Hi guys -
Money is not an object here with this question. It's really a configuration question. I don't want to configure this swiss army knife with this one mowing problem so it's not easily usable for all the other things I plan for it.
Problem - I'm mowing a 25% grade with my 1025R with 60"MMM. I can go up the grade and back down the grade and feel safe - but it's slow and a pain. I have successfully cross grade cut the area by going really SLOW and CAREFUL with just the MMM and in 4WD. But is is a pucker exercise. I want to get back to cross grade cutting and not be totally stressed.. I used to cross grade cut on my old mower a JD D140 mower, I would sit on the uphill side of the mower (I bypassed the seat disconnect) and used extensive weight shifting. But that is not really possible on this beast. I don't see me cutting with the back hoe on and doing anything fancy with the bucket. Let's keep it SIMPLE and as operator proof as possible. You can see in my signature I already have a lot of gear. I don't mind buying more. For instance - should I buy:
1. Wheel spacers (how wide?, front rear?)
2. Starter wheel weights and more wheel weights
3. Rim guard (dealer said he would do this free but advised against it initially)
4. Ballast box
5. Heavy hitch
6. More suitcase weights
If you had to rank from "most value for the stability dollar" for cross grade cutting? What would it be? How would you configure the tractor? And if you want to punt and tell me to go buy a mower for this one section - that's OK too.
Thank you valuable friends!!!!