"I live at 8800' in the mountains of Colorado. My house is near the summit of a mountain, and the lot slopes from 10¼ to over 40¼ with boulders, trees, and wild grasses.
I bought the 1026R to help me perform wildfire mitigation. I needed something to haul out deadfall, lower limbs trimmed from Pine, Spruce, and Fir, including forest thinning. Portions of the lot has wild grass that must be mowed at a respectable angle.
I am pleased as punch with the little 1026R, with H120 FEL and 54" blade, Pioneer 2048 rotary cutter, ballast box, rear wheel weights, and block heater. The amount of work I can get done in a short time is amazing. I clear the debris and haul it down to the road with the FEL, where the chippers can get it.
In early fall I cut the grass on slopes exceeding 40¼. This tough little tractor runs up and down the hills laying waste to the grass and small Yucca. I installed mirrors on the FEL so I can back down while mowing.
There has only been one glitch: somehow I managed to break the welds where the stand was attached to the loader masts. But I learned it was a Mfr. defect already addressed by Deere, and the dealer sent my little machine back with a new, modified, FEL. It works great.
Now we approach winter, and have already had a couple of snowstorms. The FEL is off and blade on. I can't tell you how pleased I am while moving snow off my steep (paved) driveway. I look forward to opportunities to plow!"
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