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    Default Deere 1026R...can't go wrong

    I bought my 1026R new in October 2011 and have just 12 hours on it. Price: ~$12,600 with the H120 loader. I live outside Buffalo NY on 1.5 acres. As always, I got a straight deal on the price and my trade (X520 lawn tractor) from Bill at Zahm & Matson in North Collins. If you're in the market for a JD and you live in WNY, I highly recommend Z&M.

    Like another reviewer, I too had a transaxle leak shortly after delivery. Z&M picked the tractor up quickly and kept it for a few days. Since then there have been no problems. Excellent service after the sale.

    LIKES:

    -Idiot proof H120 loader; no need to dismount tractor
    -Ergonomic seating position for a big man like me
    -Intuitive controls; everything easy to reach
    -Excellent ride characteristics
    -Big, super comfy seat w/folding armrests
    -More horsepower than I'll ever need for my small estate (25/18 PTO)
    -Excellent build quality top to bottom; feels like a deere
    -Butter smooth hydrostatic transmission
    -Nice toolbox (included)
    -Yanmar runs great; neighbor heard it from across the street and said, "Sounds like 3 cylinders!"
    -All service points easily accessible
    -Great operator's manual (one volume, not separate engine and chassis manuals)
    -Massive cup holder and storage bin
    -Slick styling

    DISLIKES (minor!):

    -Placement of the fuel shutoff. Wearing boots, I unintentionally close the valve with my right foot. It should be rotated 90 degrees to face the front of the machine.

    -As others have observed, an extra inch of ground clearance would be nice.

    -Lack of 4WD indicator on the dash.

    In a nutshell...this is a beautiful rig that's well worth the extra coin over the 1023E. A thousand bucks more gets you work lights, front brush guard and a fistfull of extra HP. Go for it...it's a Deere.

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    Default Re: Deere 1026R...can't go wrong

    Welcome.

    But you need to learn ... we demand pictures.

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    Default Re: Deere 1026R...can't go wrong

    The 1026 is an impressive little tractor; glad it is working out for you.
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    Default Re: Deere 1026R...can't go wrong

    "Idiot proof loader"

    The 1026r is an amazing little machine though. Glade to see you like it

    And yes, a picture is a requirement!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KennyG View Post
    Welcome.

    But you need to learn ... we demand pictures.
    Man, I forgot my manners!
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    Default Re: Deere 1026R...can't go wrong

    Quote Originally Posted by Martian View Post
    "Idiot proof loader"
    You can make it idiot-proof, but then along comes a better idiot...

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    Default Re: Deere 1026R...can't go wrong

    Quote Originally Posted by zippogeek View Post
    You can make it idiot-proof, but then along comes a better idiot...
    I do not know. I still think you should have got the kubota! It seems like a much better tractor!

    Next time post it in the John Deere forum. I guess I have to tell you everything....

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    Default Re: Deere 1026R...can't go wrong

    Nice looking tractor best of luck.
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    Default Re: Deere 1026R...can't go wrong

    Quote Originally Posted by eagle107 View Post
    I do not know. I still think you should have got the kubota! It seems like a much better tractor!

    Next time post it in the John Deere forum. I guess I have to tell you everything....
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    Default Re: Deere 1026R...can't go wrong

    Quote Originally Posted by zippogeek View Post
    You can make it idiot-proof, but then along comes a better idiot...
    There always seems to be that one that breaks the thing that just can't be broken!

    Beautiful tractor by the way!!

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