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|John Deere 5010 after 49 years|
Here we have a John Deere 5010. In the Early 1960's John Deere finally abandoned the 2 cylinder design. It had served it purposes and been a classic, but there were limits to how large a slow speed 2 cylinder engine would behave. They pushed to to around 75 HP with the 830 using a 6.25" bore by 8" stroke at 1125 RPM. But where from there? The 4 and 6 cylinder models which came out in the 1960's proved honorable replacements for the classic 'Johnny Poppers" which had been around for the 40 previous years. At the upper end of the product line in the 1960's was the 5010. It came in at 125 HP and featured Deere's biggest engine of the day. It was manufactured from 1962 until 1965 when it was replaced by an even more powerful 5020.
The 5010 features a 531 cu in (8.7L) 6 cylinder diesel engine without a turbocharger with a 4.75 x 6 bore and stroke. Never a big seller, it is reported that 7553 of this model were built over 3 years(1963-1965). The drawbar HP was 106 and the PTO HP was 121. At over 12,000 lbs it was heavy and sort of gutless for its size, but legendary for the strength of its drive train.
It features a 3 point hitch and 2 hydraulic circuits. It has a reputation for having a particularly strong drive train and has only a 1000 RPM PTO. Unlike most of the smaller tractors, it has no provision for adapting to the historic standard of a 540 RPM PTO. This means for the VanNatta's that both this tractor and the John Deere Model R must work to make hay, because we have a rotary scythe set up to work on the 1000 RPM PTO (it needs the power of the big tractor) and we have the baler configured for a classic 540 RPM PTO.
We originally bought this tractor to pull our compactor around, but we use it for others things as well including running the wood splitter and mowing and raking hay. We bought a 5 bottom 3 point hitch plow for it and some day we may actually hook the plow up to the tractor.