LIGHT & nim­ble

John Deere’s new 5R Se­ries util­ity trac­tors s are small but pow­er­ful ma­chines that take e com­pact to the next level

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John Deere has launched a new se­ries of nim­ble util­ity trac­tors de­signed to meet the re­quire­ments of small and medium sized agri­cul­tural, dairy, live­stock, viti­cul­ture and lo­cal gov­ern­ment op­er­a­tions.

Build­ing on the strengths of the pre­vi­ous 5R mod­els, John Deere’s new 5R Se­ries trac­tors have been de­signed to pro­vide en­hanced lev­els of com­fort, com­pact­ness and per­for­mance.

With an op­ti­mised 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 be­ing highly ma­noeu­vrable with a turn­ing ra­dius of 3.75m, even when fit­ted with a loader.

“It’s perfect for op­er­a­tors who work in tight spa­ces but also need power to get through vary­ing loader tasks,” John Deere tac­ti­cal mar­ket­ing seg­ment man­ager Fraser Scott says.

De­signed for use in nar­row row crops, other spe­cialty crops and vine­yards, the new 5RN Se­ries trac­tors fea­ture a min­i­mum width of 1.8m, a nar­row cab and me­chan­i­cal front wheel drive.

The new trac­tors have a ship­ping weight of 4.3 tonnes and a max­i­mum rear lift ca­pac­ity of 5.3 tonnes. The open-centre hy­draulic sys­tem is equipped with a stan­dard 96 lpm pump and is also avail­able with a pres­sure and flow com­pen­sated (PFC) 117 lpm ver­sion.

Whether they are me­chan­i­cally or elec­tron­i­cally con­trolled, the four SCVs are de­signed to pro­vide fast load­ing cy­cles.

The new 90hp (67.1kW) 5090R, 100hp (74.6kW) 5100R, 115hp (85.8kW) 5115R and 125hp (93.2kW) 5125R mod­els are equipped with fuel ef­fi­cient 4.5-litre John Deere Pow­erTech PWX en­gines.

These diesel-only 4-cylin­der en­gines de­liver an ex­tra 10hp (7.5kW) for trans­port ap­pli­ca­tions via their Trans­port Power Man­age­ment (TPM) sys­tem.

The 5R trac­tors meet Stage IIIB/In­terim Tier 4 (iT4) emis­sions stan­dards through the use of cooled ex­haust gas re­cir­cu­la­tion (EGR) tech­nol­ogy and an in­ter­cooler and diesel par­ti­cle fil­ter (DPF) rather than ad­di­tives.

There are three trans­mis­sion op­tions: the en­try-level 16/16 Com­mandQuad man­ual, which fea­tures four ranges and four Pow­erShift gears within each range; the 16/16 Com­mandQuad; and the 32/16 Com­mand8 trans­mis­sion, which has eight Pow­erShift gears and an ECO mode that en­ables a top speed of 40km/h at 1759 RPM.

For spe­cialty ap­pli­ca­tions that re­quire ex­tra slow gears, the Com­mand8 trans­mis­sion can be fac­tory in­stalled with an op­tional creeper func­tion.

All these trans­mis­sions of­fer a fully au­to­matic clutch, in­di­vid­ual start-up gears, in­di­vid­u­ally set­table speeds and an elec­tric park lock, while the pre­mium-level 32/16 Com­mand8 also fea­tures an au­to­matic shift­ing func­tion as stan­dard.

The lat­ter fea­ture is also op­tion­ally avail­able on the 16/16 Com­mandQuad trans­mis­sion.

The 5R Se­ries trac­tors are avail­able with front axle sus­pen­sion, fea­tur­ing in­de­pen­dent arms and in­fi­nite ad­just­ment of 45mm plus and mi­nus that al­lows com­plete shut-off when re­quired.

Fur­ther im­prov­ing op­er­a­tor com­fort is an op­tional main­te­nance-free me­chan­i­cal cab sus­pen­sion sys­tem, which uses two ad­justable shock ab­sorbers to sup­port the op­tional air-sus­pended seat.

This seat is nor­mally stan­dard equip­ment on the big­ger 6R Se­ries trac­tors, and fea­tures 5 to 15 de­grees of swivel, lum­bar ad­just­ment and an op­tional heat­ing sys­tem.

The newly de­signed cab fea­tures a tiltable steer­ing col­umn, a Pri­mary Dis­play Unit (PDU+) cor­ner post dis­play, a panoramic front wind­shield and an er­gonomic con­trol panel.

Scott says the low hood design com­bined with the op­tional panoramic roof of­fers 105 de­grees of vis­i­bil­ity, adding: “Giv­ing op­er­a­tors a bet­ter view of what’s hap­pen­ing around them is crit­i­cal es­pe­cially for front loader work.”

Speaking of front load­ers, John Deere of­fers a choice of me­chan­i­cal or new elec­tric joy­sticks linked to the trac­tor seat.

In ad­di­tion, the new 543R front loader of­fers au­to­matic mast and im­ple­ment latch, a 10 per cent in­crease in lift ca­pac­ity, higher break­out force and an in­creased roll-back an­gle. Depend­ing on the task, the 543R loader is equipped with a choice of lev­el­ling op­tions.

The 5R trac­tors can be fit­ted with a loader-ready pack­age ex-fac­tory, in­clud­ing mount­ing frames, hood pro­tec­tion, in-cab joy­stick and all the in­ter­nal elec­tri­cal and hy­draulic con­nec­tions.

The com­pany says that mount­ing the front loader or other im­ple­ments has been made quicker and more con­ve­nient with the use of au­to­matic mast and im­ple­ment latches.

Part of John Deere’s ‘Click-N-Go’ in­no­va­tion, these come stan­dard with R Se­ries Front Load­ers.

“This is a pow­er­ful, yet light and nim­ble trac­tor for op­er­a­tors who want to get work done bet­ter, faster and with ease,”

Scott says.

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