John Deere 5055E vs. Kubota MX5200


When considering a 55 horsepower utility tractor, it can be hard to decide which option is best for you. Because there are several different brands and configurations, we have put together a comparison between the John Deere 5055E and the Kubota MX 5200. Both tractors are similar in their horsepower ranges, open station configurations and dimensions. After spending time in both the John Deere 5055E and the Kubota MX5200,you'll find big differences.

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The John Deere Difference

Hood & Fenders

John Deere 5E Models have a tough composite hood that can’t rust and resists dents. It even protects dents caused from heavy falling objects. The sheet metal hood on the Kubota, is susceptible to dents and rust. Overall when using a 5E, your investment is well protected when taking on tough tasks with hood and fenders that won’t dent or rust.

Hydraulic Power

The John Deere 5E delivers more hydraulic power front and back. With the 3-point hitch, the 5E can lift 3,000 pounds no problem. The Kubota MX struggles lifting 2,400 pounds, even at full-rated engine rpm. Up front, the MX has similar limitations as it tries to lift 1,800 pounds causing it to run out of hydraulic power and lose steering. With the same load on the 5E, there is no problem lifting or steering. The 5E can handle these big loads with ease partly because it’s a much heavier tractor weighing 33% more than the Kubota MX even though they both have the same horsepower. The MX5200 weighs 3,716 pounds and the 5055E weighs 5,070 pounds.

Gear Transmissions

Both the Kubota MX and John Deere 5E offer a basic gear transmission. Both offer synchronized shifting with the clutch between forward and reverse. This is nice for basic loader work. Only the 5E offers an optional power-reverser transmission, the ultimate gear transmission for loader work. To use, all you must do is simply flip the reverser lever to change direction. No clutching, no shifting needed. On the only Kubota gear transmission, you control the loader with your right hand and use your left hand to shift from forward to reverse. The power-reverser transmission on the 5E makes loader work much easier and faster.

Component Exposure

Need to drive through some tough terrain? On the John Deere 5E, Steering components are behind the big front-axle for protection. Kubota on the other hand puts their steering components up front making them more vulnerable to damage.

Fuel-Saving PTO

Both the Kubota MX and John Deere 5E take on tough PTO tasks. For light PTO jobs, only the 5E offers the fuel-saving E-PTO. On 5E tractors with a power-reverser transmission, you can get a 540 PTO speed by throttling back the engine and engaging the E-PTO into 1600 RPMs allowing you to be ready for light-duty PTO work. On the Kubota MX, you can only get a 540 PTO speed by running the engine at 2700 rpms, that’s 1,100 more rpms with noise, wear and fuel usage. The lower rpm on the 5E tractor cuts fuel costs by 30%.

Maintenance

Routine maintenance on the Kubota MX and John Deere 5E are easy to perform. As the hours add up, so does the Kubota maintenance time and expense. For example, in the first 500 hours, the clutch on the Kubota MX needs to be adjusted 6 times. The John Deere 5E doesn’t have to be adjusted at all. The 5E also has hydraulic brakes that never need adjusting. Fuel-saving and lower maintenance cost give the 5E a substantially lower cost of ownership.


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