Nothing Runs Like A Deere, John Deere That Is

Our John Deere 2520 tractor. Oh yeah, this is the machine to have.

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There’s nothing like a boy and his toys. Mine happens to be a John Deere 2520 tractor with a 62″ mowing deck (10″ wider than the old tractor had) and a bucket loader.

When we moved to Clean Slate Farm we knew we needed more than a push mower to hack away at the vast expanse of lawn we have. A trip to the John Deere dealer gave us too many options to consider. Adam, our local dealer, suggested he stop by and take a look at the area and discuss our needs. Normally I don’t trust recommendations as the result can be more than is bargained for. Adam was great though.

A zero turn mower option was out, too much uphill area and not enough power. A standard lawn tractor might be usable but we have Tess the wonder horse who creates lots of compostable material. Adam suggested a tractor with a bucket to help with the clean up. So we settled in on a JD 1025 and it was great. The best part was 0% financing for 5 years. We took delivery and never looked back. The only issue with the 1025 was we couldn’t drive it around the front of the house in snow to clear the driveway in winter. It’s a hill thing again.

Last fall Adam called and asked if we were interested in a new tractor. (Being a gullible guy I said, “Maybe, what do you have?”) He had a brand new 2012 model 2520 he wanted off the lot and would make us a great deal. It was a great deal but we still had reservations. Our first thought was it would be overkill. The 1025 was doing almost all we needed and we really didn’t want to have another bill to pay. After a lot of soul searching we decided to go ahead and buy the new tractor.

It was a great deal and after a winter of use it turned out to be the right choice. We were able to get around the front of the house in up to 18 inches of snow to plow the driveway and so far this spring it’s been a boon to moving compost to the garden. The bucket will lift about 350+ pounds of material at a whack. The garden will easily take eight buckets of compost, a little over 1.5 tons, which still leaves us with about 8 to 10 tons to find a home for. The extra power this tractor has cuts our work load about 25% when turning the compost pile. Hopefully we’ll see a similar time savings in other chores. Now let’s see how that 62″ mower deck works out!

Do you have a favorite piece of equipment you use around the yard or house? Let us know!

  • reply Vince ,

    Thanks for the pic

    • reply Vince ,

      Hi David,
      Congratulations on your new tractor. I concur it is one really good tractor. I have been shopping around for a new JD 1025R. Where I noticed the commentary on your tractor. I see that you had problems with snow and hills with your 1025. Could you drop me an email and explain. I might have an issue with snow and hills.
      Thanks! Vince

      • reply Dave ,

        Vince. The 1025 is a great tractor and we loved it. Our property is on a hill, steep in some places, and the tractor resides in the barn so I have to drive it around the front of the house to get to the driveway. The 1025 just didn’t have the weight or wheelbase and tire size to make it through the deeper snow.

        This link will show a little of the hill problem we have.

        The top of the picture in the left is the asparagus bed 60 feet away and about 10-12 feet lower than where I stood to take the photo and the entire yard has a slope to it. In winter it was a problem. The 2520 may be overkill but it is just right for the trip around the house.

        Did we need a new tractor? I’m not totally convinced we did. The 2520 is significantly larger and more powerful, which works out better for turning the compost pile. See the Youtube video to get an idea of the size of the pile.

        As to the John Deere. We love them. The 1025 had no problems except operator idiocy. I always goofed up the hydraulic connections for the bucket. They weren’t color coded correctly with matching colors, which the dealer never rectified, nor did I. The 2520 mower deck PTO connector is not connecting as it should. The gazonta connector, or whatever it’s called, that connects and locks the PTO to the shaft isn’t releasing as it should. Lubrication should fix that.

        The biggest plus for me is getting the deck on and off. My back is not what it was 35 years ago and the 2520 has a drive-over deck that is a breeze to use. Love it!

        Thanks for the question. I hope that helps.


        • reply Vince ,

          Hi David,
          That response is a big help. I appreciate the fast response. I might be alright all things considered. I don’t have an issue getting it to work. My outbuilding is at the end of my driveway. Therefore a non issue. Nevertheless I still have 350′ of driveway on a 20% grade, this will be the challenge. I need to make my decision by tomorrow. Because JD has a special offer on attachments! I will let you know which way I go. Thank you very much…

          • Dave ,

            Vince, 20% grade should not be a problem. I don’t have the turf tires though so I get good traction in the snow. Our problem was driving through the snow getting to the driveway. You should have no problem with plowing or bucketing (word??) your drive if you can get to it. Good luck and send a pic when you get your tractor.


            • Vince ,

              Hi David,
              Thanks again for the help, you have put my mind at ease. Look forward to the pic..

        • reply Vicky D'Agostino ,

          I’m waiting for the retirement from your day job post Dave. You’re having way too much fun at your farm!

          • reply Your sister-in-law Pat ,

            That new John Deere is SOME new ‘toy’, David! It would be fun to see it in ‘action’–especially when you’re moving compost. Well done!

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