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Excited to have my first tractor! I got tired of dealing with disposable "garden tractors" from Lowes/HomeDepot and upgraded to a 1025R with a loader and belly mower. I'm mostly going to use it to cut my grass on a few acres and haul dirt/mulch around. I'm an avid gear head and do it yerselfer so I'm looking forward to using and maintaining such a nice bit of equipment and learning tips and tricks to make things more enjoyable. This was literally the last one the local dealer had.

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Welcome to GTT from SE PA!! Congrats on the new tractor!
 

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Welcome from southern ky!

dont forget to pick up a ballast box or heavy hitch with suitcase weights. A tractor is very unstable without counterweight for the front loader
 

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Welcome from southern ky!

dont forget to pick up a ballast box or heavy hitch with suitcase weights. A tractor is very unstable without counterweight for the front loader
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Welcome from NW SD.

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Welcome from southern ky!

dont forget to pick up a ballast box or heavy hitch with suitcase weights. A tractor is very unstable without counterweight for the front loader
I had them fill the back tires with "ballast." Is that not enough? Normally, the loader won't even be attached. I probably should have asked them what they fill them with.

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Short answer: NO.

Longer answer: Read the manual that came with the loader for minimum recommended ballast.
Also read this thread: What is "Rear Ballast"? And why do you need it?


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Interesting. That's a bit disappointing since I wasn't pinching pennies and would have bought the ballast if the sales critter had simply suggested I do so. I've never had a machine with a loader before. I'll have to put that on my shopping list for this weekend.

Any recommendations for a good setup? Any reason to prefer a ballast box vs heavy hitch with suitcase weights? I care less about cost and more about ease of use for those times when I'll have the loader attached.

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Welcome from north central Ohio. Enjoy your new tractor!!!
I have a ballast box, and it works fine for my needs. But I got a good deal on the box and the ballast I put in the box was free. I think if I had to pay I would've gotten a HH bracket with suitcase weights from a ground clearance perspective.
 

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I Any reason to prefer a ballast box vs heavy hitch with suitcase weights? I care less about cost and more about ease of use for those times when I'll have the loader attached.
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....Just a ton of $$$ difference. You can get a ballast box for a couple of hundred bucks. Be prepared to spend several multiples of that for mounting hardware, weights and cart. The weights are more flexible and take up less room, but the price per pound can be a bit much.
If cost is not a consideration, then get the weights. Just keep in mind, you will most likely want other attachments down the road, it all adds up. That is my $.02, no pun intended.
 

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Welcome from Wisconsin. Congrats on your new tractor.
 

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Welcome from Wisconsin.

I am on this journey too...2 weeks out for my 2025r. I purchased a Ballast box and plan to put some of my existing weights in or on (secured) it. You may want to check craigslist, etc. for weights. Old rusty weights are easy to sand blast, prime, and paint. As long as they are whole, there is not much which can "go wrong" with weights, i.e. no moving parts. The only problem I have with some of mine (250 lb. each wheel weights) is that they are almost impossible to move alone.
 
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