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I realize models change over time but is it like cars with defined model years?

Or is there a run and production date type thing where model may be the same for several years and be produced in 2019 but not specifically a 2019 model?

Any way to tell I am getting the latest? these things have a vin?

Also, any benefit to getting a factory TLB vs perhaps a dealer modified unit? Or is there no such thing?
 

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Usually tractors don’t go by model years, but serial number breaks. Small changes will be implemented as they go, large changes happen at serial number breaks.

Lately though, Deere has been starting to use model year on the SCUTs, but there’s no hard solid rule to that.
 

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For me the only reason I wanted the “current model year” was because I don’t keep my equipment outside overnight and I did not want a unit that had spent 2 or 3 winters outside.

Also get the factory TLB. If you think you want or need the Backhoe. Unless you have enough cash laying around to pay for it later. Especially if you doing 0% interest financing. Just my $.02.



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Yes, tractors have model years. Dealer will confirm on invoice or BOS provided with the year. If your buying a “new” 1025R - be assured it’s likely a 2019. These things sell quickly due to price and versatility - I doubt there are many leftovers sitting around.

Now, do years matter is another question. Short answer is not much. The 1023/25 was updated to 2nd generation of the run in what 2017? So spec wise a 18 is equal to a 19. Only thing that changed was the price in the new year. Buyers typically shop by specs and hours, not year.

A well kept, low hour 10 year old machine will typically sell much faster than a 5 year old machine with even similar hours but signs of wear.

It’s just another thing for buyers to use as a negotiating tactic. In the end it is really not important to most buyers though - some but not all. Think of it when buying a small piece of equipment or implement - ever see the “year” advertised ? Buyers shop by what they see condition - and year is an afterthought.

Of course there is always 1 in every crowd who equates newer to better - no matter what the wear and tear shows. Those are usually the people who are more cautious the 2nect time they buy used to replace their first mistake.
 

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Rops

The ROPS is now a forward leaning PIA on the new 1023/25's.
 

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Thanks all . . . . .

Dealer said he ran out of 2019's a while ago so that didn't turn out to be an issue - had the same thought though, didn't want one that spent the winter on the lot. Another reason I didn't go with the 2025 although not the main one.

I did ask for the factory TLB and that's what I got. He actually needs to order it because of how I spec'd the deck (mulching blades + hydraulic lift with independent actuation) - the 1025's he has in stock have deck already mounted and apparently doesn't make sense for him to remove the deck to install the hydraulic lift kit when he has TLBs coming in.

Thanks for all the replies . . . . . wife already has a list for me - cant wait till it arrives.
 

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Biggest difference between 2017 and 2018 was the lever for the Front wheel drive. On the new ones its much eaiser to use. The ROPS is a hassel but I took the 18 top off and put on a 2016 shortened one on. I can drive in my garage door no problems.









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Here's an excerpt from a PDF I got from Deere a while back showing the meaning of the characters of a 1025's Product Identification Number (PIN). Using my tractors PIN as an example, 1LV1025RCEH22XXXX, the 'E' denotes calendar year 2014, which it is.
A 2019 should have a 'K' in its 7th position. Something you can check if you want, when your new tractor arrives at the dealer.
Note that the model year and calender may not be the same.

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