Sorry for the long post that follows. I'm pretty frustrated at the moment.
Anybody see a bunch of problems right out of the gate with a new 1025R? Up until today all I have had time to do is tool around in the yard for a few minutes one night before putting it in the garage. It's a brand new FILB I posted about last Monday in the "what did you do today" thread. It was delivered the Friday before last with a statement of "full of fuel & ready to go" from the salesman.
Today I planned to get the backhoe & loader off, look it over, add Ken's diff lock pedal & springs, do the RIO override, put wheel weights on, & mow.
Removing the backhoe was a real experience, but it was my 1st try. I sure hope it gets smoother. The RIO override & installing Ken's products went pretty smoothly. That's where easy ended.
I started looking things over to familiarize myself & checking fluids & discovered you almost need to be double or triple jointed to get to the engine & tranny dipsticks, at least with the loader mounted. As far as I can tell, the engine is way over filled with oil, the front axle also seems to be over filled with fluid, & it was low on coolant. I also found a small rubber hose of some sort about a foot long laying on top of the battery. Speaking of which, is a tarp strap the standard battery hold down in these? That seems a bit cheesy on a $20k+ machine. Not a good look for the dealership so far in my opinion. Off to the dealer I go to spend almost $50 on fluids to make sure I have everything since it needed coolant. I let the parts guy know that I wasn't impressed. I added coolant but haven't drained any of the other fluids yet. I assume that it's a really bad idea to run it much more without doing so? Please correct me if I'm wrong because I'd obviously rather not take more time fixing someone else's mistakes.
Next, I went to mount my starter weight + two 50lb wheel weights on each side for extra stability on my hills. The 1st thing I noticed when I got down on the floor is that there was a nut missing from one of the bolts that holds the hitch & part of the hoe subframe. Back to the dealer to get a nut. I made sure the parts guy new I wasn't impressed. That's a strike against the factory for not putting it on & a strike against the dealership for not catching it as far as I'm concerned. After I got home I proceeded to mess with wheel weights on the right side for over 2 hours & could never get them to look right & line up so I could access the valve stem. I tried every combo I could think of & read a bunch of threads about it. No dice. I finally went over to the other side & it looks to me like the wheel centers are welded to the outsides differently. On the left side there is definitely more of an offset in timing between the valve stem & the closest square hole in the center than on the right. I'm thinking that's another ding against the factory.
Also, the deck appears to be about a 1/4" or so out of level from side to side. I can't remember if that's good enough or not. I'll have to check my manual. I know it's expected here that the dealership won't do that part right. I may just be nit-picking at this point because I'm so discouraged.
Lastly, I've seen some posts on Facebook about a change to the air cleaner because the bracket bolted to the top of the engine can crack the intake from vibration. My salesman says he can't find anything about it. I was at the dealership a couple days ago & popped the hoods on 3 new 1025R's on the lot to find that they have the new set up while the tractor I had delivered a week ago has the old style set up.
My 1st payment is due the 25th. I have put less than an hour on this thing & haven't even managed to mow my yard after screwing around trying to get it ready for 6 hours or so today. I'm about ready to tell the dealership on Monday to come get this thing & drive it where the sun don't shine. I expected a lot better for the money I paid, especially with the delivering salesman telling me it was "ready to go".
Anyone have any great advise, words of wisdom, encouragement, etc...? Am I expecting too much? Am I checking things incorrectly? Please feel free to let me have it if you more experienced guys think I'm just being a cry baby. This is my 1st foray into anything more complicated or newer than the vintage hydro gas powered garden tractors.