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John Deere updates 5E Series with comfort in mind

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Whether you’re in the market for an economy, mid-range, or premium utility tractor, the John Deere 5 Series is a one-stop shop for a machine that will help you complete those heavier-duty chores.

“The one-stop shop of the 5 Series is you want to look for that comfortable operator experience, you want to look for attachability, and versatility,” said John Doyle, Product Marketing Manager, John Deere.

We had the opportunity to catch up with Doyle at the 2017 Farm Progress Show where we got to see some of the latest updates to the 5 Series, specifically the 5E.

The four updated models for model year 2018 are the 5045E, 5055E, 5065E, and 5075E utility tractors, ranging from 50- to 73-engine horsepower. There are 2WD, MFWD, open operator station, and cab versions to choose from. Each is powered by a 3-cylinder, turbocharged John Deere PowerTech diesel engine.

Whether stacking bales or moving snow, the operator should be able to see better in the 5E Series. The hoods on the new tractors were lowered 3.5 inches and are 4 inches narrower than previous models.

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The operator’s reach has also been updated. The hand throttle is now12 inches closer to the operator seat and the joystick has been moved to provide 20 percent more legroom than previous models.

“That’s one thing we spend a lot of time at John Deere on is the ergonomics on a tractor,” Doyle said. “If they have multiple tractors in their operation, they can go from one to another and they don’t have to look to reach to pull a lever, they just know that it is going to be there from model to model.”

In addition to a thicker seat and taller seatback, the operator station was also widened 20 percent to create more foot room and the tractor platform is flatter than previous models to make it easier to climb on and off the tractor and reduce operator fatigue.

Now over 200 attachments and implements are available for the 5 Series. From loading to digging, grading to manure handling, the commercial-grade attachments are ready to take on any chore your farm demands. And with a tighter turning radius, you can get the utility tractor in and out of the barn and up and down the windrows with ease.

“In general, what’s attractive for a utility tractor customer, and what we try to target to, is making it a comfortable tractor, making it an attachability piece, and making it to be versatile,” Doyle said.

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