We have 2 , a 5525N,the older one, and a newer 5093EN. We do like these
tractors. The one bad thing is with the short wheelbase they ride rough over
the road. I think the Ford New Holland will ride smother because the wheel
base is longer. With their special front end, they turn very sharp. Up here,
our decision is on the dealer. The JD is 15 mins away, and the NH is 1 hour
Franklyn W. Carlson, Pres.
Carlson Orchards, Inc.
115 Oak Hill Road, P.O. Box 359
Harvard, MA. 01451
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Subject: Re: [apple-crop] New Holland vs. John Deere
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
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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