Written by Jonathan Reed, Editor
May 29, 2020
Sometimes you need a big tractor, but most of the time you don’t, and that’s why subcompact tractors are so valued.
Any acreage with a lawn, a barn, or something that needs to be moved—like feed, hay, manure, driveway gravel, or garden paraphernalia—needs to have a subcompact tractor to make backbreaking work easier.
Here are some of the most exciting models for your consideration.
Deere’s 23.9 hp 1025R subcompact tractor includes standard 4WD and power steering, Deere’s Twin Touch pedals and hydrostatic transmission; the 1025R is ideal for loader or mower applications where frequent direction and speed changes are required. Easy-to-use attachments include John Deere’s drive-over AutoConnect Deck System and the 120R Quik-Park Loader, both designed for mounting and removal in about a minute. A optional factory-installed heated cab offers owners comfort, protection and year-round performance.
Deere & Company
Branson’s 2515-series tractors are built on a study chassis, and tip the scales at around 3,000 pounds, making them one of the heaviest in this class. The cast iron rear end and transmission housing puts weight where it’s needed, allowing for a larger loader lift capacity—2200 pounds. With 24 hp available, choose manual 12 speed synchro shuttle transmission (2515R) or a 3-range Hydro-max, hydrostatic transmission (2515h). Hydro-max is a synchronized auto acceleration system.
Offering a combination of performance, maneuverability, and utility, Kioti’s CS Series tractors are powered by 22-25 hp eco-friendly diesel engines known for thrifty operation. Power steering, illuminated instrument panel, and ergonomically-designed workstation are standard, as are the mid and rear PTO and a three-point hitch. In addition, the streamlined hood design offers unimpaired visibility for the operator, and the vertical opening hood allows for easy access to maintenance components. ROPS models include: CS2210 and CS2510.
KIOTI Tractor Division
DAEDONG - USA, INC
Kubota’s BX80 Series of subcompact 4WD diesel tractors includes the BX1880, BX2380, BX2680 and standard-loader/backhoe-equipped BX23S. Designed for superior ergonomics and operability, the Kubota engines deliver top-of-class power and fuel efficiency. The BX80-Series has many available attachments and implements, including mid-mount mower decks, Swift-Tach front loaders, front- and rear-mounted snowblowers, and a full line of Land Pride implements. The BX23S comes standard with the LA340 Swift-Tach Loader and new BT603 Swift-Connect Backhoe.
LS Tractors are known for providing more tractor for the money, and offer a six-year limited powertrain warranty. Powered by a thrifty 24.6 hp Mitsubishi engine, LS Tractor’s MT225E spec sheet reads like a much larger tractor: 2WD/4WD drive, independent PTO, standard 12 x 12 synchro shuttle, hydrostatic power steering, and side-mounted gear lever for easier operator access. Also standard are the foldable ROPS, three-point hitch, drawbar, and large 7.4 gallon fuel tank. Popular attachments include a front end loader, backhoe, and snowblower.
LS Tractor USA
eMax 20S HST
Powered by a durable and efficient 3-cylinder diesel engine, Mahindra Ag’s eMax 20S series are compact but full-functioned. Optional backhoe configuration is available in both open station and cab models. This subcompact has a tight turning radius, impressive lift capacity, a variety available implements, and a convenient independent PTO. Operator comfort was designed-in, with a clear-view instrument panel, attractive mComfort seat and ergonomic pedal and lever placement. A seven-year limited powertrain warranty is standard.
Massey Ferguson’s 4WDGC1723E (22.5 hp) and GC1725M (24.5 hp) subcompact tractors bring a “big tractor” feel to acreages. Both tractors feature an Iseki 1.1 liter 3-cylinder diesel engine and two-range hydrostatic transmission. Available as tractor only, tractor with loader, or tractor-loader-backhoe. A 540 RPM independent rear-mount PTO and 2,000 RPM mid-mount PTO can operate simultaneously. Powerful automotive-style headlights improve visibility in low light. An integrated loader joystick is comfortable and handy to use, while cruise control reduces operator fatigue when a constant speed is needed.
New Holland’s WORKMASTER 25S 4WD subcompact tractor offers a versatile, reliable, and affordable solution for acreage owners. This economical 25-horsepower tractor is easy to operate and maneuver but rugged enough to tackle tough jobs. A reliable 3-cylinder engine and dual-pump hydraulic system is standard. Maintenance access is is enhanced by convenient access to service points. Free Boomer Guard Limited Warranty for six years of worry-free operation, two years of bumper-to-bumper coverage and an extra four years of powertrain protection.
New Holland Agriculture
The Simplicity Legacy XL combines the power and reliability of a full-featured tractor with the comfort and control of a garden tractor. Powered by a Briggs & Stratton Vanguard Big Block Engine with EFI, attachment options include Simplicity’s Free Floating Mower Deck—for a beautiful cut and ball-park like stripes—a front-end loader, backhoe, mulching kit, dump cart, a 47” dual-stage snow thrower. Deluxe instrument panel and deep-cushioned commercial style high-backed seat with armrests is standard.
Simplicity Power Products
YANMAR’s SA424 tractor is a rugged platform featuring a 24 hp fuel-efficient Yanmar diesel engine, four wheel drive Hydrostatic transmission with dual pedals and differential lock, limited CAT 1 three-point hitch with position control and a lift capacity of 1,209 pounds. One-touch on/off, electro-hydraulic, independent rear PTO. A large operator station with high back seat, armrests, cupholder and storage makes for a comfortable workspace. Front-loader models have lift capacity of 1199 pounds. Backed by a 10 year or 3,000-hour powertrain warranty.
Yanmar America Corporation
This sub-compact, 25-hp diesel tractor is larger than lawn and garden tractors, but made for easy maneuverability around smaller acreages. Standard features come straight from the big-tractor playbook: four-wheel drive, hydrostatic transmission for clutch-free forward and reverse movement, power steering, independent rear PTO and mid PTO, plus a Category 1 Limited three-point hitch for using implements. The ROPS folds down temporarily for parking or operating inside a garage or barn.