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Yes. JD deleted the initial 50 hr transmission service interval a few years ago. Some folks still do it as there is no harm in performing an initial clean out other than the harm to your wallet.
I am constantly amazed at how dealers do not know their own equipment and constantly dish out bad information.Eric,
I was just at John Deere yesterday asking the same thing as I'm now at 44 hrs on my new 1025R. They printed out the sheet for me of all intervals and the trans/hydraulic filter is the only thing listed for 50 hrs. Then its 200 hrs or yearly. The service guy there told me the trick they do when doing the service for people is to remove the cap in back where you would add fluid and set a shop vac hose on it to pull a vacuum on the system. It doesn't take much but does allow you to remove the filter and replace without losing any fluid. He said there may be a little drip out but nothing to worry about needing to add more. So they just sold me the new filter and said I was good to go. I haven't changed mine yet to try the vacuum trick but will and can let you know how it goes if you'd like.
Yeah, strange. The real benefit of the initial 50 hr change was to get all the manufacturing junk off the suction screen. Recent owners have been reporting that the screen didn't look all that bad at 50 hrs.Thanks man for the comments. I was surprised they didn’t recommend the fluid change with the filter change but said the fluid is good for 200 hrs but said the filter should be changed at 50 then at 200 intervals.