John Deere 5045E
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  • 9F/3R SyncShuttle™ transmission - An easy-to-use transmission which saves time and effort
    Nine forward and three reverse speeds with in-line synchronized shuttle shifting

    The SyncShuttle transmission is designed to match the excellent power and torque characteristics of the John Deere PowerTech™ engines. Transmission durability is enhanced with the pressure-lubricated top shaft, allowing an operator to achieve performance from one working season to the next. Additionally, this in-base transmission is configured with fixed draft links, single-speed power take-off (PTO) and mechanical PTO engagement.


    The transmission is characterized as full top shaft synchronized (TSS) when forward shifting on-the-go between speeds, and is characterized a synchronized while depressing the clutch.


    2100 engine rpm
      Tire 0.671 RR
    Gear Rear Wheel Speed Ground Speed
      rpm kmph
    A1 9.1 2.3
    A2 12.4 3.1
    A3 17.0 4.3
    A Rev -13.5 -3.4
    B1 23.1 5.8
    B2 31.4 7.9
    B3 43.2 10.9
    B Rev -34.2 -8.6
    C1 58.9 14.9
    C2 80.3 20.3
    C3 110.3 27.9
    C Rev -87.3 -22.1


    Creeper available for R2 and R4 as field installed kit with following speeds in kmph.

    Creeper 1 0.40
    Creeper 2 0.54
    Creeper 3 0.75
    Creeper Rev -0.59
    Easy and comfortable shifting
    Operator-friendly transmission controls with hand throttle Operator-friendly transmission controls with hand throttle
    Synchronized shifting in all forward and reverse gears Synchronized shifting in all forward and reverse gears
    Range selection pattern Range selection pattern

    Nine forward and three reverse (9F/3R) speeds are achieved by using two platform-mounted levers for shift operation. The gear lever at the operator's right hand selects one of three forward gears and one reverse gear, as well as the integrated park position. The range lever at the operator's left hand selects collar-shift A, B, and C ranges.

    Operators can easily switch directions without having to completely stop the tractor with synchronized, in-line, shuttle-shift capability between forward and reverse gears on the gear-shift lever in all three ranges (A, B, and C ranges).

    A neutral start switch requires the gear-shift lever be in the neutral or park positions to start the engine.

    A positive park pawl on the transmission provides positive park and eliminates the need for a hand brake. This also eliminates clutch service costs that occur when the park brake is accidentally left engaged.

  • Final Tier 4-compliant PowerTech™ engines provide improved visibility
    A smaller, more efficient after-treatment device provides more space under the hood A smaller, more efficient after-treatment device provides more space under the hood

    The 5045E, 5055E, 5065E, and 5075E Utility Tractors meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Final Tier 4 (FT4) exhaust emissions regulations with a diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC)/diesel particulate filter (DPF) system. Modifying the after-treatment device resulted in better forward and side visibility around the hood. The hood slope of the updated design is comparable to the Tier 2 tractors previously produced. Similar to the system on the 5M, the purpose of the DOC/DPF combination is to reduce toxic gases emitted from the exhaust, as well as to filter particulate matter to prevent it from becoming airborne.


    As the tractor continues to operate over time, as is the case with any filter, the DPF will accumulate particulate matter and will need to be cleaned. It is cleaned through a process called regeneration. During a regeneration cycle, exhaust temperatures increase to burn off the excess particulate matter. On a John Deere 5 Series Tractor equipped with a DOC/DPF, the operator does not need to provide any input to trigger the regeneration process.

    Exhaust filter cleaning switch Exhaust filter cleaning switch

    On the dash is an exhaust filter cleaning switch. As long as this switch remains in the auto position, the tractor is in full control of the regeneration process and will regenerate on an as-needed basis during operation. The operator just continues to operate the tractor as normal while the regeneration process takes place.


    There may be times a tractor is operating in an environment not suitable for a regeneration cycle, such as in a confined area or during service. For this reason, the bottom section of the exhaust filter cleaning switch can be depressed to disable the regeneration. The disable position allows the operator to temporarily inhibit the regeneration cycle. The operator should return the switch to auto mode as soon as possible to avoid continued soot buildup in the exhaust filter, which can lead to a parked regeneration. John Deere does not recommend disabling the automatic exhaust filter cleaning unless it is absolutely necessary.


    The simplicity and intuitiveness of the exhaust filter cleaning switch maximizes uptime by minimizing the operator’s input into the regeneration process. This increases the overall productivity of the tractor by reducing the chances of a parked regeneration. The operator-friendly interface allows the operator to easily complete the task at hand, even during the regeneration process.

  • Intuitive controls to aide in simple operation
    Adding ease to operation
    Enhanced operator controls Enhanced operator controls

    Operator comfort is important regardless of the application. Improving the 5E 3-Cylinder Tractor models, the hand throttle has been relocated to the right-hand console. This is 30.5 cm (12-in.) closer to the operator and within easy reach versus the previous location on the center-hand console. Operators may also notice the additional legroom provided by the repositioned loader controls, providing a more enjoyable experience.


Fuel tank Standard: 72.5 L
19 U.S. gal.


5 Reviews
Dec 04, 2019

Love my 5045E


I’ve now owned my 5045e 4wd for 5 years and have been very pleased. The tractor is used mostly for pasture mowing, moving hay, and keeping up the roads around our farm. The front end loader is a great addition that I had never had before. I’ve had no issues with mine and would make the purchase again without regret!


  • From: Bolingbroke, Ga
  • Usage Frequency: Weekly
  • Level of Experience: Expert
Jul 30, 2019

400 hours and a $3400 bill


I do NOT recommend this tractor. We need a smaller tractor to fit into our barn to clean manure. We use our tractor for feeding round bales in the winter, cleaning a barn 3-4 times a year (10 hours a year max.), mowing pastures and tedding and raking hay. At 400 hours the clutch went on our tractor and we were greeted with a $3400 bill. At 400 hours, a clutch should not fail (center hub to be exact.... springs disintegrated). Now I’m not sure what to do... keep it and risk a new clutch in another 400 hours or sell and buy a different brand. Very disappointed. My family owns a farm and we run ALL JD equipment. Very disappointed and unsatisfied with the performance of this compact. Worth noting: it leaked hydraulic fluid from the day it was delivered and has always been a headache


  • From: Tully, NY
  • Usage Frequency: Weekly
  • Level of Experience: Expert
Nov 19, 2019

Value and durability


I have a little over 100 hours on my 5045e. For my 10 acre farm, this tractor as I had hoped, offers functionality, simplicity and utility in mowing, tilling, and with the loader, many other tasks around the property including, snow removal, dirt/gravel moving. I looked at many other models, and this one meets my needs without hydrostatic transmissions... this tractor really combines comfort, ease of use and serviceability in a very affordable package.


  • From: Heyworth, il
  • Usage Frequency: Weekly
  • Level of Experience: Expert
Dec 20, 2019

Overall love it


I purchased the 5045E in August 2018 for off-grid living and it has been a joy to own and use around our 20 acres in the Panhandle Idaho area.


  • From: Spirit Lake, Idaho
  • Usage Frequency: Weekly
  • Level of Experience: Expert
Jan 27, 2019

Built like a tank. Awesome 3 point hitch and loader capabilities.


Great reliability that I expect from John Deere. Love the size (5,000 lb) and has a proven long lasting diesel engine with great hydraulic capabilities. To be honest mine is the earlier 2010 5045E with low hours < 800 and it still runs and operates like new. I highly recommend the 4x4 especially if you plan on using it year round and use the loader (mine 553). Big difference all around compared to my earlier 4 series model.


  • From: New Hampshire
  • Usage Frequency: Weekly
  • Level of Experience: Expert