Tractor choice conundrum

Gormers

Member
Location
east yorkshire
Which would you choose....
4 year old tractor 5000 hrs or
15 year old tractor 5500hrs
Both regular serviced, both similar hp
Only real difference is that the newer one is adblue
Thoughts of the forum greatly appreciated (y)
 
Probably the 15 year old, easier and cheaper sorted and easier on fuel.
Agree except for easier on fuel. One thing with engine management (provided its not meeting the most recent emissions) is fuel isn't getting thrown into the engine when not needed (off throttle down hill etc) if doing road work makes a huge difference on fuel.
 

Sharpy

Member
Livestock Farmer
Agree except for easier on fuel. One thing with engine management (provided its not meeting the most recent emissions) is fuel isn't getting thrown into the engine when not needed (off throttle down hill etc) if doing road work makes a huge difference on fuel.
16 year old common rail here, hydraulics went recently and I hired a much newer tractor to do the same job. Approximately 75% more fuel used.
 

Phil P

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
North West
Can’t decide if over time risk of components failing increases even if its had an easy life compared to hard work in a short space of time :unsure:
You do tend to get more oil leaks and even electric issues on older stuff, even low hours. The rubber in pipes/O-rings and insulation perish over time, terminals corrode, moistures ingress etc are all thing to consider.
 

neilo

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Montgomeryshire
Is the 15 yr old JD not a lot less money than the 5 yr old, allowing you plenty of spare change for the bits & pieces that will inevitably go wrong?

18 yr old JD (8000 hours) here and have no intention of changing it unless forced to. I did have to replace the front tyres two yrs ago, when the originals started leaking slowly through perished sidewalls. I guess that’s an expense of age rather than hours...
 

Gormers

Member
Location
east yorkshire
Thanks for all coments chaps
Just to add there's roughly 5k between tractors in price
It seems JDs are holding there money but are they value at that age?
 

KB6930

Member
Location
Borders
Thanks for all coments chaps
Just to add there's roughly 5k between tractors in price
It seems JDs are holding there money but are they value at that age?
Guessing at a 66/6820 ? Both good tractors plenty grunt for the size of them and not a huge amount to go wrong engine wise they did like to be worked hard or you got injectors playing up
 

Joe S

Member
Location
Orkney
either could break down and break your heart with a bill, older JD will have more options for home mechanicing.
Id pick the JD but thats just me.
Go drive them both see which one you feel happier in
 

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