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, for sure.

Brad M. Hollabaugh
General Manager
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*

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

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


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