Just thought I would give an update on my 2015 5075e, with cab and loader, now that I have around 350 hours on it. I own a 100 acre farm in Washington State and I do about 60 acres of alfalfa every season, along with mowing, loader work and snow plowing.
I use a 12ft pull behind swather and the tractor has plenty of power to cut through the thick alfalfa. I also like the location of the rear hydraulic controls, it saves your back when farming for 3-4 hours by not having to sit sideways all the time. I also run a small square baler (around 75 pound bales) and the tractor does just fine. I really like the economy PTO option. You can run your tractor at around 1700 rpms while still running 540 PTO speed, this works well for baling and mowing. I find the tractor uses a lot fuel on average, so it is nice to use the economy option and save some diesel.
For the first time last year I ran an 8 bale accumulator from Maxilator that attaches to the front of the loader. The accumulator is on the heavy side and I think the 5075 is a little small for this style of attachment. The short wheel base tends to make the tractor bounce around in the field more than I would like. The hydraulics keep up just fine, but the loader is so far out in front of the tractor there is too much front weight. I had the dealer install fluid in the rear tires and it helped slightly. Overall it does the job but if you are wanting to run any heavy front attachments I would recommend a larger tractor.
Some people have complained the 5 series are not best for farming as they tend to heat up in the summer. I have not experienced any over-heating issues even in 90+ degree weather. I just keep the air flow system clean and it does just fine. A/C works very well and it tends to get too cold in the cab. Overall I think the 5 series is a great utility tractor for people who farm 100 acres or less. Anything bigger than that I would recommend a larger frame tractor.
I use the loader for hay stacking, snow plowing and various bucket projects. The loader controls inside are set up very nicely. Some people have complained they get fatigued due to the position of the loader controls, but I have not experienced that. I do feel like the loader sticks too far out in front of the tractor, and due to the short wheel base, it tends to bounce around with any weight in the front. The hydraulics have plenty of power to pickup anything I want and they work well.
The winters in my area tend to be harsh. I have a 7ft snow blade attachment for the loader and it works well. I can push around 2 ft of heavy snow, but I can tell the tractor is working hard. The 4wd and overall weight of the tractor makes for good traction even on compacted snow. I really like how high the loader can go as well. It makes it easy to stack snow and hay in high stacks.
Perhaps the best option this tractor has is the power-reverser. Once you get used to using the lever, it saves a lot of time and clutch use when plowing or using the loader. Only piece of advice I have for the power-reverser option is to make sure you are in a lower gear. When you flick the lever in forward to reverse, it can jerk you around pretty good. If you are in a lower gear and running mid-range RPM’s, it makes for a smooth transition. If you are thinking about getting a tractor with the power-reverser option, spend some time practicing and it will save you a lot of time and cut down on fatigue.
This tractor is ideal for mowing or roto-tilling. Plenty of HP to mow just about anything I need. I run a 5ft brush hog, and with the small turning radius, it makes mowing around tight areas easy. I also run a 5ft roto-tiller from time to time and I really like how you can set the depth with the hydraulics to get the perfect height. The cab noise is relatively quiet, especially when running normal RPM’s. Once again, the economy PTO option when mowing is ideal. With 75hp, you don’t need to run 2100 rpms to cut through normal height grasses.
Overall pros: Good power, great visibility inside cab, inside controls, power-reverser transmission, economy PTO option
Overall cons: Fuel consumption, throttle position lever (which they have fixed on newer models), small fuel tank, too short of wheel base
I am not a tractor expert or mechanic but hopefully a few people will find this useful. Thanks for reading!