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.