The new T5 has a tough act to follow as its predecessor, the T5000 series, was one of New Holland’s most popular ranges in Europe.
Recent changes to it include engine, transmission, linkage control and cab. Three models make up the new series, ranging from 94hp to 114hp. Our test model was the Deluxe-spec, mid-sized T5.105 with 107hp.
Style may not be top priority when purchasing tractors, but New Holland has done a good job with the look of the T5, especially its sleek roof line and flowing bonnet.
That Italian flair continues inside the cab, with sweeping curves which feature heavily in the dash and main console design. Practicalities have not been forgotten, though, with most controls falling to hand, including the mouse-style rear linkage control borrowed from its bigger brothers.
However, the range lever is a bit of a stretch, residing down by your right leg. The main gear lever, when in third, also requires a reach and the pto speed selection lever is positioned close to your left elbow and could do with being lower down.
Controls are easy to fathom, which are predominantly mechanical, apart from the rear linkage, pto engagement, shuttle and gear splitter. Out of the group, its loader joystick is the most handily placed. Electric loader control is an option.
Plenty of vents on the dash helped keep the T5’s windows clear and several pockets provided a bit of storage for small items. Extra storage can be found outside the cab near the left-hand steps, with a toolbox suitable for pins and balls.
Cab access is the best out of the three, helped by a slimline passenger seat and good rake adjustment on the steering wheel, allowing it to fold out of the way. There is also reach adjustment on the steering wheel, but when telescoped out the steering shaft is exposed and looks unsightly, cheapening the feel of the tractor.
Like the Deere, the T5’s dash moves with the steering column to provide good views of the instruments - dials for revs, temp and fuel, and a big and bright display for direction, revs and speed. The display can also be used to measure worked area by inputting implement width. Service intervals can also be viewed.
The shuttle lever concept has been passed down from larger models, which returns to centre after a direction is selected.
Neutral is selected via a button on the end of the lever. While this is easy enough to get used to, and is simple to use, you cannot tell what direction is selected by feel. Instead, the dash has to be consulted, taking your eye off the loader work. And, unlike a traditional shuttle lever, neutral cannot be temporarily selected by pulling the lever towards you.
The cab has a light and airy feel to it, with decent visibility all-round. Good views to the loader when raised are helped by a slender cab frame and roof window, which provides an almost unobstructed view throughout the lift cycle. The roof window also opens slightly for a bit of fresh air.
Views to the rear are also good, aided by slim ‘C’ - posts and curved quarter windows.
Thanks to the Stoll loader’s parallel linkage system, which is incorporated inside the loader arms, visibility over the top of the arms (when the loader is down) is good, with minimal blind spots.
The loader arms are also tucked up close to the bonnet, which allows you to look down the outsides of the loader when hooking up to attachments.
Coupled with the tractor’s open centre 65 litres per minute hydraulics, loader action is fairly swift, although there is a slight sloppiness in the loader controls. A separate 38 litres/min pump takes care of steering.
As with all the loaders, the T5’s Stoll takes a couple of attempts to fine tune the technique of getting it on and off. Out of the three, the Stoll is the least clear as to what needs to be done to get it off, not helped by hieroglyphic picture instructions on the side of the loader.
However, once fathomed it is not too bad. Simple folding stand legs, incorporating a ratchet system, make life easier.
We are not too keen on having the multi-coupling block located behind the exhaust, though. Despite being a bit fiddly to get to, burns are a bigger concern.
Loader maintenance is helped with grease points on the end of the pins.
Its 24 by 24 transmission comprises three ranges with four gears in each. Each gear can also be electrically split via buttons on the main gear lever. It also features a de-clutch button, which is really handy to use.
Shuttle aggressiveness can be altered via a rocker switch which affords three settings - soft, medium and brace yourself. We found the middle setting good for most applications around the yard offering good cycle times.
Under the bonnet is a 3.4-litre FPT engine (smaller than before), which is said to offer better fuel economy and more power and torque.
It is certainly feisty, with a lightning quick throttle response.
For this size of tractor, the manufacturer uses EGR and a DPF to meet Stage 3b exhaust emission standards. Engine speed for pto is lower than before too, revving at 1,926rpm to achieve 1,000rpm at the pto, which also features soft start.
For daily maintenance there is good access to dipsticks and radiators. The T5 would benefit from a flat surface in front of the cooling packs to catch falling dirt when cleaning radiators, which can then be wiped off, rather than dirt falling into the casting.
The T5’s rear end is simple to use and adjust. Drop links are screw type, while the stabilisers can be altered with a pin. Flow control is manually adjustable on each valve via a tap. Rear fenders include pto and linkage controls.
Our test model came fitted with New Holland standard pick-up hitch. However, a telescopic Sauerman can be specified, as can R38 tyres.
The pto can be quickly swapped from a six spline to a 21 spline shaft via a circlip, which holds it in place.
Simple to adjust drop links and stabilisers make the rear end user friendly.
Watch out for the hot exhaust when un-coupling the loader from the tractor.