Any known issues, tips or things to look out for? I am looking at a new 1026R with the H120 loader, 260 backhoe and the 54" autoconnect belly mower. Will be used for general landscape/mowing/snow removal duties.
:wgtt:Any known issues, tips or things to look out for? I am looking at a new 1026R with the H120 loader, 260 backhoe and the 54" autoconnect belly mower. Will be used for general landscape/mowing/snow removal duties.
Good info here...This machine will also be overkill for my mowing duties, however, I am getting lazier everyday and I am adding more and more to my yard every year. But I wanted a machine that would do everything instead of buying a "garden" riding mower and then having another unit to act as a TLB. So I will use it to mow and collect leaves in addition to its tlb options. I own 2.5ac of mostly flat wooded land with a house and 250' driveway. Large front yard which will become larger all the time. Backyard not yet cleared/seeded. It will be used mostly for it's backhoe and loader capabilities around the home. Digging small trenches, moving soil, 2b stone, leveling, grading, removing small stumps, etc. Will also use it for snow removal if my ATV cannot handle it. My father in law has just purchased a home a few doors down and has agreed to pay half the monthly payment in exchange for me doing his mowing and snow removal duties. This is an easy job and his mowing area isn't much if at all bigger than mine and the driveway is small (100' or less).
I've been looking at all brands of TLBs for years now and finally have come to the point where it is the right time to buy. I originally wanted a 30+ HP unit but have since settled on a sub compact so I can store it easily and maneuver it in between all the trees and yard with little effort. I believe the 1026R is best fit for my needs.
Good info here...
My gut says that, for most things, the 1026r will do an excellent job. A couple of things to consider:
- The loader's lifting capacity is somewhere in the 800 lbs-ish range. Stepping up to the 2320 would get you about 950 and the 2520 gets you about 1100. While these numbers feel good at first, you have to also consider the weight of the implement that you're lifting. Give some thought to how much weight you'll actually be lifting to understand whether or not the loader on this machine is capable enough. If it's "close", go bigger.
- The hydraulic capacity on the 1026r will be sufficient for "smaller" digging. But, if you try and put a larger bucket on there, or if you think you're going to pull a stump from a 100' maple, better think again about whether this machine is appropriate for the jobs. Lower fluid capacity rates will also mean that the implements move slower. For many folks, this is perfectly acceptable. If you think you're going to be logging 100+ hours per year, that slower movement is going to have a big impact on how long it takes you to get things done.
One other point for consideration... Don't buy a machine that's well-suited to the largest job it will ever do. Buy machine that's well-suited to the largest job it will do regulary. For those largers tasks, spend a few hundred and rent a bigger, purpose-built machine. You'll save money in the long run.
As a note - my 2520 is about 15' from tip to tail with the 42" pallet forks on the front and the ballast box on the back. Every other configuration is shorter. With the ROPS down, I can drive through a standard 7' garage door opening. If I want to leave the ROPS up, I need an 8' tall door.
I ran into a strange problem with the JD configurator, it wouldn't let me fit a mower deck for the TLB. I could only get "build your own" deck choices for the 1026r by spec'ing the tractor, then FEL and BH as separate attachments. Trying to logic it out I thought that a dedicated TLB might be built differently underneath as a unit than the straight tractor. Or the dreaded JD configurator led me astray once again."...and bought the 1026R specifically for the BH, no mower." Quote, Tomfive
I think the configurator has a LOT of bugs. When I was building my machine, I had to spec the tractor, then the loader, etc. It won't let you create a "this is everything I want to buy" sort of package. What I ended up doing was using the configurator to understand which parts were the ones that were available for my machine and what their list prices were. From there, I relied on my dealer to ensure that I had the optimal setup (including the extra brackets that make changing between the mowing deck and the snowblower easier, and the bracket that allows for more of the snowblower mounting brackets to remain on the machine with the loader installed, etc).The mower does not interfere with the BH brackets at all. The configurator must have a minor bug.