Announced back in August, the new 2017 Deere ‘large chassis’ 2-series (2032r/2038r) tractors are arriving in dealerships as you read this.
In this article, we will look into some of the new features these tractors have to offer.
If you are impatient, and don’t want to read all the way to the end, the changes can be summarized fairly simply. These tractors are:
- Larger overall. (Heavier, Longer, Wider)
- Easier ‘attachability’ (is that a word??)
- More comfortable
- ..and yes, a bit more expensive.
Within the 2-series tractors, there are two frame sizes. The 2025r is the ‘small chassis’ model. The 2032r and the new 2038r are tagged as the ‘large chassis’ 2-series tractors. The larger chassis tractors got this redesign first, and the small frame 2025r redesign is slated to be completed sometime this year.
Edit: We recently caught up with Jared, the Product Manager responsible for the new 2-Series tractors (and all of the other compact utility and small utility tractors). If you haven’t seen our interview, I would suggest you watch it as part of your research
The 2038r is an entirely new tractor in the 2-series lineup. With 37.3 HP, it is the largest tractor we’ve seen in this series. Having said that, other than engine/pto horsepower, the 2038r and 2032r appear to be identical.
Watching the new 2032r/2038r Deere marketing videos, one quickly sees the focus on increasing the overall stability of these tractors. The wheelbase is 4% (~2.5 inches) longer, 17% wider, and 23+% heavier.
The additional length will make the tractor ride better at the expense of a larger turning radius. 2.5 inches might not sound like much, but it increases the turning radius by almost 2 feet!
The additional width should make a meaning difference in side to side stability. As a 1-series owner, it is easy to see the disadvantages of a narrow tractor. Of course, we will need wider attachments to cover the wheel tracks. For instance, a 5 ft bush hog or tiller might not cover the entire width of the tractor.
I’m excited about the additional weight of the tractor. 2436lb vs. the older version’s 1973lbs. The additional weight will be noticed in several ways. 1) Increased stability 2) better ride with less ‘bouncing’ 3) Better handling of ground engaging attachments like plows, disks, blades, etc, and 4) better handling of the FEL. I’m guessing any existing 2-series owner-operator will be able to detect this improvement within a few minutes of operation. The tractor will simply ‘feel stronger’.
The ease and flexibility of attachments has improved dramatically in this update. Let’s start at the front of the tractor. The ‘quick attach’ system for front implements like blades, brooms, and snow-blowers system has served Deere lawn and garden tractors well for many years, it just isn’t strong enough for tractors as large as the 2-series. So, Deere has upgraded the 2032r and 2038r to use the category 1N front 3pt hitch currently used in the 3R tractors. Not only does this provide a stronger more reliable connection, it also provides compatibility with these larger 3R compatible attachments like the 59″ snow blower and the 66″ front blade.
Moving to the center of the tractor, the 2-series finally gets Deere’s famous ‘auto-connect’ deck. I LOVE the auto-connect on my 1-series, and from the look of this new setup, it appears to be both stronger, and easier to connect/disconnect than the system on the 1-series. If you were staying away from the 2-series because of no ‘auto-connect’, you no longer have an excuse.
At the rear of the tractor, the new 270B backhoe is much improved over the older 46 (used by the prior 2032r). The top link of the 3 point needs to be removed (easy enough), then just back into the hoe, and pick it up. Connect the power beyond and you are ready to go.
If you’d like to do a little mowing while you have the backhoe attached, no problem. The mower can be attached at the same time.
While some might scoff and say “I would never want to mow with the loader or backhoe attached”, I beg to differ. I wouldn’t want to start in on a 5 acre yard hauling FEL and backhoe, but sometimes one needs to mow a small area and doesn’t want to dismount any other attachments. With these new tractors, you have the flexibility if you need it.
There are several changes aimed at improving operator comfort. The seat is much improved. It sits lower (again for better stability). The controls are more easily accessible.
The e-Throttle feature will make managing the engine speed easier by integrating it with the hydro-static foot pedals.
The fuel tank has been moved to the left rear fender, making it much easier to fill the tank with 5 gal cans. Of course, I would recommend anyone using this large of a tractor to find another fuel storage solution. I use a 55 gal drum. Check it out here.
The new 2032r and 2038r are much more capable than their predecessors. If you are interested in a new 1,2, or 3 series, these new tractors will certainly affect your decision process. Do they make the decision easier or harder? They certainly provide another option.
We’ll continue to look at these new tractors over the next few weeks. I plan to provide in-depth comparisons to the 1-series and 3-series hopefully providing more input to your decision process.