John Deere 5E Series vs. Mahindra 2500 Series

posted on Thursday, June 14, 2018 in The Deere Difference

John Deere 5E Series vs. Mahindra 2500 Series Utility Tractors

The John Deere 5E Series and the Mahindra 2500 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    

Mahindra 2500 Series    

Hood Materials:  

Rugged Composite

(resists dents & won’t rust)


Reinforced Steel

(prone to rust & fading)     

Base Machine Weight:  

5055E Open Station: 5,919 pounds

5055E Cab: 6,702 pounds


2555 Open Station: 4,056 pounds

2555 Cab: 4,299 pounds (advertised)

  • 243 pounds for a cab CANNOT be correct!


59 hp at 2,100 RPMs, 3-cylinder, 179 cubic-inches, turbo-charged

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


55 hp at 2,300 RPMs, 4-cylinder, 161.5 cubic-inches, turbo-charged


17.5 gpm

  • (11.5 implement/6.0 steering)

1st outlet standard, second optional

Self adjusting hydraulic brakes

  • Hydraulics when you need them most


14.5 gpm on 12F/12R

  • (9.5 implement/5.0 steering)

14.7 gpm on hydrostatic transmission

1st outlet standard, second optional



Planetary drives have three point contact for longer life

  • like we use on our four-wheel drive tractors


Mahindra 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

Levers are hard to get to and get in the way of tractor operation



 9F/3R SyncShuttle Shift OR

12F/12R PowrReverser w/ 540 E-PTO (comes standard) 


12F/12R Sync Shuttle or Hydrostatic Transmission  


Three-Point Hitch:  

3,968 pounds (behind link end)

3,192 pounds (24" behind)

  • 882-lb. lift advantage over Kubota!    


3,314 lbs. (24-inches behind lift point)

  • Mahindra doesn't state how this is classified
  • "best-in-class" claim for lift capacity is FALSE


Loader Capacity & Specs:  

520M Loader: lift capacity, 2,579 pounds

  • 7 bucket, 3 sizes (66-inch, 73-inch, and 85-inch),
  • John Deere, Global, & Skid Steer carrier options
  • Round back buckets (standard)    


255L Loader: lift capacity, 3,122 pounds 

  • 1 bucket option (72-inch angle back, skid steer attachment)  



46 service points in 1,000 hours

  • Fewer tasks & maintenance intervals, lower costs

58 service points in 1,000 hours

  • That's 26% MORE!!
  • More service intervals will add costs to Mahindra ownership in additional parts, labor, and downtime



John Deere     Mahindra          
5045E 2538
5055E 2538 HST
5065E 2545
5075E 2555


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