so I can write a book but will try to keep this short a sweet....NOT this is just on the tractor and 56" snow blower
I bought a 1025r 3 years ago with 54" D.O. deck, vacuum/collection unit, 54" snow blower and from day one the issues started......oh and customer service at dealer sucks.....why do I feel like I'm getting the run around and guilty for having issues with a new $28 000 tractor......only reason I bought green was for quality and service.....which I got neither!
so day one I unloaded the unit to go mow a clients yard.....looked back and the unit was digging up the grass on corners and not feeling right on the first few corners.....found out the diff lock was JAMMED on cause it was bent up (from shipping???) not sure what was PDI if this was not checked?
first week I complained about fuel consumption and smoke and bad starting.....was told all is normal with bad starting on these "new engines" I was comparing it all to my 25 year old 455 with the same diesel engine but with 2000 hours and 25 years old.......455, 2100 hours, burns 5.5 hours on a tank, 20ish liters, starts at -20 c with out a single issue and only bucks for 2-3 seconds, no smoke after 30 seconds........new 1025r, new to 623 hours, 2.5-3 hours on a tank, 20ish liters, cant start at -20c unless plugged in and cycled glow plugs 5-6 times and when started it bucked and farted and stalled for 2-3 minutes......told dealer something is wrong.....they kept telling that is just the way the new tier 4 engine is.....I said "isn't the idea of buying a new engine, to get better technology and more economical.....and NOT go back wards.....why buy new to burn 2times more fuel".......I got no answer except once again "that is just how the new tier 4 engine runs.....so my biggest pet peeve is people that try to bull $h!t me.....I'm a machinist, mechanic, welder fabricator, with many years of wrenching and yes I'm a perfectionist but do not bull $h!t me.......so after 2 years of complaining and bringing the tractor to get the 3 point hitch fixed (another issue or 2 to fallow after this rant lol) they said oh you have a leaking injector so they changed all 3 of them......great! not sure why it took 2 years of complaining to get it done.......so now tractor gets 5.5-6 hours of snow blowing done with no real smoke issues.....still starts like **** when cold even on a normal summer day on first start up.....but fuel consumption is much better.....even better than my old 455 when cutting grass......oh like I told JD it should have been.....lol ok so I will stop on this issue but more to follow on this issue in a bit....lol
so one of the top mounts ears broke off the 3-point hitch which is part of the "rock shaft" housing......backed into the shop put the blade down and I heard a "ping" looked back and saw the piece sitting on the floor......WTF so that was the easiest warranty job.....they just fixed and replaced the whole hosing with a new one.......not a cheep fix for sure.....not sure why JD does not have a replaceable bolt on top mount for the 3-point hitch......real bad design but I guess if it breaks after warranty it costs the costumer 5000-6000 bucks I'm sure......another bad design oh and I keep replacing a washer inside the rock shaft height leaver every 75 hours.....the rubber washer that is $20 and half hour to change....I now buy them 6 at a time.....WTF is there not an upgraded part.....I'm going to spin a few UHMW washers on the lathe when I find time.....lol
so now back to the engine......I have noticed since they have done the the injectors the engine is now going through half a liter of oil every 50 hours.....if I was to go the 200 hours between oil changes like JD says I would be empty......so leaky injector washed down cylinder and caused rings not to seat? that my guess.....I still have 3 months left of power train warranty.......so dealing with that right now......I dont want a band-aid fix.....I want a new crate engine with a 2 year warranty cause it will blow up in 6 months cause of a band aid fix....when I bought this tractor my plan was to keep it for 20 years like my old 25 year old 455 that had no issues but just getting old and I wanted 4x4.
so 2 years 9 moths later I'm getting pi$$ed with John Deere on the PTO shaft for the snow bower......they changed the shaft from the 1.5" tube to the 2.0" tube the first 100 hours (first winter) and bearings on steady bearing at 200 hours (snow blower) and now every thing is toast from both shafts to brackets are cracking to bolts breaking.......told them right from the start the PTO shafts need to be balanced......so yesterday it got dropped off (3 hour drive again) and I said this is now getting dealt with right.....I'm NOT buying 2 new shafts to run my snow blower every single year.......he said its off warranty......I looked at him and said I don't care if it is or not.....this issue has not been fixed right from the first 50 hours when I said there was a problem and I said a new shaft wont fix it.....unless it was balanced......so waiting for a phone call today cause it started to snow again and looks like snow is coming tomorrow again......dealership has no rental or loaner unit to use so when it is down I'm fu(k3d! I'm going to drive another 3 hours tonight to pick up weather it is fixed or not cause I need to use tomorrow......I do a band-aid balanced with a felt marker and a $h!t load of hose clamps to balance it close enough to get another 20 hours out of it even tho right now it is so done it will probably blow apart in 10 hours.......
so I stopped at a closer dealer (not John Deere) yesterday when coming home to test drive a new tractor with a 6 year warranty.....and said crunch some numbers......a month ago I was there and test drove one.....oh my god it was quiet and started beautiful......I asked my John Deere dealer if I could compare the sound of my transmission to a new 1025r......I drive the 1025r 20 feet and put it in reverse and backed up and shut it down......I said to the sales guy "my transmission is fu(kED.......it whines so loud I never really noticed it till I compared the new (competitors) tractor I drove.....I just wanted to compare my 623 hour 1025r to a new 1025r unit.......so now tranny is toast.....I complained 3 times of metal on the pick up screen when I did transaxle oil change at 50 hours, 250 hours, 450 hours......and now at 623 it whines so bad you need ear plugs but I'm half deaf so over 3 years I did not really notice it till I test drove another.....
so overall issues
bolts and brackets braked from vibration from PTO shaft
rock shaft housing replacement
rock shaft height leaver washers
issues I have modified to make work like they should for a $28 000 unit
snow blower chute mod....more pulleys so cute will rotate enough to blow backwards (270 degs now)
light switch at Knee is not right
seat springs.....at 200 pounds with my winter clothes the seat is bottomed out
many #40 chains in the snow blower....should have #60 (next mod when PTO shafts get figured out
many hours of balancing PTO shafts (every 20 hours) with a felt and crap load of hose clamps
so this is issues with just tractor and snow blower......I can write another book on the drive over mower deck, vacuum and bag unit that will blow your mind.....LOL
am I asking to much from my dealer? I figure after spending $28 000 plus on a new unit it should blow snow and cut grass......or do I have to get out of the green and go red?
I don't abuse my equipment.....I have a 455 that is 25 years old and looks new with 2000 hours.....I cut grass and blow snow for a living and I'm a one man show so I know every issue with every piece of equipment I have......the 1025 has been a nightmare.......this is my first thread here so I hope I did not make any one mad.......you guys have so much info here......