I am very excited about the delivery of my 1st tractor on 4/5/13. I have purchased, the 1026r because of the dealership, for I did a lot of research and tried 2 other brands before my decision was made. All the tractors were similar in price and what they can do, but it came down to the dealership.
I started out with a FEL and a 647 tiller and from there I ended up with a Frontier 2060 landscape rake, 2060 rear blade, 2048 box blade, 2036 Broadcast spreader, 3000 psi JD Pressure Washer, PHD100 Posthole Digger w/9"auger, and a 18 cu. ft. utility cart. I'm still considering a set of Pallet Forks and a 2048E Core aerator.
Needless to say, my wife has already told me that I will be using the lighting system that I had installed and I will get a break only at lunch and dinner time. We had considered the backhoe, however after talking to our local equipment rental center, I can rent a machine for $450.00 a day which means that I can do a lot of rentals for the price I would've paid for the backhoe that would sit around most of the time. I will come back to let you know how everything turns out in about 3 months after I puts some hours on this machine.