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    Buyers Remorse

    OK, so I've been lurking here for a couple of months, reading up and learning about tractors. The reason why is kind of a long story. I've read enough here to know that this community is very friendly and helpful, but I also learned that if I really want answers (or validation in this case), you guys are going to need to know as much as I can share. So, here we go....

    My wife and I recently (3 years ago) moved from our Condo to a house we had built in the Connecticut country side. We have just over 3 acres. About 1/2 of it is grass, the other half woods. Our house is on top of a hill. The change in elevation from the street to our back yard is about 50'. Our driveway is 320' long, 9' wide at the bottom, 38' wide at the top with an incline that reaches 10%. That's 7,500 square feet of asphalt. We love living here, but there is a lot of work to do. Luckily, both of us are not afraid of work and we are very capable.

    As we were getting ready to move in a friend of mine was getting ready to move out of his house into an apartment (divorce). He was selling a Cub Cadet LT-1050 riding lawn tractor. 20hp, hydrostatic trans, 50" deck, it was in great shape, the price was right and my buddy needed cash so we bought it. It's a nice lawn mower. We have a utility trailer and we have moved a lot of top soil, mulch, stones, pavers, firewood, etc... with it. It's been a life saver with these hills. Well, as you could imagine, in just three years of that kind of use, the transmission is not happy. It's growling and refuses to climb some of the hills that it used to go up with ease. I've taken the transmission out to change the oil (there is no drain plug or replaceable filter), and what came out of the fill hole confirmed that the transmission is done. (Dark black oil with a constant stream of silver dust). I started reading up on that transmission, and it's really a disposable unit (they call it "Maintenance Free"). A replacement is $589. That's just a little less than I paid for the used tractor. If I replace it, and continue to use the machine the way we have, it's just a matter of time before it's shot again. So that revelation brought me to John Deere.

    I started my quest looking for a new Lawn Tractor that was heavier duty than the Home Depot special Cub Cadet. Something that had a serviceable transmission with replaceable filter. While we're at it, 4 wheel drive would be nice because there are some slopes here that we simply can't cut with the CC. It just can't get traction. If I try to go straight up, the rear wheel (1) starts spinning and digs a hole. If I go straight down it will leave two skid marks all the way down as the rear wheel won't hook up and the tractor races to a high speed where it's not cutting the grass well. So yeah, 4 wheel drive is a must. It would also be nice if it could help with our tree work. We have a wood burning fireplace and just the trees that dies of natural causes around here keep us busy and full of firewood. So if it could help us move firewood that would be great. Oh, hey... What about the driveway... Our snow removal efforts are pretty serious in the winter. We have two snow blowers, his and hers, but since we're talking 4 wheel drive, maybe a nicer machine could help us with the snow removal. You see where this is going, right...?

    So, after sliding down this slippery slope, we just ordered a 1025R with a 60" MMM deck, H-120 FEL, 54" Snow Blower attachment and R4 Turf Tires. The kid in me is really excited. The adult in me realizes that I just bought a tractor that cost more than most of the cars that I've owned. Have I lost my mind...?!? I expect to receive our new JD right around election day. I am very anxious and hope that it lives up to our expectations. If it does, I'm OK with it.

    Do you guys think I made a mistake? Does my configuration makes sense? Should I throw in a set of forks? Did I miss anything?
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    Mistake? I think not. I think you'll be grinning ear to ear as you can easily accomplish the chores you set out to do. Then you'll be looking for more work and more attachments!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gator Bite View Post
    Have I lost my mind...?!?
    Why yes, absolutely But it's OK since most everyone else here has also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gator Bite View Post
    OK, so I've been lurking here for a couple of months, reading up and learning about tractors. The reason why is kind of a long story. I've read enough here to know that this community is very friendly and helpful, but I also learned that if I really want answers (or validation in this case), you guys are going to need to know as much as I can share. So, here we go....

    My wife and I recently (3 years ago) moved from our Condo to a house we had built in the Connecticut country side. We have just over 3 acres. About 1/2 of it is grass, the other half woods. Our house is on top of a hill. The change in elevation from the street to our back yard is about 50'. Our driveway is 320' long, 9' wide at the bottom, 38' wide at the top with an incline that reaches 10%. That's 7,500 square feet of asphalt. We love living here, but there is a lot of work to do. Luckily, both of us are not afraid of work and we are very capable.

    As we were getting ready to move in a friend of mine was getting ready to move out of his house into an apartment (divorce). He was selling a Cub Cadet LT-1050 riding lawn tractor. 20hp, hydrostatic trans, 50" deck, it was in great shape, the price was right and my buddy needed cash so we bought it. It's a nice lawn mower. We have a utility trailer and we have moved a lot of top soil, mulch, stones, pavers, firewood, etc... with it. It's been a life saver with these hills. Well, as you could imagine, in just three years of that kind of use, the transmission is not happy. It's growling and refuses to climb some of the hills that it used to go up with ease. I've taken the transmission out to change the oil (there is no drain plug or replaceable filter), and what came out of the fill hole confirmed that the transmission is done. (Dark black oil with a constant stream of silver dust). I started reading up on that transmission, and it's really a disposable unit (they call it "Maintenance Free"). A replacement is $589. That's just a little less than I paid for the used tractor. If I replace it, and continue to use the machine the way we have, it's just a matter of time before it's shot again. So that revelation brought me to John Deere.

    I started my quest looking for a new Lawn Tractor that was heavier duty than the Home Depot special Cub Cadet. Something that had a serviceable transmission with replaceable filter. While we're at it, 4 wheel drive would be nice because there are some slopes here that we simply can't cut with the CC. It just can't get traction. If I try to go straight up, the rear wheel (1) starts spinning and digs a hole. If I go straight down it will leave two skid marks all the way down as the rear wheel won't hook up and the tractor races to a high speed where it's not cutting the grass well. So yeah, 4 wheel drive is a must. It would also be nice if it could help with our tree work. We have a wood burning fireplace and just the trees that dies of natural causes around here keep us busy and full of firewood. So if it could help us move firewood that would be great. Oh, hey... What about the driveway... Our snow removal efforts are pretty serious in the winter. We have two snow blowers, his and hers, but since we're talking 4 wheel drive, maybe a nicer machine could help us with the snow removal. You see where this is going, right...?

    So, after sliding down this slippery slope, we just ordered a 1025R with a 60" MMM deck, H-120 FEL, 54" Snow Blower attachment and R4 Turf Tires. The kid in me is really excited. The adult in me realizes that I just bought a tractor that cost more than most of the cars that I've owned. Have I lost my mind...?!? I expect to receive our new JD right around election day. I am very anxious and hope that it lives up to our expectations. If it does, I'm OK with it.

    Do you guys think I made a mistake?
    Welcome to GTT Gator Bite.
    I think you are going to be pleasantly comfortable with your decision.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gator Bite View Post
    Do you guys think I made a mistake?
    No! You made a great choice. Welcome to GTT!
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    Great purchase. You won't regret it. Be careful on side hills if moving stuff with the loader. Look at weight options, like loading the rear tires. For the firewood you'll probably end up wanting forks. And consider a loader plow too for those quick clean ups when it isn't worth the full switch. I use my homemade loader plow more than the frame mount plow or front blower just to save switching. I use the loader to bring firewood to the house every week.


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    I think you made an excellent choice and I really doubt you will regret buying the 1025r. You are going to keep asking yourself why you waited so long to make the deal. For myself, I wished I would have bought a subcompact many years before I ever did.

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    Well my response would be "not at all, you've moved up a notch or two". I don't believe you'll be sorry . . . You will be impressed with the 1025R, it's capabilities as compared to your previous machine, and you'll find many more uses for the .

    Have fun, be careful . . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by vt2305 View Post
    Great purchase. You won't regret it. Be careful on side hills if moving stuff with the loader. Look at weight options, like loading the rear tires. For the firewood you'll probably end up wanting forks. And consider a loader plow too for those quick clean ups when it isn't worth the full switch. I use my homemade loader plow more than the frame mount plow or front blower just to save switching. I use the loader to bring firewood to the house every week.
    I was/am on the fence about the forks. At this point, it's a pretty cheap add on. I haven't signed the deal yet, so I suspect I can still add these to my build and get them in under the interest free financing. I'm having trouble imagining what I'd use them for. So, tell me how you use your forks... Pictures are even better.
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    I use them for everything. My firewood is on pallets so I move a pallet up onto my deck onto dollies. Roll it right next to the door. I used the forks the other day to pick up piles of vegetation when cleaning out the garden. I used them to lift a trailer I'm painting to get it onto jack stands. Was easier than dragging out the floor jack. Moved big rocks to build a fire ring and seats. When pallets of flooring were delivered the fed ex guy was pumped to not have to unload each box. The list is endless.


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