At this point, John Deere is already pretty much synonymous with reliable farm rigs, and for very good reason.

John Deere, a company founded in 1837, had grown to become a renowned brand. Farmers all around the globe are familiar with the company, and many of them hold the notion that they offer quality tractors that stand the test of time.

Sub-Compact Tractors

Bigger farm operations demand big machinery, but the sub-compact tractor market remains lucrative thanks to smaller ventures and hobby farmers.

That said, John Deere has visibly put in an effort to offer a variety of compact and subcompact tractors in recent years. Their 1-series tractor range consists of the smallest tractors — including the 1025R.

Without further ado, here’s our review of this small-but-promising machine. If you’re planning to get the John Deere 1025R, reading until the end is a must!

Engine and transmission

The 1025R has a 24.2hp three-cylinder Yanmar TNV diesel engine under the hood. This engine is Tier 4-compliant and has a rated speed of 3200 rpm.

This should provide more than enough muscle for most small farm tasks. What’s more, we also appreciate that the engine uses less fuel, has lower emissions (a necessity to comply with Tier 4 standards), and generates reduced noise and vibration to avoid discomfort during operation.

The transmission on the John Deere 1025R is a hydrostatic-drive unit with two speeds and Twin Touch foot controls. This allows you to easily select both direction and speed of travel, and there is no clutching for quick direction changes. Overall, this makes this sub-compact very easy to operate.

So, if you suspect that you’ll be doing a lot of loading operations where repeated forward and reverse movements come aplenty, you’re likely going to highly appreciate the 1025R’s simple controls and transmission.

PTO & Hydraulics

While rear hydraulics is absent on the 1025R, it banners a 3.5 GPM hydraulic flow to the loader. This enables the tractor to handle heavy loads. You’d be able to lift more than 650 lbs. on the front loader when you rear ballast the tractor.

Rear and mid PTOs automatically come with the 1025R, but you can also opt to throw in a front PTO. The 540 rpm rear PTO is sufficient to handle common rear implements like rotary hoes, post hole diggers, and slashers.


In spite of being one of John Deere’s smallest compact tractors, the 1025R doesn’t miss out on the ability to run a variety of implements. The most popular implements that could work with the 1025R are the 120R loader and a mid-mount mower such as the John Deere 54-inch AutoConnect mower deck.

Attaching this mower deck is very simple. In fact, for this particular case, the operator doesn’t even need to get off the tractor

However, note that operators will only be able to move forward once a mower is attached. Hitting the reverse pedal will automatically shut down both the tractor and mower. This is a perfectly-understandable safety precaution, but take note of this limitation, nonetheless.

If you’re looking for a reason to get the 1025R over the base model 1025E, know that the former has a cruise control function which the latter doesn’t have. This is useful if your property is quite large since you won’t have to keep your feet on the pedal the entire time.

Backhoes, rotary brooms, and front blades are some other implements that you can use with the 1025R. Also, you can choose to get an optional iMatch Quick-Hitch three-point linkage installed. This will allow you to attach any Category 1 implement to the tractor easily.

Comfort and controls

Both of John Deereā€™s 1-series tractors have an open operator station, but the 1025R can be upgraded with an optional cab. The ROPS frame is on the rear and can be folded if you have to go around low-hanging branches or when it’s time for storage.

Similarly, you can get the tilt steering wheel on the 1025R but not on the 1025E. With this feature, you’ll be able to adjust the steering wheel to enhance the user experience and suit your needs.

Moreover, the controls on the 1025R are color-coded for convenience. Drive and transmission controls are colored orange while PTO functions have yellow controls.

Lastly, the 1025R model allows you to switch between 2WD and 4WD. You can easily make the switch using a lever. This is a much-appreciated pro because it gives you the flexibility to adapt to different scenarios and workloads.

Among other pros we like are the push button that easily fires up the rear PTO and the easy-lift bonnet that makes cleaning and servicing quick and frustration-free.

Tire options

You can get either turf or industrial tires with the 1025R. What’s the difference, you ask?

Industrial tires are better for general purpose work on rougher areas. If you plan to run the tractor on bumpy surfaces like paddocks, this is the way to go.

However, if you’re purchasing a tractor to work on a well-manicured lawn, the gentler and less hardy turf tires will suit you better.

John Deere 1025R Review: Warranty and Price

The 1025R starts at $14,301.00, and you have the option to add optional features and implements at an added cost.

To end this John Deere 1025R review, we’d like to mention that every John Deere tractor comes with a generous six-year or 2000-hour powertrain warranty — a comforting bonus to have for such a big purchase.

What do you think? Do you think the 1025R is worth the investment? Sound off in the comments below!