What are the differences between the John Deere 1025R and 2025R tractors?

With similar capabilities, our customers often ask about the difference between the 1025R with the 2025R. Separated by a few key distinctions, the 1 Series sub-compact tractor and the 2 Series compact utility tractor both offer quality parts and dependable performance.

Perfect for chores like mowing, digging, tilling, loading, and leveling, both tractors are designed to be affordable solutions for homeowners and landscapers alike. But which is right for you? We’ll lay out the similarities and differences to help you decide which compact tractor is the best choice for your needs.

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PTO Horsepower1818
TransmissionHydrostatic 2 RangeHydrostatic 2 Range
2WD or 4WD4WD4WD
3-Point HitchCategory 1Category 1
Loader Lift Capacity955 lbs992 lbs
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Rear Tire Size26 by 12-12 inches31 by 12-16.5 inches
Weight1,444 lbs1,793.5 lbs
Wheelbase57.1 inches63 inches
Operator StationPremiumStandard

What do the 1025R and 2025R tractors have in common?

  • Engine & Horsepower

Reaching up to 24 horsepower, you can find the same powerful Tier 4-compliant diesel engine in both the 1025R and 2025R tractors. Built to last, this Yanmar engine offers reliable power and efficient performance through all applications.

  • Transmission

Both compact tractors feature a 2-range hydrostatic transmission for easy-to-use operations and simple maneuverability. The Twin Touch foot pedals allow for quick directional changes and provide infinite ground speeds, making it easy to match the job at hand.

With the same category 1 3-pt hitch for implement hookups, the 1025R and 2025R are each compatible with the same list of implements. 

  • Features

With many of the same efficiency-boosting features, you can find iMatch Quick-Hitch compatibility, cab options, cruise control, 4WD, power steering, and tilt steering available on both the John Deere 1025R and 2025R compact tractors.

How are the 1025R and 2025R tractors different?

  • Price

Because of the 2025R’s increased capabilities and heavier weight class, the 1025R is typically considered a cheaper alternative. While they are close in price, you can click here to request a quote.

  • Tire Size

With larger tires, the 2025R is able to offer a greater ground clearance than the 1025R tractor. This extra lift in tire size also gives the 2025R the option to increase stability by adding more tire ballast.

  • Weight

At 1,793.5-lbs, the 2025R compact tractor offers a 15% increase in weight. This advantage in weight allows for smoother rides and increased stability on uneven terrain. 

  • Frame

For increased stability and greater safety at higher speeds, the 2025R features a wheelbase that is 6 inches wider than the 1025R’s. 

  • Operator Station

Because the 2025R is the price point model of its series, its operator station comes standard. Designed as the premium model of the 1 Series, the John Deere 1025R features more padding, a suspended seat, and armrests. 

Which tractor is the best fit for you?

Just like any decision, the right choice aligns with whatever fits your needs best. Consider the jobs you plan to take on, which features you consider to be most essential, and what your budget is. Rest easy knowing whichever tractor you go with, you’re in good hands with our team here at Belkorp Ag.