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I know there has been many MANY of us newbies ask these questions but each one is different so some advice would be appreciated here. I visited another dealer today and am understanding that John Deere has once again extended the 0 percent financing. If I understand correctly I have until Oct 28th on this last offer.After that I risk the prices going up and the offers vanishing for a while? Anyway so far this is what I am thinking:

1025R
60" mmm
H120 front bucket
frontier 48" tiller
box blade?
middle buster? they said the one from tractor supply wont fit the Imatch
Imatch of course
Rear ballast box...or build one after purchasing

I have a small place..3/4 acre with slopes
keeping my deere mower which I will mow with mostly,getting the mmm for doing other places, church yard, friends, parent, ect.. I need to do some landscaping which would probably cost me as much as getting the tractor and doing it myself. My wife tells me I will be putting out a garden as long as I am breathing lol, tired of using a walk behind tiller. and most importantly I just want one :lol: However I dont want to finance more than necessary but want to get what I will and can use at one whack...soooo all that being said, I want to thank you ALL for the site here and the info that I have learned. Our family also has a fairly large farm up the road and I will be able to possibly help with it there some too_Oh I almost forgot, I already have Kens Bolt on Hooks,Thanks for his quick delivery!
 

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The difference between a walk-behind tiller and a tractor mounted one is plain laughable. While you're sitting comfortably on the tractor, watching the tiller chew through the dirt faster, deeper, and more thoroughly than any walk behind I've ever used could handle, you can think about how much work the walk-behind tiller was and that *this* is what you should have gotten the first time the word "garden" was ever mentioned.
 

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How far away is the farm up the road, churchyard, etc.? All those places you want to take the tractor to help out? If you don't already have a trailer you might want to factor one into your overall budget.

I'm new to this tractor thing myself, with 70 hours on the 1025R, taking care of 5 acres, helping out on 65 more, and I was thinking this morning about what I'd have done differently when I bought. I really wish, about every week, that I had a backhoe. About that often, I wish for a brush hog. But, once I finish clearning my 5 acres, I won't really need it. The 60D MMM doesn't cut high enough as I'd like for the coastal bermuda pastures and paddocks I mow. And it doesn't do a great job on the 1/2 acre or so of real yard that I have. So, in retrospect, maybe I wouldn't have gotten the MMM deck. Plus the mower deck is a bear to move around to store when its off the tractor, which is 13 days out of every 14. Yep, using hindsight, I'd probably delete the MMM, and spend the mower money I saved towards part of buying a separate ZTR mower.

I have a long gravel driveway to my house and around the barn, and the second thing I added after getting the tractor was a box blade to maintain it. It's also come in handy for leveling areas in the new pastures. The first thing I added was pallet forks, and I don't know what I'd do without them. They spend way more time on the tractor than the loader bucket - moving tree trunks, piles of brush, , moving logs to build cross country horse jumps.

Anther item I am probably going to buy is a small ground driven manure spreader. But that and the box blade and a backhoe would compete. I'd have to remove the backhoe every few days to use the manure spreader and drag the paddocks, and every few weeks for the gravel.

So I really guess what I need is a second tractor. A bigger one with a backhoe, :greentractorride: And a ZTR mower. And a trailer for the tractors. And a bigger truck. And a really good, quiet trail horse to go with my other three. Then I'd need a bigger horse trailer, too. All those would make my retired years so much more fun that I'd probably live longer, too, since I'd be happier. I think I'll run those ideas by my wife. :laugh:
 

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if you leave your property to help others don't forget to get Inland marine insurance on your new equipment. Sounds like you are loading up the tractor properly.........
 

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Make sure it is a 53" FEL bucket
 

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Make sure it is a 53" FEL bucket
This may sound stupid but what is the advantage to having the 53' bucket? Also my father in law who has farmed for years, told my wife that if I have a bucket I can get by without the box blade...hmmm :banghead: well I dont want to buy something that wont be used much or any but I already have attachment fever lol, oh well there is always Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries ect...:laugh: Thanks for every ones input, greatly appreciated!!
 

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The 53" bucket will put you wider than you wheel footprint when you are digging material ahead of you. 49" is very tight without an leeway left to right. And slightly larger capacity as well.
 

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This may sound stupid but what is the advantage to having the 53' bucket? Also my father in law who has farmed for years, told my wife that if I have a bucket I can get by without the box blade...hmmm :banghead: well I dont want to buy something that wont be used much or any but I already have attachment fever lol, oh well there is always Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries ect...:laugh: Thanks for every ones input, greatly appreciated!!
Buy the Box Blade ,, sorry don't listen to FIL this time , and maybe save a life YOURS.

Also a 53" bucket is a lot nicer , wider than the tractor so it covers your tires.

Also IMO if you have any slopes on your property buy the 54" deck you will be happier.
 

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In reading a lot of previous threads, the 54" MMM is preferable for property with slopes. With your size of lot, the 6" reduction in mowing width won't add a lot of mowing time. Besides, you're going to enjoy your time on this tractor. And you'll save some money to more tractor stuff. (I have the 54" MMM on my 1025R.)

I picked the 49" bucket because it fits within the bed walls of my truck. Another thing to think about when you are picking a width.
 

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Definitely get the 53" buckets many get the 49" and are sorry once they do so. Like stated above the 53" bucket is the sweet spot for this tractor and its just past the tires. I have 5 acres to take care of and there isn't anything this tractor won't do. I'm definitely happy with my purchase. I have 72.6 hours on my machine thus far and I'm still impressed with that this thing can do.
 

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Papaw, Since you plan on moving your tractor all over to help others, one big factor you'll need to consider is insurance. The typical homeowners will not cover you or your tractor if you leave your own personal property. Your Auto insurance will typically not cover repairs of the tractor if damaged in an car accident.

If you've got a 5 year loan, your warranty will run out before you finished making payments. John Deere offers insurance that covers the tractor itself. Doesn't matter if you broke it or a meteorite lands on it, they fix it.
Click here for more on JD Insurance . If you want the JD insurance, make sure you get the quote from the dealer and have it included in the purchase. I believe it will cover any implements on the loan too.

Here is a good forum thread on insurance: Tractor insurance alert. 1025r not covered

You'll need to do some reading on this topic to educate yourself so you can make the best decision that fits your situation.
Best of luck!
 

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Don't forget the suitcase weights. Get at least 8 of them. Then go to heavy hitch to get the parts needed to put them on the front and back.



Now that this is posting again maybe someone can delete my other posts. :banghead:
 

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Suitcase weights, about 8 of them.
 

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Don't forget the suitcase weights. 8 is a good starting point. Then Heavy Hitch is the go to place to get what is needed to mount them on the front or back.
Thanks Levi, due to budget some will be added later. I have 5 old Kubota weights that I can manipulate around for now.


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Okay, I told them to write a contract and am going to look over after work if they have it ready. Feeling anxious ?


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It's a done deal, picking it up after work Tuesday! Thanks again for all the advice!

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if you leave your property to help others don't forget to get Inland marine insurance on your new equipment. Sounds like you are loading up the tractor properly.........
You do not necessarily need Inland Marine insurance. It all depends on your homeowners insurance policy!!! Everyone should carefully check their own homeowners policy to see if it covers the tractor and where and how it covers it. Many do!!
 
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