John Deere 1 Series vs. Kubota BX Series

posted on Friday, June 8, 2018 in The Deere Difference

John Deere 1 Series vs. Kubota BX Series Sub Compact Utility Tractors

The John Deere 1 Series and the Kubota BX Series Sub-Compact Utility Tractors offer similar dimensions, horsepower ranges, and configurations. We put them to the test and outlined a few key comparisons for you. Check out the outline and video below, and we think you’ll agree that the John Deere 1 Series Sub-Compact Utility Tractor is the clear superior choice!



John Deere 1 Series    

Kubota BX Series        

Hood Materials:  

Rugged Composite

(resists dents & won’t rust)


Sheet Metal

(prone to rust, dents, & scratches)     


Yanmar Diesel engine   


Kubota Diesel engine   


Hydrostatic transmission (standard)

Easy-to-use TwinTouch pedals

  • Step on reverse pedal to backup, forward pedal to go forward
  • Farther you push, faster you go. To stop, release pedal

Hydrostatic transmission (standard)

Unnatural treadle pedal

  • Reverse, tilt heel back, Forward, tilt foot forward
  • Not bad until you’ve spent an hour tilting your heels back and forth while working!

Operator Comfort:  



Scissors suspension seat

(great ride)

1025R: hood & fender lights (standard)

Coil suspension seat

(bumpy, uncomfortable ride)

Hood lights only (fender lights optional)

Implement Hookup: 


iMatch Hitch: attach implements without leaving the tractor seat No quick hitch option, struggle to align hitch & implement
Mid-Mount Deck:  

AutoConnect Drive-Over Deck

  • Industry-exclusive, patented technology
  • Deck can be attached & detached in just over two minutes!


  • Line up tractor & drive over, using guide rails
  • Listen for a "click" (signifying PTO connection)
  • Mower is attached!
  • Set gauge wheels & you're ready to mow!


Easy-Over Mower Deck

  • Claims "best-in-class"... no comparison to John Deere's AutoConnect
  • Attaching & detaching the deck takes nearly five minutes to complete


  • Get off tractor & unfold ramsp
  • Remove loader before deck install
  • Change gauge wheels
  • Unpin, release, position ramps
  • Drive over narrow ramps
  • Check PTO connection (no click)
  • Latch several levers to lock PTO
  • Repin ramps
  • Lock gauge wheels &adjust height
  • (FINALLY) ready to mow


Loader Capabilities:    

Quik-Park: 71-inch loader lift height


  • 120R Loader: 754 pounds
  • D120 Loader: 825 pounds 


Quick-Attach: 71-inch loader lift height


  • LA3405 Loader: 613 pounds (23% less lift)
  • LA340 Loader: 739 pounds (11% less lift)


Serviceability:   78 servicing points in 600 hours

104 servicing points in 600 hours

  • 34% in additional service costs!



John Deere 1 Series vs. Kubota BX Series


John Deere 1025R with Quik-Park Loader vs. Kubota BX Series



John Deere    


1023E BX2380
1025R BX2680



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