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Great site, started reading all the reviews and post about the SCT's vs the 700 and 500 series lawn tractors and you guys help me decide to go with the 1026r for it's versitility. Thanks and here are some pictures. I'm sure I will have many more question and decisions about attachments. Thanks again.
 

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Welcome to the 1026R club,,,,unofficial that is

I have a 1026R also. Had a few bugs in the auto-connect deck, but those are worked out. This bugger really cuts grass. Hang on. Did you cut yet? I put the I-Hitch on it. I have a 48" box blade and will get a snow blower soon.
 

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nice tractor, is a bagger available for those yet?
 

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Nice 1026R, enjoy it.
 

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I have a 1026R also. Had a few bugs in the auto-connect deck, but those are worked out. This bugger really cuts grass. Hang on. Did you cut yet? I put the I-Hitch on it. I have a 48" box blade and will get a snow blower soon.
Was delivered last Friday and I had a change to cut some yesterday. Man this thing cuts, it put a smile on my face. The cut was quick and fast. I did notice it cut a little lower on one side than the other. I checked the level on it in the garage and the deck checked out level. Seems like I read the wheels are not supposed to touch the ground but I think this would have kept it from cutting lower on one side. It's got to be out of level, what else could it be. Will play with it some more tomorrow and recheck the level. I will check the auto-disconnect too. I want to take the deck off a couple times just for practice. After that I want to try out the FEL. But so far I am very impressed with this machine, love all the creator comforts. Will report back in a couple days and write a review.
 

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Lookin' good! Welcome to DT.
 

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Was delivered last Friday and I had a change to cut some yesterday. Man this thing cuts, it put a smile on my face. The cut was quick and fast. I did notice it cut a little lower on one side than the other. I checked the level on it in the garage and the deck checked out level. Seems like I read the wheels are not supposed to touch the ground but I think this would have kept it from cutting lower on one side. It's got to be out of level, what else could it be. Will play with it some more tomorrow and recheck the level. I will check the auto-disconnect too. I want to take the deck off a couple times just for practice. After that I want to try out the FEL. But so far I am very impressed with this machine, love all the creator comforts. Will report back in a couple days and write a review.
It does cut ... but am spoiled by two zero turn (Grasshopper) mowers, a 48" and a 54"...the 60" under the belly of the tractor is cumbersome, to me, except on the larger/open/flat areas of the acreage.

Am wondering about how to best set the wheels, too... as tend to "scuff" the grass on uneven ground... but, again, am perhaps spoiled by the zero turns. Mine also is level, within tolerances. Also am working on it... will be curious what you come up with, on how best to set the wheels.
 

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Are you guys satisfied with the height of the cut? Mine is set as high as possible and I could not imagine going lower. It's supposed to be a full 3" at the highest setting, right?
 

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OK, had some more time to look into this scalping issue that I was getting with my first cut. If your deck is in a lower mowing poistion then every time your tires run into a dip your deck with scalp your yard. The longer the wheel base is on a tractor the more scalping affect you will get if your mower is set low. I rised the deck to a much higher setting (at or near H on the dial) and it is not as noticeable, although I'm sure it is still cutting a tad lower in spots you have the dips. My yard looks level but it is not perfectly flat, it has slight dips here and there. The only way to reduce this dipping affect is to lower your wheels down to support your deck when the tires dip. The recommended wheel height is 3/8 in between wheels and ground. Check on level ground or cement driveway each time you adjust your cutting height to insure wheels are in correct poistion to ride over high spots in yard. This will elimate scalping yard on those high spots when tractor tires drive into those dips in your yard. This is what I did with mine and I was much happier with the final cut.
 

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Here is a review of my new 1026r after a few hours of use. The overall tractor is one fine deere, and a great machine. Anyone thinking about this tractor will not be disappointed. Although the machine itself is a big improvement and a great machine there are some minor issues that need to be addressed by John Deere. The first one deals with the auto-connect deck, I have the same issue as some others here have had with the deck not reconnecting. There needs to be a redesign in the spring loaded latch on the rear of the deck that snaps back in place to lock the deck on when reconnecting. Either the spring is too weak or needs to be relocated in a different position as to apply more pressure on the latch. This is an easy fix, but it should be address at the factor level not after it is delivered to your home. Needs to be redesigned. The second thing I have noticed so far deals with the dial for the mower height. This too needs to be redesigned or just readjusted. Setting the dial at or below the "L" setting on the control dial is too low for any normal mowing. At this level you will be mowing dirt, nobody is going to mow a yard at this setting or you will just kill your grass or damage your blades from hitting dirt. It would be better if the control knob had 1", 2", 3" or 4" on it for the height settings so you would not have to guess or measure at what height you're cutting. That would be a big help and a nice redesign. And last it would be nice if the fuel gauage was on the instrument panel where it belongs instead of on the fender, but I understand why it's not. And I don't understand why these tractors have to idle at 1500 rpm's seems to high to me,but if that's the normal operating range then that's what it is. Ok to me, still one great tractor. Will update you guys with anything else I notice as I get more time in the seat.
 

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Oh yea, one more thing, anyone know how to use the wash feature on the deck. Not in the operating manual. I would think you would connect the hose then enage the blades on the deck to wash the underside. But can't fine anything on it to tell me for sure.
 

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Yes on the garden hose connection. However, I would let the mower spindles cool down for about 5 minutes before I would
spray cold water on the deck. Then let your tractor sit outside for about 10 mins to let excess water drain off. It is going to
leave somewhat of a mess wherever you clean it out.
 

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Yes on the garden hose connection. However, I would let the mower spindles cool down for about 5 minutes before I would
spray cold water on the deck. Then let your tractor sit outside for about 10 mins to let excess water drain off. It is going to
leave somewhat of a mess wherever you clean it out.
Welcome to DT!

I agree 100%, cold water and hot spindles are not a great combination. I would not use the port at all myself...
 

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Congrats on your new machine and :welcomedt
Is this the largest deck you have used on your grass?
If it is,you may have to experiment with different ways of approaching the problem areas.
Just something to consider because I had to change the way I cut mine going from a 48" to a 62".

Greg
 

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Thanks for the comments ONEFINEDEERE. I am considering a 1026R myself, and your negatives are the same as mine, and thankfully those are minor, at least for me. And I am with Kennyd on just not using the wash port on the MMM.
 

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ColonyPark, go ahead and get the 1026r. You will love it for what you have to do. You are right, all the things I pointed out are minor and deal with the deck. Overcome those couple things and you will have a great machine.
 

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glc, it is the largest mowing deck that I have used and will try different angles of approch to see if that does the trick. Along with verifying the wheel height I'm sure I will get it figured out and get that great cut that we all expect with JD.:thumbup1gif: Also today I will try to correct the weak spring issue on the latch for the auto-connect. Will update you guys with my ideas for a fix.
 

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I haven't used the deck washing feature yet. I did spray the entire deck underside (as much as possible) with a Teflon spray before the first use. Maybe that's why the grass jumps out of there so fast!
 

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54 vs 60

I'm getting close to getting a 1026R. I was looking at the Kubota BX2660 and that unit needs some updating when compared to the 1026R. I'm going to stay away from the auto connect deck since I know I won't have any problems with the std set up. My question is do you guys think the 54" deck would do a superior job vs the 60" deck? Thanks.
 
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