John Deere 1025R vs. 1026R Utility Tractor Comparison

January 23, 2017

For years, John Deere’s 1 Family Sub-Compact Utility Tractors have been popular choices for those looking to take on jobs around the property like seeding the lawn or building fences. They’ve also remained popular due to their comfort features, ease of use, and sheer entertainment value.


The John Deere 1025R and 1026R have been popular choices within the used tractor market, but what makes one different from the other? In this post, we’ll take a closer look at the 1025R vs. the 1026R as we showcase some of the key similarities and differences between each.


The 1025R hosts a three-cylinder Yanmar® TNV Series diesel engine that offers operators 24.2 gross engine and 18 PTO horsepower. The 1026R provides operators with 25.2 horsepower. Both engines were designed with performance and durability at top of mind.


Both the John Deere 1025R and 1026R include an open-center hydraulic system. The tractors’ power steering is supported by a hydrostatic charge pump that provides the power needed to the circuit. Dual mid-selective control valves (DSCVs) are standard on these models and can be used to operate any loaders or other implements that might be attached to the tractor. These tractors come with two sets of right-hand couplers so the operator can control two hydraulic functions, such as loader bucket and boom cylinders.

Brakes and Steering

The 1025R and 1026R tractors each are made with spur gear final drives and a wet-disk brake design. Unlike most competitive models, the brake pedals are located on the left side of the tractor so the operator can access the HST foot pedals with their right foot. Each model boasts power steering functionality as a standard feature, making it easy to turn the tractor even when moving at low speeds. Both tractors can turn at a 7.4-ft radius.

Frame and Design

The standard four-wheel drive axle on these models allow for extra traction in tough conditions and a differential lock is also included to increase traction further when necessary. The engines within the 1025R and 1026R models are isolated from the frame and transmission in an effort to reduce vibration.

Operator Station

The 1025R and 1026R can both be easily used for a long day of work as they host a number of shared comfort and control features. The controls are color-coded and laid out ergonomically and a host of other features like a suspension seat, beverage holder, 12-V outlet, and tilt steering make them a doer’s best friend.

Final Thoughts

We hope this post provided you with most of the information needed to identify what’s similar and different among the John Deere 1025R and 1026R options. For more information about either model, contact your local John Deere dealer.

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