I donít know, maybe I got caught in all the John Deere hype, or the sandman threw some green pixel dust in my eyes. Either way, I ended up with a 2012 1026r JD in my pole barn. In a nut shell, this tractor is over rated and underpowered. Itís like someone just pimped my 425.
The tractor starts easy and runs well. Itís comfortable to drive and steers nicely. The tractor is easy to get on and off. The controls are accessible to the operator and easy to operate. The folding ROPS is a nice feature. The brake pedal being on the left side may be cumbersome for some. The tractor is loaded with plastic. The hood shakes and may at times be hard to latch. John Deere has come out with a solution for this and I am waiting for it to be installed.
The tractor accessories were a big selling point for me. The idea of easy on and off mower deck quickly got my attention. They demonstrated this feature at the dealer. Yes, it did go right on and off with no problem. The question I failed to ask was how well does it cut the grass. I can now answer that question. It mows poorly. Itís uneven, and occasionally scalps. The other accessory I got was the H 120 Front End Loader. This is a nice feature but this is where the tractor lacks power.
If I had to do it over again I would take another look at the Kubota or even a Yanmar.