I have purchased a 2004, 5520 with 620 hours on it.
It is a sight unseen purchase through a JD dealer, being sold by a private party because of the death of the original purchaser. (A trust purchase) It should arrive in a couple of weeks, shipping 1,000 miles or so through the dealer.
Here are some of the details taken from the "build sheet" that the dealer provided. Comments on some of these options are welcome.
My life long JD mechanic and a friend who was a salesman for JD for many years encouraged me to buy it, saying it was a "special order" tractor and would fit my needs. They both like the 5520. I have been looking for a while and considered a new 5085E or others but decided to look for an older, lower profile, no DEF/emissions option.
5520 - additions - MFWD, isolated open station platform, power-reverser, 19.5L24 10PR TL and 12.5/80-18 10PR 13, Deal Rear SCV W/Lever, Dual MID SCV with Joystick, telescoping draft links, cold weather package.
541 Loader - additions - Bucket level indicator, 1850 MM, HD bucket
I plan to use this with a bale spear, needing to move round bales one of the main reasons for the purchase. Decision - considering the Frontier triple tine AB12E Dealer here has a new 2017 for about $700
The tractor appears to have one set of weight inside the wheel and two sets of weights outside the wheel. Decision - based on how it handles the smaller type round bales is to leave as is, add ballast box, hopefully not fluid (I have removed fluid from two of my other tractors)
Decision - I have never used or seen the imatch system but I am considering this to use with the rotary mower (LX6) and perhaps a 673 or 681 JD. Own the LX6 will consider the tiller option, another decision. Or another decision, is a bigger JD mower (not sure what they have) a better option. The LX6 is now mounted full time on a 1020. I am hoping the imatch, left on the rear most of the time will add a bit more weight, avoiding fluid.
Question about the engine. The build sheet says, (Deere Manufactured) and tractor data says the same. I have done some research and am not sure where it was made. My 2155 and 2750 are both "Mannheim Engines" Two people said the 5520 is the same. Not sure, so interested in some information on that. Both the 2155 (with 520 loader) and 2750 have been excellent tractors for many years.
I have some beef cattle, hay, and some timber with trails, recently logged and still being logged. So the 5520 will be used for all three. Baling exclusively small square bales now.
My view is that this 5520 will be an even lower stature tractor than my 2155, but with a bit more power than the 2750. My 2750 is now my main baling tractor with 336 baler and 40 ejector. The 4020 is the back up with electric controls for the ejector as well. The 5520 will also be the main mowing tractor for the trails, weeds, etc. along the fields and in the timber.
So, I am excited (mostly) to see how it looks, with a few decisions to make. Any input is welcome. I am not a mechanic and know very little about this series but I am hoping it is a good fit for what we need.
Probably sell the 4020 and 1020 in the spring. Don't need 5 JD tractors
Thanks for reading, any comments welcome to help with the decisions.