The speed isn’t everything. A fair p Amount of what I mow is wooded. Turning the 1025 around vs a zero isn’t comparable.Both the ZTRs you are interested in are rated a whole ground-scorching 🔥 1 mph faster than your 1025R.
I ( like most people) have two next door neighbors. This story involves the Deere and Ferris models you have mentioned.
Neighbor A had the Deere. Then his wife had back surgery. After surgery, she found the Deere hurt her back too much to use it. Neighbor A then sold the Deere to neighbor B, and bought the Ferris.
Neighbor A’s wife loves the Ferris for its comfort, and is back to mowing the farm herself. Big win for neighbor A.
Neighbor B has to run the Deere very slowly, because it hurts his 65 year old back otherwise.
None of us are getting younger, and being comfortable is a big plus. Practically any ZTR would work for you if you hire a young guy to ride it for you.