The John Deere 1 Series lineup consists of the 1023E and 1025R sub-compact tractors. With simple operation and reliable performance, these workhorses are perfect for yard management and landscaping upkeep. But which tractor is right for you? 

With plenty of similarities, there are also a few differences that set these tractors apart. Let’s take a closer look at the 1023E and 1025R so we can help find the best solution for you, your land, and your budget. 

PTO Horsepower15.318
TransmissionHydrostatic 2 RangeHydrostatic 2 Range
2WD or 4WD4WD4WD
3-Point HitchCategory 1Category 1
iMatch Quick-Hitch Compatibility
3-Point Hitch
Cab Options 
Cruise Control 
Tilt Steering 
Deluxe Lighting Package 
12V Outlet 


What do the 1023E and 1025R tractors have in common?

With the same frame, tires, and hitch compatibility the 1023E and 1025R share the same dimensions, turning radius, and attachments. Both tractors also offer identical hydraulic pressures and flow rates.

How are the 1023E and 1025R tractors different?

  • Engine Size and Horsepower

One of the biggest differences between the two is the engine. With about a 30% larger displacement, the 1025R benefits from the additional 2.5 PTO horsepower. This slight increase in power will help operate larger implements within the 1025R’s range. 

  • Price

With a powerful engine and long-lasting components, the 1023E delivers exceptional performance without many of the bells and whistles found on the 1025R. For our customers on strict budgets or for those who aren’t needing additional features, the 1023E makes a great solution and a cheaper alternative to the 1025R. 

  • Tilt Steering Wheel

Engineered to keep your arms in a natural position, the 1025R’s tilt steering helps to reduce fatigue during long, repetitive jobs. The 1023E offers a fixed steering wheel that remains stationary. 

  • 3-Point Hitch Control

The standard Category 1, 3-pt hitch enables quick and easy implement hookup. Each tractor includes a basic implement control lever with adjustable hitch heights while the 1025R also offers improved precision and minimized jerking movement. 

  • Premium Operator’s Station

For enhanced operator comfort, the 1025R provides a suspended, ergonomic seat with armrests that can be adjusted to your preferences. The 1025R also includes a 12V outlet to keep your phone charged while you ride. In the back, you’ll find a rear-mounted toolbox that gives operators the ability to access tools without getting out of the seat. 

  • Fender Mounted Work Lights

While both models feature two front and two side lights, the 1025R includes two additional fender mounted lights. 

  • Cruise Control

For larger yards, the 1025R includes a cruise control option to keep the same pace without having to manually maintain speeds. 


Which tractor is the best fit for you?

It’s important to find a tractor with the power and features needed to match your goals. Choose the 1023E for affordable performance or take advantage of operation-boosting features with the 1025R. Whichever you may lean towards, Belkorp Ag is here to help you make the best choice.