John Deere 1 Series vs. Mahindra eMax Series

posted on Thursday, June 14, 2018 in The Deere Difference

John Deere 1 Series vs. Mahindra eMax Series Sub Compact Utility Tractors

The John Deere 1 Series and the Mahindra eMax Series Sub-Compact Utility Tractors offer similar dimensions, horsepower ranges, and configurations. We put them to the test and outlined a few key comparisons for you. Check out the outline and video below, and we think you’ll agree that the John Deere 1 Series Sub-Compact Utility Tractor is the clear superior choice!



John Deere 1 Series    

Mahindra eMax Series        

Hood Materials:  

Rugged Composite

(resists dents & won’t rust)


Reinforced Steel

(prone to rust & fading)     


Hydrostatic transmission (standard)

Easy-to-use TwinTouch pedals

  • Step on reverse pedal to backup, forward pedal to go forward
  • Farther you push, faster you go. To stop, release pedal


Hydrostatic transmission (standard)

  • Two-pedal system finally introduced in 2017 models
  • Step on reverse pedal to back up, forward pedal to go forward

Operator Comfort:  



Scissors suspension seat

(great ride)

1025R: hood & fender lights (standard)


Coil spring suspension seat

(bumpy, uncomfortable ride)

Hood lights only (no fender lights)



Tilt steering, standard since series introduction in 2013


Does not have tilt steering

PTO Engagement: 


Electro/hydraulic PTO- pull/push switch for on/off

Mechanical lever & cable  PTO engagement (have to slow down to engage)


Loader Capabilities: 


Lift capacity AT PIVOT POINT:

  • 120R Loader: 754 pounds
  • D120 Loader: 825 pounds


Lift capacity AT PIVOT POINT:

  • 25L-S Loader: 900 pounds
Mid-Mount Deck:  

AutoConnect Drive-Over Deck

  • Industry-exclusive, patented technology
  • Deck can be attached & detached in just over two minutes!


  • Line up tractor & drive over, using guide rails
  • Listen for a "click" (signifying PTO connection)
  • Mower is attached!
  • Set gauge wheels & you're ready to mow!


Drive-Over Mower Deck

  • No comparison to John Deere's industry-exclusive AutoConnect


  • Drive over deck slowly
  • Crawl under the tractor
  • Reposition deck so it aligns with attachment brackets & insert pins
  • Repeat process on the other side
  • Crawl under the front of the tractor
  • Connect front linkage
  • Crawl under the rear of the tractor to connect PTO
  • (FINALLY) ready to mow


Serviceability:   78 servicing points in 600 hours

120 servicing points in 600 hours

  • 54% in additional service costs!



John Deere    


1023E eMax 22S
1025R eMax 25S



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