The John Deere 1025 R Subcompact Utility Tractor certainly lives up to the high level of looks that John Deere has become famous for. Although small, the small 24 hp (17.7 kW) tractor looks powerful for its size and is ready to go.
The 1025R is powered by a 24.2 PS (17.8 kW) 3-cylinder Yanmar engine. Although small, the engines in this series have been developed to meet the environmental requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier-4, featuring low levels of exhaust gases and emissions.
The simple controls and transmission are certainly useful for loading operations where a lot of forward and reverse movements are required. Operators only need to increase engine revolutions as they enter the pile to effectively load the bucket, and then reverse out of the pile to unload it. And clarify and repeat.
The John Deere 1025R’s engine is located in its own compartment under the large pop-up hood and behind the radiator and cooling system. As soon as the engine starts, it becomes apparent that the isolated area of the engine compartment greatly reduces the amount of noise that resonates under the hood.
At no point during my testing did I have to rev the little Yanmar engine to generate enough power for the mower or flow of hydraulic oil to operate the attachments, be it the front loader, backhoe, or mower.
I really appreciate that John Deere has resisted the tendency to overcomplicate simple procedures on new machinery.
The starting of this model is very predictable: just put the two-range hydrostatic gear selector in neutral and turn the key. I accept that security has to be taken into account, but I hate having to go through endless steps, performed in a certain order, just to get started.
Having a 12 volt electrical system and thermal plugs for cold weather starting will give the 1025R great starting reliability in all situations.
Choose between high or low speed on the left-side mounted gear selector, set the desired revs and put one foot on the steering pedal forward or backward – it’s all it takes to get moving, not science of rockets.
Other controls include the four-wheel drive selector, mid-mount and rear power take-off (PTO) options that can be used as rear or mid mount individually or both can operate simultaneously.
Rear Three Point Hitch (TPL) arms can be installed with the control lever located next to the operator’s seat. The 1025R’s lifting capacity isn’t huge, but it is very useful: 309 kg.
A handy addition that was previously reserved for the larger members of the family is an elevator fall controller that regulates the lowering speed avoiding excessive strain on man and machine.
On the 1025R, a dual SCV, [Selective Control Valve] that is standard equipment, operates the loader and the optional independent lift kit for the mid-mount mower. This is an area I’d like John Deere to re-evaluate as it requires unplugging the hydraulic hose from the front loader and plugging in the hose from the mower, and vice versa, every time I switch between mowing and loader work.
In addition, the connection point is difficult to access for anyone with hands larger than a five-year-old and the mower and front loader cannot be used at the same time.
The John Deere 1025R operator station was designed to create a more comfortable and convenient experience in the field. The machine features a sloped hood design for improved visibility, a large, flat, textured operator’s station, controls located next to the fenders for added convenience, and much more.
There is a flaw that I cannot help revealing.
Getting on board and getting into the operator’s seat turns out to be a real nightmare. It is not only uncomfortable, but also dangerous. The shape of the ROPS (rollover protection system) leaves very little room to climb onto the machine. Simply getting into the operator’s seat meant going through the ROPS and circling the backhoe control levers. But every time I do, I realize that I have accidentally hit the levers and caused the backhoe to move unintentionally.
Sometimes I have the feeling that I could have easily been injured if I had had my hand on the backhoe during one of these unwanted movements. Simply straightening the ROPS would provide the extra space needed to climb much easier and safer.
But once on board, there is plenty of legroom to sit comfortably and all controls are set up for easy-to-reach operation. Keep in mind that if you stay on tracks and grass the driving will be smooth, but in the paddock or on uneven terrain the small wheels and tires, 18×8.5-10 R4 Front and 26×12-12 R4 Rear, combined with a wheelbase 1,450mm provide a fairly rough ride.
This is not a complaint restricted to this particular make or model, but is consistent with all machines of similar size.
The mower deck assembly is possibly the best there is. Just drive straight over the top and the PTO automatically slides into place and the hitch points lock. Disassembly is just as easy by loosening the locking pins and reversing.
I found that the only requirement to aid this process is engaging the four-wheel drive, allowing the front wheels to grip the mower deck and roll over rather than just pushing the deck in front of the tractor. I put the mower in different degrees of operation, that is, with long or short grass, and found that it worked really well.
On uneven terrain the deck tends to bounce and bite a bit, but I found this can be easily avoided by lowering the anti-scale wheels on the deck. Setting the engine at around 2,200 rpm provides enough power to drive the mower in most conditions.
I give a high grade for the ease of assembly / disassembly and the overall performance of the mower.
The 1025R is a truly versatile machine thanks to its ability to operate a multitude of attachments, even simultaneously.
Perhaps the most popular are the 120R loader and a mid-mount mower like the John Deere AutoConnect 54-inch mower deck that Cervus Equipment had on site to demonstrate.
The performance of the backhoe is as impressive as that of the front loader. Like their larger counterparts, the rear stabilizer legs need to be lowered to lift the rear wheels off the ground. The same process must be repeated at the front using the front loader as a reinforcement. Combined, this creates a very stable base on which the backhoe can operate.
Can’t fault the performance of the backhoe. Running at a comfortable 2,200rpm, it is extremely responsive while maintaining very smooth movement in all directions and has the power to dig into the hard soil on our West Victoria property, which has not seen rain for quite some time.
The hydraulic pump supplies a total of 24 liters per minute, of which 10.8 is reserved for steering, leaving only 13.2 l / min for service of implements. However, this seems to be quite adequate for all the tasks that I try.
I have five hectares on a steep slope. I use the H120 bucket to push and remove snow and a 60D mower with mulching kit. You only have 90 hours, but you have no problem. However, the dealer sucks. They were confused on what to do in the 50 hour review. I’ll do it all from now on.
I have had my 1025R for three years. For me, due to the trees, shrubs, and the shape of my lawn, I shouldn’t have bought the mower deck. The turning radius of the tractor is too great to mow anything but a huge empty field. The “drive over” quick-mount mower deck PTO does not work without crawling underneath to clean and grease the PTO groove. The front loader cannot be mounted without removing the PTO from the snow thrower at the front of the tractor. The mounting plates on the front of the tractor must be unscrewed and replaced to switch from the mower to the snow thrower back to the mower. I don’t understand why John Deere engineering didn’t make a plate that would fit both the snow thrower and the mower, allowing the front loader to be used simply by disconnecting the snow thrower and leaving the PTO drive plate in place. Seriously. However, the front loader is very easy to remove and install. Overall it’s a super nice little tractor, but John Deere engineering gets a C- from me because attachments are a pain to trade.
Cleans the snow very well with the H120 loader. I have a 60 inch platform that works fine. Could have a cleaner cut. My only problem has been dirt on the grille and screen in front of the radiator that builds up while cutting through tall grass and causes the engine to warm up. I have to stop and clean the grate every 20 minutes cutting my field.