I have been comparing the 1026r and the bx online and have been favoring the 1026 due to auto connect feature. Yesterday I went to the dealer to try on the 1026, I like the seat and the fact that it has armrests. Then I asked to see the autoconnect work. The salesman who was introduced as Mr. Tractor could not make the deck disconnect, the rear pins were hanging up. The service manager came out and beat on them with a rubber mallet and it finally released, he said the parking lot may not be perfectly level. Then it took another 10 min. and a good beating with the mallet to get the deck to connect, again the rear pins seemed to be the culprit and again the parking area was not ideal for the system to work. Then I asked to see how the loader detatched and attached. The latches that are mounted on the frame were stuck, they wouldn't even unlatch with the aforementioned rubber mallet, it took a crow bar to force them open. The saleman said that there must have been some paint keeping them from working properly.
I am willing to spend the extra 2 grand for this machine with these options so my wife could if needed remove the loader and attach the deck. If these functions are not fully functional however I feel that the extra money is too much for a fancy seat. The dealer seemed fully satisfied that the parking area was the culprit with the deck, and that paint was the issue with the loader. I will not purchase this machine unless the deck can be connected and disconnected on the dirt floor of my barn, and the loader issues are delt with. I am willing to speak to any dealer in the western Iowa/eastern Nebraska area if they have one of these machines that works properly.