Last Monday, I helped my new son in law hand dig around his water meter in his yard. He had a bad leak. After hours of digging, and a large hole, we found the broken pipe and I repaired it for him. There was no regular dirt. It was slop and tree roots. We were fortunate to have nice weather (60+F) here in central Illinois.
I trailored my new 1026R out to his house and backfilled the hole with my front blade. I got to use the low gear and the 4wd. The machine is a brute. Even with the slippery sloppy mud, it was no problem. It took longer to clean up than to backfill the hole. I drove around his yard in high gear to sling as much mud off as possible.
Purchase of the 1026,,,Justified !!!