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Utility Tractor

  • John Deere PowerTech™ Diesel Engine with FT4 emissions compliance
  • Cab or open operator station available
  • Standard 12F/12R PowrReverser™ Transmission and MFWD
  • 540/540 Economy PTO

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The U.S. EPA and Environment Canada requires all off-road diesel engines with 25 hp or more to meet stringent FT4 emissions regulations. John Deere uses the most efficient and cost effective solution for the tractor package to meet emissions requirements at each horsepower level. The 5M delivers a hassle-free emissions solution that allows faster work speeds and operation with ease.

The engine powering the 5E is EPA-certified Tier Level 4. This is achieved through a combination of a diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) and a selective catalyst reduction (SCR) using diesel exhaust fluid (DEF, or urea).

Several defining features on the 5E maximize the performance and reliability of the emissions package. A completely shielded DOC/SCR not only protects essential components from damage but also keeps out dirt and debris. The well-packaged and tightly organized circulation system means there is more room to work around the tractor.  

PowerTech PWL Final Tier 4 technologyPowerTech PWL Final Tier 4 technology

Key components of the emissions system include:

Deere has chosen to utilize an exhaust filter (DOC) to reduce particulate material so the engine can operate at a level which produces less NOx. With less NOx created, it requires less DEF to treat. The result is improved total fluid economy (diesel and DEF).

The engine is programmed to aggressively respond to changes in power needs, which can temporarily increase particulate matter. Since the exhaust filter removes particulate matter instead of the engine, the engine is left free to do what it is designed to do –—delivering all of the power, torque, plus transient response needed at the exact moment needed.

DEF is an ISO 22241 standard aqueous urea solution consisting of 32.5 percent urea and has a freezing point of -11 degrees Celsius (12 degrees Fahrenheit). A DEF tank keeps the customer in the field longer even when the temperatures drop below freezing. The DEF tank header is integrated with a temperature sensor and plumbed engine coolant lines are used to promote thawing and prevent freezing in the tank during operation.

DEF tankDEF tank

Mounted near the DEF tank, the engine control unit (ECU)-controlled supply module draws diesel exhaust fluid from the storage tank and provides a pressurized flow to the dosing module. When the ignition key is off, the supply module pump will reverse direction to return any accumulated fluid back to the tank. The supply module is also fitted with a replaceable filter to prevent contaminants from entering the dosing lines. Both the supply module and dosing lines are electrically heated and controlled by the ECU to determine when diesel exhaust fluid dosing can begin.

The dosing module is cooled by engine coolant and used to inject DEF at a pressure of 130 psi (900 kPa, 9 bar) into the decomposition tube. A harness is connected to the dosing valve that relays the needed DEF to inject based upon the amount of NOx exiting the DOC measured from the NOx tube sensor.

The decomposition tube is the internal mixing device used to circulate DEF with engine exhaust prior to entering the SCR/AOC after-treatment device.

To reduce the NOx, DEF, or urea, is injected into the exhaust stream. When the exhaust gases combine with the DEF in the SCR catalyst, the NOx is broken down into nitrogen and water vapor.

Shielded for protectionShielded for protection

Exhaust gas recirculation (EGR)

How EGR works
EGR reduces the high temperatures where these compounds are formed in the engine cylinders by replacing excess oxygen with a prescribed amount of cooled exhaust gas.

Exhaust gases contain more carbon dioxide than oxygen. The EGR valve, in conjunction with the venturi tube, and ECU, allow a controlled amount of exhaust gas to enter the intake manifold to mix with the incoming fresh air.

Replacing excess oxygen with cooled exhaust gas leads to:

  • Lower combustion temperatures, creating less NOx.

In addition, EGR allows for:

  • Advanced timing
  • Optimal engine performance
  • Maximum fuel economy

For added performance and efficiency, the engine passes the exhaust gases through an EGR cooler before it enters the engine.

Exhaust airflow enters into the EGR cooler from the exhaust manifold near the turbocharger. Based on engine load, air temperatures, and rpm, the engine control unit (ECU) opens or closes the EGR valve, allowing a measured percentage of exhaust gas to enter the intake manifold. The gases mix with the rest of the incoming air from the turbocharger and aftercooler before entering the cylinders.

Series turbochargers
The PowerTech™ PWL 4.5L engine utilizes one turbocharger — a fixed geometry turbocharger. Fresh air is first drawn into the low-pressure fixed geometry turbocharger and compressed to a higher pressure. The compressed air is then routed to the charge air cooler and then to the intake manifold.

Benefits of air-to-air aftercooling:

  • Lowers the intake manifold air temperature
  • Provides more efficient cooling while reducing temperatures for greater engine reliability
  • Higher volume of air flows into the cylinders
  • Engine is capable of meeting the increasing horsepower demands

Combustion process with externally cooled EGR:


  • According to engine operating conditions, the recirculated exhaust gases reduce the oxygen portion in the intake air to approximately 20 percent. Without any increase of the charge air pressure, the oxygen rate is not high enough to ensure a complete combustion of the fuel injected at high engine loads.


  • Fuel-efficient combustion is achieved, because sufficient oxygen is provided.
    A restrained, cooler combustion is realized, since the typical hot combustion process, which is generated by an oxygen surplus, is dampened by the inert exhaust gases. NOx emissions are reduced.

For more information regarding EPA regulations and the technology behind John Deere Integrated Emissions Control systems please visit the following link:


Getting the power to the ground refers to torque. Torque is a force that produces or tends to produce rotation or a twisting force. Torque represents the useable power that can be achieved. The more torque, the more lugging ability is available. More torque also equates to more load carrying capacity.

4-cylinder 5E torque curve summary4-cylinder 5E torque curve summary

This PowrReverser transmission provides 24 forward speeds and 12 reverse (24F/12R) speeds. This transmission comes standard with a dual speed 540/540 Economy power take-off (PTO), and is ideal for applications requiring frequent directional changes, such as loader work and PTO work like rotary cutting and baling hay.

Hydraulic wet forward and reverse clutches maximize durability and outlast the life of any dry clutch. When tractors are run by multiple operators with a variety of experience levels, a wet clutch is the best way to maintain transmission integrity and performance while decreasing clutch replacement costs.

Two platform-mounted levers offer easy and comfortable shifting. To distinguish the two levers for ease of operation, the gear-shift lever is longer and the less-used range lever is shorter. Unique knobs make it easy to distinguish between the two just by feel.

The hi/lo selector buttons are located on the gear shift lever for each forward gear, and are represented by a rabbit and a turtle respectively. 

The forward lever selects one of four gears.  All are synchronized for on-the-go shifting with the use of the clutch. The rear lever selects one of three ranges: A, B, or C.

Gear shift lever with hi/lo buttonsGear shift lever with hi/lo buttons

Maximum productivity is achieved with clutch-less hydraulic shifting between forward and reverse.  PowrReverser functionality is ideal for rear blading and any applications that require frequent directional changes in tight spaces. An electrohydraulic fingertip directional lever control allows the operator to effortlessly switch directions with a small finger motion. The control is located on the left side of the instrument console and selects forward, reverse, and neutral positions. It also allows the operator to steer and shift direction with the left hand, freeing the right hand to operate other tractor controls, such as the loader, rear implements, or hand throttle. The PowrReverser has a built-in engagement override valve for additional safety. This valve requires the clutch pedal to be depressed one time after each engine start before the transmission will begin to operate normally, giving the operator another opportunity to put all focus on the tractor.

A neutral start switch requires the directional lever be in the neutral position to start the engine.

Left hand reverser leverLeft hand reverser lever

The speed of directional changes can be adjusted to the operator's preference or application demands with an optional field installed infinitely variable control kit.

24F/12R transmission includes:

  • Wet clutch
  • Platform mounted shift levers 4 gears (with hi/lo selector in forward) and three ranges
  • Left-hand reverser
  • Constant-mesh helical-cut gears
  • Pressure-lubricated top shaft
  • Positive park pawl
  • Neutral start switch

All tractors have economy PTO (E-PTO), a fuel-saving feature which allows customers to operate rear implements at 540 PTO rpm but at lower engine rpm. The result is lower engine vibration, reduced noise, less wear and tear on the engine, reduced fuel consumption and increased operator comfort.

See PTO Functional area for more information on E-PTO.

Every utility tractor customer wants to maximize uptime and appreciates enhanced performance. The newly designed cooling package on the Final Tier 4 (FT4) 4-cylinder 5E Tractors allows for easier access to and serviceability of certain critical components. This improvement to serviceability will save time and also enhance tractor performance.

The cooling package features a first-pass screen to catch larger debris, a slide-out condenser (only on cab tractors) a charge air cooler that tilts forward, and a hydraulic oil cooler that slides out halfway to both sides of the tractor.

First pass screenFirst pass screen
Slide out condenser on cabsSlide out condenser on cabs
Charge air cooler tilted forwardCharge air cooler tilted forward

The engine is equipped with an electronically controlled fan drive, which means that it only runs as fast as the needs of the tractor demand at that time. This is a fuel-saving device which improves hydraulic cooling and reduces the noise level for the operator. It also positively impacts total fluid efficiency.

Customer needs drive us to deliver distinctive value in our solutions. The applications in which John Deere utility tractors, implements and attachments are used are growing by the day. A 540/1000 PTO rpm field-installed kit is available for the 5E Tractors. With this kit installed, operators can switch between standard 540 or 1000 PTO rpm based on the requirements of the implement. From rotary cutting, to shredding to snow throwing and baling, the capability to operate an implement requiring 1000 rear PTO rpm is available.

Once installation is complete, this solution offers the convenience of switching between 540 and 1000 PTO rpm with relative ease. Combined with the dry sump design, this attachment includes a reversible shaft. This provides for a less mess, no stress option that will enhance customer productivity and increase uptime.

540/1000 PTO rpm field-installed kit540/1000 PTO rpm field-installed kit

An instrument cluster provides more information in a cleaner more vibrant display. The roll-mode function now has the ability to show more diagnostic codes to keep the operator informed about the tractor’s functionality.

This window into tractor functionality and diagnostics provides ample information. Indicators, warning lights, and even the gauges are clear and bright. The roll-mode function now provides operators with crucial onboard diagnostics. Engine hours, power take-off (PTO) speed, ground speed, hi-lo indicator, forward, neutral, and reverse, are all visible at the same time. There is a light out indicator for trailer light, turn light, and hazard light bulbs which is driven by updated software. It is a straightforward layout and sleek design with no customer interface required. When operating the PTO, there are clearly presented PTO target bars to indicate the correct PTO speed.

Instrument cluster lightsInstrument cluster lights

There are daytime and nighttime modes which are based on the position of the light switch. The mode actually adjusts the backlight levels of the display for optimum visibility.


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Key Specs 5085e-utility-tractor
Current Model
Engine description
Engine displacement
Rated engine power
Rated PTO power (hp SAE)
Maximum PTO power
Transmission type
Hydraulic pump rated output
Rear hitch category (SAE designation)
Base machine weight
Maximum engine power
Engine specifications
DescriptionJohn Deere PowerTech 4045
Engine type
Engine familyEJDXL04.5211
Rated speed
Cylinders linersWet Sleeved
Emission level
After treatment type
Displacement4 cylinders: 4.5 L
276 cu in.
Engine performance
Rated powerAt 2400 per ISO 97/68/EC: 62.5 kW
85 hp
Rated PTO power (hp SAE)At 2400 per SAE: 52.2 kW
70 hp
Maximum PTO power
Power boost
Engine peak torque
PTO torque rise
Intelligent Power Management (available in transport and/or mobile PTO applications)
Maximum engine power
TypeStandard: 12F/12R PowrReverser
Clutch; wet/dryWet
CreeperNot available
Hydraulic system
TypeOpen center
Pump rated outputStandard: 85.1 L/min
22.5 gpm
Available flow at a single rear SCV60.1 L/min
15.9 gpm
Available flow at front SCVs
Number of rear selective control valves (SCVs)
Number of mid selective control valves (SCVs)
Number of front selective control valves (SCVs)
Joystick SCV controlOptional
SCV control
Rear hitch
Hitch draft control load sense typeMechanical
Remote control valves availableRear: less, dualt standard, or triple deluxe
Mid: less, dual tstandard, or triple standard (field installed)
Hitch category (SAE designation)Category 2
Maximum lift capacity behind lift pointsStandard: 1457 kg
3213 lb
Sensing typeTop link
Rear axle differential lock
Lift capacity at standard frame
Drawbar category
Maximum vertical load
Rear power take-off (PTO)
TypeStandard: 540/540E
Engine rpm (at rated PTO speeds)540E at 1716 rpm
PTO actuationElectrohydraulic
Ground speed PTO option availability
Multispeed PTO option availability
Front hitch
Electric power
Standard lift capacity
Front power take-off (PTO)
PTO speed
Rear axle
Final drive typeInboard planetary
Differential controlsMechanical (pedal)
Axle typeFlanged
Brakes, type and controlHydraulic wet disc
Rear differential lock
Load rating
Front axle
Front axle differential lock
Load rating
FrontMFWD: 11.2-24 ; R1
RearMFWD: 16.9-30 ; R1
Wheel tread rangeMFWD: front: 1340-1904 mm
52.8-75.0 in.
Turning radius with brakesMFWD: 3.54 m
11.6 ft
Turning radius without brakesMFWD: 4.36 m
14.3 ft
Electrical system
Alternator size
Battery options
Total cold cranking amps
Type of bulb in beacon (Halogen, Zenon, LED)
Type of bulb in headlight (Halogen, Zenon, LED)
Working lights
dB(A) rating for backup alarm
Operator station
Rollover protective structure, OOSRigid - foldable - telescopic
Foldable, 2-post
Platform - flat/straddle
Gearshift location - console/floor
Cab suspension
Instructional seat
Inner cab volume
dB(A) rating77 dBA
Cab glass area
Front visibility
Safety glass rating
WheelbaseMFWD: 2300 mm
90.6 in.
Overall length
Drawbar clearance
Front axle center
Approximate shipping weight, Open;CabMFWD: Open: 3200 kg
7055 lb
Cab: 3600 kg
7937 lb
Overall height
Base machine weight

Maximum ballast level
Maximum permissible weight
Crankcase oil volume
Fuel tankStandard: Open: 94.6 L
25 U.S. gal.
Cab: 113.6 L
30 U.S. gal.
Diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) tank
Cooling system
Transmission-hydraulic system
Interval for engine oil change
Interval for hydraulic/transmission oil change
Interval for engine coolant change
Lift capacity at full height
Maximum lift height
Precision AG
Remote diagnostics
Country of manufactureAugusta, GA (USA)
Side slope rating
Uphill/downhill slope rating
Drive type
Track width
Tread spacing



3 reviews

Rating Snapshot




I went through three different brands and models of 60-85 hp utility tractors before I purchased this one. I tried to go cheap, unproven and save money. But I bought three lessons, and I wish I had went ahead and bought this one in the beginning. In the tractor world, you get what you pay for. The quality, fit and finish of even the E model of John Deere 5 series is better than the others' premium models. You will always wish you had a bigger, nicer tractor, but you will never wish you had a smaller, cheaper one. I know this first-hand. I've had this tractor for over 2 years now, and I have not regretted it one second.


  • quality
  • reliability
  • smooth operation



From: MS

Length of Ownership: 1yearOrLonger

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Expert


disappointed in lack of utility for my use


Purchased the 2017 5085E new and traded in a 20 years old similar 4 wheel drive open station tractor. My use does not require a lot of hours. Used to mainly maintain gravel roads, scrape snow, etc. on steep mountain terrain. I failed to buy the right tractor for my job.......ASSUMING... features were standard features which in fact do not even exist. Got the tractor home and put it to work having viewed and tested several on the dealer lots which clearly have a pedal showing for lock differential. Put it to work on steep grades to find lock differential not a feature on this model or available and the lock it has automatic kicks out so it has no manual diff. lock. So full horsepower cannot be exploited at all with both rear wheels. It kicks out automatic. very disappointed that I missed this detail before buying. I feel place to turn with a tractor not as good for my use as my old 20 years old model now gone on trade in. DISCOURAGED AT MY OWN MISS ON THIS ONE AND WHAT A MESS THIS SALE IS.



  • try out first


From: Polk County, NC, USA

Length of Ownership: 1month

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Expert


Great for overall work, good with salt water.


We have had this machine for a little over a year now. Its used mostly to pull the surf rake on our ocean beaches. Plenty of power and drives like a car. Also used in the winter for snow removal. New LED gages are a plus as well.


  • handles salt air well



From: Atlantic Beach, NY, USA

Length of Ownership: 1yearOrLonger

Usage Frequency: Daily

Level of Expertise: Intermediate


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