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    Default John Deere 5203

    I recently bought 80 acres of mostly pasture land and the man I bought it from had three tractors two of which he has sold. He has a 5203 with 1400 hours on it he is asking 11000 for for it. It's two wheel drive and doesn't have a loader. Is that a good buy and is it big enough? I hope to find someone to cut the hay for the hay but from time to time I may need to bush hog it. I mostly bought the land for an investment and mabe hunt on it a little. I have a kubota 5700 but I don't want to have to load and move it twenty miles every time it is needed.

    Thanks Richard

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    It's plenty big enough for bush hogging with a 6 - 8' cutter, but 11 grand is a little steep. That's what I gave for mine with 200 hrs on it. I would be looking more at the $9500 range.

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    Default Re: John Deere 5203

    Quote Originally Posted by Kessler Farms View Post
    It's plenty big enough for bush hogging with a 6 - 8' cutter, but 11 grand is a little steep. That's what I gave for mine with 200 hrs on it. I would be looking more at the $9500 range.

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    I just bought a nice 2wd 5203 with only 300hrs for $11K. What year is it? (green undercarriage or black?)
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    Default Re: John Deere 5203

    The under carriage is black

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dickey View Post
    The under carriage is black
    Then the newest it could be would be 2006. I'd shoot for $9-10K. They are good little tractors, I really like mine.
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    Default Re: John Deere 5203

    Here is a JD link that will help you determine the year. If you have not already been to tractordata here is a link to it for specs on the tractor. The last link is an online manual for the 5203.

    Have you driven the tractor? This is from tractordata on the trasmission - Three speeds (1-3) plus reverse (R) in three ranges (A-C). Tractor must be stopped, and clutch used, before shifting speed or range. Standard on 2WD models.-

    While I do not use my loader much, must admit I am glad I have it. To me if you have a loader you need MFWD. Something to consider.

    Model Year of 5000 Series Tractors : What year was my 5000 series tractor built?

    TractorData.com John Deere 5203 tractor information

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    Default Re: John Deere 5203

    Interesting...
    """Have you driven the tractor? This is from tractordata on the trasmission - Three speeds (1-3) plus reverse (R) in three ranges (A-C). Tractor must be stopped, and clutch used, before shifting speed or range. Standard on 2WD models.-"""
    Last edited by DPForumDog; 10-13-2014 at 01:00 PM. Reason: left off quotation marks

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    I've got a 2008 5103 and really like it. I too use it for general work around the ranch and have found that I can even use it with my round baler without any problems.
    Good luck on your purchase.
    2008 JD 5103, FEL, 6' Frontier, 6' HD boxblade, 7' Landscape rake, More impliments to come, Bobcat (clark) 742 SS.

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    Default Re: John Deere 5203

    just bought a 2004 5205 with the 521 loader and the 8 speed semi, I would think that the 53 turbo horse power would be enough for almost anything.

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    Default Re: John Deere 5203

    My uncle bought a 5203 with 450 hours 4wd no loader or cab I think 17000 u have to stop to shift nice tractor does pretty much anything only down side is you have to stop to shift

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