Like a boxer fighting above his weight class, the new four-cylinder 5E and 5ML Series tractors from John Deere pack a lot of heavy-duty power and versatility for utility tractors of their size.
"We’ve taken our popular, market-proven 5 Series Utility Tractor lineup and added new models that make it even easier to perform more jobs on the property or around the farm, ranch or orchard," says Brad Aldridge, 5 Series Product Marketing Manager for John Deere. "These versatile 5E and 5ML Tractors combine durability with value and are the perfect choice for many types of customers."
The new four-cylinder 5E Series Tractors are built for a variety of applications such as livestock feeding, haying operations, roadside mowing and property maintenance. The two new 5ML models are low-profile machines that are perfect for working in orchards, livestock barns and other environments with restricted heights.
5E Series Tractors
Whatever the chore, the new four-cylinder 5Es feature heavy-duty frames, axles, engines and transmissions to deliver greater performance and value. Available in 85 and 100 engine hp, the 5085E and 5100E are powered by John Deere PowerTech 4045 diesel engines that meet Tier 4 Final emission standards. This engine gives tractors the muscle for more than 3,200 lbs. of rear-lift capacity and more than 3,500 lbs. at full front loader height.
The durable 24/12 PowrReverser transmission in these machines increases top transport speed by one-third, so operators can do more in less time. Operators can shift from low to high at the touch of a button, without even needing to clutch. The economy PTO, standard on all 5E four-cylinder transmissions, lets operators reduce engine rpm to 1,700, which can lower fuel consumption by as much as 20%.
"Although performance is the bottom line, we also made a number of ergonomic improvements to promote easier, smoother operation," Aldridge adds. "Other design features make the 5E easier to maintain, which maximizes uptime."
Because most operators use loaders with these utility tractors, visibility is critical to both ease of operation and efficiency. The new sloping hood and raised operator platform on cab models offer 3.6 ft. of extra visibility in front of the tractor. Better sight lines mean higher operator efficiency and comfort when performing many repetitive loader tasks.
Design changes to the control pod and instrument panel provide easier monitoring and operating control. The operator has more information available on a single screen than ever, including warning lights, ground speed, PTO speed, PTO target bar, PowrReverser position, hour meter, hi/lo indicator and diagnostic codes. Routine maintenance is made easy with a new slide-out condenser, radiator screen, tilting charge air cooler and slide-out oil cooler.
As an added bonus, customers can save money on the purchase price of these new 5E models with a factory-installed loader prep package that matches perfectly with the new H240 Loaders.
"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," Aldridge says. "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."
Low-Profile 5ML Tractors
Along with the new 5Es, John Deere is bringing out the new 5ML tractors designed for working in low clearance and tight spaces such as poultry barns and orchards.
“The 5ML Tractors are available in two models, the 100 engine horsepower 5100ML and 115 horsepower 5115ML,” says Ruben Peña, Senior Marketing Representative, John Deere Augusta. “These low-profile M machines feature an open operator station, low-profile seat and ROPS, and sloping hood for improved visibility when operating under trees and in low buildings.”
The 5ML models come standard with rugged, Tier 4 Final compliant John Deere PowerTech engines that automatically perform regeneration for maximum uptime and offer significant cost of ownership advantages over competitive models.
The 5ML comes with a mechanical hitch and two transmission options: the 16F/16R or 32F/16R PowrReverser for easy, clutch-free forward and reverse operations. They are designed with plenty of hydraulic power to handle a wide variety of implements and excellent drawbar visibility for ease of operation.
Other features include a new backlit LCD instrument panel that makes monitoring tractor performance easier, even in bright conditions, two rear work lights, and new easier-to-access charge air engine cooler and hydraulic oil cooler packages. Factory-installed options include fuel tank guards and an SCV oil spillage collection system.
"We’ve even tucked critical operator controls inside the right fender and added a guard to the left-hand reverser to protect them from bumping into low-hanging branches,” Peña says. “If you spend your days working in orchards, poultry houses or in other tight spots, the 5ML Tractor is a good fit that will help you get the job done quickly, comfortably and more efficiently."