Somewhat surprised that there has been no comments about the access or lack of access to the backhoe controls on the new 1025r set ups. I know from the many years experience with my Uncle's backhoe and now my 2014 how we were always reaching back to maneuver the boom and feet into position. Now having said that I can see that the new 1025r is a real stable platform however I now find my self using my thumb and equipment on the fly from the driver's compartment. In my case I also have the front attached quickhatch plate where I can use rock rake and the like also on the front. I wondered why Deere didn't offer the 1 seat 2 seat option. I found that by replacing the swivel rod with stainless the problem of breakage went away. I do say that JD has a flagship tractor in the 1025r and the size and maneuverability is the value.