We don't have any of the vineyard series New Holland models, but we
have 2 of the orchard profile models, both with super-steer. One is an
open station and the other has a cab.
We have found New Holland's equipment to be competitive with John
Deere equipment in terms of quality and peformance. Some will like
"green" better than "blue" no matter what. However, our New Holland
equipment has served very well and seems to be well-designed. The New
Holland cab is also more comfortable than the cabs on other equipment,
especially the Kubota models. (I don't want to knock Kubota, though, as
they have the most fuel-efficient models on the market.)
These new tractors have a ton of electronics and the new emissions
regulations add yet another layer to the complexity of their designs.
There is always danger of electronics failure with any brand, so having
a dealership nearby would be influential in a purchase decision,
particularly if the price is competitive. Do parts come from a local
warehouse or do they have to be shipped from Europe?
We also have a JD 5083EN set up with forklifts front and back and
my son says it's the best tractor we've even owned for that purpose. He
prefers the shuttle on the JD to the New Holland, but both work well.
In conclusion, I wouldn't fear the New Holland or the JD models you
are investigating. But we've been pleased with "blue's" performance,
Brad M. Hollabaugh
Hollabaugh Bros., Inc.
On 11/7/2015 9:50 AM, Kurt W. Alstede wrote:
Hello Fellow Growers:
We are evaluating a new orchard tractor purchase and wanted to solicit
input from fellow growers. We currently have John
Deere’s…specifically a 5320N 2WD and a 5420N 4WD; both with cabs. We
are very pleased with both these tractors.
We are currently looking at a John Deere 5085EN versus a New Holland
T4.75V. They are both essentially the same tractor in terms of base
features and horsepower; prices are similar. We are concerned about
the overall height of the John Deere caused by the Tier 3 pollution
controls that have been added to the tops of the engines. Contrary,
we are intrigued by how relatively small the packaging of the New
Holland vineyard tractor is with an overall width of just 48”. We see
a lot of opportunities for this tightly packaged New Holland in our
brambles and blueberries in addition to our high density orchard
blocks. Having never owned a New Holland narrow tractor and I was
hoping that some of you might lend some insight into your personal
observations. It appears to us that New Holland has put a lot of R &
D into their narrow and orchard tractors and that their “Blue Cab” is
quite nicely engineered. Again, we would appreciate your feedback.
*Kurt W. Alstede*
Alstede Farms, LLC
P.O. Box 278
1 Alstede Farms Lane,
Chester, New Jersey 07930
United States of America
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