Got my 1025R out today.... have roughly 9.5 hours on it.
Removed the AutoConnect 60D mowing deck - went very well this time (only my 2nd time removing the deck).
Then, I installed the Front End Loader - which was a breeze.
Yanked a few 'straggler' roots of very little consequence, with a chain attached to my 'Heavy Hitch'.... from the ground where I had cut down a pine tree.... (my son-in-law yanked out the stump with his Chevy 4X4).
Then... I moved about 4 yards of topsoil with several 'half-bucket' FEL bucket scoops a distance of maybe 60 feet each trip.
I engaged the 4X4 a few times just while I was digging into the dirt pile... Then disengaged it and drove across my grass lawn to dump the dirt.
Somewhere along the line.... a helluva vibration could be felt while I was driving along in a straight line in 2 wheel drive.... with no load in the bucket. Even when I had some dirt in it, it was only about half full.... so it wasn't that heavy of a load.
I could feel the vibration through the steering wheel.... and at one point pretty coarse vibration through the seat as well.
It also seemed like a 'coarse, grind-y' sort of noise accompanied the vibration.... a different tone to the engine perhaps... or in the drivetrain.
I checked the 4X4 lever to make sure it wasn't 'half-engaged' and it was securely in the 2WD position. Turning the wheel seemed to make it worse.... and I wondered if I had some issue with the front 4X4 wheel hub assembly....
I turned the mower off... and then back on and it seemed to disappear.... but then it came back and disappeared several more times..... I figured I would just keep using it and see if it worked itself out.... and if not, I would park it and call the dealer to come and pick it up - yet again.
The coarse vibration felt through the steering wheel and entire chassis would be present, even standing still to a degree..... but was compounded when moving forward and reverse.... and it seemed like turning the wheel exacerbated it somewhat too.
After a while... it seemed to sort of 'settle down' and towards the end of my roughly 2 hour job with it, it seemed to go away..... When I was finished with my dirt hauling job.... and smoothing the dirt out with the bucket in preparation to seed the area, I drove the tractor to my back yard and detached the front end loader in my pole barn. Then, I drove to where I had uninstalled my 60D mower deck in my backyard and reinstalled it.... which went quite well. All the time I did these implement changes, the tractor acted completely normal....
After hooking up my mower deck... I mowed a very small patch of my lawn just to make sure the mower deck was attached and working correctly..... no problem at all. Deck worked fine - no vibration.
Not quite sure what to think of the coarse vibration I was feeling earlier.... it was really VERY concerning. Should I have the dealer take a look at it? Or should I work with it a little longer and see if it returns???
Being that it felt like it was vibrating even standing still.... I wondered if it could be engine related...???
Would appreciate any insight and advice you might have... thanks people.