When I first began to catch ‘tractor fever’ for real, I was attracted to the Deere x700 series. I felt that it would be big enough to use for fun, yet small enough that I MIGHT be able to justify it to Christy. Looking solely online at specifications, other users comments and opinions, seemed to confirm my thinking. The all-wheel steer models were attractive to me for mowing, and until this point, I figured mowing would be 95% of my seat time.
I DID want to consider a loader. There were a few videos of the Deere 45 loader in action on the 700 series. Specifically one showing the x739 with all wheel steer. I soon learned that the 45 loader had been discontinued, dampening this thinking somewhat. However, I found an aftermarket loader for the x700 series, so I wasn’t totally out of options in this area.
I also dreamed of having a rear mounted tiller. Again, a youtube video reinforced the possibilities on this. Clearly the x700 series had enough horsepower to run the 4 ft tillers. It would also lift the tiller high enough to get it out of the ground, but just barely.
At this time, I hadn’t even considered the 1-Series. Obviously it was more tractor than I needed, so I didn’t even give it a thought.
One visit to the local JD dealer changed all of that for me. When I saw the 700 series and the 1-series side by side. I began to realize that perhaps I COULD use the 1-series, even on my small property. The physical size was not nearly as intimidating as I had expected.
On a whim, Christy and I stopped at another JD dealer and drove a 1025R around the parking lot. We were specifically interested in the turning radius. A specification doesn’t really help one to get a feel for the turning radius. Christy drove around in a circle two or three times, backed up, moved forward, moved forward only an inch or so (to determine how easy it was to control), then hopped off and said “I can mow with that”.
What a wife!
I share this story because it is the same story I have heard over and over from other 1-series owners. They went to the dealership to buy a large lawn mower, and eventually came home with a 1-series.