BY braking do you mean backing off the forward pedal? OR using the actual brake pedal? I never touched the brake pedal on my 2305 except to engage the parking brake. I have been up and down all sorts of hills in my hunting club with a disk and bush hog and never had to use the brake pedal. Back off go pedal and tractor stops. And I mow in high gear. I disk in high. I bush hog in high. Only thing i really needed low for was the subsoiler.
Will see how the 1026R does as soon as turkey season ends and I can get to to work planting peas and beans.