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