Whether managing 5,000 acres or five, Americans understand the value of sub compact tractors. Loosely categorized as having two- to three-cylinder diesel engines with 15 to 25 horsepower, as opposed to compact tractors with three- to four-cylinder engines up to 45 horsepower, the sub compact tractor is a popular for good reason. All the versatility of a larger tractor on a smaller frame, these offer a three-point hitch and four-wheel drive and can carry weight greater than their own while pushing and pulling several times more. Most folks see them as valuable for mowing, as they don’t leave near the tracks that a larger, heavier machine would. But professional gardeners and landscapers have also found them perfect for hauling material, as well as sprayers and aerators.
Here are five of the best sub compact tractors for sale on the market today, whether you drive them off the lot or order direct.
1. John Deere 1025R
Nothing runs like a Deere, as the old saying goes. And with a powerful Tier 4-compliant diesel engine, the John Deere 1025R sports 23.9 horsepower and a rated speed of 3,200 RPM, with 18 horsepower and 13.4 kW in the Power Take-Off. The three-cylinder engine rates a compression ratio of 23:0:1. Operators of this John Deere sub compact tractor will be interested in the 681-pound lift capacity contained in the 24-inch behind-link arms, as well as the 57- inch wheelbase and four-wheel drive and power steering. Comfort is also a factor here with a Premium Operator Station equipped with ergonomic seat, armrests and fender lights. With a starting retail price of $14,301, shoppers get a number of dealer financing packages, or shop around the Internet for used subcompact tractors. A multi-purpose sub compact tractor, those interested in lawn care would note the new Auto-Connect mid-mower deck that can be installed or removed in under five minutes.
2. Kubota BX1880
Consistently rated as part of one of the top selling sub compact tractors in the US, the BX1880 features the Kubota D722, three-cylinder diesel engine with a gross horsepower of 16.6 and 13.7 at the Power Take-Off. With a HST, High-Low gear shift and two forwards and two reverses, the four-wheel drive Kubota BX1880 has a three-point hitch and 680-pound lift capacity with 24-inch behind pins. This Kubota sub compact tractor also brings comfort to the ride with a flat operating station, tilt steering and a deluxe seat with armrest. And of course, Kubota is as famous for its implements, and a full line-up is easily attached to this unit, from front loaders and rotary tillers to mowers and post hole diggers.
3. Mahindra eMax 20S HST
Another top sub compact tractor out on the market is the Mahindra eMax 20S HST. With 19.4 horsepower, the four-stroke diesel engine sports three cylinders and HST 2-range transmission and 14.2 horsepower on the Power Take-Off. A 53.4-inch wheelbase and 94.2-inch length bring in a total weight of 1,499 pounds and minimum ground clearance of 8.3 inches. With an MSRP of $11,070, the Mahindra eMax 20S HST is listed at $14,850 with loader included. With a larger displacement engine, the Mahindra model boasts lower operating RPMs and better fuel efficiency. A heavy-duty three-point hitch makes the unit accessible for a number implements customized for Mahindra eMax series. Operator comfort is taken into consideration with extra cushioning and integrated armrests.
4. New Holland Workmaster 25S
Small but mighty, the blue and white New Holland Workmaster 25S packs a punch with only three cylinders, gross horsepower at 24.7, a rated speed of 3,000 RPM and a displacement 77.3 cubic inches. The Power Take-Off of 17.2 matches up with its speed RPM of 540. All this brings a maximum forward speed of 9.1 miles per hour and wet, multi-disc braking system. Again, small but mighty, the New Holland Workmaster 25S brings a 3-point lift capacity of 728 pounds at 24 inches, at a machine weight of 1,444 pounds, 56.1-inch wheelbase and 97.4-inch length. Designed for farms and operations of any size, the unit is built for work with the matching 100LC Loader, 160GMS Mower and 905GBL Backhoe.
5. Massey Ferguson GC1723EB
Perfect for landowners, farmers or outdoors enthusiasts alike, the Massey Ferguson GC1723EB features a 22.5-horsepower engine at 2,600 RPM with 18.3 at the Power Take-Off. Outfitted for a backhoe package, the unit offers 661-pound rear lift capacity at 24 inches behind the pins and a max loader capacity of 870 pounds. With a low-rated engine RPM, the Massey Ferguson GC1723EB brings reduced vibration and noise, as well as decreased fuel consumption. An improvement on past models in terms of comfort, the unit features a wide-open, clutter-free platform allowing the operator to move on and off the tractor with more ease. This includes an ergonomically designed seat for use by any body profile. It’s one of the best sub compact tractors available today.
As with all farm equipment, pricing on used sub compact tractors can vary widely, particularly as time moves on and newer models come out. Whether John Deere, Kubota, New Holland, Mahindra, and Massey Ferguson, one of these small but might tractors are worth a look for any sized operation. Check the Tractor.com classifieds to find used sub compact tractors for sale right now.