Well chalk up another victim of Deere's crappy battery on the 1026R. Took mine out today to remove the loader and hoe for some yard work. I got the loader off and re-positioned to remove the hoe, tried to start it back up and nothing but weird noises from the dash. I was kind of in a pinch because we are getting some trees cut that need to be moved for a construction project to start Friday so I ran to Wally World and picked up a 51R. Got it in and she fired right up. My tractor was purchased new 9/2012 and the battery was marked 2012 as well, always stored indoors with heat in the winter. The way it sounds, I guess I am lucky to get 4 years out of it.