With utility tractor sales in North America being one of the bright spots in the current new equipment market, John Deere’s 5 Series tractors are poised to become even more competitive.
The brand rejigged its 5085E and 5100E tractors — with 85 and 100 engine horsepower, respectively — making them a little more operator friendly. And their four-cylinder diesels are now Tier 4 Final emissions compliant.
“Our engineers designed the 5E Series utility tractors with the operator in mind,” said Brad Aldridge, Deere’s 5 Series product marketing manager in a recent press release. “This innovative series provides the economy and convenience of a utility tractor, along with the power, versatility and operator comfort they would expect to find only on a larger model. Although performance is the bottom line, we also made a number of ergonomic improvements.”
Up front, the tractor hood gets a more aggressive rake, lowering the front to improve vision for front-end loader work. And the operator platform gets raised up. The end result, according to Deere, is 3.6 feet of improved forward vision.
The factory-fitted H240 loaders are rated for about 3,500 pounds (1,590 kg) of lift at full loader height. And at the rear, three-point hitch lift capacity is more than 3,200 pounds (1,454 kg). So these tractors can carry a couple of round bales out to the herd without a problem.
The 24/12 PowrReverser transmission increases top transport speed by one-third. Operators can shift from low to high by pushing a button, without needing to clutch. The economy PTO — standard on transmissions in all four-cylinder 5E tractors — lets operators reduce engine r.p.m. To 1,700 and maintain shaft speed, which can lower fuel consumption by as much as 20 per cent, according to Deere.
Inside the cab is a rearranged control and instrument layout. The new instrument cluster centralizes all information and provides more of it to help the operator monitor tractor functions. Included are additional warning lights, ground speed readout, PTO speed, PTO target bar, PowrReverser position, hour meter, hi-lo indicator and diagnostic codes.
Performing service and maintenance on these tractors now gets a little easier as well with a new slide-out condenser, radiator screen, tilting charge air cooler and slide-out oil cooler.
“Other design features make the 5E easier to maintain, which maximizes uptime,” Aldridge adds. “Our engineers designed the 5E Series Utility Tractors with the operator in mind — from the standard telescoping draft links to the convenient new cup holder.”