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Old 04-17-2012, 03:27 PM   post #16 of 34
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Well, picked the 1026R up this afternoon and will be posting pics and videos soon. Still waiting on the 60" 7 iron autoconnect deck to come in, but somewhere in 6 to 10 days we will take it back in to get it fitted up.

Our dealer has been very good with us and the process and total price with all quickconnect options were just a hair over $20k. Plus having been to the "Drive Green" challenge, we were able to take an additional $500 off, plus take advantage of the multiple implement discount which was another $500.

Looks real good in my yard and on the trailer also..
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Old 04-17-2012, 04:06 PM   post #17 of 34
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Well, picked the 1026R up this afternoon and will be posting pics and videos soon. Still waiting on the 60" 7 iron autoconnect deck to come in, but somewhere in 6 to 10 days we will take it back in to get it fitted up.

Our dealer has been very good with us and the process and total price with all quickconnect options were just a hair over $20k. Plus having been to the "Drive Green" challenge, we were able to take an additional $500 off, plus take advantage of the multiple implement discount which was another $500.

Looks real good in my yard and on the trailer also..
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Old 04-17-2012, 07:42 PM   post #18 of 34
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Well, here you go. Just took it's mugshot and also got some video that I am uploading working the backhoe.

This is a pretty powerful machine compared to my hino,

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Old 04-17-2012, 11:05 PM   post #19 of 34
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Sweeeet! Nice country too!
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Old 04-18-2012, 12:28 AM   post #20 of 34
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"Our dealer has been very good with us and the process and total price with all quickconnect options were just a hair over $20k."

How on Earth did you swing that? Using the JD "build your own" I came out with near $25K just FEL/BH... Are there miracles out there in the Mid West? I could use one here...
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Old 04-18-2012, 09:16 AM   post #21 of 34
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That is a good question really.

This particular machine was one that was at the "Drive Green" challenge and happened to be the first one that I drove. I spent at least 30 minutes on it that morning. They took off $250 for that from the asking price.because of the demo use (Which was mostly me, when I got it home it still had 1.2 hours on it. (Now it has 3.4 )

They quoted me $18900 out the door, for the TLB before the $250 off. Then we haggled about the implement discount and the Drive green discount. That brought it down to $17900 then we added the 60" MMM deck with autoconnect for $2600. After tax and all it was $21ish.
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"After tax and all it was $21ish."

Thanks for the info, but that just couldn't take place here.
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Old 04-18-2012, 04:33 PM   post #23 of 34
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Looking good, cj! Did you get a MMM? What is TLB?
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Old 04-18-2012, 06:04 PM   post #24 of 34
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Thanks, and yes we did get the Mid mount mower but it will be a few days before it comes in. The TLB is the Tractor, Loader, Backhoe.

Looking at the yard, I could sure use it this weekend,, the bitterweed is really getting tall.
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Thanks, and yes we did get the Mid mount mower but it will be a few days before it comes in. The TLB is the Tractor, Loader, Backhoe.

Looking at the yard, I could sure use it this weekend,, the bitterweed is really getting tall.
Oh me, cj, I am glad I asked about that one! I would have never figured that out! Thanks!

Looking forward to seeing more photos of that great new toy!
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Old 04-23-2012, 03:59 PM   post #27 of 34
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Well, again this weekend the tractor impresses me. I have been moving dirt, leveling driveway with the york rake, using the 52" ratchet Rake to clear out some brush and saplings for a fence install.

I am very pleased with the ability of this tractor to get the hard jobs done. I am waiting on my Sub compact Sub soiler to come in, but I have no doubt that the tractor will pull it based on what I have done so far.

This weekend, I needed to clear out some brush for the corner posts on a fence that I want around the yard. So I put on the handy ratchet rake and then went to town. I put on the york rake thinking I might need it, but never even used it. This thing is the perfect size for getting up into the brush and getting the job done and not being so high up and wide that it is hard to manuever in the trees and brush. Here are some pics of the progress that was made in about an hour on Sunday.

From the seat, about 15 minutes in.


From the corner of the trail where I had to make a 90 degree turn, but facing back to the tractor. This is about 40 feet to the tractor.


This is the opening completed back to the 90 Degree turn, with a comparison of the brush and foilage the tractor yanked out of the ground with ease to the right. Saplings that were as large as 1 1/2" were no match for the tractor and the ratchet rake. It just yanks them out of the ground in low gear. No added weight or anything.


On my way out, I found a friend that tried his best to get a ride on the green terror that just tore up his home.


Still, the only thing I don't like about it, no speedometer. But I'll get over that..
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Old 04-24-2012, 08:33 AM   post #28 of 34
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Default Re: 1026R realistic expectations.

looks like your having a blast with that new tractor, glad it's meeting your expectations. they are strong little tractors and can do a lot of work, so long as you know their limits (because they sure don't know their own limits!!)
and thanks for the pics, looks like the ratchet rake is well worth the money.

question, why is your toolbox mounted sideways? was it in the way of something?
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Old 04-24-2012, 10:27 AM   post #29 of 34
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Not really sure about the toolbox, but it works ok for me in that position. I can get in and out of it easily from the seat and don't fight with it when the backhoe is on. I am pretty sure with the backhoe setup, that it must be to the side in order to keep it on and still use it.

On the ratchet rake, it is really quite amazing how well that thing works for such a simple design. It is far better than the york rake when trying to break up settled material and smooth out high spots. I have found that the front blades are great for getting under the small saplings and using the bucket curl to break the roots out of the ground. Of course you have to use it on smaller saplings. I think anything bigger than 1 1/2 inches is best left to the Backhoe or chainsaw. But, once it is cut down, the tractor moves it with ease.

I also have started using the position control more and see the benefits of that over the 1/4"ing which I did have and see the results in smoother surface on dirt I have moved and leveled.

The greatest thing is the hydro tranny though. I didn't realize how much time I wasted before changing gears and going into reverse, back to forward and shifting from high to low, etc. It really is a 5 fold increase in productivity over what I had been using. Just being able to jump pedals and inch forward and backward with ease is a huge improvement.
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Old 04-24-2012, 12:20 PM   post #30 of 34
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Thanks for the photos and glad to hear the 1026r is working well for you.

Any chance of some close-up photos of the ratchet rake? It sounds intriguing but I'm not familiar with this attachment.
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