Just picked up my 1025R TLB and I'm slightly annoyed at how bad the dealers are in my area. The dealer didn't have any on the lot so two weeks ago he told me he was ordering the 1025R TLB, 54" deck, and box blade from the factory. When it arrived it said he would swap the bucket for a 53" no problem. I drive an hour to the dealer today and it turns out the guy had one transferred in, which was a 2016 serial, had been sitting on the lot for 1-2 months, and the deck is a 2015 serial. Plus it wasn't even ready when I arrived at the time we agreed and I had to wait 30 minutes. Not the end of the world if he told me that in advance.
I decide to take the tractor as I took off work and wasted half a day already. I confirmed with the dealer it had 53" bucket and signed the papers. I let the dealer load the tractor on my trailer and didn't give a second thought to the bucket placement. I get home pull the tractor off the trailer and then notice the tractor dash has gouges on either side. It turns out if you have the bucket tilted back and not perfectly flat the metal sides stick out and make huge gouges in your trailer wood floor.
I called the dealer and he's going to order a new dash, so I'll have to take the tractor back to have it swapped. If I had noticed I probably would have passed on it at this point. I just now noticed that the ROPS light ubolts are rusting already. There are a few specs of rust on the loader fame, etc. Seems ridiculous that happens after a month in the weather.
To make matters worse after testing the tractor out I measure the bucket and its only 50" across the top, so it must be the 49" bucket. I'm probably stuck with the bucket as I've scratched it up fairly good already. A positive is it does have the 12" backhoe bucket, which the dealer told me multiple times it came with the 8" and I'd need to order the 12" separately.
Lastly the dealer plastered their logo on both sides of the hood and on both sides of the loader frame, which is a bit excessive. I need to figure out the best way to remove them as it just reminds me of this experience. It isn't just one sticker, but each letter is an individual sticker. I'm holding off posting a full tractor picture as I'm not sure I want to mention the dealer.
On the good side I'm thrilled with how well the 4 wheel drive and low range works over my 455. I haven't gotten it stuck and the 455 would get stuck all the time in the woods with the loader on. I put 4 hours on the tractor already digging two drain lines and removing a stump. The backhoe is better than a shovel, but not as powerful as I had hoped. If the ground clay is too hard or there are any small roots even the curl won't dig through. Overall I'm sure I'll be happy with the tractor, but the dealer defiantly left a bad taste in my mouth. When I spend this kind of money I expect better.