John Deere 5020

There are two distinct John Deere 5020’s. The first is the ‘New Generation’ 5020 that JD produced at it’s Waterloo plant in Iowa from 1965 up until 1972. The other is the JD 5020 series that comprises of the 5620, 5720 and 5820 compact tractors. The first part of the article will cover the the original JD 5020. It enjoyed a long production run, but unfortunately was not as popular as other models at the time and sold just less than 13,000 units when you account for both the standard and row crop versions of this tractor. It is powered by a powerful John Deere designed diesel engine. This 6 cylinder, 8.7 liter, natural aspiration engine provides an impressive 141 horsepower to 4×2 2WD chassis via a partially synchronized transmission which provides the JD 5020 with 8 speeds going forward and 2 in reverse.

Due to it’s sheer power, the John Deere 5020 has always been known as a pulling tractor. You will still see it even today at tractor pulling tournaments, although most likely the engine has been completely upgraded to be even more powerful. It has a very large fuel tank, capable of holding 257.4 liters (68 US gallons) of diesel. It weighs a massive 8904 kg (19,630 lbs) when it is fully ballasted. This huge size should give you an idea as to why people consider this machine to be a true behemoth.

The other John Deere 5020 refers to a series of versatile compact tractors that JD produced. These tractors were able for a wide variety of tasks. Their engine power ranges from 76 hp on the JD 5620 to 93 hp on the JD 5820 and are all diesel fueled. Their height (including cab) is between 2.55 m and 2.6 m depending on the model, while their overall width is constant throughout the series at 2.25 m including their wheels. They are all 3.95 m in length. The new 5020 series is probably not as well known now as the original 5020.

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