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Spent a hour and a half mowing today on the new 1025R with the 60" auto-connect deck and it did awesome. My old 445 with a 60" deck was good to me for 16 years, but this is a whole new ballgame. This thing rides so nice with the big cushy seat and armrests and the engine is silky smooth. I also noticed that when I turn corners, the deck seems to stay level. My old 445 would tilt the deck a little when you'd turn short and not cut even. This 1025R turns on a dime and the power steering is so effortless. After I was done I looked around and the yard looks as smooth as a golf coarse. And when I was mowing, I was thinking that this is the same tractor that a couple of months ago was blowing snow out of the 54" blower with ease, never running out of power or traction. Then, this summer, I can pop on the front loader and smooth the stone driveway and other stuff. It's like a tractor that can do just about anything you could want it to do. And on top of that, how easy all of the implements hook and unhook. My brother in law has a Kubota with a loader and then he bought a Simplicity tractor to mow with. I thought how nice to have just one tractor that can do a good job at both things. I think JD really hit a Home Run with these things. The only thing that I think would be better is if the deck could be smoother/quieter, especially at lower speeds. It sounds like a bunch of marbles in a blender. But, I LOVE this tractor!!!
 

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Can you give a rough estimate of acres / hour?
It took me about 1 hour 15 minutes to do 2 acres. I was mowing at just a nice steady pace, so a person could do a lot more in that time if they really wanted to. I probably had the foot pedal no more than half way down in high range. I like going slower because my yard is not silky smooth and the deck don't bounce around so much. I'm sure you could probably mow at full speed if you wanted to because the engine is certainly not going to run out of power. The tone of the engine and the rpms's never changed even when the grass was longer.
 

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Glad you're enjoying your new 1025r. You and about all the other members feel the same way with the new series 1.
 

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Glad you're enjoying your new 1025r. You and about all the other members feel the same way with the new series 1.
Thanks! I guess since I had not looked into a new tractor since I bought my 445 in 1998, I didn't have a clue how much things had changed and what all they made now! Probably another 16 years from now, we'll be saying, "Remember those old 1025R's?"
 

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The only thing that I think would be better is if the deck could be smoother/quieter, especially at lower speeds. It sounds like a bunch of marbles in a blender. But, I LOVE this tractor!!!
Put a set of headphones on with some good tunes and it will get much quieter...:good2: You'll also miss the call for lunch...:mocking: yet might not care.

Your making me want to try out my own deck now! :drinks:
 

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Put a set of headphones on with some good tunes and it will get much quieter...:good2: You'll also miss the call for lunch...:mocking: yet might not care.

Your making me want to try out my own deck now! :drinks:
Maybe when I mow I could sing along with that Joe Diffy country song "John Deere Green!! That would get the neighbors talking!!
 

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