Step Up to Sub-Compacts - Big workers, small footprint

Published on Wed, 04/12/2017 - 8:00am

To paraphrase a popular comedian:  “You might need a sub-compact tractor if…”

  • Your storage or work area is only riding-mower-sized
  • You have more hard jobs to do than a riding mower can handle
  • Big tractors intimidate you

For example, most sub-compacts offer a foldable ROPS to keep you safe while on the job, but fold down when parking in a garden shed.  With a wealth of available attachments, sub-compact tractors offer much of the oomph you need for heavy work, yet do so with a smaller footprint than larger equipment. These superlative sub-compacts here all weigh in with around 22 to 25 horsepower.


Kubota has refreshed its BX80-series sub-compact 4WD diesel tractors, the BX1880, BX2380, BX2680 and BX23S, with the latter being a standard-equipped loader-backhoe unit among sub-compact tractors. The BX80-Series’ attachments and implements include mid-mount mower decks, easy-to-operate Swift-Tach front loaders, front- and rear-mounted snowblowers, and a full line of industry-leading Land Pride implements. Kubota’s new BX23S comes standard with the LA340 Swift-Tach Loader and new BT603 Swift-Connect Backhoe.

Kubota Tractor Corporation -


Known mostly in turf-maintenance circles, the new Steiner 450 tractor boasts a unique articulating and oscillating frame, keeping the operator upright and in control even on uneven terrains.   The low center of gravity and wide stance—combined with plenty of power and excellent traction—the 450  lets operators  maintain hilly terrain and operating where other tractors typically can’t. Steiner also offers more than 20 heavy-duty Quick-Hitch System implements and attachments, so operators can quickly and easily switch from digging fence posts to hauling mulch to mowing brush, all without the need for separate tools.

Steiner Grounds Care -


John Deere’s 1 Family Sub-Compact Tractors, including the 1025R and 1023E models, were designed to tackle any job homeowners face on their property. The 1025R boasts 23.9 hp and 1023E 22.4 hp. Both models have standard four-wheel-drive and power steering for maneuverability and ease of operation. The 1 Family also features hydrostatic transmission with foot controls. A broad variety of implements lets operators move from transporting debris to removing snow easily.  A mid-mower deck can be installed or removed in fewer than 5 minutes without tools. Each model features optional iMatch Quick-Hitch, allowing the operator to quickly connect implements.

Deere & Company =


The eMAX 22s HST from Mahindra sits in a sweet spot of power, price, and versatility. Featuring a complete range of available attachments and implements including a heave-duty loader bucket, drive-over mower deck, snow removal equipment, and a backhoe, the eMAX 22s HST can handle heavy-duty jobs with a full-size Cat 1 hitch, standard 540 RPM PTO, and two-pedal transmission control.

Mahindra USA -


1700 Series Premium Compact Tractors

Massey Ferguson 1700 Series premium compact tractors deliver comfort, performance and feature Tier 4 turbocharged diesel engines. Six models from 35-59 hp feature four-wheel drive, cab or open platform, choice of two transmissions, Category 1 three-point hitch and integrated loader joystick. All have 540-rpm independent rear PTO with electro-hydraulic engagement and a wet multi-disc clutch for greater durability and smoother engagements. A mid-PTO is available on most models.They have an industry-leading five-year factory warranty (two-year or 2,000-hour full coverage; five-year powertrain).



Featuring a high ground clearance—13 inches—and a low overall ROPS height, the 2400 and 2400H from Branson come standard with many of the same attributes of their larger tractors. Fully independent PTO and engine-mounted hydraulic pumps gives more control over attachments and implements, such as the front end loader or backhoe. These tractors are offered with a hydrostatic transmission controlled with a forward and reverse pedal or a 6-speed manual transmission with two reverse gears.

Branson Tractor -



The 24.5 hp CS2510 and its (21.1 hp) companion CS2210 are said by Kioti to be easy to operate, rugged, and powerful. The hydrostatic transmission is operated with a hi-low range lever and twin HST foot pedals for quick and easy forward and reverse.  Power steering, a mid-point 2200 rpm PTO and rear PTO with a three-point hitch bring versatility to the CS2510. Available attachments are a mid-mount mower, front-end loader, and backhoe.

KIOTI Tractor Division, Daedong - USA -