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John Deere 2520 Compact Tractor
by patrick Muselwhite
Model year: 2008Date Purchased: 2013-01-15Number of Hours: 115
"I am pleased with the JD 2520 compact tractor overall. It has 4WD, a Yanmar diesel engine and a front end loader. My major concern is its narrow stance. It is not as stable as I had hoped it would be even on slightly sloped ground. Unfortunately, my 2.5 acres is slightly sloped over 40% of the land and steeply sloped over 10%. I use extreme caution on the 40% and do not attempt to navigate the 10% at all.
When I use a Woods bush hog that helps the stability of the JD 2520. I have a Ford NAA and feel much more comfortable on it on the 40% of my land that has a slight slope. But it does not have a front end loader and has seen its better days. For the remaining portion of my land the JD is excellent. I have learned to use the front end loader as a brush clearing implement. ( Tilt it down and drag backwards with the slope not across the slope).
The JD 2520 has helped me accomplish a lot this year and I probably have recouped 10 to 15% of the $13,000 used price it cost me by just doing the work myself.
The categories that I have rated 4 stars are all rated that way because of the narrow stance as it affects all of these attributes of the JD 2520 Compact tractor."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Reliable, made to work, diesel power.Cons: Unstable on event the slightest slope.Type of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: USA VAI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
by Art Hebert
Model year: 2011Date Purchased: 2011-05-20Number of Hours: 150
"I had a JD 755 for twenty years. During that time I replaced the battery three times, replaced oil and filters---and that's it. I gained a respect and admiration for the Yanmar engine and the drive train that is top shelf.
So, twenty years later, I went looking for a replacement (the reason won't be mentioned here). I looked briefly at other similar sized tractors, looked longer and harder at Kubota, and decided on the JD. I picked the 2520 because I wanted a specific PTO-driven tool that required 25hp. Otherwise, I probably would have gone with a 2320.
I added the quick mount 5' bucket and the 62D On Ramp deck. It's a nice tractor. "
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: It starts easily every time I turn the key, it cuts my 2 acres of grass, it drives my wood chipper, and it moves my trailers around. Cons: I believe the 755 had greater lifting power than this rig. I lived in NH---The Granite State---and I moved a lot of humongous rocks with that machine. We added a porch to our house, including nine granite steps that weighed 600 to 700 lbs apiece, and I put each of them in place with the JD. Quantifying this, with the 755 I could approach a weight of any kind, get under it with the bucket, and the load would either come up with the bucket or the rear tires would come off the ground. The 2520 has NEVER lifted the rear tires off the ground. If the load is too heavy, it just sits there with apparent (to me) hydraulic slippage or leakage going on. One other project worthy of note was when my wife asked me to remove this little rock that was sticking up... I ended up digging a hole that could hide the whole John Deere, and having that "little rock" roll over so I could bury it. The John Deere 755 did everything I ever asked it to do. Two of the quick disconnects for the bucket leak constantly. When I went to the local JD dealer to buy replacements they ordered the wrong ones. I'm living with the leaks. I brought my 2520 to the local dealer once, and without wanting to I was impacted by their head mechanic's preference for big AG tractors... He couldn't be bothered with the "little stuff." I took my tractor home and will live with it as is. I have the independent lift kit, because there are times when I cut with the deck while I have the bucket mounted, and I want to be able to control the bucket (curl) and the deck lift concurrently. The design of the joystick and the additional hydraulic control down by my right heel is impractical and awkward. I've been cutting trees; I deliver the wood to three neighbors, bucket by bucket. At high speed on the road the PTO arms swing back and forth and rub against the inside of the rear tires, and rub rubber off the tires. That's a design flaw. It's been mentioned by many other owners. Living in NC means living with red clay. I cannot dig a hole with this machine. Maybe if I replaced the bucket with one with teeth it would be different. Type of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: USA NCI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
JD 2520 62c Mower and 200 Loader
by Pete M
Model year: 2010Date Purchased: 2010-07-01Number of Hours: 220
"Has been trouble free.
My wife uses it all the time and enjoys it.
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Other than regular maintenance nothing has been touched.Cons: None.Type of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: CND OTI also considered buying: Kubota B2630, Cub Cadet Yanmar Ex2900 REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
So Far So Good
by Cliff Stickney
Model year: 2007Date Purchased: 2007-01-09Number of Hours: 160
"So far so good with the little diesel tractor I bought. It has done everything I have ever it put it through. The implements on the other hand have needed repair and tweaking.
The first year I had the rake, it got all bent up. It was a very poor design. But a simple fix to weld a channel all along the angle help stiffen it right back up and haven't had any problems. I would look to put a hoe on back but haven't wanted to throw the cash down for it. I have ripped out 8-10 tree stumps just with the bucket on front and have learned how to use my tractor quite effectively. I love it and can't wait to add more attachments."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Small and versatile.Cons: I little cramped around the operators seat but I'm a big guy so that I guess is my problem.Type of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: USA NCI also considered buying: Kubota B2320, New Holland Boomer 20 REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
John Deere 2520
Model year: 2008Date Purchased: 2008-06-18Number of Hours: 721
"I bought my tractor in '08 for several jobs at home I had to do mowing being one of them. I own 23 acres mow 7 acres with I finish mower 60". It works great. I have a 54" snow blower and 48" tiller for it 4' brush hog for it and a set of forks for it. I love the tractor it works very well no complaints."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Geasy to switch attachments and to get around.Cons: Wish the open station was bigger not enough room.Type of User: Homeowner 10-50 AcresLocation: USA NYI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
by William Dailey
Model year: 1972Date Purchased: 2009-06-14Number of Hours: 3983
"Tractor meets my needs running a horse/alpaca operation and putting up approx 55 acres of hay. "
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Enough horsepower for small hay operations but not so large it is hard to service.Cons: Mid mount PTO for sickle bar mower is inconvient to hook up and unhook when rear PTO power is needed.Type of User: Homeowner 50-100 AcresLocation: USA NYI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Great Tractor, Just Too Complicated for the Average Homeowner
Model year: 2010Date Purchased: 2012-06-01Number of Hours:
"This tractor gets the job done on our property. There are a lot of useful implements for it: mowing deck, snow plow, snow blower, front end loader, aerator, utility cart, etc. It has enough horsepower to get through anything with ease.
My one really big gripe about it involves the complexity of it, especially when using the implements. Many of them are heavy, requiring two people to move and position.
Also, the instructions are incomprehensible to the average homeowner. There is a lot of jargon and the pictures included with the instructions are often difficult to see because they are in black and white and generally are not crisp.
It's also VERY expensive to maintain. We do some of the work ourselves but the annual service usually costs in excess of $500.
Don't get me wrong, this is a great tractor. Very reliable and useful if you live in the country and have a large piece of property. It's just not easy to use in certain circumstances if you are an average homeowner."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Reliable, versatile.Cons: Instructions not useful for average people. Implements are sometimes too complicated to take on and off.Type of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: USA MDI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
by Dean LaCrosse
Model year: 2012Date Purchased: 2012-04-10Number of Hours: 56
"We purchased a JD 2520 with a 62"MMM, 200cx loader, 46" backhoe and a rear ballast box. We live on 56 acre property w/about 50 acres of woods/mountain and 6 acres to mow and maintain including a stream and a large water culvert outback. After living here 10 yrs. finally got a real tractor. Has a craftsman riding tractor w/50" deck. Did all I could ask and more RIP.
The new tractor is very impressive so far. I needed something that could cut my mowing time, mow a steep hill & be very user friendly for all around yard work.
Mower works good but not as nice as my last finish mower. This machine is heavy & you need to be careful not to make ruts or tear up grass while mowing but it does cut the mowing time by quite a bit. Overall mowing I give a B. Its pretty easy to get the desk on/off. I use/needed the lower far more than I knew. You can do almost anything with the loader and this hp. I give this an A.
The backhoe was really tough to get on/off the first 2 times but now it takes about 10 minutes. It really helps to have 2 people making the switch on/off. I know it's not the biggest bucket nor does it have the greatest reach and is cost about $8k if I remember right, but after 2 back surgeries it is sure good to have when you need to dig. So far I give it a B. I wish it could dig a little more but I knew what I was getting when I bought it.
Overall, very happy w/this machine. I looked for 2 years & I know I made a good purchase. The 4wd is great! This tractor makes live so much easier. I have big plans for this machine in the spring so we will see how it goes but I expect it to do great! Thanks to all who post reviews they were very helpful when I was making my purchase decision."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Tough, dependable, able to handle many tasks.Cons: Price, size of backhoe.Type of User: Homeowner 50-100 AcresLocation: USA PAI also considered buying: Kubota B2530 REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
My John Deere 2520
Model year: 2010Date Purchased: 2010-08-12Number of Hours: 138
"This is my first "real" tractor. I have learned a lot over the past two years. I only wish I had bought a tractor 10 years ago. It has saved me so much time and work.
I've had my 2520 for a little over two years now. I originally bought it for mowing grass (62D MMM) and moving some dirt (200CX loader & BB). Since I bought the tractor I've added a SB1164 3 PH snowblower, JD 655 tiller, BB2060 box blade and a set of pallet forks.
The only implement that I don't use is the 62D MMM. The cut quality was okay, but the tractor and mower were too big to use around the house and buildings. I still use my 18 HP Simplicity with a 50" deck for lawn mowing. I have about 3 1/2 acres that I mow.
The other implements I've used and they all work well. With the box blade I will lose traction before I lose power. This is because the tractor is fairly light when compared to the power of the engine.
With the snowblower I sometimes have to slow down as I will lose power when taking a big bite of snow. A big bite of snow is crusted snow 24+" deep and the full 64" width of the blower.
On previously broken ground the tiller works great. On non-broken ground with heavy sod it will break it up, but you need to go slow and make many passes. It's better to plow or disc the sod first, with a bigger tractor, then till.
For most of what I use it for the tractor has performed flawlessly. For the things I ask it to do that are a little out of it's league, I have to go slower and take my time. It does get the job done, it just takes more time.
I do most of my own maintenance (oil changes, etc.) and this tractor is easy to work on.
I know most of the compact tractors out there are good, well built machines. I bought John Deere because in my area John Deere seems to hold it's resale value a bit getter than the others.
I bought mine from a dealer 70 miles from my home. I do have a JD dealer 15 miles from my house and they weren't really interested too much in selling me a compact tractor.
The dealer 70 miles away was great. They made me feel like I was important to them. They took their time and explained everything. They gave me what I felt was a good deal and delivered the tractor for free. If and when I go tractor shopping again, that will be my first stop."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Hydrostatic transmission, two pedal control, power for it's intended use, realiability, ease of maintenance, control layout.Cons: No cons really. I think I need a bigger tractor.Type of User: Homeowner 10-50 AcresLocation: USA WII also considered buying: John Deere 3038E, John Deere 2320, Kubota L3200 REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Avoid Mod Mount Mower
by Alan Kupesky
Model year: 2010Date Purchased: 2010-05-31Number of Hours: 150
"Tachometer quit after 150 hours. Mid mount mower is sub par. Cuts well and easy to remove and reinstall, but the hydrolic lift has moor travel than the deck actully has. In other words, the lift moves 4 inches but the deck only has 3 inches available, so it breaks pins. Everything else has been excellent. "
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Easy to use.Cons: Tachometer, cutting deck.Type of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: USA VAI also considered buying: Massey Ferguson 1030, Kubota B3300SU REVIEWER'S PHOTOS