John Deere Launches New Line of Subcompact Tractors

Contrasting the gloomy tractor news to the right, John Deere just launched a new line of subcompact tractors in February. John Deere’s new 1 Series subcompact utility tractors are aimed at the residential market. The 1023E and 1026R will provide homeowners with the power and performance to easily attach and remove implements, work with greater comfort and safety and mow large volumes of grass with a high quality of cut.

“Never before has there been this much versatility, comfort and mowing performance in the subcompact tractor market,” said Dan Paschke, John Deere product marketing manager. “The 1 Series offers a wide array of features usually seen on larger tractors like a deluxe lighting package, position control three-point hitch and great storage for tools.”

The new 1023E (23.5 hp) and 1026R (25.2 hp) can accept dozens of attachments and implements, such as front loaders, mower decks, rotary tillers and even a backhoe. Using exclusive AutoConnect technology, operators simply drive over the top of the mowing deck to attach it to the tractor. In addition, iMatch AutoHitch compatible three-point hitch implements can be attached or removed from the tractor’s three-point hitch in minutes without ever leaving the seat or using a single tool.

Both tractors have a wide-stance for increased stability and a standard folding ROPS system for roll-over protection. The 1026R also features a deluxe lighting system to enable work in low-light conditions, cruise control for mowing in open fields, tilt steering, a tool box, a 12-volt outlet and a position control three-point hitch that allows the operator to return to the hitch to the same height with precision and ease. When mowing, operators can easily adjust mowing height from the seat of the tractor with the deck height adjustment knob. The 1 Series will be available at John Deere dealerships later this year.

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