John Deere 1 Series vs. Kubota BX

battle of the brands: John Deere vs. Kubota

John Deere 1 Series vs Kubota BX

Mowing to hauling to blowing snow—compact utility tractors are one of the most versatile pieces of equipment a homeowner can have. From large property owners to 1 acre lots, compact utility tractors can make maintaining your property a breeze. When you learn what these incredible machines can do for you, the only question left to answer is “Which one is the best?”.

You can find comparison videos, articles, blog posts, and discussions all around the web—comparing a John Deere 1 Series and a Kubota BX. But we’re here to set the record straight. We won’t compare two unlike models. We won’t compare our top model against our competitors lowest. And we won’t compare our cheapest model with their most expensive. Here is a comparison of the John Deere 1 Series lineup vs the Kubota BX lineup.


First, let's look at the John Deere 1 Series. These tractors, including the John Deere 1023E and 1025R, are built to handle a wide range of tasks with ease. The 1 Series boasts powerful engines—22.4HP in the 1023E, and 23HP in the 1025R. Whether you're plowing through tough soil or hauling heavy loads, these tractors won't back down. Plus, their hydrostatic transmissions provide smooth and effortless operation, making them a joy to drive. The Kubota BX lineup of tractors, the BX2380 and BX2680, offer comparable engines. However, the John Deere 1 Series tractors offer a higher displacement compared to their BX counterparts. This means the 1 Series tractors, even with similar HP to the BX models, offer better low-end torque.

In regard to transmission, both the 1 Series models and BX models offer hydrostatic transmissions, which provide smooth and easy operation. However, the John Deere 1 Series has the advantage of Twin Touch™ foot controls, allowing for precise control of speed and direction, while the Kubota BX models offer the traditional two-pedal arrangement. The Twin Touch™ controls offer increased convenience and ease of use, particularly during tasks that require frequent speed and direction changes. If you are not familiar with John Deere’s Twin Touch™ controls, stop into your local GreenMark dealership to try it for yourself!

Implements & Options

When it comes to attachments and versatility, the John Deere 1 Series pulls ahead. These tractors have a wide range of implements and attachments to tackle any job that comes your way. From mowing and tilling to plowing and digging, you name it, the 1 Series can handle it. The compatibility with the iMatch Quick-Hitch system is a game-changer, allowing you to switch between implements with no hassle. The Kubota BX lineup, on the other hand, offers a decent selection of attachments, but their compatibility may be limited to Kubota-specific implements.


Let's talk comfort. Working out in your yard or property can be rough, so having a comfortable tractor is a must. The John Deere 1 Series knows how to treat its operator right. With ergonomic designs and conveniently placed controls, these tractors are built specifically for long hours. John Deere has long been in the business of keeping farmers comfortable in the field for hours and days at a time. They brought that level of comfort into their smallest tractor models. The Kubota BX models also offer a degree of comfort, but definitely haven’t been build with operator comfort in mind.


Finally, let’s evaluate these models based on their reviews. The John Deere 1 Series has garnered positive feedback from users who appreciate its reliability, versatility, and overall performance. Owners have shared how these tractors handle different tasks like champs. As for the Kubota BX models, they also have their fan base. However, there have reports of durability issues, particularly with the transmission and rear end.

In the end, both the John Deere 1 Series and the Kubota BX lineup have their strengths. They're reliable, versatile, and ready to tackle your farming needs. However, if you're looking for an all-around tougher tractor, wider range of attachments, ergonomic comfort, and stellar customer reviews, the John Deere 1 Series models—the 1025R and 1023E—might be the right fit for you.

If you’d like to see the difference for yourself, stop in at your local GreenMark Equipment and put the 1 Series to the test!