John Deere 1025r vs 2025r: Comparison

Here’s a comparison of a John Deere 1025r tractor versus a John Deere 2025r tractor.  I go into detail about the specs of each tractor along with a visual overview to show you the differences between these two frame sizes.  You’ll also see a comparison of a John Deere H120 loader versus a H130 front end loader.  Both tractors are 2014 model years equipped with 25HP (nominal) Yanmar 3 cylinder diesel engines and have high/low range hydrostatic transmissions.  If you want to head straight to the video overview, then please click here!  Also, don’t forget to view our inventory and see if we have the tractor for you in stock!  We can ship anywhere!

The 1025r has a H120 quick park loader with quick attach material bucket. It also has a 60D AutoConnect drive over mower deck.  The 2025r has a H130 quick park loader with quick attach material bucket. It has a 62D drive over mower deck.  This is about as apples to apples as you can get when comparing two different frame sizes.


This is a basic overview and certainly not all inclusive. However, it hopefully provides a great starting point for those trying to decide if a 1025r or 2025r tractor is right for them. Both might be 25HP, but they are completely different tractors.  Please note that the 2025r was redesigned part way through 2017. This comparison applies to the “original” version of the 2025r which was produced from 2013 until part way in 2017.

It is hard to tell from the video, but the 2025r is larger than the 1025r by 3-4″ in length and width.  Additionally, the base weight of the 1025r is approximtely 1,440 pounds while the 2025r base weight is about 1,660 pounds.  220 pounds might not seem like much, but it is 15% increase in weight!  These larger dimensions and additional weight translate to more stability and even a bit smoother ride.

As far as lifting capacity goes, both have a very similar hydraulic system and push nearly the same GPM — 3.25 vs 3.5, however the PSI in the 2025r is significantly higher which aids in getting more lift out of your front end loader and three point hitch.  The 1025r is rated to lift 836 pounds to full height (72″) at the pin while the 2025r is rated to lift 1,023 pounds to full height (78″) at the pin.  On the three point hitch, the 1025r can lift 681 pounds at 24″ while the 2025r can lift an impressive 1,150 pounds at 24″ from the pin.

You’ll notice a significant difference in tire size, particularly the rear tires of each tractor.  A point of interest if you want to add liquid ballast to the rear tires is that the 1025r will hold approximately 11 gallons per tire at a 3/4 fill rate.  This translates to approximately 230 pounds of ballast weight.  The 2025r holds approximately 18 gallons per tire at a 3/4 fill rate which results in about 380 pounds of ballast weight.  There are various liquid fills which have different weight per gallon and include RimGuard, beet juice, TC90, and calcium chloride.  Actual rear tire dimensions for the 1025r are 26×12-12 and 31×12-16.5 for the 2025r.  This is in the most popular R4 industrial tread pattern.

In the video, you’ll see that the operator’s station is refined on the 1025r while the 2025r remains very similar to the layout of the previous generation 2X20 series including the 2320, 2520, and 2720.  Both the 1025r and 2025r do include standard features such as twin touch pedals powered by a two range hydrostatic transmission, locking rear differential, three point speed adjustment, ROPS mounted flashers, folding ROPS, and a few others.  The 1025r includes features not found on the 2025r including tilt steering, a upgraded suspension seat, and fender mounted work lights.

One of the biggest drawbacks of the 2025r is the lack of an AutoConnect mower deck option.  Fortunately, when the 2 Series was redesigned in 2017, this feature was added.  John Deere also introduced a host of standard features that have been found on the 1 Series for the last five years as well.

So, which tractor is right for you?  I feel that if mowing your lawn is the primary use of the tractor, but you want to have a front end loader, three point hitch, and rear PTO for secondary utility work, then perhaps the 1 Series is the way to go.  The mowing quality of the 1025r beats the 2025r hands down.  However, if your primary function is going to be loader and three point work, but you want the option of having a belly mower to keep your grass cut regularly, then the 2025r is probably your best bet.  Neither are too large or cumbersome and both will tackle a wide array of projects year round both at home and at the farm or hunting lease.

No matter which you choose, be sure to use proper ballast on the rear of the tractor and follow all safety procedures when using your loader.  Keep your loads as low as possible and avoid travelling sideways on hills whenever possible.  We’re here to answer any questions and if you’re in our neck of the woods, you’re always welcome to stop by and give our tractors a test drive!

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