John Deere 1025R vs. Kubota BX23: Which is Better?

Submitted by Audrey Voisard on Thu, 05/11/2023 - 10:12am

The John Deere 1025R and Kubota BX23 are popular choices for those looking for a compact utility tractor for small tasks around their property. While these tractors have many similarities, there are differences to consider when deciding between the two. Continue reading to learn about the differences between the John Deere 1025R and Kubota BX23 to help you decide which is the right choice for you.


What is the difference between a John Deere 1025R and Kubota BX23?

The main differences between these compact utility tractor models are performance and power, attachments, cost of operation, and uptime. While none of these differences on their own are huge, they can add up, making a big difference in your ability to complete your tasks efficiently.



Performance and Power

The John Deere 1025R and the Kubota BX23 have hydraulic systems that power the various attachments operators might use. The higher hydraulic flow rate found on the 1025R offers increased performance through faster, more efficient operation of the hydraulic attachments.

The 1025R wheelbase is 6-7-inches larger than the BX23 and provides a higher stance and ground clearance. The larger wheelbase provides more stability for better, safer performance on uneven terrains.

When it comes to power, both tractors offer a diesel engine. The John Deere 1025R is equipped with a 24.2-horsepower engine, while the Kubota BX23 is a 23-horsepower engine. The higher horsepower of the 1025R provides the attachments with more power and higher lifting capacities.



Both John Deere and Kubota tractors are compatible with a wide range of attachments, such as mowers, front-end loaders, backhoes, and rear attachments. It is important to know what tasks you plan to accomplish with your compact utility tractor so you can select the tractor with the best attachment options to help you achieve them.

The Kubota BX Series has fewer attachment options than the John Deere 1 Series. For example, attachments like a rotary tiller and snowblower are available for a 1025R, but not for a BX23.


Cost of Operation

The 1025R and BX23 are built with different materials, which can increase the cost of operation in some situations. A key example of this is the hoods of both units. The hood on Kubota tractors is a thin metal prone to dents, scratches, and rust, costing $300 - $500 to repair. The John Deere hood is made of polycarbonate that is highly durable and won't rust or crack.



The downtime involved when you can only have one attachment on at a time can quickly increase the timeline of your project. Increase your uptime with the John Deere 1025R, with the option to carry front, mid, and rear-mounted attachments simultaneously. Unlike the 1025R, the Kubota BX23 uses linkages connected to the 3-point hitch for the mower deck, making it difficult to mow with another attachment mounted on the rear.


What are some key features of the John Deere 1025R?

  • Operator’s Station – The high-back seat, tilt steering, and ergonomic controls provide a comfortable operator station for any task.
  • Compact Size – The compact design allows operators to maneuver efficiently and operate in tight spaces.
  • Maintenance – The one-piece hood and tilting operator platform allow easy access to the engine and other components, making routine maintenance a breeze.
  • Hydrostatic Transmission – Operators of any skill level can count on smooth and easy shifting with the hydrostatic transmission.
  • Four-Wheel Drive – Feel confident with the traction and stability of four-wheel drive, allowing you to operate in various conditions.
  • Attachments – Quickly and easily change between a variety of attachments with the signature John Deere Quick-Attach and iMatch™ features.


Where can I learn more about a John Deere 1025R near me?

The Sales Specialists at your local Koenig Equipment have the knowledge to help you make sure a 1025R is the right piece for your property. Contact your local Koenig Equipment to learn more, or Build Your Own John Deere 1025R tractor package online today!  


Additional Resources

Why Should I Choose a 1 Series Compact Utility Tractor for My Property?

What to Look for When Buying a New Compact Utility Tractor

Safety Tips for Compact Utility Tractors