Originally Posted by cnymowinplowinsailin
It will be interesting to see how they play on the trade and if it varies depending on the machine you choose. Will this machine still be the primary mower? Seems like you might be playing with the line of too big to be a mower yet not big enough to be a TLB if that is what you are looking for.
I'm interested in what they offer, too. This dealership is a full line JD, they had everything from E series riding mowers to 6 series tractors, with heavy emphasis on 1,2, and 3 series. There were several X7's on the lot, but none set up for anything other than mowing. He seemed enthusiastic to get an X7 with rear PTO, lift and loader, and said he got many requests for used diesels, and has had several for the 45 loader. They're going to tell me the tractor is a high-time machine for its age (10 years old, just under 1500 hours), so there is their excuse to low-ball me on an offer, but the add-ons should be good to help make up for it, I hope.
I've been evaluating what I mow; my lawn around the house is maybe 1/2 acre, with several trees to mow around, a few low enough that a ROPS would be a hindrance. The rental lawn only has a couple of trees, no clearance issues. The rest of my mowable property, about 5 acres, is flat and clear. By flat I mean not rolling, but my pasture is on a slope that my X7 has no trouble with in 2WD. The 1025 and a 60" mower would be about perfect. I do have a ditch along my road frontage that I can do 90% of without using 4WD on the X7. I have a 318 that runs good and mows very nicely, so I can use it for any place the 1025 isn't suitable. If the 318 is on the fritz (never, so far, but hey, it's 35 years old), I have a GT 235 I can use. I mainly want more loader power than the X7 has, plus the ability to use the rear lift independently of the loader and vice-versa.
My only concern with the back hoe is removal and installation. It's frame-mounted, just how difficult is it to install (question for anyone who's done it) and remove, because I don't want to leave it on the tractor all the time. The loader and mower would get 10x the use of the back hoe, and either of them can be installed or removed in a couple of minutes without tools. While I was playing with the one at the dealer, I dropped and reinstalled the loader, and also did the same with the mower deck. They're easier than the X7.