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Anyone ever have buyers remorse?

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I live on 3 hilly acres with all adjoining lots at 2-4 acres and nieghbors that appreciate someone with a tractor. That being said I had my fathers X758 after his passing and kept it for mowing and small chores but purchased a 2038R TLB and various implements to gain some freedom in doing chores I normally rented equipment for or called in favors and hey, who doesn't like riding on a bigger tractor. It's probably overkill for this property but I was and am very happy with it. I looked at the 3R series but add in the backhoe and it was getting really pricey for what is kind of a luxury in all honesty.

Fast forward 6 months. Due to some life changes I am in a position to be able to live out a life long dream and purchase a hunting/recreational property. Looking in PA, VA and WVA. Anywhere between 35-100 acres depending on the lot/price. If I find what im looking for most of the lot will be wooded a mix of mountain and flat bottom with hopefully 4-8 acres mowed and maintained area depending on lot size. Also would like to maintain trails and a gravel drive. Now I'm wondering if the once "too big" 2038 is going to be overwhelmed by what I may ask. Ive already thought about buying an old ford or case 2wd and large bushog to leave at the future property but part of me says thats silly when I have a large monthly payment already. Anyone else ever get in the same boat, what did you end up doing? Hopefully this machine has enough guts to keep things handled 馃殰
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I love on 3 hilly acres with all adjoining lots at 2-4 acres and nieghbors that appreciate someone with a tractor. That being said I had my fathers X758 after his passing and kept it for mowing and small chores but purchased a 2038R TLB and various implements to gain some freedom in doing chores I normally rented equipment for or called in favors and hey, who doesn't like riding on a bigger tractor. It's probably overkill for this property but I was and am very happy with it. I looked at the 3R series but add in the backhoe and it was getting really pricey for what is kind of a luxury in all honesty.

Fast forward 6 months. Due to some life changes I am in a position to be able to live out a life long dream and purchase a hunting/recreational property. Looking in PA, VA and WVA. Anywhere between 35-100 acres depending on the lot/price. If I find what im looking for most of the lot will be wooded a mix of mountain and flat bottom with hopefully 4-8 acres mowed and maintained area depending on lot size. Also would like to maintain trails and a gravel drive. Now I'm wondering if the once "too big" 2038 is going to be overwhelmed by what I may ask. Ive already thought about buying an old ford or case 2wd and large bushog to leave at the future property but part of me says thats silly when I have a large monthly payment already. Anyone else ever get in the same boat, what did you end up doing? Hopefully this machine has enough guts to keep things handled 馃殰
I would keep what you got and get a bigger machine for your new property. 35-100 acres will need a 4 series, a grapple, and a bush hog
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Sounds like a 3 or likely 4 series would be "the one" to maintain what your talking about.

Since you won the lottery or however it went..Just buy another JD.
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Sounds like a 3 or likely 4 series would be "the one" to maintain what your talking about.

Since you won the lottery or however it went..Just buy another JD.
Hardly say won the lottery. We made out ok on a home sale and have enough cash for a down payment on something reasonable. Choices are scarce at the price point we are looking at. Usually small cabins with 40-80 acres in need of alot of TLC and a bit of a hike away. Dont have the finances to afford another machine unfortunately. We have been considering looking on the smaller end of the property range to make things work.
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No but my finance director has been on me for all the stuff I am doing to my 1025R.

First added power beyond to it.
Then I purchased a 3 spool Summit rear hydraulic solution.
I am now trading in my Frontier rear blade, RB2060 in for a Frontier RB2160H hydraulic angling rear blade.
And I am sure I am missing something.
She asked my if all the work on the rear hydraulics was too much work. And I told here it is fun to learn and do.

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My 2 cents: Use the tractor you have. There is no " One Size Fits All" tractor. But, the one you have is pretty close. Find out what you need that you can't do. I have had bigger tractors and they all stop somewhere. Just because you have a tractor doesn't mean you won't ever have to rent or contract someone with a bigger tractor. The true beauty of the 2038 is it is easy portability.
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My buyers remorse was getting the 2032 instead of the 2038. I underestimated just how much power it would need to move things around. It feels the same as my 1026, maybe due to emissions? I run a 5 and 6 series at work. They are great for farming and fields, a little large for general property maintenance, not portable and not maneuverable. The 2 series is close to the 3 series for capability. I think you鈥檒l be fine with it.
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I don't know if I would call that buyers remorse. That's a pretty big life event, and now your needs have expanded. Coming from a 3025E I would love another 13Hp. That being said these machines are incredibly capable. If it were me, I would try it out and see how it works. A benefit to the 2 series over a 3 or 4 would be it's size, getting into tighter spaces. Logging may take longer, but what is a few more trips in the long run? On the flip side: you could see what your dealer would offer in a trade up scenario.
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Honestly I would wait until you actually purchase some property before making any judgements. 35 acres is nothing in the grands scheme, and quite honestly, neither is 100 acres. Especially when the vast majority of those acres will be wooded, 4-8 acres of mowing will leave you wishing you had more to mow, and trails through the woods is easily within the 2038R capabilities. When you find the property you desire, then you can start doing some planning and evaluating the situation better. Rather than trading up to a tractor that otherwise may likely be too big for your needs you could invest more effort and money towards the proper implements needed to maintain such property.

Oh, and to answer your question, I have absolutely no buyers remorse with my 2038R. The same can't be said for the 2025R that I purchased before the 2038R.
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Thanks for the advice guys. I love the tractor for its current use. I guess I will see the scale of property we end up with down the road. Layout if the land is more important vs size. Ill give this girl a shot. The more I think about it I agree with all comments more. It may take more time to get things done elsewhere but at my primary residence anything larger than the 2 series will seriously limit its usefulness. Its been a great machine so far.
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Honestly I would wait until you actually purchase some property before making any judgements. 35 acres is nothing in the grands scheme, and quite honestly, neither is 100 acres. Especially when the vast majority of those acres will be wooded, 4-8 acres of mowing will leave you wishing you had more to mow, and trails through the woods is easily within the 2038R capabilities. When you find the property you desire, then you can start doing some planning and evaluating the situation better. Rather than trading up to a tractor that otherwise may likely be too big for your needs you could invest more effort and money towards the proper implements needed to maintain such property.

Oh, and to answer your question, I have absolutely no buyers remorse with my 2038R. The same can't be said for the 2025R that I purchased before the 2038R.
Well said sir. I believe I've watched your channel quite a few times on YouTube if not mistaken and Insee you have done quite a bit with that machine.
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Well said sir. I believe I've watched your channel quite a few times on YouTube if not mistaken and Insee you have done quite a bit with that machine.
Thank you (y)
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Honestly I would wait until you actually purchase some property before making any judgements. 35 acres is nothing in the grands scheme, and quite honestly, neither is 100 acres. Especially when the vast majority of those acres will be wooded, 4-8 acres of mowing will leave you wishing you had more to mow, and trails through the woods is easily within the 2038R capabilities.
This was my first thought also as I read down through this thread.

How can the OP gauge what he needs when he doesn鈥檛 even have this piece of property yet?
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This was my first thought also as I read down through this thread.

How can the OP gauge what he needs when he doesn鈥檛 even have this piece of property yet?
This is definitely true however after looking at several properties just the sheer size of them regardless of the exact piece of property purchased made me question the size of my machine. However as mentioned we'll wait to see what ends up being purchased and give it a good go with the 2038 馃憤
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I would listen to Pat on the 2038R. Don鈥檛 underestimate its capabilities. You might want to look into a mini ex or bobcat if you want to make wuick work of some overgrown property but if time isn鈥檛 an issue that tractor will do just fine.
I鈥檓 in the 鈥渨ish I woulda went bigger鈥 camp with my 1025R but it鈥檚 fully capable. I just want bigger tires lol. When I asked my finance committee if she would have a problem me trading up to a 2025R she said no problem. Anything to do with tractors she is fine with oddly. She said it鈥檚 the best husband sitter out there and is happy I get out and do the things I want with a machine of my own. I just haven鈥檛 gotten around to signing the papers on another machine. I would absolutely be tickled with a 2038R but it鈥檚 a lot more money and a little overkill for my 2 acres.
Just my $.02
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I agree with the rest. once you have property try the 2038R for awhile. I think you will be amazed what the 2038R will do. i love mine.
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This is definitely true however after looking at several properties just the sheer size of them regardless of the exact piece of property purchased made me question the size of my machine. However as mentioned we'll wait to see what ends up being purchased and give it a good go with the 2038 馃憤
I agree with the rest. once you have property try the 2038R for awhile. I think you will be amazed what the 2038R will do. i love mine.
Yeah - you might find it to be just the right size.
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I have a 2038R and I love it (my first tractor).
The 2025R was my first choice.

Before signing papers on the 2025R, I found Pat鈥檚 youtube video (@PJR832). His experience with the 2025R and 2038R helped me to understand the differences between both. I went back to the dealer and drove the 2032R they had in stock. For $ 1.500 more I ordered the 2038R.

The 2025R is a very capable machine, no doubt about that, but the 2038R is very powerful and for any task that I have this tractor handles it with no problem.

The price difference between 2025R and 2038R is significant and can make you think twice. But the 2038R can be cheaper in the long run. Buy once, cry once.

I have no regrets.
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I would echo what other people are saying, just wait to make any changes until you find out what you actually need to do. Given the normal mowing, light dirt work, and food plotting most do I think that your 2038 will probably handle it just fine.
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Hi and congrats on the potential new property. I have a very similar property - 60 acres with 5-6 needing conventional mowing. I strongly considered a new 1025R but ended up purchasing a very complete used 2025R. I could not be happier. I would not want a larger machine for my purposes (trails, paths, access, storage, etc). 54" MMM for weekly mowing during the season, BH, box blade, loader, rear blower for upcoming snow season (to be used with loader and Edge Tamers), etc.

Price differences in Canada between the machines, and to begin with, are larger, so take the financial side of my input with a grain of salt. The part that most impresses me about the 2025R is its amazing nimbleness and considerable ground speed. Quite incredible really. Very much like a fast riding mower or ATV frankly in terms of maneuverability of the machine with substantially increased comfort.

A swiss army knife tool that does a lot very well. Perhaps not THE best, but very well. I'm certain a larger 2 would be great and if heavy-duty rear PTO work was the agenda, maybe more appropriate too. At these Canadian JD price points, I just had to cry "uncle" and I'm glad I stopped where I did.
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