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


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

General Manager,

Alstede Farms, LLC

P.O. Box 278

1 Alstede Farms Lane,

Chester, New Jersey 07930

United States of America


Tel:  908-879-7189

Fax: 908-879-7815

 <http://www.alstedefarms.com> www.alstedefarms.com




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