Tuesday, November 28, 2023


Tim grew up in a very rural area in southeastern Illinois. In fact, to this day, there is not a stoplight (red/yellow/green) in the ENTIRE COUNTY (Edwards County, IL). The county has one high school, and Tim was in the last class containing more than 100 students (103). Since then, this rural community has declined even further in population. An unfortunate situation facing many midwestern communities.

Tim’s family has farmed in Edwards County Illinois for several generations. While Tim enjoyed the lifestyle in that community, including strong family values, good community interaction, etc. He discovered that he also had a passion for computer software.

So, after high school, Tim ventured ‘up north’ to the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign to earn a B.S. in Computer Science. After college, he took a position with IBM in Research Triangle Park, NC where he met Christy and they were married in 1992.

After IBM, his career in software has led to moves to Chicagoland (Grayslake/Gurnee, IL), then to Columbus Indiana, and in 1998, he and Christy moved to Carmel, IN where they lived until Tractor Time with Tim outgrew their 1/2 acre property.  Forced to seek more space, they relocated to a 10 acre property near Lebanon, IN.

Tim worked as a software architect and developer for 30 years before hanging up the keyboard and turning to “tractor play” full time with Tractor Time with Tim.

Tim found tractor work to be a therapy of sorts from the stressful days at the office. It is rewarding to be able to help folks quickly solve lawn cleanup and other outdoor issues quickly. Equally rewarding is meeting quality people in the area. We hear too much about the negative aspects of our society. Tim has found that our typical DIY focused clientele are down to earth folks who love to work, love to have fun, and love to see their yards cleaned up.

Eager to share this new found enjoyable hobby with others, Tim, Katriel, and Christy started the Tractor Time with Tim YouTube channel. Now, thousands of people have experienced the fun and fulfillment of compact tractor ownership. Tim hopes that he has been able to help folks smile just a little more!


  1. Tim, You left out why you leave those Bible verses in your videos. They are a blessing.

    I grew up outside NYC but I am a country boy at heart. I met Claire in October 1969, a city girl who grew up on a farm. My boss and one of my subordinates told me she was a woman of exceptional character and that I should meet her. I worked my way through Rutgers and do so with no debt. You know what that means, no social life. And I lived a contented life of a true bachelor for nine years. Leaving home between my junior and senior years of high school, I studied languages in Germany, came back to the States and enrolled at Rutgers in electrical engineering. Are you kidding? I hadn’t taken chemistry, physics or calculus and soon transferred, graduating with an undergraduate degree in accounting and a minor, at the graduate level, in German literature. Then I met Claire and remembered that God said it was not good for a man to be alone. We met Wednesday night and I asked her to marry me at about 4:30am Saturday morning. We married in February 1970 – WOW! that was a long time ago. It pays to listen to your friends.

    Now our girls are all grown up. One lives in TN on a 111 acre farm. I live my dream vicariously helping my son (in law – the son we never had) build a specialized trucking business. He is a man of character albeit strong willed. When the trucking business is well on its feet, we will add some cows (four legged manure spreaders) and pigs (four legged rototillers) to the property. We have two horses and a bunch of chickens – two legged insecticide! The horses, well they are rescue and follow my daughter like little puppies.

    Curtis, who comes from Detroit, loves to drive and see the country. But more than that he liked to take his son with him and when he comes home he like the quiet, the neighbors and country friends and the smells of the dirt, the meadows etc.

    Life is good! Just full of God’s blessings.


    • Tim

      Enjoyed the Kubota/John Deere subcompact tractor comparison very much. Thank you for your work in providing this information. My wife and I just bought 4+ acres in rural Kentucky. We had been considering a 1023e as a utility tractor for maintaining the property. Should we consider the 1025r instead?

      Kindest regards
      Larry Kendrick

      • We just bought a 1023e a week ago and have move 12 ton of dirt and mowed 5 acres with it had no trouble doing it just my 2 cents wroth

        • Kenneth

          Thanks for sharing! We have a zero turn and that mows the property in about 2.5 hours. The acreage is clear except for a fence row. We anticipate wanting/needing the tractor to reduce the mow time and do general property maintenance.

          We expect that the 1023e will do everything that we need. Iv did find a post from Tim that compared the two but have not had a chance to review yet.

          Kindest regards

    • Tim, love the videos.

      Found you when researching what tractor to buy and your 1025R vs Kubota did the trick. I told John Deere they owed you a commission!

      Question: I cannot find a rock picker attachment to work with the JD 1025R. Everything is geared toward higher horsepower from what I have found. Any suggestions? We’re picking rocks out of 1-2 acres by hand and it is a lot of work.
      Love the Bible verses by the way!

      Regarding the stolen tractor episode – if it was me I’d drop the case based on my life experience. The time and aggravation – not to mention legal bills – makes me advise not to sue unless it is absolutely necessary.

  2. Tim
    Enjoyed your videos and glad to learn more about your background. I know of a potential internship opportunity for Katriel for her career path to DC.
    Please email and I can provide the details. Thank you.

  3. Tim i watch your videos and i think they are simply awsome. I am working on getting a 1023e or 1025r,not sure which yet still undecided.
    Thank you and keep them coming

  4. Hey Tim. I found your channel a few weeks ago and I love watching all your videos. You have shown me a lot of things with a sub compact tractor I never would of thought possible. I live in Mississippi and my mom has some land out in the country. I had a couple of questions for you if there is anyway I could get your info to email direct or however is easiest for you. If you don’t mind giving us some advice. My dad passed away last year and we have a couple of issues with our creek crossing to the house. If you don’t give out advice I understand. Thanks in advance for any reply. Tell everyone hey from Mississippi. ?

  5. Similar to all other viewers, thanks for the advice, suggestions, humor and good will intent toward sharing options for the JD1025R in particular. Having found your banter by simply looking for JD1025R options a month ago has kept me informed and entertained. Looking for a best option for picking up wood chips vs leaves/straw/hay and have yet to see anyone fully describing what might work. That plus ideally the best hydraulic option to service the front end device like a grapple. Thanks for all that is offered.

    • I would start with the Heavy Hitch toothbar for woodchips. I think this will allow you to get a bucket full much more easily.

      Also, anytime you are loading a bucket, keep the bucket on the ground, parallel with the ground. Do not try to load from the ‘top’ of the pile. Always try to load from the bottom of the pile. Take a look at our videos using the bucket for examprsz

  6. Hi Tim I am in the process of buying a Kubota B2301 Tractor and i am looking for a skid plate to fit it. I found a supplier in Canada (tractoratttachments.ca) but they cant ship to the united states due to insurance issues Is there a way that you know of for me have someone in canada purchase the skid plate from tractorattachements and ship it to me Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated You can reach me at ERICCHSMITH@YAHOO.COM Thank you Eric

  7. Hi Tim, You have a great site and family. I have john deere 1025r with 1 rear auxiliary work light. I want to put 3 more lights on. Where do I plug them in

  8. Tim, I have recently come across your YouTube chanel and am a subscriber and frequent “watcher”! I too live in the Indianapolis area and my wife and I live on a small piece of property (approximately 8 acres) where we had it logged out, and clear cut, for our horses. Over the past 4-5 years we have continued to “clear” the tree tops and stumps. A lot of this has been a true learning experience for us and watching your videos has opened up a new source of information for me that has actually helped me as we proceed. Thank you and keep up the great work! Live watching your family interact, your values and christian beliefs! If you ever need a place to “test” any of your equipment. I’ve got the place! Thanks again and keep up the great work!

  9. Hey Tim. My mind is always working on overtime. I think I have an idea for you to bypass your finance committee. Try contacting Startup-USA.com to broadcast your company (?) so that you might get more attachments for Johnny. Who knows, you could go national? Just a thought.

  10. I enjoy watching your channel

    Yes, you are right about buying a tractor without making sure it’s paid off first

    Made that mistake about 10 years ago

    But I’ve still got the 790 just paid a little more than I expected to

    Keep up the good work.

  11. Hi Tim
    A number of years ago I retired to a rural property similar to yours. I have a gravel driveway that’s a half mile long. One of the primary reasons I got my 2018 1025r was to maintain my gravel driveway. So my purchase included a John Deere land plane. I would like to share my very good experiences with my 1025r and the John Deere land plane attachment. However, I didn’t see a driveway maintenance or land plane category on your TTWT webpage. Now that you’ve moved to a more rural area maybe you will delve into land planning people’s driveways and add this category.

    • Yep. I will need to maintain my own driveway now! I’m sure I will gain and be able to share much more experience this year!

      • Tim, I had a great experience with my JD sales person. He delivered my 1025r and the several attachments I purchased with it. He walked me through using each one. He had had a lot previous experience using land planes so he showed me how to set it up and use it. It’s 48” or 50” wide like the rear tires. The 1025r does need weight in the front to hold down the front once a lot of gravel builds up in the land plane. I used 4WD and my FEL for that because I don’t have weights yet. It worked great for me. When done my driveway looked like new. I’m saving money for now because I didn’t need more gravel yet I just needed to maintain it with the land plane.

  12. Hi Tim. You have showen us a lot what a small Tractor can do. Today we looked at a 1025 R. A good price on it too. We saw a guy start it with out it pluged in. It has been Very Cold up here. About -10 F. For some time. It just took off. That impressed me. Yoy Guys have been a great Blessing. Take Care. God Bless.

  13. Hi Tim – Your videos have been extremely helpful. Do you have any experience with the all too common 1023/1025/1036 Fuel Pump wiring failure? I am one of the unlucky ones that had John Deere assemble my wiring harness with an EXTREMELY tight zip tie, and over the first 100hs, it finally pulled the wire out of the fuel pump (no more power). So, I am having to replace the pump, but WOW is the bottom bolt a disaster to get to. Any tips or tricks to removing that? My unit is out of warranty, so I am on my own with this. Hopefully I can remove it and fix the wiring issue that broke off.

    • Had not heard of that issue. Thanks for letting me know? The pump is between steering column and engine, right?

  14. Evidently it was a PIP that JD issued for 1023/25/26. The wire bundle has a zip tie that pulls the wire too tight out of the fuel pump. The pump is located behind the engine in the steering column area. Has fuel line in and out, and power wires to it. Replacement pump ordered (JD wanted $90 for it and I bought for $30 with the correct plug), and I prepared for the install. The dealer said it was a painful job since bottom bolt is tough to get. I actually got mine removed easily. Take top bolt out, remove and cap the fuel line coming from driver side, rotate pump towards passenger side, remove lower bolt. Pretty easy job, but I am angry that JD no longer covers this. My wire broke at the pump in just over 100hrs. So, note to everyone out there, remove the zip tie on the wire harness bundle to remove the stress.

    • The tell tale sign of this failure is a sputtering engine, boggs down, and dies. Before my wire fully broke, I was thankfully able to get it inside the garage. Also, you will know it’s bad if you turn key on, and only hear one click on the injection pump. If you don’t hear the constant click of the fuel pump, you know it’s bad.

  15. Tim & Christy – Read through my Purdue Ag Alumni newsletter last night, Turned it over and THERE SHE WAS…..a great article on Katriel! Congratulations to her along with Mom and Dad. My daughter is the same age as Katriel starting her fourth year in pharmacy at Purdue. REALLY enjoy your YouTube channel. You all are doing a great job!

  16. Hi Tim, very informative videos. I am upgrading from an X758 to a 1025R. Have you produced a video yet just on basic tractor operational techniques? Handling a load, basic ballast needs etc? If so, please direct me to that earlier video. Thanks !

    • Christopher, this is the overall theme of our channel. We choose to avoid lecture type episodes. Rather we show and discuss techniques while we do projects.
      I would suggest settling in, and watching all of our older episodes. It will take some time, and you won’t be able to do it in one day, but over time, you’ll catch up.

      • Hi Tim, i have been going through many many vids. You folks really do a great job! The maintenance episodes are especially informative. Hey, FYI I called then finally had to em that company link for the load and go mounts for the 60” deck. Still nothing available for the 54 which really bums me out as they are so handy. Cant imagine any Deere owner wouldnt want a set. Any thoughts on why they wouldnt work on a 54”??

        • Likely an issue with the width. As you know, the loader brackets are consistent width. Getting them to adapt to each mower size might be challenging.
          Given the success of these, I would think they are attempting to create a 54” compatible version.
          Thanks for watching!

  17. Hi Tim. I’m 19 years old and am enrolling at EKU to pursue a degree in landscaping and turf management in hopes of one day starting my own company. I was wondering if you had any advice on how to get started and become successful in the field like you have.

    • Congratulations Ean! You will soon know much more than me about landscaping.
      As for starting and becoming successful, work hard, go the extra mile for your customers, and you’ll be fine!

  18. Hey Tim – Love your channel – Thanks for all the insight…. Have you had experience with the little water drain funnel on the 260B Backhoe seat? It looks like it might be missing a little connector on the bottom side of the funnel because the funnel keeps coming out of the seat? Looking at the JD parts list this isn’t shown anywhere – it just shows the seat as one part number? Thanks in advance for your input…

  19. Hi Tim. I love watching your videos. Have you ever thought of getting a mower to pull behind your gator and mow with air conditioning? I have a kubota Rtv-1100 and a mower and really enjoy the comfort.

  20. Hi Tim, love your videos.. they very informative. I too have a ,1025R is i see on your tractor you have steering wheel knob i can’t seem to find one to fix my steering wheel.
    So did you get yours? Ron G. From Central Wisconsin

  21. Hi Tim,
    I hope you and your family are doing well in these trying times. I find your YouTube video’s very informative and they helped me make my decision on purchasing a 1025r. Coronavirus is slowing down the delivery of it though. I have a question about suitcase weights and would appreciate any info on where I can purchase J.D. 70 lb. weights. I see Heavy Hitch has them but I would like some with the J.D. logo on them. I just got my offset Heavy Hitch delivered today and would like to put 8 – 70lb. suitcase weights on it. Keep up the great job of producing your videos!

    • Like you, I used to be partial to the Deere logo on the weights. However, after some time, I got over that. In many ways, I prefer the smooth sided weights at this point.
      You can probably get them from greenpartstore.con with free shipping. I’m not sure. Use code TTWT for the free shipping.

  22. Hi Tim, Happy isolation Easter to everyone there. I’m just loving your TTWT and have learnt a huge amount as I’m about to take possession of my first compact tractor albeit not a Johnnie.. Do you have any advice on cleaning your 1025r or attachments, eg do you use any cleaning agents? Your equipment always looks in first class condition. Ralph uk

  23. Tim, I also have a JD 1025r. Do you have any experience, comments with a Pro Works Clam Grapple? Am considering one cause of its light weight. Many thanks. I love your shows…. Mike in northern Indiana

  24. Tim, I recently found your channel as I have been researching these subcompact tractors. Then to find that you are relatively close was really cool. To top it off, seeing the bible verses at the end of each video is icing on the cake. We have 4.5 wooded acres and seeing how capable these machines are is giving me a boost of confidence.

  25. Thank you for your calm (no rant), thoughtful, truthful and all inclusive reviews, demonstrations and user opinions. All are very meaningful to me. I’m on 6 1/2 acres in SW Idaho and barely managing with a Scotts 2048 lawn tractor (made by JD) and wanting to transition into a sub-compact (either JD or Ku). Before I even go to the dealers I’m digesting everything you release on your channel applicable to helping me make a decision, not just which one to buy but also should I even buy in the first place. My property is about 1/3 lawn, some gardens, fruit trees and the rest weeds and sage brush. Very little is flat and level. There are canyons on both sides of the house and the lawn is mostly on slopes, some of it very steep. My Scotts slips and slides (one wheel drive) and sometimes gets stuck (rope and cable winch to the rescue). So I wonder about roll-over incidents with a sub-compact. Would they be a more effective mower on such property? I do want the option for attachments such as backhoe, front loader and possibly a snow blade. Can’t use any of those on the Scotts but I can pull a small dump trailer or spreader. I’m just starting to learn about these sub-compacts which is why I’m grateful for your channel.
    God has blessed us with this wonderful newly acquired property and we want to safely take good care of it.

    I’ve just recently retired from a television production career and wanted to say that you and the family are doing a great job with your channel’s production. Keep it up.

    • Thanks for the kind words, Gary. We had a Sabre 1642HV …same exact tractors as the Scotts tractors…but yours is a bit bigger than ours. Surprisingly reliable mower given the price point!

      Subcompacts are not great on hills, but can be improved with wheel weights, fluid in tires and rear wheel spacers.

      Thanks for your comments about the production quality. We are researching a set of products right now to increase our audio quality/reliability. Looks like $2000 or more. This equipment adds up!
      Anyway, we try to keep improving a little bit at a time.

  26. Tim,
    I really enjoy your videos for many reasons. The videos are technical in many ways but they always center around family which is so important in today’s world.
    I grew in a very tight family environment but sadly my Father, Brother and Mother have all departed. So my Wife and Son are treasurers to me. Being 57 years old I look at everything differently.
    Speaking of tractors I’m a proud owner of a Kubota Grand L6060 cab tractor. I’m very happy with it and (11) more payments she is all mine 😉
    My issue is my property boundaries, the brush just seems to to keep encroaching and I’m looking for the most economical method of cutting back to near boundaries.
    I have (14) acres and most of it is grass, my neighbor Danny cuts and bails it (3) times per year for his animals. Besides rotary brush cutter what would you personally recommend for this problem?

    Best Regards,
    Brad Mullins
    Middletown, Ohio

    • Hey Brad! Thanks for the kind words.
      How about a ‘chain saw on a stick’?
      https://limbsaws.com. Use code TTWT for a 5% discount!
      Make sure to use the plural form on the website. The singular form takes you to the same product, but no way to order!

  27. Tim,
    I found your videos while researching the 1025R and find them extremely useful. I am in central IL on a 1.5 acre property with more than 30 mature oak and hardwood trees. I was cutting the property with my grandfather’s old IH 782 Cub Cadet when I transitioned to a zero turn Grasshopper front-mount 722D2 which cut my mowing time by over half. I did not foresee the need for a compact tractor. Through your videos I am convinced that a 1025R would be able to replace both my Cub Cadet and Grasshopper and provide additional needs that these two do not meet. The trouble I am having is finding a new 1025R so that I can take advantage of the 0% financing offered by JD. I approached my local JD dealer (AHW) and are having trouble with finding a new 1025R with my specifications. I would prefer to find a 1025R with 120R loader, 60D mower deck, newer R3 radials, iMatch, load and go, 3rd function valve, 50lb rear wheel JD weights like yours (plastic I think). My dealer says that JD is not building tractors with the R3 radials. They are not willing to swap out the tires on existing tractors. I was quite surprised. My question for you is with your connections, can you help me find this elusive tractor? Is there any person in the JD family of dealers that can assist?
    Again, Thank you very much and please continue to provide valuable information for us including your sharing of scripture with your videos. I appreciate in advance your consideration and/or advice on how can I find my very own 1025R. I also would consider traveling to the Indy area (about 2 hours away) to seal the deal on a new tractor.

    Tod Kilian
    Monticello, IL

    • Tod, AHW is correct, the R3 Radials are not yet available. They will be available later in the year. You can buy them ‘aftermarket’, but not new with the tractor.
      You have two choices at this point…with one of those choices closing quickly!
      1) Buy a 1025r immediately.
      2) Wait until November or even later to get the 2020 models with the new R3 radials.

      The 1025r supply is almost exhausted. There are not many left. Won’t be more available until all of this Covid stuff is totally moved on out. Sept? Nov? Not sure.

      • Tim Thank you very much! I found the John Deere order online button and found that it is an option when you configure the tractor there. Interesting. I might try to go that route? Wonder if that one will make you wait until November? I appreciate your input. Thanks again.

  28. After watching your videos on the daily the husband decided to get a tractor thank you for the inspiration for him to get one it has helped him become more motivated on getting our property cleared. Thank you.

    • Congratulations, Samantha! Yes, the tractor makes cleanup projects easier and more fun!
      Thanks for the kind words

  29. Tim
    I had no way to tell you but to do it here. I’m so sorry for the loss of your Dad! I really enjoyed the videos with you two in the combine picking corn. I do know that you will get to see him again. Prayers for the Family from North Carolina! God Bless.

  30. Same here tim, had no way to contact you prayers to you and the family for the loss of your loved one.

  31. Hi, Tim—Thank you for all of the informative videos!

    After relocating to CO, I’ve recently purchased a 1025R, and I’m hoping you can help me with a storage solution. I’ve been checking high and low in the comments section to see if you’ve ever spoken about the shelving units used to store your attachments, but I haven’t run into anything yet. Care to share how to find something similar?

    C Scott

    • Search ‘pallet racking’ on Craigslist. You’ll almost certainly find a company that deals in used pallet racking in your area.

  32. Tim, I found your YouTube on the 54″ front plow QuickHitch for the JD 1023. I totally agree with your misgivings concerning the angling adapter! Try as I might, I can’t get the hydraulic angle adapters ( retract end of the angling ram ) to remain connected! A couple swings of the blade l/r and the connection between the two angles comes loose!! How gig you solve this? DID you solve this?

    • I have not had that problem, Rick. This seems like a great question for greentractortalk.com Include photos or video.

  33. Tim,

    Been enjoying all of your videos and I’m learning a great deal. My John Deere dealer put me on to your website. I just ordered my first tractor, a 1025R with cab, loader, and snowblower. I bought it mainly to move snow in the winter but I’m certain I’ll find other uses. No idea when it will be delivered. Apparently there’s a great demand for these small tractors?

    What got me interested in John Deere, was “follow the money.” To my knowledge, Deere is the only company where money spent in the USA stays in the USA. Otherwise it’s India, Italy, or Japan. Plus my Deere dealer was much more helpful and much more interested in selling a tractor than some of the other brands I looked at.

    Looking forward to watching more of your videos. I have a lot of catching up to do.


  34. Hi Tim. I am in Colorado and am going back and forth between getting the 1025r or the 2025r. I have 3 acres to take care of along with animal stalls and other things like digging water lines. My question to you is, would a 1025r be sufficient? It seems like an overgrown lawnmower. It will be doing very little mowing and more hauling dirt and digging with the backhoe. What do you think? Thank you.


  35. Hello Tim, My name is Steven I am a Sailor currently stationed in Bahrain. I am about to retire with 20 years under my belt. my wife and I have just bought 12 acres in Kingsport TN not to far from Elizabethton TN were Levi lives. My wife surprised me the other day and got me my first Johnny. For retiring 1025r looks like a great tractor and I know I will love it. I hope some day to meet you maybe you can show me some of your skills. I really do appreciate your content. This helps me out a lot Your family is awesome. I wish you all the best. Especially your brother Tom I hope he is doing better. God bless you


  36. Hey Tim and Christy since you have shown a few different ways to deal with leaves, I would like to see a review on a PTO leaf blower. Something like this

    It would be great if what you were able to show was also reasonably priced for home owners, say less than $2000, I have looked for one myself and most all of them are meant for golf courses and cost upwards of $4k. Heck if there isnt one maybe the folks that make the TKB20 could design one and have you announce it to the world!
    Thanks for all the entertainment over the years!

  37. Hey Tim, I have a very small job that I’d love to do myself, but I can’t get one of those Hardee Brush Tigers in a quick fashion (10week lead time)… Drop me a line and I can give you a description and location. So you can give me a quote.. I’d do the work with a pole saw if the arthritis wouldn’t kill me for it.. 144 and N Kitchen Road are near Mooresville.

  38. Tim, you did a video on 2021 front hitch compatibility for the snowblower and 60d auto connect deck. I have just purchased in feb of 22. The distance between the deck mounting plate is 12”. The outside of the front hitch pates is 11 15/16”. Your idea that the deck plates should work is correct on mine. If it is a little tight, there is a 1/8” spacer on the outside of the front hitch for the snowblower that can be removed. Hope this helps. I love your videos. They have helped me a lot. Couldn’t find an email for you, so I hope this reaches you.

  39. Tim, enjoy your channel a lot. Not good with this phone tech so over look this, but hope you could help. I saw your video on 10 flex wing and I would like to know if a Mahindra 4540 transmission would handle it? Thanks

  40. Tim,

    I have a John Deere 2025r with a cab that I would like to add both a 3rd function for a hydraulic grapple and the John Deere single point hydraulic hookup. Any suggestions as to how to do this? Thanks for your help.

  41. Tim,

    I have a Deere 2025r with a cab. Looking to add a 3rd function as well as a John Deere single point hydraulic connection. Do you have any suggestions on the best way to do this? Thanks for your videos.



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