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Do I hurt my 1025R by not using low range when mowing up steep hills?

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Just got my 1025R a few weeks ago and so far use it mostly for mowing (I have the 60D). Some of the areas I mow are pretty steep and I'm somewhat disappointed that the tractor isn't able to climb those sections of the yard without me putting it in low range. I have plenty of traction and don't need to go in 4x4 mode, and it will go if I push the forward pedal really hard, but I feel like I'm going the bend the "spoons", if you know what I mean.

So to those that mow up steep hills, are you switching to low range and then back to high range once you get to flatter land again? It is a bit of a pain to having to constantly switch back and fourth...
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I rarely ever get to use High gear in mine. I have tried. I can't even get up my biggest hill in high. I'm always working on hills and if the machine were faster, I would've rolled over many times by now. I know it's painfully slow sometimes but it's better to keep the green side up.

Also good to keep 4x4 on so you have braking power to all your wheels. Without it, you could have a runaway machine if you lose a rear tire off the ground.
You can do it at 50 if you like but the manual says you don't have to until 200 hours (or annually) (y)
so that I'm ready for the 50 hour service
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