/ Branson Tractor Reliability #1
- Jan 12, 2022
- Bloomsburg Pa. 17815
- Branson 5835R, McCormick X4(50), McCormick F90, McCormick F100, Case, New Holland
I just bought a new Branson 5835R because it really feels good and has done what I thought it would do. Back in September 2021 we made a deal to purchase a 5520CS (Cab Shuttle). I really only wanted a tractor that I could use for moving snow and some basic chores. We are an orchard and own 3 orchard tractors (90, 100 and 90 HP) and another three we use for hauling fruit (all around 60-70 HP) out of the fields via bin trailers or wagons and grass cutting between rows and herbicide management. How I ended up with the 5835r is simple. I called in late September to see where my previously ordered 5520CS was and the dealer decided to keep me happy and give me a loaner (5835R). We used it for three months with a few small issues and then decided to keep it because it has a nice feel and has some true power behind it. I chose to give up on the 5520CS because it kept getting pushed out for delivery to late January 2022 or February 2022. I chose to get the shuttle because I had a 40HP Mahindra Hydro cab and it was woefully underpowered. All of my tractors are gear and the newest orchard tractor is a shuttle type. I really wanted a cab but in the end just went with the ROPS. My small issues with the tractor were a broken clutch pedal spring (I went to ACE hardware to put in a similar but not exact match one and was able to use it as needed). I had to buy the spring from ACE because the spring was not stocked and on back order. The other issue was the shuttle shift not going into forward or reverse because someone hit it with they knee and pushed it from its normal position of about 10 o'clock all the way to 2 o'clock on the steering shaft. I called the shop and told them I wanted to open up the harness and look at it. What I did was reset all of the pins and then re-taped the harness up and put it back to the 10 oclock position. Its working fine since I did this in October. Once I decided to buy it I noticed the DXF warning light was flashing and could not reset it. Ended up being the DXF filter which they replaced. This may sound like a lot of issues but believe me, everything breaks at some time. These were all mine and easily fixed. I really want to know what people have experienced with their Bransons.