John Deere 5E Series vs. Kubota MX Series

posted on Friday, June 8, 2018 in The Deere Difference

John Deere 5E Series vs. Kubota MX Series Compact Utility Tractors

The John Deere 5E Series and the Kubota MX Series Utility Tractors offer similar dimensions, horsepower ranges, and configurations. We put them to the test and outlined a few key comparisons for you. Check out the outline and video below, and we think you’ll agree that the John Deere 5E Series Utility Tractor is the clear superior choice!



John Deere 5E Series    

Kubota MX Series        

Hood Materials:  

Rugged Composite

(resists dents & won’t rust)


Sheet Metal

(prone to rust, dents, & scratches)     

Base Machine Weight:  

5045E: 4,189 pounds



MX4800: 3,469 pounds

(closer to a compact utility tractor)     


5045E is 50 hp at 2,100 RPMs, 3-cylinder, 179 cubic-inches, turbo-charged

  • Lower engine RPM means less fuel consumption, noise, & engine wear & tear


MX4800 IS 49.3 hp at 2,700 RPMs, 4-cylinder, 148.6 cubic-inches, naturally aspirated


17.5 gpm

  • (11.5 implement/6.0 steering)

1st outlet standard

  • Hydraulics when you need them most


14.4 gpm 

  • (9.5 implement/4.9 steering)

1st outlet optional


Transmission Options & Operation:

Gear transmission

  • Flip PowrReverser lever to change directions, no clutching & no shifting

Gear transmission

  • Engage clutch when shifting from forward & reverse
  • Use right hand to control loader and left to shift into forward/reverse


Steering Components:  

Protected from the elements

(behind the front axle)


Up front, leaving them exposed & vulnerable in tough conditions


Planetary drives have three point contact

(for longer life- just like we use on our four-wheel drive tractors)


Kubota uses bull gear drives

(lower cost and old technology)

Operator Comfort:  

Comfort & ergonomics are key

Controls are easy-to-use

Operator is "clean" and clear, and provides operator with good comfort & visibility    


Operator station is not easy to maneuver 

Transmission hump in the middle of the operator station makes it harder to maneuver

Seat springs don't provide premium comfort


PTO Economy:  

Includes fuel-saving E-PTO for light loader work

  • With a simple lever flip to engage E-PTO, get increased fuel efficiency, less noise, less wear & tear on engine
  • Get 540 PTO with only 1600 RPMs
  • E-PTO adds up to 30% MORE fuel savings


No fuel-saving PTO option for light loader work

  • More noise, more wear & tear, and more fuel usage
  • Get 540 PTO only when using 2700 RPMs
Three-Point Hitch:  

3,192 pounds (24-inches behind lift point)

  • 882-pound lift advantage over Kubota!    


2,310 pounds (24-inches behind lift point)


Loader Capacity & Specifications:  

512 Loader (2WD only): lift capacity, 2,200 pounds

  • Good price point loader
  • 2 bucket options (66-inch and 73-inch), round back, quick change    


LA1065 Loader: lift capacity, 1,870 pounds at the pivot pin 

(ADVERTISED AT 2,275 lbs)

  • 3 buckets (all 72-inch), round or square, skid steer quick attach
  • 2 bucket options (66-inch and 73-inch), round back, quick change   



90 service points in 800 hrs

  • Fewer tasks & maintenance intervals, lower costs

120 service points in 800 hrs

  • That's 33% MORE service intervals!!



John Deere 5E Series vs. Kubota MX Series



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