I recently bought a tractor. I decided on the 1023E instead of the Kubota (nice tractor but the dealer was really not impressive) and also instead of the 1025R. I admit that I was torn, but the JD dealer, whom I’ve known for decades, gave me a much better discount of the 2019 1023E than he could on the 1025R so I went that route. My primary use is going to be relatively low-level landscaping and snow on my 2.5 acre home that is partially grass, partially wooded, and sits on one of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes. The 1-series meets my relatively modest needs exactly. I went in planning on the 1025R, like everyone else, but it looked like the only real advantage was more power, and in everything I read, I never saw anyone complain that their 1023E lacked the power for their needs.
When I first looked at these things, the YouTube videos and reviews online made me presume that getting the 1025R was a no-brainer...way too many advantages on the 1025R on the older models that were being reviewed. When I actually looked at the specification differences between the two 2019 models, I was kind of surprised at the upgrades that John Deere had made to the 1023E. I figured that the price difference between the 1023E and the 1025R would pay for accessories that I needed worse than I needed the extra 2 horsepower, a tilt steering wheel (no belly to work around), cruise control (sort of), an accessory 12-volt socket (which I already added for about $12), arm rests, and a rather anemic-looking work light setup. Looks like I can buy a pair of blinding 12-volt LED work lights that I can mount on the ROP (where I need it) for about $26 on Amazon.
I didn’t need a mower deck as a ZTR445 is my mower and it’s superb at that. I don’t really need a snow blade because I already have a snowblower on my trusty old 277AWS, which works great for my relatively simple driveway (although I’m very intrigued by snow pushers). I bought the 1023E with just the 120R FEL. Thus far, my attachment shopping has yielded:
- a John Deere iMatch
- A Titan 2 inch receiver hitch for the 3-pt
- A Field Tuff pine straw rake 3-pt (I have lots of leaves and pine trees, and one of my main projects is lawn re-seeding)
- A Titan fork attachment with 42-inch forks. I had a few other options here but I wanted a 2-inch receiver hitch on it as well as quick-attaching to my FEL. I bought that off Amazon.
- A Titan ballast box
- a 12-volt accessory socket
- a pair of 3600-lumen work lights for the ROP
- a pair of Ken’s hook/clevis bolt-ons
I looked hard at comments here and elsewhere about Titan. Most of the negative comments about quality are older, and from what I read, Titan appears to be pretty responsive in the customer service category. I looked carefully at their 3-point 2-inch receiver hitch when it arrived, and I was impressed with not only the construction and welding, but even the finish. I’m no expert, but I have a TIG welder and although I can’t create great welds every time, I know them when I see them. That sucker was heavy, and appears to be far more robust than the John Deere version, and at a few less $$$. We’ll see what the pallet forks look like when they arrive next week.
All-in-all, this has been a really fun acquisition. Here in the outlands of lake country Minnesota, rolling stock is common. I have two large outbuilding for boats, canoes, snowmobiles, quads, motorcycles, not to mention the various trailers I have parked around the place. I’m not sure yet where this 1023E is going to ultimately get parked, as well as the various attachments. That of course was my wife’s first observation when I towed the thing home. She just doesn’t understand the big picture... . Fortunately, she has horses. So...no pushback on the actual purchase.