Just joined this group and have been reading some of the posts. Getting ready to pull the trigger on a 1025R TLB with MMM and a box blade. I'm just not sure if the backhoe will do some of the work I have planned. We have a few hundred old Oak trees and from time to time it will be necessary to dig out a stump. Is the backhoe attachment robust enough to dig up a decent size stump? I've seen several videos and most of the work I have seen has been in areas that have fairly soft soil. We live on 10 acres in the foothills of the Sierras of central California and the ground here gets hard as a rock in the summer months. Other uses will be mowing about 4 acres in the "green" time of year, trenching fairly long runs up to the back of the property, a little grading work and just miscellaneous other tasks around the place. As an old retired fart ease of use is also an issue, so naturally the ease of installing and removing implements and attachments is a big deal to me and JD seems to have the market cornered in that area. Right now the dealer has some very good pricing and the time is right.
I have an older JD401C that is just not right for me because the FEL does not come off and it can be a pain in the backside to work in tight spaces. Like I said we have lots of trees. Also as someone who is not a very experienced equipment operator I feel more comfortable on a smaller unit. (Part of the property is a little hilly.)
Have any of you made the purchase then just wished you'd gone another route?
Thanks for your time and help