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Why compare Massey vs. Deere subcompacts? It's a fact: Massey Ferguson GC1700E/M Series subcompacts are the most successful tractors in the Massey Ferguson economy compact lineup.

Designed for the the rural lifestyle and for commercial landscapers, these small tractors are capable, versatile and dependable. Better yet, they're covered by a 5-Year Powertrain Warranty, so go ahead and work 'em!

How They Compare to Deere 1023E & 1025R

Tractors work hard, and these little Masseys do it responsively and economically. The Massey GC1700E/M Series with FL1805 loader and CB65 backhoe is more responsive than the John Deere 1 Series machines. The Massey GC1700E/M Series has a faster moving loader and backhoe with higher hydraulic flow. They can out-lift, out-dig and match more attachments than the John Deere. They also use less fuel than the Deere subcompacts, because higher hydraulic flow, and lower engine operating speed means lower fuel consumption.

And consider this when comparing the prices of these tractors: Massey Ferguson GC1723E and GC1725M subcompacts share a lot of similarities. The John Deere 1023E and 1025R do not. John Deere economy and premium trims, for example, are nowhere near the same. Massey's GC1723E (economy) and GC1725M (premium) trims are quite similar.

Another reason to buy the Massey subcompact is that Massey Ferguson dealers tend to be smaller dealerships that work harder for their customers. They offer the personal touch in addition to parts and service,. This is not always the case at large multi-store, sometimes multi-state, John Deere dealers.

Small But Versatile

The subcompact tractor market is highly competitive. In response, Massey has designed the GC1700E/M Series to perform above and beyond.

Massey's GC1700E/M Series tractors are rated at 200-600 RPM lower engine speed compared to Deere's subcompacts. That means less engine wear, increased service life, and lower operating noise than the John Deere 1 Series.

You'll find the GC1700E/M Series tractors are what you need for mowing, snow removal, loader and backhoe work. And the Massey subcompacts can even handle two jobs at once: you can operate both rear and mid-mount PTOs simultaneously.

The rear-mounted radiator in the GC1700E/M is a unique feature designed to keep the operator comfortable. It also keeps the engine debris-free as it pulls cool, clean air from the operator station forward. And when you need to work longer and get more done, the GC1700E/M Series compacts hold one gallon more fuel capacity than the Deere models.

Comfort and Convenience Out In the Field

Spending several hours on a tractor can be a chore or a pleasure. Massey's subcompacts are designed for operator ease and comfort. A backlit, automotive-style dash lets you easily see engine speed, fuel level, and coolant temperature right from your seat. Easily enter the flat operator platform, covered with a durable rubber floor mat for comfort. The Deere 1 series has a hump in the center of the platform. Plus, Massey's forward-flipping one-piece hood means you can easily check the engine whenever you choose to. Built from steel, the Massey subcompact has a long, durable life, too. Come in to test drive one of these subcompacts and see the difference!

Quick Overview of Massey Benefits


The GC1700E/M Series feature a 1.1L, 3-cylinder Iseki diesel engine. This engine falls below the HP range that must meet emissions requirements. Because of this, the GC1700E/M Series does not require any emissions systems to meet compliance.
Benefit: Iseki is a longtime AGCO partner and produces quiet and reliable engines. Due to the horsepower range that these engines fall under, these engines do not utilize emissions systems such as EGR, DPF, DOC, etc.


The GC1700E/M Series feature a 2-range hydrostatic transmission with side-by-side forward and reverse pedals. All tractors in this series are available in a 4WD configuration only and have a maximum forward speed of 9.1 MPH.
Benefit: Hydrostatic transmissions are easy to operate by anyone from a beginner to an experienced operator. The side-by-side pedals allow the operator to smoothly and comfortably change direction and are ideal in loader applications.


The GC1700E/M Series feature a total hydraulic flow of 6.3 GPM (GC1723E) or 6.8 GPM (GC1725M).
Benefit: The GC1700E/M Series leads its class in hydraulic flow. This flow results in a high 3-point lift capacity and fast loader response.


All four models in this series feature a standard 540 RPM rear-PTO and 2000 RPM mid- PTO.
Benefit: The rear PTO allows the tractor to utilize a wide assortment of 3-point mounted implements while the mid-PTO can be utilized with several mid-mount mower options, front snow blowers, etc.


All GC1700E/M Series tractors feature a standard platform configuration or a tractor-loader-backhoe (TLB) configuration.
Benefit: The TLB configurations offer a taller ROPS and a swiveling seat to allow for a safe and comfortable environment to operate the backhoe.


The GC1700E/M Series has several exciting features to enhance the operator’s comfort: flat platform with rubber floor mats, side- by-side forward/reverse pedals, ergonomic control layout, beverage holder, and ground level fueling to name a few.
Benefit: The GC1700E/M Series was designed to provide the operator with an optimal work environment. Whether you are mowing grass, moving snow, or operating a backhoe – these tractors will be a comfortable platform to work from.


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