The John Deere 1025R is the No. 1 or No. 2 seller of subcompact tractors, on par with the Kubota BX. Specifications are very similar between this machine and other subcompact tractors. However, there ARE differences in the real world. Our intention is to dig deep enough into this review for you to see relevant real-world information about the 1025R tractor.
Deere’s first compact tractors were manufactured exclusively by Yanmar, with very little customization specific to John Deere. As the category became more popular, Deere invested more, creating an engineering and production team in Augusta Ga. This team now designs the entire line of Deere compact tractors.
The engine is still from Yanmar. The transmission is jointly designed and built in South Carolina. (The gearbox looks radically different from a Yanmar subcompact. We can only assume that the internals are different too).
The 1025R was introduced in 2013. Very similar to the 1026r, but with a different engine. This engine meets Tier IV emission requirements of less than 25 hp.
Although the 1025R was only made for a couple of years in the United States (2011-2012, production continued for several more years in Europe), it contained huge design enhancements such as the traction mower deck, the control position on the 3-point hitch and folding ROPS.
The 1025r was preceded by the 2305, and previously by the 2210. Although there are many similarities in these machines over the years, the improvements from the last few generations are significant.
While most of the & # 8220; subcompacts & # 8221; Tractors are fairly similar in size, sharing 26x12x12 rear tires, and being long enough to handle a 60-inch mid-mount mower, the 1025r (and 1023e) appear slightly larger in width and height than most subcompacts. 57-inch wheelbase. Approximately 47 inches wide at the rear tires.
Weight specs among subcompacts. The base of the 1025r is 1444 lb (without loader, mower, etc).
Overall height with ROPS raised is quite high (unreasonably high). Approximately 91 inches tall. Also, the forward-sloping design is a bit awkward. We would prefer a traditional ROPS or slightly tilted back.
This size tractor is frequently used for lawn mowing applications. Therefore, we believe that the most applicable way to measure the radius of gyration would be to use the “diameter of the uncut circle”. Drive the tractor in a circle, mowing the grass. What is the diameter of the circle of uncut grass in the center.
For the 1025R, in our tests using 2wd, we found the diameter of the uncut circle to be 50 inches. Contrast this with the 78-inch Kubota BX2680.
This is a HUGE difference in practice. It only takes a few minutes on each tractor to recognize this difference and appreciate the tighter turns the 1025R offers.
The Yanmar 1.3L 3-cylinder diesel engine is larger than the Kubota 1.0L 3-cylinder engine in the Kubota BX 2680. Our power bank tests showed a difference of 1 hp in PTO power (25.5 for the 1025R, 24.5 for the BX 2680). Since both results are well above nominal value, our tests may not be perfectly accurate. The power bank used is from the 60s.
The 1025r uses a dual air filter element. (interior and exterior). We point this out because the Kubota BX uses a single element air filtration system.
We tested fuel usage with the throttle open, mowing our yard. We cut the grass for exactly 1 hour and measure the amount of fuel needed to fill the tank. The 1025r used 1,125 gallons of diesel for this test. Significantly more than the 0.812 gallons used by the BX2680 tested in the same way.
The Deere 1025R is significantly louder from the operator’s station than the Kubota BX2680. We used a simple noise level meter on an iPhone for this test. The absolute number is not necessarily exact. However, since we use the same phone and app to compare the 1025R and the Kubota BX, we think the “relative” difference may be instructive.
The 1025R showed
99dB when mowing with the throttle wide open, while the identical test on the BX showed
95dB. Again, this is not scientific data, but the operator notices it.
The 3-point hitch is controlled by a position control lever on the 1025r. At the time of writing, the 1025r is the only subcompact tractor that allows this precise 3-point height control. All other subcompact tractors, including the 1023e, use a more simplistic “up / down” control. Simple “up / down” control makes it difficult to maintain a specific height (or depth) setting.
The 3-point hitch is Category 1 standard. However, it is rated & # 8220; cat1 limited & # 8221; due to limited lift height. This limitation exists on all subcompact tractors (unfortunately). The lift arms will raise the lift pins up to approximately 23.5 inches.
The lift arms are approximately 24.5 & # 8243; long. This makes the implement further away from the tractor than on the BX 2680 (20.5 & # 8243;) tractor. However, this hinders the lifting capacity. We have used a weight support www.heavyhitch.com, adjusted with 100 pound weights for our test. This brings the weight CLOSER to the 3-point hitch than the 24-inch specified by the manufacturer. We were able to lift 1000 pounds with the 1025r. Significantly less than the 1200 pounds lifted by the bx2680.
The 3-point stabilizers are standard turnbuckle style. They are on the outside of the lift arms, making it easy to attach most accessories if a quick hitch is not used. However, if a quick hitch is used, the stabilizer position is less relevant.
For me, due to the trees, shrubs, and the shape of my lawn, I shouldn’t have bought the mower deck. The turning radius of the tractor is too great to mow anything but a huge empty field. The “drive over” quick mount mower deck PTO does not work without dragging underneath to clean and grease the PTO groove. The front loader cannot be mounted without removing the PTO from the snow thrower at the front of the tractor. I don’t understand why John Deere engineering didn’t make a plate that would fit both the snow thrower and the mower, allowing the front loader to be used by simply disconnecting the snow thrower and leaving the PTO drive plate in place. However, the front loader is very easy to remove and install. Overall it’s a super nice little tractor, but John Deere engineering gets a C- from me because attachments are a pain to trade.
I traded in my 2003 John Deere 2210 tractor for the 1025 R. The new tractor has an easy connect front loader and a 60 inch mower. The charger is easy to connect and disconnect. I used it recently to move and spread 15 tons of gravel. It worked very well. With the 60 inch wider mower I have to be more careful around uneven grass spots at a low height setting and keep an eye on the left side of the mower near fixed objects as the mower body is wider than the tractor . Assembling the mower is a bit more complicated. As the instructions say, the mower must be on a level surface; otherwise, the PTO drive shaft will not engage the mower drive case. The additional power of 1025 R. has worked very smoothly. It is much easier to mow without the front loader attached and to use the front loader without the mower attached. The 1025 R has also improved engine cooling and is not as prone to overheating due to accumulation of dust and debris in the front as the 2210 was.
The lean steering wore out at 250 hours. I make a lot of turns when mowing the grass at my house and the lean loosened and the steering developed about 5cm of free play. The no-tilt model has much less play. For parts photos, newer models have a different setting for tilt, as far as I can tell. Can anyone else have the same problem?
I just did the 200 hour review. The dealer did a transmission change along with correction of other problems at 50 hours. The engine is easy to drain the oil and change the filter. Transmission is another story. The oil filter is above the front output shaft, so it must be removed to change the filter. Cleaning the oil collection screen on the left side of the transmission is a real pain. The clamps are hard to come by because of all the frame getting in the way, and you have to do the hose from top to bottom to remove and replace it.i had a 2006 Kubota BX 24 TLB and it was much easier to maintain. There was no power shaft in the way of the transmission filter and nothing in the way of the pickup screen at the bottom of the transmission. The cost is approximately $ 200. This is approximately $ 1 per hour for maintenance. The cost is roughly $ 200. That’s roughly $ 1 per hour to run it, plus fuel. I think the John Deere is a rebuilt Yanmar.
I have read a lot of reviews from all manufacturers before making this purchase. In the fall, I was able to get rid of several small stumps and some overgrown shrubs. This thing is not industrial equipment, but it is very capable. It takes a little longer to complete the tasks, but that’s what I expected from him. The loader showed its worth in a 32-inch snowstorm, and the front yard renovation of a sewer facility in an area where clay and limestone is a given. Mounting and dismounting the loader, backhoe, and The covers are fantastic. Mounting and dismounting the loader, backhoe, and deck is fantastic. The layout of the operator controls is well thought out and functional, and because of Deere’s price incentives and financing options, the purchase was a hazing. If someone is having trouble with their tires, I suspect someone damaged the undercarriage, because the transition to the mower for the summer was less than 30 minutes.