John Deere 1025R vs. Kubota BX



If you’re in the market for a subcompact tractor to help out with chores around your property, you might be torn between the John Deere 1025R and the Kubota BX. That’s why our team here at Belkorp Ag came up with a guide to help you decide. We did our homework and found that you will take down mountains of work with less effort and more comfort in the John Deere 1 Family tractor.


When it comes to loader work, you need a tractor with plenty of strength and power. That’s exactly what you get with the John Deere 1025R. It has a heavy duty Yanmar diesel engine, which delivers efficient and reliable power. Yanmar engines have proven to work hard around the clock in John Deere equipment. When you combine that with a heavy-duty hydrostatic transmission, responsive high-performance hydraulics and a productive loader lift height of over 71”; lifting and loading materials like gravel, sand and soil is virtually effortless.


In a head-to-head test, the John Deere 1025R exerted 1110 pounds of breakout force and more than 1300 pounds of rollback force. In the exact same test with all the same variables, the Kubota BX put out 788 pounds of breakout force, and only managed to muster 930 pounds of rollback force. It came out to 394 fewer pounds or 30% less force than the 1025R. When it comes to loader performance, the advantage clearly goes to John Deere. The 1025R gives you the breakout power and rollback force you need to tackle all your heavy-duty loader chores around your property.



You’ll find your comfort zone with the John Deere 1025R sub-compact tractor, too. The 1 Series tractor has a step-thru platform and fender-mounted handrails that make getting on and off easy and convenient. That’s not the case on the Kubota BX. On the Kubota, the loader control levers are positioned in a way that makes it difficult to climb in from the right side of the operator station. The John Deere 1025R also has an ergonomic floor mat made of thick, molded rubber that provides a cushioning effect and helps dampen noise and vibration. The floormat on the Kubota BX is much thinner, and nowhere close to the quality you find on the John Deere.


No matter what you’re using your sub-compact tractor for, you’re going to spend most of your time in the seat. The JD 1025R’s deluxe suspension seat has movable armrests and a high back, which gives great lasting support. The adjustment lever is centered at the front of the seat, so you can easily adjust the armrest up or down to provide just the right fit. The Kubota BX also offers a high-back seat and armrests, but you’ll need an allen wrench to adjust the armrests.


The John Deere 1025R also features tilt steering, which lets you position the steering wheel to keep your arms in a natural position with less fatigue. The Kubota BX only offers a fixed steering wheel, so you can’t tilt it up when you want to get on or off the tractor. The John Deere 1 Family tractor is easy to operate with twin-touch hydrostatic transmission forward and reverse foot controls. Even at full throttle, there’s no need for clutching when changing directions with the 1025R. The Kubota has a heel-toe pedal, which is less comfortable and less intuitive to use.


Now, let’s talk wheelbases. The 1 Family offers a wheelbase dimension of 47” wide by 57” long. The Kubota BX wheelbase is 44.5” wide by 55.1” long. With a longer and wider wheelbase on the John Deere 1025R, you get excellent stability and a smoother ride.

If you want to experience the magic of the John Deere 1025R for yourself, stop by one of our 7 Belkorp Ag locations or give us a call at (866) 709-4733. We would love to make you part of the Belkorp Ag family!



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