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Ken Wants a 1025R

We first met Ken early in 2017.  He contacted us via letting us know that he lived very close to us.    As we talked, he mentioned that he would love to have 1025R.    Of course, we loved hearing that, and thought that we might be able to convince him that he would indeed have sufficient use to justify a subcompact tractor.

So, we invited him over to the TTWT studios to take a look first hand and discuss our experiences with the tractor.    That first video is here:

As time passed, we have grown closer to Ken and his wife.   Every so often, Ken reaches out to ask for help with another project around his property.    Right after we received Casey (the Case CX17C mini excavator provided to us by Case Construction), Ken let us know that he had the perfect job for it!

Ken had a large tree taken down several years before.  While the stump didn’t really bother him, the plethora of roots protruding above the ground were quite difficult to mow over.  So,  Casey paid a visit to take care of this nuisance.

While there, Casey tried to remove the entire stump.   You’ll have to see the results for yourself in this video:

During that visit, we realized that Ken’s finance committee was going to be difficult to convince to purchase a 1025R.  But hey, we haven’t stopped trying.

Recently, Ken asked us to help him with a perfect “Johnny Project”.   He needed to remove a clothesline post, dig out the concrete, and prepare a location to store his trash cans.    He explains the details much better than we can, but this video really shows the versatility of a sub-compact tractor for small residential projects.

We are incredibly thankful that we have been able to get to know Ken.     We can truly call him a “friend of TTWT”.   We hope you’ve enjoyed the videos so far with Ken. If so, leave him a comment below.  Encouraging words are like a honeycomb. Sweet to the soul, and healing to the bones!

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Tim Marks
Tim Marks
Compact Tractor Lover. Rural Lifestyle Enthusiast. Tractor Time with Tim on YouTube. Married to Christy for over 31 years. We love showing tractors, attachments, maintenance, storage ideas, and our daily activities around our 10 acre property. We also do some contract tractor work, and significant amount of charity projects.


  1. Im sorry. But i like orange better. Its still a long off dream, but i got nothing else to do. I had a gr2110, but somebody like it more than i. One day ill get a bx.

  2. Tim,
    Been following you on Youtube for a few years. Love the tips and products and bought some from Heavy Hitch and others. But, I bought a Kubota BX 1870 because that is all I thought I needed or that my finance committee would agree to. In the process of selling it privately now after one year and am looking at a BX23S or JD 1025 TLB. I found from your channel that there are more aftermarket accessories for the JD than Kubota. Can I ask if you know of reasons the Kubota BX is still preferred to the JD based on your extensive experience with JD and tractors in general? Thanks, I really value your honest opinion and Christian values. Chez

    • Kubota created the subcompact tractor. Deere was slow to enter the space, using Rebranded yanmar tractors for years. The 1023/5 are the first subcompact with extensive Deere engineering.
      For me, the drive over auto-connect deck is a major point.

      You won’t go wrong with either Kubota or Deere.

  3. Hey Tim, I got a question for you. If you could narrow it down, which attachment do you use the most? I wanted to buy a mini excavator a long time ago and a friend told me to buy a commercial mower instead. His logic was there’s more grass that needs to be cut then having holes dug. Never got the mini excavator. But you have a very profitable business with your tractor and attachments. He was wrong. Thank you.

    • Quite frankly, you see most of our work in our videos. So, you should be able to make that judgement for yourself.
      Hard to say which ONE attachment, but you can see the group of attachments that I ‘go to’ most frequently.

  4. Hi Tim, I met you and your wife at the Work Truck Show this week. I enjoyed meeting both and your wife. Hey, I’d like to pick your brain a little more about starting a small business in my area using my tractor and attachments. Would be willing to exchange emails with some pointers ?

  5. I would like to see a video comparing the 1025R with the 1023E. Both were in my shopping list, as was a Kubota. I found that John Deere is very misleading in its ads and makes it nearly impossible to accurately compare the various Deere models. The dealer was no help, as they do not really seem to be interested in selling tractors (here in Hawaii). I ended up buying a new 1023E from Washington Tractor Ellensburg, WA and shipping it to Honolulu. I found that a lot of features that I was led by John Deere to believe are common on both the 1023 and the 1025 are only available on the 1025.
    Thus it would be helpful to have an honest comparison of the differences between the two.

  6. Hey Tim we just bought 10 acres of woods that haven’t been taken care of in decades do you think a 1025 will handle making trails and cleaning up downed trees or should I shop larger

  7. Hi Tim,
    Curious to what you are doing with Johnny and the backhoe with your new cab installed. I read that it is not compatible to use both. Please advise as I really like the cab and your video installing it.

  8. I bought a new 1025R. Hard working tractor. Here comes the but….my control Stick for the bucket Broke off in the first year. I had to use vice grips to control it until the dealer finally after trying to repair replaced it. The heater cord keeps falling out. A plastic piece fell off while using the backhoe one day. No one knows what it is. My Dad sold JD tractors (the big boys) back in the 1960’s. Thought they were the best. I think I just got a 1025R that is the color of the seat. Dealer says know but too many minor problems for a JD product.

  9. Tim,
    I’m about to buy a subcompact tractor. I have it narrowed down to a 1025R vs. a M-F 1725MB. I am not getting a mid mount mower. I want a loader, backhoe, and rotary cutter. If I am correct, the 1025R has built in position control for the 3 point hitch and no other subcompact does. How important do you find this feature? I want to get a tiller in the near future and it seems controlling the height would be a good thing, but not sure how necessary it is. Thanks.

    • I think you have done a good job narrowing the field.
      I rely on the position control. I consider this an essential part of a 3 pt hitch system. Nearly all 3 pt attachments need precision control. Having said that, a tiller is less dependent on this feature than other attachments. I run the tiller ‘all the way down on the skids’.
      I would encourage you to spend some time In the seat of each one. I find the MF seat and seating position, along with the extended steering wheel to be quite awkward.
      One other issue is the number of small accessories and online support you get with each brand. The Deere and Kubota brands have a much larger following, and therefore, many more supporting accessories. For example, 3rd function diverter kits, steps, handles, etc. I’m working on a rear SCV kit for the 1025r right now. It will have brackets and couplers specifically for the 1025r.

      • Tim,
        Thanks. I’m getting quotes on both. I lean toward the 1025R because that is what my grandfather had and what I learned to drive on. There is some sentimental value in that green paint for me. I know that’s not a really good reason, but it is for me.

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