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    New Member and NEW 1026R

    Great site, started reading all the reviews and post about the SCT's vs the 700 and 500 series lawn tractors and you guys help me decide to go with the 1026r for it's versitility. Thanks and here are some pictures. I'm sure I will have many more question and decisions about attachments. Thanks again.
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    Welcome to the 1026R club,,,,unofficial that is

    I have a 1026R also. Had a few bugs in the auto-connect deck, but those are worked out. This bugger really cuts grass. Hang on. Did you cut yet? I put the I-Hitch on it. I have a 48" box blade and will get a snow blower soon.

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    nice tractor, is a bagger available for those yet?
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    Nice 1026R, enjoy it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goodscout View Post
    I have a 1026R also. Had a few bugs in the auto-connect deck, but those are worked out. This bugger really cuts grass. Hang on. Did you cut yet? I put the I-Hitch on it. I have a 48" box blade and will get a snow blower soon.
    Was delivered last Friday and I had a change to cut some yesterday. Man this thing cuts, it put a smile on my face. The cut was quick and fast. I did notice it cut a little lower on one side than the other. I checked the level on it in the garage and the deck checked out level. Seems like I read the wheels are not supposed to touch the ground but I think this would have kept it from cutting lower on one side. It's got to be out of level, what else could it be. Will play with it some more tomorrow and recheck the level. I will check the auto-disconnect too. I want to take the deck off a couple times just for practice. After that I want to try out the FEL. But so far I am very impressed with this machine, love all the creator comforts. Will report back in a couple days and write a review.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ONE FINE DEERE View Post
    Was delivered last Friday and I had a change to cut some yesterday. Man this thing cuts, it put a smile on my face. The cut was quick and fast. I did notice it cut a little lower on one side than the other. I checked the level on it in the garage and the deck checked out level. Seems like I read the wheels are not supposed to touch the ground but I think this would have kept it from cutting lower on one side. It's got to be out of level, what else could it be. Will play with it some more tomorrow and recheck the level. I will check the auto-disconnect too. I want to take the deck off a couple times just for practice. After that I want to try out the FEL. But so far I am very impressed with this machine, love all the creator comforts. Will report back in a couple days and write a review.
    It does cut ... but am spoiled by two zero turn (Grasshopper) mowers, a 48" and a 54"...the 60" under the belly of the tractor is cumbersome, to me, except on the larger/open/flat areas of the acreage.

    Am wondering about how to best set the wheels, too... as tend to "scuff" the grass on uneven ground... but, again, am perhaps spoiled by the zero turns. Mine also is level, within tolerances. Also am working on it... will be curious what you come up with, on how best to set the wheels.

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    Are you guys satisfied with the height of the cut? Mine is set as high as possible and I could not imagine going lower. It's supposed to be a full 3" at the highest setting, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by drumdoctor View Post
    Are you guys satisfied with the height of the cut? Mine is set as high as possible and I could not imagine going lower. It's supposed to be a full 3" at the highest setting, right?
    I believe the max cut height should be 4".

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    OK, had some more time to look into this scalping issue that I was getting with my first cut. If your deck is in a lower mowing poistion then every time your tires run into a dip your deck with scalp your yard. The longer the wheel base is on a tractor the more scalping affect you will get if your mower is set low. I rised the deck to a much higher setting (at or near H on the dial) and it is not as noticeable, although I'm sure it is still cutting a tad lower in spots you have the dips. My yard looks level but it is not perfectly flat, it has slight dips here and there. The only way to reduce this dipping affect is to lower your wheels down to support your deck when the tires dip. The recommended wheel height is 3/8 in between wheels and ground. Check on level ground or cement driveway each time you adjust your cutting height to insure wheels are in correct poistion to ride over high spots in yard. This will elimate scalping yard on those high spots when tractor tires drive into those dips in your yard. This is what I did with mine and I was much happier with the final cut.

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