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Low-Profile Utility Tractor

  • 123.2 hp John Deere PowerTech™ engine
  • PowrQuad transmission offers push-button gear selection without the foot clutch
  • Optional high-capacity hitch option provides nearly four tons of lift

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The standard OOS on 5ML Tractors was designed for low-clearance applications. It features a low-profile seat, a smaller-diameter steering wheel, protected controls, and a low-profile, rear-mounted rollover protective structure (ROPS). Combined with the sloping hood, this is beneficial to the operator’s visibility to the front of the tractor. Rounding off these standard features and incorporated into each operator platform is a shield which limits heat transfer from the hydraulics to the operator.


All of the most crucial operator controls are conveniently located within arms’ reach on the right-hand console control pod. The engine throttle control, selective control valve (SCV) levers, power take-off (PTO) engagement, and hitch-lift control levers are grouped together. On the 5ML, this control pod is positioned on the right-side fender, protected from low-hanging crops by a shield.

Right-hand fender shield and low profile seatRight-hand fender shield and low profile seat

Color-coded bands on the SCV levers correspond with the color on the rear SCVs, making it easy for any operator to determine which lever operates which rear SCV.

The 5ML Tractor also offers optional fender extensions to minimize crop disturbance, especially in orchards or tree nut applications. Two fender extension options are available to meet varying tire sizes and coverage preferences.

The foldable ROPS on the 5ML Tractor has a unique design and is 15.2-cm (6-in.) lower at maximum height than the standard 5M Tractors.

The shifter linkages are tighter to offer a more accurate shift pattern, which translates to a crisper throw between gears. Incorporating technology found on standard 5M Tractors, the 5ML now offers a declutch button, enabling the operator to shift gears within a range without the use of the foot clutch.

Dash details:

  • Cluster
  • Controls
  • Steering wheel

5ML Tractors also include the following features:

  • Retractable seat belts
  • Rear certified ROPS for OOS tractors
  • Heat shield limiting hydraulic heat passed onto the operator
  • Key-switch interlock prevents bypass starting
  • Audible and visual PTO warning alerts when the operator leaves the seat with the PTO engaged
  • Positive park position prevents the tractor from moving when the engine is off
  • Four amber turn-signal/flashing warning lights for road transport (these are break-away)
  • Slow-moving vehicle (SMV) sign alerts other road users during transport
  • Safety decals keep safety in the minds of new and experienced operators
  • Left- and right-hand steps provide easy and convenient access from both sides of the tractor
  • Fuel system is fully grounded to meet safety and fuel fill regulation requirements
  • For convenience of operation, the fuel and diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) fill are both on the same side with clearly marked and color coded caps. The DEF tank has a capacity of 12.1-L (3.2 gal.), which is more than enough to sustain proper tractor operation and fuel treatment for more than one full tank of diesel. A field-installed lockable fuel cap is offered for protection and peace of mind.

Transmission controls on PowrReverser™ transmission models:

Gear and range shift levers are located to the right of the operator. The gear lever incorporates a declutch button enabling the operator to shift gears without the use of the foot clutch. Unique knobs also make it easier to distinguish between the two.

Gear lever with declutch buttonGear lever with declutch button

Transmission controls on PowrQuad™ transmission models:


A single transmission control is located to the right of the operator. This control features the ability to shift through gears within a range using the rabbit button to increase gears and the turtle button to decrease gears. A range change can be completed with this control, as well by moving through A-D ranges similar to a traditional range controller. To aide in ease of operation, operators can use the integrated declutch button rather than the foot clutch to change ranges.

Transmission control on PowrQuad transmission modelsTransmission control on PowrQuad transmission models

A foot throttle with a platform pedal is located on the right side of the operator. The pedal is positioned for ease of use, yet does not clutter the floor. The hand throttle is easily accessible on the right hand console.

Engaged by either foot, the differential lock pedal is placed on the floor.

Differential lock buttonDifferential lock button

When the tractor is used in applications requiring the clutch and brake pedals to be used frequently, the operator will see the benefit of the suspended pedals.

The electrohydraulic forward/reverse direction lever is located on the left-hand side of the instrument console, connected to the steering column. There is also a guard for the reverser lever. Operated with the left-hand finger, the right hand is free to simultaneously run the loader, hitch, or hand throttle.

Left hand reverser with guardLeft hand reverser with guard

3-point hitch controls

Mechanical hitch controls are available on models equipped with a PowrReverser transmission, while models equipped with a PowrQuad transmission will have an electrohydraulic (EH) hitch. With an EH hitch, operators will have the functionality to raise and lower the hitch from the rear left-hand fender, reducing time when attaching and detaching implements.

Left-hand fender hitch controlLeft-hand fender hitch control

PTO controls and speeds
The 5ML features electrohydraulic PTO engagement on all models.

The push/pull knob on open station tractors is conveniently located beside the hand throttle on the right-hand side of the operator. When the PTO is engaged, a light on the instrument panel will illuminate and PTO speed is indicated by target bars. Models equipped with a PowrReverser transmission have a 540/540E rpm shiftable PTO while models equipped with a PowrQuad transmission have a three-speed PTO, 540/540E/1000 rpm.

Enhancing operator safety, the tractor does not start with the PTO engaged. An alarm sounds if the operator attempts to leave the seat with the PTO engaged. The PTO shaft is protected by a hinged shield.

Hydraulics controls
The color-coded bands on the levers, which control triple rear SCVs, correspond to the color of the dust cap and the SCV valve they control.


Mechanical front-wheel drive (MFWD) controls
All four-wheel drive (4WD) axles are equipped with the engage-on-the-go MFWD. This toggle switch is now located on the right-hand console.


Lighting controls – Multi-position dial
The five-position lighting package is straightforward with the lighting control switch on the right side of the steering column. The switch positions are: off, warning, work light, transport 1 (warning and high-beam headlights), and transport 2 (warning and headlights). A turn-signal lever is located on the left side of the steering column for quick and easy use.

Putting more power to the ground translates to increased productivity in demanding conditions. Simply put, torque is the useable power that can be achieved. More torque leads to more lugging ability which helps the operator be more productive.

5M Final Tier 4 (FT4) engines feature up to a 4 percent power bulge when put under load. The power bulge feature of the electronically controlled engine delivers additional horsepower as engine rpm drops below rated speed. Additionally, a 30 percent torque rise provides the force that maintains horsepower as engine rpm drops below rated speed.

When the tractor is under load, power bulge and torque rise work together to get through the tough spots without having to downshift. Horsepower and torque are mathematically related.


As rpm drops, the only way to maintain or increase horsepower is to provide additional torque. The output horsepower is greater than or equal to rated horsepower as the engine is pulled down to 1750 rpm.

The peak torque rise also occurs near the rated economy power take-off (EPTO) speed.

5ML power curve summary5ML power curve summary
5ML torque curve summary5ML torque curve summary

The PowrQuad™ transmission can be ordered on any of the 5ML Tractor models with three different options to meet producer needs: 16F/16R PowrQuad, 16F/16R PowrQuad with creeper, or 32F/16R Power 8. These three transmissions options come standard with a 540/540 Economy/1000 power take-off (PTO) and are compatible with the pressure-and-flow compensated (PFC) hydraulic system.


Pairing a PowrQuad  or a Power 8 transmission with PFC hydraulics provides more hydraulic flow, increased hitch lift capacity over PowrReverser models, and an electrohydraulic (EH) hitch control for repeatable hitch movements. 


The ergonomically placed transmission control allows the operator to change gears and ranging with one simple control. Two buttons, a rabbit or turtle indicator, allow one to gear up (rabbit) or gear down (turtle) within a range. A range change can be made with a simple press of the declutch button rather than using the foot clutch. If preferred, the foot clutch remains incorporated into the operator station for use.

Integrated declutch and gear buttons on transmission controlIntegrated declutch and gear buttons on transmission control

Ranges on the transmission control can be selected by moving the controller in an H pattern. The lever selects ranges A, B, C, or D. Ranges C and D are fully synchronized. That means, when upshifting, operators can move from range C to D without stopping the tractor. On the downshift, operators can move from D all the way to B without stopping.


Maximum productivity is achieved with clutchless hydraulic shifting between forward and reverse and is ideal for loader work and any other applications that require frequent directional changes in tight spaces. An electrohydraulic fingertip directional lever control allows the operator to effortlessly switch directions with a small finger motion.


This control is located on the left side of the instrument console and selects forward, reverse, and neutral positions. It also allows the operator to steer and shift direction with the left hand, freeing the right hand to operate other tractor controls, such as the loader, rear implements, or hand throttle.


NOTE: A neutral start switch requires the directional lever be in the neutral position to start the engine.


PowrQuad transmissions include:

  • Wet clutch
  • Ergonomically mounted transmission lever controlling both gear and range changes
  • Declutch button on the range lever
  • Left-hand reverser
  • Constant-mesh, helical-cut gears
  • Pressure-lubricated top shaft
  • Positive park pawl
  • Three-speed PTO
  • Neutral start switch
Reversible stub shaft

All 5ML Tractors equipped with a PowrQuad or Power 8 transmission  have a reversible stub shaft with six splines and 21 splines (38 mm [1.5 in.]). To switch between 540 and 1000 speeds, simply remove the snap ring, flip the PTO shaft, and reinstall the snap ring. The tractor PTO operates at 540-rpm speed when the six-spline end of the shaft is visible, and at 1000 speed when the 21-spline end of the shaft is visible.


The reversible 540/ 540E/1000 PTO stub shaft is located in a dry cavity to allow changing from 540/540E rpm to 1000 rpm or vice versa without any oil spillage. This interchangeability allows the matching of different implements. The reversible stub shaft improves uptime as no bolts are needed for removal, just a simple snap ring.


  A = snap ring
B = snap ring groove
C = bore 
Reversible stub shaft (six and 21 splines)


NOTE: See PTO functional area for more information on economy PTO.


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Key Specs 5125ml-low-profile-utility-tractor
Current Model
Engine descriptionJohn Deere PowerTech™ 4045 engine
Engine displacement4 cylinders: 4.5 L
276 cu in.
Rated engine powerAt 2,200 per ISO 97/68/EC: 91.9 kW
123.2 hp
Rated PTO power (hp SAE)At 2,100 per SAE: 85.7 kW
115 hp
Maximum PTO power
Transmission typeStandard: 16F/16R PowrQuad™
Optional: 16F/16R PowrQuad with creeper
32F/16R PowrQuad
Hydraulic pump rated output117 L/min
31 gpm
Rear hitch category (SAE designation)Category 2
Base machine weight
Maximum engine power
Engine specifications
DescriptionJohn Deere PowerTech™ 4045 engine
Engine type
Engine familyFJDXL04.5211
Rated speed
Cylinders linersWet sleeved
Emission level
After treatment type
Displacement4 cylinders: 4.5 L
276 cu in.
Engine performance
Rated powerAt 2,200 per ISO 97/68/EC: 91.9 kW
123.2 hp
Rated PTO power (hp SAE)At 2,100 per SAE: 85.7 kW
115 hp
Maximum PTO power
Power boost
Engine peak torque
PTO torque rise
Intelligent Power Management (available in transport and/or mobile PTO applications)
Maximum engine power
TypeStandard: 16F/16R PowrQuad™
Optional: 16F/16R PowrQuad with creeper
32F/16R PowrQuad
Clutch; wet/dryWet
Creeper16F/16R PowrQuad with creeper
Hydraulic system
TypeStandard: Pressure-and-flow compensated (PFC) system
Pump rated outputStandard: 117 L/min
31 gpm
Available flow at a single rear SCVStandard: 100 L/min
26.4 gpm
Available flow at front SCVs
Number of rear selective control valves (SCVs)Standard: three
Number of mid selective control valves (SCVs)Zero; up to two
Number of front selective control valves (SCVs)
Joystick SCV controlOptional
SCV control
Rear hitch
Hitch draft control load sense typeStandard: Electrohydraulic
Remote control valves availableStandard: three
Hitch category (SAE designation)Category 2
Maximum lift capacity behind lift pointsStandard: 3164 kg
6975 lb
Optional: 3569 kg
7868 lb
Sensing typeTop link
Rear axle differential lock
Lift capacity at standard frame
Drawbar category
Maximum vertical load
Rear power take-off (PTO)
TypeStandard: 540/540E/1000
Engine rpm (at rated PTO speeds)540 at 2100 rpm
540E at 1645 rpm
1000 at 2103 rpm
PTO actuationElectrohydraulic
Ground speed PTO option availability
Multispeed PTO option availability
Front hitch
Electric power
Standard lift capacity
Front power take-off (PTO)
PTO speed
Rear axle
TypeInboard planetary
Final drive type
Differential controlsElectrohydraulic
Axle typeFlanged
Brakes, type and controlHydraulic wet disc
Rear differential lock
Load rating
Front axle
Front axle differential lock
Load rating
Front12.5/80 - 18 In. I3 Bias
Rear19.5L - 24 In 10PR R4 Bias
Wheel tread rangeFront: 1299-1997 mm
51.1-78.6 in.
Turning radius with brakes3.34 m
11 ft
Turning radius without brakes3.8 m
12.5 ft
Electrical system
Alternator size
Battery options
Total cold cranking amps
Type of bulb in beacon (Halogen, Zenon, LED)
Type of bulb in headlight (Halogen, Zenon, LED)
Working lights
dB(A) rating for backup alarm
Operator station
Rollover protective structure, OOSRigid - foldable - telescopic
Foldable, two-post
Platform - flat/straddle
Gearshift location - console/floor
Cab suspension
Instructional seat
Inner cab volume
dB(A) rating
Cab glass area
Front visibility
Safety glass rating
Wheelbase2350 mm
92.5 in.
Overall length
Drawbar clearance
Front axle center
Approximate shipping weight, Open;CabPowrQuad models: Open: 3975 kg
8740 lb
Cab: Not applicable
Overall height
Base machine weight

Maximum ballast level
Maximum permissible weight
Crankcase oil volume
Fuel tankStandard: 144 L
38 U.S. gal.
Diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) tank12 L
3.2 U.S. gal.
Cooling system
Transmission-hydraulic system
Interval for engine oil change
Interval for hydraulic/transmission oil change
Interval for engine coolant change
Lift capacity at full height
Maximum lift height
Precision AG
Remote diagnostics
Country of manufacture
Side slope rating
Uphill/downhill slope rating
Drive type
Track width
Tread spacing

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