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I finally got to mow with my new 1025R yesterday. This unit is going to be replacing my 425 w/54" deck as my main mower. The 1025R rides much smoother than the 425. I attribute this to a better seat / seat suspension, and being a heavier unit, overall. It is also quite nimble. I don't know if it is just better geometry but the 1025 w/60" deck seems to turn tighter than the 425 w/54" deck. I can mow around the trees and other lawn obstructions much easier. I now need to adapt my mowing scheme to account for the wider deck. I have some areas, including ditches, that are a little challenging with a wider deck and overall larger unit maneuvering around. I also need to do some limb trimming to clear the ROPS.

I was somewhat apprehensive about replacing my trusty 425. It has done everything I've asked of it, and much more, without disappointment or complaint. The creature comforts, performance, and ease of operation of the 1025R are making it much easier to relegate the 425 to "trimmer" duty.

This is in no way a knock on the 425, but rather just a realization of the vast differences between a very good garden tractor and a very good SCUT. They really are two different animals.

I guess it is good problem to have; deciding between the 1025R w/60" deck (and FEL), 425 w/54" deck, or the 212 w/39" deck to mow with today???
 

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I agree that they drive completely different. I had a 455 with 54" deck before the 1025R with 54" deck and sometimes I wish I kept it for mowing and went with a 2025R for the tractor. Taking the loader and backhoe off and putting the deck on does get old even though it is ridiculously simple. Plus the 455 mulch kit was metal instead of plastic and the deck seemed to deal better with uneven terrain with the center gauge wheel.
 

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My first time mowing with my 1025... I lasted literally 15 minutes until I got so pissed off at the RIO that I had to stop to disable it. Have loved mowing with it ever since.
 

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I originally went to Deere to buy an X748 because I wanted 4 wheel drive. For just a little more money the salesman hinted I could get the 1025. He put me on it and as soon as I realized how ridiculously maneuverable the 1025 was I went in debt... I went beyond and opted for the backhoe while I did it, no regrets.
 

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Yeah, I disabled the RIO last fall right after taking delivery while mulching leaves. Followed directions in a couple of threads on this site.
 

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Yeah, I disabled the RIO last fall right after taking delivery while mulching leaves. Followed directions in a couple of threads on this site.
Which method did you use? Zip tie the reverse sensor or jump the RIO switch connectors?
 

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Which method did you use? Zip tie the reverse sensor or jump the RIO switch connectors?
I know you didn't ask my but I used the zip tie method.

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Yeah, I disabled the RIO last fall right after taking delivery while mulching leaves. Followed directions in a couple of threads on this site.
Which method did you use? Zip tie the reverse sensor or jump the RIO switch connectors?
On my 2015 model, I was able to easily jump the wires on the back of the pto switch. Later models, it would appear, have the switch covered to discourage accessing it.
 
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I installed the "loop back" connector on the PTO connector at the rear of the tractor. My tractor is a 2016 model and getting to the back of the PTO switch in the dash is too difficult. There are several methods to get to the same, final result.
 
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