Small but mighty - John Deere targets small-scale farmers
John Deere is launching a new series of compact tractors this autumn, designed to meet the requirements of small and medium-sized tillage, dairy and livestock farms.
Deere's new 5R Series tractors have been designed to provide enhanced levels of comfort, compactness and performance.
With a short wheelbase of 2.25m, the new 5R family combines a one-piece curved frame design with a low centre of gravity to facilitate front loader installation on-the-go, while still maintaining the best possible manoeuvrability at a turning radius of only 3.75m, even when fitted with a front loader.
The new 90hp 5090R, 100hp 5100R, 115hp 5115R and 125hp 5125R models are equipped with fuel efficient, Stage IIIB emissions compliant 4.5-litre John Deere PWX engines.
These diesel-only four-cylinder engines deliver 10 extra horsepower for transport applications via their Transport Power Management (TPM) system.
Customers can choose between three transmission options. These include the entry level 16/16 manual transmission, which features four ranges and four power shiftable gears within each range, and the 32/16 option, with eight power shiftable gears and an eco mode that enables a top speed of 40kph at only 1759 engine rpm.
While all these transmissions offer a fully automatic clutch, individual start-up gears, individually settable speeds and an electric park lock, the premium level 32/16 option also features an automatic shifting function as standard.
With a shipping weight of 4.3 tonnes, the new 5R Series tractors can lift as much as 4.7 or optionally 5.3 tonnes. The open-centre hydraulic system is equipped with a standard 96-litre/minute pump and is also available with a pressure and flow compensated 117-litre/minute version. Whether they are mechanically or electronically controlled, four spool valves provide fast loading cycles. For improved operator comfort especially in rough terrain, the new 5R Series tractors are available with front axle suspension, featuring independent arms and infinite adjustment of +/-45mm that allows complete shut-off when required.