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    I am looking at possibly buying a lease back tractor at one of my local JD dealerships. They have a handful of the 5045e, 2015 models with between 300-500 hrs for roughly 12k....2wd. I have about 2 acres to mow at my house (between pine rows) and around 3 acres total of food plots that i will upkeep, harrow, etc. Have a lot more land that im sure will use tractor for various tasks at, but currently that is what i am working with. Nowhere boggy, muddy, or sandy. I know every ody recommends 4wd and loader and while i would love that, i am just now sure my situation requires that,,,and those options would put one out of my price range. What are yalll’s thoughts on this tractor? I believe this particular model is American made correct?
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    JD 5045E is built in Pune, Maharashtra, India. See photo below. It should be fine for your mowing & taking care of food plots To me the engines sound noisy when operating and the 3 pt control valves have long history of failure.
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    Another consideration is it's the first year for Tier IV emissions. Me, I would want simpler, and be searching for a newer 40 (1980-1982 with synchronized transmission) series, 50 series or even 55 series, with a $12K budget. Like; 2040, 2240, 2150, or 2155.
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    I thought the 2015 model with round fenders was made in The USA and the years with square fenders were made in India?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ugahunter2013 View Post
    I thought the 2015 model with round fenders was made in The USA and the years with square fenders were made in India?

    Maybe but here's what JD' website lists as country of manufacture for 5045E.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ugahunter2013 View Post
    I thought the 2015 model with round fenders was made in The USA and the years with square fenders were made in India?
    My dad's 14 5065E, with round fenders, is made in India.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ugahunter2013 View Post
    I thought the 2015 model with round fenders was made in The USA and the years with square fenders were made in India?
    Just a styling change, maybe so they did not look like they came from the 40s
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    The tractor 5075e I got was used, it had 215 hours and hardly had a blemish on it. I was told a peanut farmer used it pulling buggies.

    That tractor you are looking at is popular with fish ponds, sitting still for long hours running PTO aerators. That would be my biggest concern. Dealers won't like telling you its a fish pond tractor.
    On the flip side if the tractor has any problems it probably has been fixed already. Look at everything close even the fluids.

    Another edge is how long has the tractor been on their lot, the tractor I got had been their a year. Look on their website and see if you can tell from a listing date. The longer it's been their the more they'll negotiate.

    These dealers will negotiate on these machines too, if you need a canopy, quick hitch or additional HYD services get it on the deal you might be surprised on how many extras you can get added free..

    IF they won't deal and the deal isn't right or you get a gut feeling WALKAWAY, It's too many tractors and dealers that will make it a deal you can't resist with a tractor set up the way you want it. And deliver it free.

    I say free, haha you're paying for it. But keep in mind JD has already made money from the lease payments.

    I have relatively close relationship with my local JD, they didn't have what I could afford so I went 100+ miles down the road and got a tractor from another JD dealer. But the loader I just had installed was done locally. Business is business..
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    Around here I've seen new 5045E's without loaders and 2WD in the $14K range, or maybe I should say sub-$15K range. IMO a very good value for a brand new tractor. These may be older tractor that have gone unsold but they are still new tractors. If all you need is a tractor for is to pull a 6' bush hog, a hay rake/tedder, or a PTO implement that doesn't require more than what a 45 HP tractor can handle it should work well.

    To be honest a 2 WD tractor works fine for plowing if that's not something you're using it for all the time. If you're needing a frequent plow horse a 4WD tractor will make things much easier. Still in my childhood I spend a lot of time pulling a 3 row disc plow with large disc's and 7' disc harrow also with pretty large disc's (wish we still had that disc) with both a Ford 861D and a Ford 2000.(I mention these 2 tractors because they have similar power but probably less weight than a 5045E) Sure you could get them in situations where they didn't want to pull those plows like you wished they would, but they got the job done.

    I know the larger 5E's are made in the U.S. I'm sure everyone will say, "no they're not, they're made in India." No, the majority of their parts are stamped, cast, and likely machined over there, the motors may be assembled over their, but then they are shipped and assembled here riding down assembly lines in Grovetown, (Augusta) GA. So they are built here to at least some extent. I know people that work at the Augusta plant, and they're under the impression that they actually are building the tractors there. If a 5045E has "Assembled in U.S.A" on it then they are likely put together in Augusta like the other 3 cylinder 5E's they're related to.
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    Well i ended up looking at both the 45 and 55. Dealer was very firm on price not coming off the list price any!!! 12k on the 45 and 15k on the 55! I ended up passing on both. I may just look at a new 55 next year sometime. After i did the math on a interest free one, i would only be spending 2k more than on the used one. Which had no warranty by the way.inwas quoted 19k and 19,750 by 2 dealers on new 5055’s. I will probably visit a few more dealers when i get ready and see who wants to play.
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