I pretty much did what you are contemplating with my 2210, the early predecessor to the 1026R. It is less hp and lower to the ground than its big brothers, but you will not be dissapointed. I used mine for 10 years and tamed the perimeter, graded the rough field on which my house was built, hauled fire wood, moved heavy post and beam structural members, built a garden, graded after a barn was put up, cut the 3acre lawn(62c mid mount), moved snow, and graded and surfaced a very long processed drive---all without being dissatisfied in my choice.
I am moving up to a bigger machine now, because it is time for a new toy. I am likely going to be into a 2520 or 2720 within the next 10 days, and truely have some concern that bigger may not necessarily be better for my tmaed property now. But, I decided to make the move and I'm not turning back!. I can say that you will truely get a lot out of your machine--enjoy it!!!
I prefer a RFM. Mostly for the reasons you have already stated.
Looking forward to the pics!
a shot of my "project"
I tried the 1026r yesterday and given that I need it for winter snow work...I tried it in the snow. I was not impressed...the little tires got the machine stuck almost immediately. I got out w/the loader quite fine but I must be 100% happy and confident with my new investment. I really appreciate the advice from you guys. What do you think of this unit?
John Deere 3320 - Winnipeg Farming Equipment For Sale - Kijiji Winnipeg Canada.
again...thanks a bunch!
I totally agree that you need to go to 30 hp for the project you showed. Below that you are going to spend a lot of time with very little value added. The 3320 is so much more. You need to be in the CUT series not the SCUT for what you want to do.
I have Both mowers. The BX2200 has a 60" MMM and the L3800 Has a Phoenix 72" rear discharge mower. I wish I could use the rear mount mower all the time. Up around the house the MMM does a better job. One thing I really like is the rear discharge of the bigger mower not only leaves a better looking yard/field but grass doesn't seem to build up under the deck as much. The side discharge MMM I think we are all familiar with how much work it is to clean those up. Also blade changes are much easier on a rear mount mower.