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Sub-Compact Tractor Comparison: Kubota BX1880 vs John Deere 1023E



The Kubota BX1880 is the best performing sub-compact tractor your money can buy. To show just how advanced the BX series is, we’ve highlighted the differences between the Kubota and one of its top competitors, the John Deere 1023E.


The Kubota BX1880 features the innovative and Kubota exclusive Swift-Tach loader technology. This technology allows the user to remove the front-end loader in less than 60 seconds, without ever having to leave the tractor’s cab.

Being able to easily remove your front-end loader is a feature you’ll use often:

  • Removing the loader helps prevent ground compaction and turf damage when mowing.
  • It also reduces your turning radius when working in confined areas or around trees.
  • When using one tractor for several jobs, you’ll find that being able to quickly remove your front loader will make your job faster and easier.

These reasons are just a few examples of why it’s so important to have a front loader that can be removed quickly in four easy steps, without leaving the operators station.

The John Deere 1023E’s loader system is far from easy, even after paying extra for their upgraded features.

The Kubota’s Swift-Tach technology allows the user to detach all hydraulic hoses at once by pulling a single lever – all with no hydraulic leakage. In comparison, the John Deere 1023E requires each hydraulic line to be removed individually, requiring the operator to get off the tractor and perform this messy and time-costing procedure by hand.

The Cab:

The Kubota BX1880 features a modern and ergonomic cab with easy and intuitive controls. With tilt steering and a deluxe seat with armrest, the BX1880 features the most comfortable experience in its class. Add in the ergonomic placement of levers and the modern instrument panel, and you have one of the most advanced and comfortable operator’s stations available on a sub-compact tractor.

Features include:

  • Modern Dash Panel: Easy to read and features an important engine temperature gauge.
  • Deluxe Seat: To keep the operator comfortable during the most grueling jobs.
  • Tilted steering wheel: Allowing the user to maximize comfort.
  • Kubota Treadle Pedal Design: Effortlessly change speed and direction using Kubota’s forward and reverse treadle pedals, all on a roomy floor space.
  • Fender Mounted Front Loader Joystick: Allows for easy use and less fatigue, even when working long hours.
  • Kubota Heated Cab: Optional dealer installed cab offers additional protection and comfort from the cold.
  • Cruise Control: Allows the operator to maintain a constant speed without keeping their foot on the HST pedal.
  • Steel Hood and Fenders: Using steel instead of plastic allows these areas to take a beating.

The John Deere features an old-fashioned float fuel gauge which is placed in an awkward position, difficult to see from the operator’s seat. Similarly, the Deere’s pedal area is more cramped, and its hood and fenders are made from plastic – significantly more vulnerable than Kubota’s steel.


The BX1880 has a fully opening hood, and spacious area around the engine, allowing for ease of service to its Kubota built engine. The John Deere is more difficult to service – with limited engine access, and the tight working area around the engine. 

Low Clearance ROPS:

The Kubota BX1880’s Rollover Protective Structure (ROPS) height is less than 84”, making storage in a garage or shed a snap. The John Deere ROPS is nearly clears seven feet, and cannot fit into a standard size garage door without first being folded.


The Kubota BX1880 not only excels in its attachment technology, its user experience, its mowing, its serviceability, and its storage: it’s build exclusively from Kubota parts, including its Kubota diesel engine. The John Deere 1023E is not 100% Deere – they use another manufactures engine.


Like all of Kubota’s compact tractors, the BX1880 is designed and built from the ground up by Kubota. Manufactured in Georgia, nothing beats the reliability and performance of a Kubota.

For more information, click here to find out why the BX Series is the only real choice.