's not what they had in mind(?).
Turf Tires - I have read here in a number of posts that turf tires really won't help much over the R4 tires that are installed. I find this difficult to get my head around. If I accelerate at all I have an R4 pattern in my grass - if I turn too sharply I have an R4 pattern in my grass - and the grass in these patterns eventually dies. Practice will help with that - but over the course of a few mows I'm already getting ruts in the lawn due to the sheer weight of the tractor and that is difficult to solve. It's ugly. I live in a situation where my lawn is generally wet to very wet, and there is really nothing I can do about that.
Wheel Weights - 50# per side - dealer told me removing and installing the wheel weights is a serious PITA and removing them will make little/no difference. Still, 100 pounds is a 100 more pounds on the lawn....makes me wonder.
So - it is too late to look back now - and don't get me wrong - I LOVE the other things I can do with the tractor, but it is disappointing that it doesn't do the primary job I bought it for very well. Wah.