I purchased a 1026R sub compact brand new in February 2012 and took delivery in March of 2012. Let me start by saying that it has been a fantastic machine. To date, no major issues with the tractor and only 1 issue with my mower deck. I bought the tractor primarily for mowing my yard. It is way more machine than I need (I mow ~1 acre of grass in a subdivision - I don't get the strange looks from the neighbors anymore - they are use to it after 5 years ). I average about 12 hours per year. I do not have any attachments other than the 54D AutoConnect deck. I've thought about getting the H120 loader and a box blade but I've never pulled the trigger. I've used this tractor to pull a small utility wagon around the yard, picking up tree limbs and other debri, moving cut up trees that I cut down or a storm took down. I've even used it to pull up some 5" or smaller oak stumps, that took a little effort but the tractor came through in the end. The only somewhat major issue I had was when my AutoConnect deck rear attachment broke at the connection pins. The first place I came to research the issue was GTT and sure enough, there were posts on here about the same issue. I was able to use those posts to order the correct replacement parts and I was back in business, better then when it was new. That happened two seasons ago, I was out of warranty and the price was fairly steep for all the parts (~$300 if I remember correctly) but it has worked better than before and it worked pretty well before. Now for something that I am sure will be controversial; I've only changed the engine oil, air filters, and hydraulic oil once in 5 years! :hide: I know, I know, I've read the manual and the annual requirements to change fluids but I put so few hours on this machine that I cannot see the point in changing fluid that to me still has plenty of life left. I park it in my garage, it has never been rained on. With that said, I changed all the fluids and filters last year just after I hit the 50 hour mark (yes, it took me about 4 years to get to 50 hours). Everything went smoothly, the only grunt work was removing the engine oil filter (the hydraulic oil filter came off relatively easily). Again, I used the experience of GTT members to help make the process go smoothly. It has never been low on engine or hydraulic oil. It is still on the original mower deck belt with no signs of damage or failure. I also had no problems with the only modification I've made to the tractor, by passing the RIO. Overall, it has been a great machine and I would highly recommend the 1 series to anyone that needs a small tractor and to those that just want one, like me.