Well I replaced the 1025R I lost in Harvey with the exact same thing, a 1025R FLIB 2018 model with a 54" drive over deck (shout out to Lawson Implement). I just have 2 issues with the new rig.
First is the new seat on the backhoe. It makes it a real pain in the A$$ to even take the backhoe off and on. If you forget to put the travel pin back in while moving from one spot to another and your boom bleeds down a little you cant just reach your arm back there to bring it back up (now the backhoe seat covers the controls). And if you are on the backhoe, the tractor seat covers the tractor controls. Just a real PITA!! I think I am about to pony up 1500$ (that is how annoyed with it I am) to buy the old style swivel seat and just unbolt the backhoe seat and base and remove it. But that price is crazy!!!! 1500$ for a seat base?!!!! Come on.!!!!!!!!!!!
Second is the new racing style ROPS. I mean I like the look, but all it does is funnel and direct every single tree branch straight down to the Blinker lights and the operators head!! Its like they want to rip off the light assembly (and I did not take off the light assembly metal protector thingy (not sure what deere calls it, a roll cage?) before the old tractor was taken away). Now before people chime in and tell me to trim my trees, as soon as I can replace 1 of the 5 saws lost in Harvey I will do just that. The tractor is being put to good use to still rebuild my house (yes, I am still rebuilding over a year later). Even so if you are somewhere new to you, you shouldn't have to worry about the ROPS directing branches right towards the lights to rip them off and smack you in the head all at once.
Other than that it is GREAT!!
I like the new placement on the power beyond for the backhoe (it is a little tight, bit I like that).
the new backhoe anti slam feature is helpful.
the step in the outrigger is great but the grab bar seems misplaced to me.
hooks to hold up the outriggers when not in use are fantastic.
I still need to "fix" the RIO, but I haven't looked into it to see how to do it (it is a different switch than the old style) so chime in if you know how to do it.
My 54" mower deck seems like it isn't as high as the old one but that is probably just adjusting I need to look at.
Like the quick detach side panels
The hood latch will probably be a issue (when I picked it up the sales man told me to strap it down cause they have had 3 or 4 fly open during transport). So just need to remember to do that.
Pictures to come soon