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 
Frank Carlson

Franklyn W. Carlson, Pres.
Carlson Orchards, Inc.
115 Oak Hill Road, P.O. Box 359
Harvard, MA. 01451
978-456-3916 office
617-968-4180 cell

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Sent: Saturday, November 07, 2015 11:01 AM
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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

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



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