Having purchased our new-to-us house on 4 wooded acres a few years ago, the wife and I knew we'd need something more than a push mower to maintain the property. I found an old Kubota B6000 with belly mower which was a HUGE upgrade.
After using it a couple of years we figured out that we needed a newer solution. Our house is on top of a hill with little flat yard. The old 'Bota lacked a ROPS which was a major concern on some parts of the yard, plus the gear transmission wasn't the best fit for our slopes, so a few months ago the wife suggested we just buy a new tractor!
I did a ton of internet research and it came down to the 1025R and BX2370. Went to each dealer to get some seat time. Both were very nice tractors (and such HUGE improvements from the 1970's era B6000) but I felt the JD just had a bunch of little touches that added up to a much nicer package and was worth the slightly higher price.
Just in case anyone is also tractor shopping and comparing these two tractors (can't go wrong with either), here are the main reasons I chose the Deere:
- Ease of attaching implements. The H120 FEL and Auto-Connect MMM are second to none. On the Kubota I had to specify their drive-over deck but it's not nearly as slick and polished in operation as the JD A-C.
- Ergonomics. Mainly the difference between HST pedals, twin pedals > "treadle" pedal. And FEL joystick location
- Longer and wider wheelbase. Should be better for our uneven terrain
- Better protected components: No exposed HST fan and steering components protected by front axle
- Ease of maintenance: To remove the side panels on the Kubota to access the lower engine compartment requires removing the grill guard
- More Ergonomics: lots of little things like foot space, extra thick rubber floor mat, throttle lever (for some reason I really didn't like the Kubota's), toolbox, and more
- Dual bucket curl cylinders
I've purchased a Taylor-Pittsburgh 48" box blade and a HF quick hitch so far. Next purchases will probably be a tooth bar and either wheel weights or load tires. As for the tooth bar, I'm heavily leaning towards the Heavy Hitch tooth bar but am also considering the Expanded Piranha bar.
I'm sure I'll have some questions as I get more seat time (only about 9 hours so far), but I'm LOVING every bit of it!!