Delivery took place on 1/7 as planned. Everything went very well, but took a few hours of time with the driver and then the service manager stopped by to answer a question on the front blade quick hitch alignment and he spendt a few hours of his Saturday with a very happy new customer. Local service makes a huge difference.
I video tapped the entire delivery so that wife and I could refer back to it if needed. I'll pull some pics off of the video in the next few days.
A few observations:
Its just noisy enough that I feel I should wear hearing protection if I'm going to be on it for any length of time.
The 60D Auto Connect deck worked great the couple of times I tried it, but you need to make sure the knob that controls the speed of the raise/lowering of the 3 pt hitch (under the front seat) isn't set to be real slow. Driver messed with it while showing me what it does and when we first tried to connect to the deck the arms had not lowered all the way.
with the H120 loader and the ballast box on (with iMatch), its quite the long piece of equipment. Still have to move things around in our garage and put some serious thought to a shed/barn. uugghhhh, will the money ever stop flowing outbound?
Wanted to have weight for the ballast box for now and decided to use bags of gravel from home depot. Filled it with 350 lb for now and I think that will be fine. I bought an additional 3 50 lb bags if needed. Used the loader to unload, carry and dump them out of the back of my truck. first offical task with the 1026. lots of fun.
Need to arrange garage so that loader, front blade and QH, ballast box are drive up acccessable. not easy in a 3 bay garage when two bays are full of a Suburban and Avalanche, plus lots of toys for kids. We thought we had it all figured out until I was ready to close the door sat night and realized we still needed to get the front blade in the garage. Not like the old LT180 where you could just pick up the blade and move it where you want. the 54" plus harness nees another person or the tractor to carry.
The 60D deck is a beast and needs a lot of room! Tried to fix it under the loader when it was dismounted, but no go, the big bracket on the front is too long. I remembered the mower deck axles and just ordered some. they shoudl be standard issue with that thing. its not as hard to lift and move as I thought it would be, but its not easy. I can see hooks and chain on loader as a way to move it around better as well as the axles.
Tried to quickly hook my JD 10P poly cart to the rear hitch plate and it won't reach past the bottom of the iMatch. The top of the cart hits the bottom of the iMatch and it won't reach. Need to work on this. I know I need a receive hitch/heavy hitch for the iMatch at some point, but I was hoping to avoid the costs right now.
I'll get osme pics soon. thanks for all of the great advice.