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John Deere Launches New Line of Sub-Compact Tractors

The 1023E and 1026R offer high-end features in an economical package

1026R Sub-compact Utility Tractor

The new 1023E (22.4-hp) and 1026R (25.2-hp) can accept dozens of attachments and implements, such as front loaders, mower decks, rotary tillers, and even a backhoe.

CARY, North Carolina (June 1, 2011) – John Deere introduces the new 1 Series Sub-compact Utility tractors for the residential market. The 1023E and 1026R will provide homeowners with the power and performance to easily attach and remove implements, work with greater comfort and safety, and mow large volumes of grass with a high quality of cut.


"Never before has there been this much versatility, comfort and mowing performance in the sub-compact tractor market," says Dan Paschke, John Deere Product Marketing Manager. "The 1 Series offers a wide array of features usually seen on larger tractors like a deluxe lighting package, position control 3-point hitch, and great storage for tools."


The new 1023E (22.4-hp) and 1026R (25.2-hp) can accept dozens of attachments and implements, such as front loaders, mower decks, rotary tillers, and even a backhoe. Using exclusive AutoConnect™ technology, operators simply drive over the top of the mowing deck to attach it to the tractor. 

Both tractors have a wide-stance for increased stability, and a standard folding ROPS system for roll-over protection. The 1026R also features a deluxe lighting system to enable work in low-light conditions, cruise control for mowing in open fields, tilt steering, a tool box, a 12-volt outlet, and a position control 3-point hitch which allows the operator to return to the hitch to the same height with precision and ease.


When mowing, operators can easily adjust mowing height from the seat of the tractor with the deck height adjustment knob, and process high volumes of grass with the durable 7-Iron™ deck, made from 7-guage steel.


"The 1 Series is the perfect tool for property owners who need to do more than just mow the grass," says Paschke, "With the ability to quickly, easily, and safely change implements with John Deere's exclusive technology, owners will be able to achieve more than they ever expected with a sub-compact tractor."


The 1 Series will be available at John Deere dealers in limited quantities beginning June 6. Customers can place orders with their local dealer today for Fall delivery.


About John Deere
Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) is a world leader in providing advanced products and services and is committed to the success of customers whose work is linked to the land - those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world's dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure. Since 1837, John Deere has delivered innovative products of superior quality built on a tradition of integrity. For more information, visit John Deere at its worldwide website at www.JohnDeere.com.

Media Contact:
Maureen McCormack
Segment Manager, Media Relations
John Deere Ag and Turf Division
2000 John Deere Run
Cary, NC 27513
Phone: 919-804-2246
E-mail: McCormackMaureenA@JohnDeere.com

Editorial Contact:
Cara Weigand, IMRE
Phone: 410-821-8220
E-mail: CaraW@imre.com

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Studio photo of the 1026R

Field photo of the 1026R

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