I was watching some of your videos, they are really goodThankfully you included “imo”.
No need to judge what others view as fun toys. I had 1/2 acre when I got my 1025r. Didn’t need it, but it provided amazing stress relief from the day job. …and in my case, led to a new career.
The 1025r is by far the most fun ‘toy’ I have ever purchased!
Thanks for the Input dixie, do many people just mulch their grass and skip the power loader/bagger? I was told to just mulch and skip the bagger all together..Lol. 1025R owner with about a 1/4 acre here. If you see yourself actually making use of a small tractor just buy a 1 Series and enjoy it.
A tractor is a tool and I don't know anybody who ever looked at one of their tools and thought "gosh I wish I bought a less capable model" but I know plenty of people (myself included, sometimes) that wished they bought the more capable version of a tool. In my case I wanted a loader for moving material, heavy items and trailers, and I also wanted a 3 point for a box blade. And with the ease of the AutoConnect PTO, I figured I might as well get the mid mower too and do away with the tin can box store lawn tractors for mowing. Plus when I do buy another house on more land, I won't worry about buying a tractor cause this one will be (or will be close to being) paid off.
As for tearing up your yard, I have filled R4 tires and the only real "damage" I've ever seen is leaving depressions in the ground (wouldn't call them full-on ruts) because it was wet and I made a few trips across with a full bucket of dirt. I knew it would happen but didn't care since I don't have a carefully manicured lawn, just a rural yard.
If just mowing, no problems at least on my terrain. It gets real wet here in the summer so sometimes I leave tire tracks but they generally disappear in a day or two. However I usually leave the loader on and just drop the bucket. If you're real concerned about it then taking the entire loader off only takes a minute or two and loses you a few hundred pounds.
The best advice I got from my wise 'ol neighbor - mulch and don't bag. Heck, he taught me how to skip raking leaves too. Oregon gator blades + mulch kit on the deck = grass needs very little fertilization (this year I actually should have skipped fert) and in the fall I just mulch leaves by mowing over them until they are turned into dust (with oaks just means you can't let the leaves pile up). Now I am not running golf course quality lawn, so my view, in that case, is null and void.Thanks for the Input dixie, do many people just mulch their grass and skip the power loader/bagger? I was told to just mulch and skip the bagger altogether..
I was told to mulch years ago. I tried it on push mowers, I was not happy with the results. Then after years of dragging a Trac Vac 880 around to pick up leaves & getting tired of doing it, I finally decided to try a mulch kit on the X739. It worked out so well with leaves & mowing grass that I also go one for the 1025R. There is no more worrying about witch way to blow the grass or worrying about about hard objects being shot out of the deck. I never mulch wet grass or leaves.Thanks for the Input dixie, do many people just mulch their grass and skip the power loader/bagger? I was told to just mulch and skip the bagger all together..
I side discharge. I don't LIKE mowing wet grass but sometimes I don't have an option in it unless I want my yard to look like a jungle. So during rainy season (which is about the only time the yard actually grows lol) the choices are, mow wet grass or mow slightly less wet grass. I was under the impression mulch blades don't work well with damp grass, so I've not tried them. Perhaps I should give it a go?Thanks for the Input dixie, do many people just mulch their grass and skip the power loader/bagger? I was told to just mulch and skip the bagger all together..
THIS so much. I have been sold "store brand" mulch blades by shops and there were clumps etc. Then I discovered these bad boys after watching a ton of videos Gator Mulching Blades | Oregon Products |That shouldn't be the case. Mulching is supposed to chop things up to prevent thatch. If thatch is occurring the mulch cut is too long or the blades aren't chopping fine enough (dull).
I've got two giant oaks and their waxy, tough leaves give me hell. I'm going to have to see if they make gators for my deck. I've heard they are great for leaves with a mulch kit!THIS so much. I have been sold "store brand" mulch blades by shops and there were clumps etc. Then I discovered these bad boys after watching a ton of videos Gator Mulching Blades | Oregon Products |
I use G5s and even going from about 5-6" down to 2" or so in a single pass - like I was bagging.
With oak leaves I've got it real bad. My 100+ yr old oaks are very very happy and huge. And when they drop leaves, it is leaf armagedon.
I found it is bad to wait. I now mow every week until they are gone. My "hack" is I go forward and if I don't like how fine the leaves got mulched, I mow over them backwards and it is like they did not exist. I do not know why going over them twice in a normal way doesn't produce as good of results as fast.