The number of tractor models John Deere has been offering in the utility and mid-horsepower tractor classes has been large, to say the least. It already offers more model choices there than any other brand. At the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky, in February, the green brand introduced even more models that land in the utility segment.
The all-new 5R Series offers four models in the 90 to 125 engine horsepower range. The letter designation following the model number in all of Deere’s tractors indicates the level of features, and R is at the top of the line. So these new tractors aren’t short on bells and whistles.
One of the biggest advantages these tractors offer is all that horsepower packed into a chassis with only a 2.3 metre (7.4 foot) wheelbase. That gives it a very tight turning radius of just 3.1 metres (12.1 feet), making it pretty capable when it comes to working in tight spaces.
Buyers get a choice of two electronic transmission options, the CommandQuad or Manual and Command8. With either one, the tractors come with the AutoClutch feature pulled down from the larger series models that make depressing the clutch pedal an optional activity. All the operator has to do is press the brake pedal and the clutch automatically disengages.
The tractor can be paired with the new quick-attach 540R loader that uses a single-point hydraulic connection, and the Premium Panorama Cab includes glass high up on the cab roof to allow the operator to keep an eye on lifted loads. Inside the cab, the 5Rs get a much nicer seat than what is available on the 5M Series, a high-backed swivel chair with thicker cushions and wider armrests. The loader joystick, with gear shift buttons and reverser built into it, is integrated into the armrest. That allows for one-handed tractor control.
Cab suspension is also available as an option.
An interactive display screen on the right A pillar allows the operator to customize the readout while monitoring tractor functions.
Six halogen work lights come as standard equipment, but buyers can upgrade to LEDs for higher output at a lower amp draw.