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    Getting a 1025R!

    Hi all!

    After a few weeks of deliberation, I've finally settled on getting a 1025R.

    The final group I was choosing between came down to the LS MT125, Yanmar SA324, and the Kubota BX23S. Ultimately, the main deciding factors were price, the strength of the dealer network and the available financing options.

    Of all the tractors, I think the LS MT125 was the best value, if you were paying in cash. The lowest price I got was $16,200 for the TLB with 60" mower. That price also came with a number of caveats -- I would be buying from a dealer I'd only ever talked to on the phone that was located across the country. On top of that, the best financing available from this dealer was in the range of 6% and my local credit unit couldn't do any better for a tractor. My most local (still over an hour away) LS dealer offered slightly better financing, but the pricing was another $1800 higher than the out of state option. Once I factored in the total payback over the life of the loan, the relatively small savings wasn't worth not having a dealer close by. No question though, if you have the cash on hand, the LS is an outstanding deal.

    The Yanmar SA324 is a very substantial tractor, but it also ended up being prohibitively expensive once the backhoe was added in.

    Initially, I'd actually completely passed over the 1025R for a number of reasons -- I figured it would be priced higher than competing SCUTs and I'm also not a fan of some of Deere's consumer unfriendly business practices in the past decade or so. But, after watching an untold number of Tractor Time with Tim episodes I had to go check one out for myself.

    Much like the LS MT125, the 1025R struck me as being more substantial than the BX23S. I was also surprised that it seemed to turn just as well even with being longer and wider. After checking with my two local dealers, I was able to get pricing of $19,000 for the 1025R TLB. That was essentially the same as the best pricing I'd received in the BX23S, after adding in the SSQA option. After adding in a few implements, the pricing gap widened a bit further in Deere's favor.

    Ultimately I ended up with the following configuration:
    - 1025R TLB
    - 54D auto connect deck
    - 54" quick attach blade w/ hydraulic lift, hydraulic angling and extensions*
    - Frontier RT1149 Tiller
    - Frontier AV20F Root Grapple
    - John Deere 3rd function hydraulics
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    We will need pic’s
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    Pics or it didn't happen! Welcome and congrats from SC!

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    Congratulations and welcome to the club!
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    Just a heads up on the 3rd hydraulic function. The third SCV option presently available has the ports at the rear of the tractor. This will be hard a fit for your grapple. They do have a front third hydraulic option, via electric diverter valve, that is suppose to be available in November. There is aftermarket options, such as Artillian.
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    Congrats!

    Good old TTWT..., isn't he (his family) great at vids or what!?

    Tim does so many amazing projects with the 1025R. Things the average person probably wouldn't consider doable with such machine. He always talks about getting a bigger machine, but honestly I think they are to much in love with Johnny to cheat on him...
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    Quote Originally Posted by martincom View Post
    Just a heads up on the 3rd hydraulic function. The third SCV option presently available has the ports at the rear of the tractor. This will be hard a fit for your grapple. They do have a front third hydraulic option, via electric diverter valve, that is suppose to be available in November. There is aftermarket options, such as Artillian.
    Yes, I'll be getting the one that is shipping in November.
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    Congrats. I went thru the same ordeal in 2016 when I bought my first 1025. Looked at everything Koiti, Mahindra, LS, New Holland, and Kubota. Wasted a lot of time but with 0% and better features I chose wisely. Have fun Be Safe
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    Quote Originally Posted by kelchm View Post
    Yes, I'll be getting the one that is shipping in November.
    Please post pictures and a review of the diverter & grapple when you get it. Many here are very curious what JD came up with. And congratulations
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    Congratulations, I think you'll really enjoy that tractor.

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