Been waiting for new 1026r to come in, got here in less then 2 weeks. Still waiting on grill gaurd, loader, etc, but wanted it today as we (WI) are getting snow Sat night/Sun. I should be ready. Gonna try to blow without rear weight. Main duty will be snow removal, but I do have a loader coming too. Any tips, helpful hints (keep ROPS up, belted in, safey 1st I know, but, this is my 1st real tractor (have had LX277 for 10 years).