1025R vs. 2025R

Many first-time tractor buyers find themselves weighing out the pros and cons of the John Deere 1025R vs the 2025R. Each tractor has a lot to offer and depending on your application needs, either model could be a good option. Check out the side by side specs for each compact tractor model and a detailed list of the differences between them below.

The 1023E and the 1025R are both subcompact tractors in John Deere’s 1-series. They share a number of similarities but have a few key differences, too. We’ll go over those differentiators to help you make the right decision for you and your property.

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HP 23.9 24.2
PTO HP 18 18
Transmission Type Hydrostatic - 2 Range Hydrostatic - 2 Range
2WD or 4WD 4WD 4WD
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The Similarities

Both the 1025R and the 2025R are 4WD John Deere compact tractors with the same engine and 25 horsepower. They both offer a category 1 3-point hitch and 2-range hydrostatic transmissions. They are compatible with the same attachments and have 18 PTO horsepower.

The Differences

While there are a lot of similarities between the 1025R and the 2025R, there are some differences to make note of.

Frame size – The 2025R is built on a larger frame than the 1025R. The 2025R has approximately 6” wider wheelbase than the 1025R.

Tire size – The 2025R comes equipped with larger tires than the 1025R which offers greater ground clearance and the option to add more tire ballast for increased stability.

Weight – The 1025R weighs in at 1444 lb and the 2025R is 1793.4 lb, making the 2025R approximately 15% heavier.

Which one is right for you?

When it comes down to it, these two compact tractors are a lot more alike than they are different. If you are planning to primarily use the tractor for mowing, you’ll find the lighter 1025R to be the better choice. The larger tire size and additional weight on the 2025R will make it the better choice of the two if you are planning on using the tractor for groundwork or will be working on hillsides that require greater stability and traction.