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    My new 1025r is finally here!

    The salesman delivered my new machine last night. I had a metting to attend so all I had time to do was back it in, shut it down, and leave. One thing that made me mad at myself is that I have been to the dealer 10 times measuring and seeing how this will fit in my shop. I KNEW the ROPS was too tall, yet even as the salesman was pulling out of the yard and I was backing it in, I suddenly slammed on the brakes and stopped 2 inches before hitting the header in the entrance. I stopped, pulled ahead, and folded the ROPS down and all is fine. I already dont like how it rests against the plastic tool box... relocate the tool box? Remove the upper half of the ROPS? A spacer to hold it away from the toolbox? Bad design. Anyway, the loader and mower are on it. The 54 inch front blower is on a pallet just outside the door. I dont really want to put the blower on yet but we have 7 to 10 inches of snow forcast for tonight so I guess loader work may have to wait til spring. Todays plan is to remove the loader and mower and add the blower. It doesnt look much different than the one on my old 425 except it has 2 bearings to slide the shaft through and its a lot heavier to wrestle with. Not much else planned today so I have all day, although Im thinking even for doing it the first time, it shouldnt take all day. I have seen the blower install thread. I dont have 2 dollies and dont have a concrete floor for them to roll on but I like the other suggestions of basically doing it the same way, just without dollies. Slide the shaft underneath, thread it through the 2 attachments, install the attachments, install the shaft, install the blower, connect hoses. I always found that the grease did help and sped up the process. I did get confirmation that my Heavy Hith double weight bar was shipped yesterday but no ballast til Mondays delivery. I assome itll be fine, just a little front heavy for the first snow. I do have my old 3pt back blade that I could add but then it wouldnt fit all the way inside the building. I guess Ill know more about if its needed after the blower is on. Between the 6 42 lb weights from my 425, the 4 new 70 lb weights I got last week, and the weight of the hitch, I have around 600 lbs. I dont think Ill want it all with the blower but maybe without loaded tires Ill want most of it.
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    Congrats on your new tractor. Just in time. Enjoy it and be safe.
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    Congratulations Hiwire. Good luck with it.
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    CONGRATS!! Looks good!
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    Congrats on the new tractor!
    I hate to say its a good thing that you need it right away, but it just might be. Youll get some seat time to get acquainted with it early on.
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    Update and observations...shes cold blooded starting but I expected that. It was 15 here. She coughed and bucked for about 15 seconds but then smoothed right out. Loader came off quick and easy. The deck is a lot heavier than the one on the 425 but its off and packed away. Now to remove the autoconnect attachment. It doesnt lool like a big deal, 4 pins and 2 hooks and disconnect the shaft? Then on to the blower install

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    Congrats on the 1025R
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    Congratulations! You are not the only one that forgets about the ROPS...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiwire View Post
    I already dont like how it rests against the plastic tool box... relocate the tool box? Remove the upper half of the ROPS? A spacer to hold it away from the toolbox? Bad design.

    You could re-locate the tool box to the right side. That is where it is put when a back ho is added. You may have to research what, if any other brackets may be involved.
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    Congratulations on your new tractor.

    The ROPS on this tractor is a pain.. sometimes literally. I couldn't tell you how many times I've had it in it's 90° setting and smashed my head off it. Once I figure out how to get those pivot pins out (I'm sort of afraid to just hammer them out since there was a ton of flex and vibration when I was trying it before) short of cutting them off, that top half is getting put away until I need it. If you get the iMatch or a quick hitch, it'll be even more of a pain since you can only raise the 3 point hitch up half way with the ROPS folded.

    Do you have the engine block heater\coolant heater? It makes a huge difference in cold weather starting - in single to negative digits I can start with almost no smoke\vibration if I let it heat up for 15-30 minutes, and I imagine it's much easier on the engine. If not, try cycling the glow plugs 5-6 times before starting.
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