Christy and I had the opportunity to get a detailed walk around of the new Deere 2025R at its Introduction today at the Farm Progress Show near Decatur IL.
If you are impatient, and want a quick summary, I would summarize it like this: “A 1025R with larger tires”.
In addition to more detailed discussion in this article, be sure to check out our video from release day here, where John Doyle, Product Marketing Manager for John Deere walks us all the way around the new 2025R, showing us detailed features from one end to the other.
As I stated above, the new 2025R is very similar to the 1025R. In fact, from my perspective it is more similar to a 1-series than its larger framed 2-series siblings. For the last several years, there has not been a smooth ‘upgrade path’ for 1-series owners. The 2-series was outdated, missing most of the creature comforts which we have come to expect out of the John Deere line. 1-series owners wishing to upgrade needed to either sacrifice on things like the auto-connect deck, tilt steering, upgraded seat, etc, or move all the way to the 3-series tractor. This made the upgrade decision difficult.
Deere began resolving this issue one year ago with the introduction of the large frame 2-series tractors. The new 2025R completes this effort, providing Deere engineered comfort and convenience features across all of the sub-compact and compact tractor models.
The video (above) will show a good overview of the 2025R. So, let’s use the rest of this article to show some of the similarities and differences to its larger and smaller siblings.
Things in common with the 1025R
- Engine – Identical
- Front End Loader
- Mid Mount Mower Deck
- Mid Mount Mower Deck Height Control
- Front Quick Hitch
- Steering Wheel/Tilt Mechanism
- Front Axle (including rated capacity)
- Differential Lock still needs Ken’s Differential Lock Pedal
Differences from the 1025R
- (Much) Larger Tires – Will result in better ground clearance, and better ride
- ROPS hinges differenty
- Tiny Toolbox in front tractor frame.
- Side Fender Lights Optional (standard on 1025R)
- Mid Mount Mower appears to lift higher (WooHoo!)
- PTO (Mid/Rear Select) & HST Range Shift Controls located more conveniently
- PTO Engage button changed (clothespin will no longer disable RIO)
- Greater Hydraulic Pump flow (7.0GPM vs. 6.3GPM) However, it appears that this improvement may be dedicated to steering, which would make sense given the larger tires
- Slightly higher rated Hydraulic pump pressure. Should provide marginally greater lift capacity at FEL and 3 pt hitch
- Wheelbase (63″ vs. 57″ for 1025R
- Turning Radius (8.7 ft vs. 7.4 ft)
- Weight (~350lb heavier)
- Inline fuel filter no longer under the fender?
Differences from 2032R/2038R
Obviously it is physically smaller, and less horsepower, but there are a few items which might not be as obvious.
- No Command-Cut Mower Height Control
- Uses Front Quick Hitch Assembly rather than front 3 point hitch for front blade/blower/broom. (Much less expensive to add a front blade for snow removal)
Should a 1-series owner upgrade?
Of course, no single answer will apply to every situation. However, the upgrade process should be much easier now than before. You’ll gain ground clearance, perhaps a few inches of loader lift height due to larger tires, easier access to some controls, 300 additional pounds, along with opportunity to add even more weight via liquid tire ballast in the larger tires. The higher seating position will improve front end loader visibility. The larger tires should improve the ride. You might see a marginal improvement in hydraulic lift capacity.
You’ll lose some turning radius. Other than that, I can’t see any disadvantages to upgrading.
I think Deere has introduced a VERY interesting product here. One that addresses many of the short-comings of a sub-compact tractor while maintaining a relatively small footprint. This tractor fits very nicely in the overall Deere compact tractor line.
Here is the link to Deere’s 2025R Tractor Page
Would love to hear your thoughts below in the comments section.