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The best compact tractors for sale in the UK

Updated: Nov 26, 2020

When it comes to who has the best compact tractor for sale, the debate is typically between the two brands John Deere and Kubota.

`Who is best`, is a very common question that we often get asked, and if we're honest, the specs of both of these brands' compact tractors are so close it can be hard to differentiate between them.

Both brands offer some outstanding features, and ultimately the decision will come down to your preference and your specific requirements.

The best compact tractors for sale in the UK

Below, we want to take a look at both brands, outlining similarities and differences so that you're armed with all of the information you need to make the most informed and best decision for you.

Mini tractors for sale by both brands offer extreme reliability, parts are always readily available, and there are trusted dealers (like us) located all around the UK.

The resale value is also excellent for both brands, so you never feel let down, no matter which brand you opt for.

However, getting down to the nitty-gritty.

Plastic vs metal

Today, many John Deere compact tractors for sale in the UK are manufactured using polymer plastic panels rather than the traditional metal.  These high-strength plastics are used as trim pieces, i.e., on the hoods and fenders, helping to keep all of the aesthetic appeals no matter how old the piece of equipment gets.

Kubota uses tough, durable steel, which, of course, looks nice and rugged and, if well maintained, can stand the test of time.  However, over time paintwork will fade, metal does rust, dints, and any scratches or scuffs will also show quite prominently.

Plastic, however, doesn't rust, and if it is hit, it flexes and rebounds.  It also holds its colour so it can look as good as new even years after you purchased it, making John Deere models a step ahead in aesthetics.

Switching attachments

John Deere's compact tractors offer ease when switching attachments!  Attachments such as pallet forks, snow blades, buckets, etc. can all be mounted reasonably quickly on to the end of the loader's arms.  Whereas with most Kubota models, loaders come with standard pin-on buckets that are not always quick to attach, taking up a little more of your time.


When it comes to the joystick controls, we might be biased, but for us, Kubota comes out on top.


Because the ability to easily manoeuvre the joystick to its corners, curl and raise the bucket simultaneously can be done with so much more ease on a Kubota.

John Deere models seem to take a lot more skill, focus, and, if we're honest, a lot of patience, to achieve the same outcome!


For us, the Kubota also wins on transmission, as those mini tractors for sale with a 3-range hydrostatic transmission can offer a much smoother ride and more control.  Powering through tasks without compromising on quality.

Of course, John Deere does offer a premium 3R series compared to their 2-range transmission to match the Kubota models, but you will pay for this in a considerable price difference.


When it comes to pedals, John Deere wins hands down.  With side by side pedals for forward and reverse the John Deere compact tractors are much simpler and straightforward in their design. There's also the brake pedal, which is found on the other side of the floor panel, making an emergency stop easy to administer.  To describe it, we would have to say the pedals on a John Deere compact are all-round more comfortable and easier to master.

On the Kubota, the treadle pedal is a little more complicated.  For example, to accelerate, you need to press the pedal with your toe, and to reverse, you use your heel on another pedal located at the base of your foot.

It is, of course, doable; you just maybe have to be a little more coordinated to be able to jump straight on a Kubota and go!

What is the deal-breaker for you?

Ultimately, what is comforting to know is that these are two leading brands for a reason.

Both John Deere and Kubota are high-quality built tractors that have proven their quality by staying as the industry's market leaders for so long.

The decision you make should come down to which machine ticks most of your boxes!

If you're looking for a mini tractor for sale in the UK, look no further than our excellent stock range at Beckside Machinery.

Call us today on 01673 828 965 to find out more.

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