2018 John Deere 1025r
2018 John Deere 1025r Starting from a blacksmith, John Deere once swore: “I will never put my name on a plow that is not the best in me.” Tom Dickson finds out if this is true for John Deere 1025r. The John Deere 1025r may be one of the smallest tractors in the John Deere range, but I’m very interested in finding out if it will meet John Deere’s reputation for quality. I personally hope it works because I am a self-confessed fan of Deere and have been around for quite some time. I have owned a new John Deere 6220 tractor that has done admirably over the last 12 years. Apart from routine maintenance my 6220 has nothing to do with repairs or breakdown costs.
Now that I have made it very clear where I sit in relation to John Deere products, I give my personal guarantee that I will not prevent a preconceived preference from giving you a completely unbiased report on the 1025r. The John Deere 1025 R Sub-compact utility tractor is undoubtedly good and true to the high standard of appearance John Deere has become known for. Although small the small hp (17.7 kw) tractor looks powerful for its size and ready for work.
The 1025R is powered by a 3 cylinder with 24.2 hp (17.8 kw) Yanmar engine. Although only small of these series engines were designed to meet animal-4 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), environmental requirements by those with low levels of exhaust and emission. The engine in the John Deere 1025R is located in its own compartment under the large lift-up bonnet and behind the cooler and cooling system. As soon as the engine is shot into life, it becomes clear that the insulated engine bay Area greatly reduces the amount of sound under the bonnet.
At no time during my test I had to rev the guts out of the small Yanmar engine to produce sufficient power to the mower or hydraulic oil flow to operate the equipment, whether it be the frontend loader, backhoe or mower. I really appreciate the fact that John Deere has resisted the trend of making simple procedures for new machines more complicated.
Starting this model is very predictable – just put the hydrostatic two-area gear selector in neutral and turn the key. I accept that security needs to be considered, but I hate when I get my way through endless steps that have been carried out in a certain order, just getting started.
With a 12-volt electrical system and heat plug, for cold weather, the 1025R will offer excellent start-up safety in all situations. Choose between high or low speed on the left side mounted gear selector, set the desired speeds and placing a foot either on the forward or backward direction pedal is all that is required to move , it’s not rocket science. Other controls include four wheel drive selector, mid-mount and REAR PTO (PTO) options that can be used as rear or mid-mount individually or both can be operated simultaneously. Rear three-point linkage (TPL) can be fitted with the control lever next to the operating seat. The lift capacity of the 1025r is not huge, but a useful 309 kg.
A handy addition, which was once reserved for the larger members of the family, is a link-drop controller that regulates the speed of decently preventing unnecessary stress on man and machine. On the 1025R, a dual medium auxiliary valve, which is standard equipment, operates the loader and optional independent lift kit for the mid-mount Mower. This is one area I would like to re-evaluate John Deere because in requires a front-end loader hydraulic hose being unplugged and mower hose connected and visa versa every time I switched between mowing and loader work.
In addition, the connection point is difficult to access for anyone who has hands larger than a five year old child and the mower and frontend loader cannot be used at the same time. The mower deck mounting is perhaps the best thing going around. Simply drive straight over the top and the PTO will automatically slide into the correct position and lock the start-up points. The removal is also possible by releasing the locking pins and reversing the switch-off.
I discovered the only requirement to help this process is to engage four-wheel drive, this allows the front wheels to handle the mower and drive on over instead of just pushing the deck around in front of the tractor. I used the lawn mower through various operating degrees, i.e. long or short grass, and found that it performed really well. In rough ground the deck tends to bounce and bite in a bit, but I found this easily prevented by lowering the anti-scalp wheels on the deck. Adjusting the motor to about 2, 200RPM provides ample power to drive the mower under most conditions. I give a big tick for the mowers simply attaching/detaching and the overall performance.
2018 John Deere 1025r
- Make/Model: John Deere 1025R sub-compact utility tractor
- Engine: Yanmar 24.2hp (17.8kW) Tier 4
- Transmission: Hydrostatic, 2-range — high/low, twin-touch pedals forward/reverse, mechanical FWD
- Hydraulics: Open centre, 24 litres per minute
- Fuel: Diesel, 21.2 litres
- TPL: Category 1, 309kg lift capacity
- PTO: 540/2,100, wet disc clutch