John Deere 5E Series vs. Kubota M6000 Series

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

John Deere 5E Series vs. Kubota M6000 Series Compact Utility Tractors

The John Deere 5E Series and the Kubota M6000 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 M6000 Series    

Hood Materials:  

Rugged Composite

(resists dents & won’t rust)


Sheet Metal

(prone to rust, dents, & scratches)     

Base Machine Weight:  

5055E Open Station: 5,919 pounds

5055E Cab: 6,702 pounds



M6060 Open Station: 5,005 pounds

M6060 Cab: 5,358 pounds

  • How can there only be a 353-pound difference between cab & open station??     


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

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


63.5 hp at 2,400 RPMs, 4-cylinder, 203 cubic-inches, naturally aspirated


17.5 gpm

  • (11.5 implement/6.0 steering)

1st outlet standard, 2nd optional  

11.0 gpm 

  • (9.5 implement/4.9 steering)

1st outlet standard, 2nd optional


Transmission Options & Operation:

9F/3R SyncShuttle Shift OR
12F/12R PowrReverser w/ 540 E-PTO

8F/8R SyncShuttle Shift


Steering Components:  

Protected from the elements

(behind the front axle)


Up front, leaving them exposed & vulnerable in tough conditions

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:  

3,968 pounds (behind link end)

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


4,100 pounds (behind link end)

3,307 pounds (24-inches behind lift point)

  • Lift capacity is more on the Kubota and the tractor weighs 914 to 1,344 lbs. LESS than the Deere???


Loader Capacity & Specifications:  

520M Loader: lift capacity, 2,579 pounds

  • 7 buckets, 3 sizes (66-inch, 73-inch, 85-inch),
  • John Deere carrier (standard), global carrier & skidsteer carrier (optional)
  • Rounded back buckets (standard)    


LA1154 Loader: lift capacity, 2,459 pounds

  • 2 buckets (72-inch round back or 4-in-1)
  • Skid steer quick attach ONLY



46 service points in 1,000 hrs

  • Fewer tasks & maintenance intervals, lower costs

86 service points in 1,000 hrs

  • That's 87% MORE than the John Deere 5055E
  • More service intervals will add (substantial) cost to Kubota ownership



John Deere     Kubota          
5045E M6060



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