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    Rookie Help - 1025R TLB Questions on Price and Mowing

    Hi everyone,

    Have been lurking on the forum for awhile doing research, and am looking to make a purchase at the end of next week.

    Have been to the dealer, and have decided that the 1025R is at the top of my list. We are finishing building our house on a 5 acre lot. 1.5 acres of lawn, remainder is currently treed. I will be planting about 80-100 trees along one side of our property, in addition to building a berm, doing some clearing work, planting a 1/3-1/2 acre garden and a number of other projects that the TLB combo will be great for.

    Have a couple of questions:

    After reading a lot of sources though, I'm worried about the 54in deck for cutting quality. Lawn quality and appearance are an important factor in the overall decision. So my question is, if the deck is $2500, does it make sense to buy another dedicated mower in place of the deck? I would really prefer to have one machine, but if the economics are similar, and the cut quality would be much better with a dedicated mower, I would appreciate any guidance possible.

    Is a 2016 model the only option, or should I be looking for a 2017?

    Final question is looking for validation on price. Quote out the door with tax and delivery from my local dealer is $24,945 including tax.

    I've attached the quote.

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    Thank you!
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    [QUOTE=runto100;1489937]Hi everyone,

    Have been lurking on the forum for awhile doing research, and am looking to make a purchase at the end of next

    After reading a lot of sources though, I'm worried about the 54in deck for cutting quality. Lawn quality and appearance are an important factor in the overall decision. So my question is, if the deck is $2500, does it make sense to buy another dedicated mower in place of the deck? I would really prefer to have one machine, but if the economics are similar, and the cut quality would be much better with a dedicated mower, I would appreciate any guidance possible.




    I don't own a 1 series so can't offer much advise to a lot of your questions but I do have experience in one area. I to liked the ideal of one machine to do everything including the mowing but it didn't really make me happy so I ended up buying another mower. You will manage just fine but if cut quality is high on your list, a z-turn sure is hard to beat. I personally would spend the money that a mmm would cost for the tractor towards a z-turn or lawn tractor. The cut quality will be nicer, a z-turn will make quicker work cutting 1.5 acres, and if mowing around all those newly planted trees the z-turn will make you happier in ways no tractor will.

    I had mmm on previous tractors but for the current tractor I purchased a mower for the 3 point to try something different. For me it was a massive improvement over the mmm not to mention cheaper. I was able to back it under tree limbs, back it into areas that a tractor didn't maneuver well in, and felt I could treat it a little rougher than a mmm. Although I was happier with the rear finish mower than the mmm, I still returned to a z-turn.
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    Hi runto100
    Cannot speak to price I live in the wrong country. But as far as finish goes you will never get a football field finish unless your yard is as flat as a football field. It is more to do with width of cut than anything the wider the cut the worse the job on uneven ground unless you use a gang mower that conforms to the shape of the ground or a smaller deck. The 1025R is a compromise in it's FEL, BH and MMM. Don't get me wrong,there is no tractor available with FEL, BH and MMM that is not a compromise, if the FEL and BH work well the tractor will be too big and heavy to be a good mower and conversely if the tractor is a good mower it will be too small and light to be the best FEL and BH combination.
    I have a 1025R with FEL, BH and 54D MMM which I love, I consider it the best toy I have ever invested in, it is 2 years old and has 400 hrs on it. But I also have a JD Z235 (42" deck), for close in around the house where I want a neater job. I use the 1025R for mowing where the big areas where I am less particular.
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    Stay with the 54" deck on the 1025r and don't look back, you will be pleased .
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    Quote Originally Posted by runto100 View Post
    Hi everyone,

    Have been lurking on the forum for awhile doing research, and am looking to make a purchase at the end of next week.

    Have been to the dealer, and have decided that the 1025R is at the top of my list. We are finishing building our house on a 5 acre lot. 1.5 acres of lawn, remainder is currently treed. I will be planting about 80-100 trees along one side of our property, in addition to building a berm, doing some clearing work, planting a 1/3-1/2 acre garden and a number of other projects that the TLB combo will be great for.

    Have a couple of questions:

    After reading a lot of sources though, I'm worried about the 54in deck for cutting quality. Lawn quality and appearance are an important factor in the overall decision. So my question is, if the deck is $2500, does it make sense to buy another dedicated mower in place of the deck? I would really prefer to have one machine, but if the economics are similar, and the cut quality would be much better with a dedicated mower, I would appreciate any guidance possible.

    Is a 2016 model the only option, or should I be looking for a 2017?

    Final question is looking for validation on price. Quote out the door with tax and delivery from my local dealer is $24,945 including tax.

    I've attached the quote.

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    Thank you!

    I think apples to apples you're about $800 less in price to my 2016 deal, but I got the 60" MMM and my package included a rear work light and a JD quick hitch. I use my 60" MMM on the part of the property that I mow every couple of weeks (about 2.5 acres) and use my Craftsman to mow the 'real grass' (from sod) directly around the house (about .5 acres). The rest of my property is wooded.

    I don't think there were any changes to the 2017 1025R (from reading this forum, no first hand knowledge.
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    I posted this in another thread of our dealer's ad here in south jersey.
    Use it as a bargaining chip or bring a trailer up and get your deck included in your base price.

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    Out in the Rockies a new TLB can be had for under $20k (pretax no MMM) all day long which is about what I paid for mine and they delivered it to my house.
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    Here are some pictures of the cut quality of the 54 on a 1025r. This is after following the deck instructions from here
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    Do you owners mow with the loader and BH on,, or removed?

    The combo seems to be too heavy,, unless you are only mowing a 1/2 acre, or less,,,
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheOtherChris View Post
    Out in the Rockies a new TLB can be had for under $20k (pretax no MMM) all day long which is about what I paid for mine and they delivered it to my house.
    Same in Old Dominion
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