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    Buying 1023E - must have attachments? Anything to know when picking up?

    Hi all, picking up our 1023E late next week (FEL, 60" mid mount). Duty will be mowing 1+ acre, very occasional snow removal on long paved driveway, general maintenance. May do some digging or grading at sons house to add patio or gravel parking area, plantings.

    Questions for you all -

    1.) If I were to get ONE more attachment when I get the tractor: any must have attachments or options? Was thinking of asking to substitute a 4 in 1 bucket for standard one... or maybe a box blade or standard blade. I assume a blade will dig better than the loader. Also for plantings perhaps an auger but unsure if it's worth it.

    2.) Anything to make sure of when I pickup the tractor? Maybe ask dealer to check level on the mower deck? Just looking for wisdom from you all

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    Ballast box or equivalent - period.
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    Stan nailed it.

    First must have, rear ballast.

    The FEL with a toothbar will dig better than a blade, plus it'll pick up the dirt all in one shot. I have both a rear blade and a box blade. Each has their purpose and advantage over the other, but for grading and moving dirt, my box blade sees more dirt time.

    You should discuss with the dealer and have them show you the mower deck level-ness, and how to work it etc, but don't get excited. Check it yourself when you get home. Get a level gauge from them also, part number AM130907. For the price, they could give it to you.

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    Thanks for the replies guys! So, is a ballast box needed even with loaded tires? I was thinking that perhaps running loaded tires and one implement (box blade etc) would be enough. If not, then I'll spring for a ballast box instead.

    You mentioned a tooth bar, is that a deere option or did you guys buy it separately?

    If you had to pick, for basic digging like to put in a patio or gravel parking area... would you buy a box blade? or just a regular blade and use the FEL to smooth.

    Appreciate the thoughts
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    Quote Originally Posted by CarolinaDeere View Post
    Thanks for the replies guys! So, is a ballast box needed even with loaded tires? I was thinking that perhaps running loaded tires and one implement (box blade etc) would be enough. If not, then I'll spring for a ballast box instead.

    You mentioned a tooth bar, is that a deere option or did you guys buy it separately?

    If you had to pick, for basic digging like to put in a patio or gravel parking area... would you buy a box blade? or just a regular blade and use the FEL to smooth.

    Appreciate the thoughts

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    Straight blades I've found to be basicly useless...too light to do much of anything and in the event it dose work you lose the material off each side. They do have a use for final grade in some instances but The front loader traveling backwards is easier & faster. I own 1 straight blade ...It will offset to either side by a couple feet..Hasn't been used in years but I'll keep it as it was Dads. They are probly best suited for snow.

    A BB will move some serious dirt to where you want it or into a pile you can then move with the loader. I've added all sorts of weight to my BB ...chunk of rr track and used to carry the straight blade on it upside down. It would kinda lock itself into place. Also added a receiver to the rear of BB for trailer moving tasks.....It can be as effective as a ballast box and more usefull ,however you give up some manurverability as a BB is wider and sticks out the back a bit more .
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    If your going to be using your 3 Point hitch get a quick attach hitch . Also get a heavy hitch with a receiver hitch and brackets for suitcase weights.
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    A toothbar is a must for your bucket if you plan on digging. Knowing now what I didn't when I first bought, get 8 42 lb suitcase weights and a box blade. I use that combo for ballast more than anything else, hang to weights on the box blade when you need them and take them off when using the box blade, and often I will hang 2 or 4 on it when using it to help it dig better. And as mentioned, I would recommend an iMATCH quick hitch.
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    Thanks for the great advice guys. Wow so you hang 8x42 or like...335 pounds extra on the box blade?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CarolinaDeere View Post
    Thanks for the great advice guys. Wow so you hang 8x42 or like...335 pounds extra on the box blade?
    Yes, actually more than that sometimes, I also have 70 lb weights, you'll need roughly 600-700lbs of ballast depending on what you're doing.
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    1. Ballast. I run 8 42lb John Deere weights on a Heavy Hitch plus 6 50 lb suitcase weights when I'm doing serious loader work. Close to 700 lbs total with the brackets and all. Plus I have my tires loaded and wheel weights.

    2. Heavy Hitch Toothbar. You'll need this if you want to dig with the loader. I think HH is the best for digging.

    3. Pallet Forks. Get light weight ones to maximize your lifting capacity. I have the Frontier AP-10F. You'll be surprised how handy forks are.

    I just dug out for a driveway expansion and spread 23 ton of subbase. Couldn't have done it without the HH toothbar and the ballast.





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