I am currently looking at a new 1025r w/ FEL and 60"mmm to replace my 425 w/54" deck and Kubota L3130 with FEL and finish mower. I have a couple of questions after speaking with my local JD dealer:
1. The dealer told me that he did NOT recommend the auto connect PTO. He said you have to get off the tractor to attach or remove the deck anyway so what is a couple more seconds to hook/unhook the PTO? He said it is just an expensive pain in the butt. He said it is also very hard to consistently drive over the deck so the auto connect works correctly anyway. I did not even realize the auto connect was an option that could be added/deleted. Anyone have complaints with the auto connect or wish they didn't opt for it?
2. Have the 2015 or 2016 model year units completely addressed the issues with the FEL controls (floppy bucket syndrome, bucket droop, etc.)? I know some of the threads about the issues and fixes were a few years old. Since I am replacing two tractors with one (no backup), I want to make sure I make the right choice.
3. Thoughts on the 3 point iMatch Quick Hitch, worth it, or not?
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