2014 MAHINDRA 5010 HST W/LOADER FACTORY CAB WITH HEAT/AIR MAHINDRA 5010 HST TRACTOR REVIEW
Providing the power for the Mahindra is a Korean built Daedong four-cylinder, 2.4-litre diesel engine, which is rated at 49hp.
Interestingly, while this engine meets Tier Three emissions standards, there is some speculation on whether this model will see an upgrade to Tier Four in the future. While it’s a relatively compact engine, access is still good and the service points are all easily found. The radiator at the front is also easily cleaned with removable mesh screens.
A decent sized 60-litre fuel tank fitted under the cab will keep the machine on the move for many hours between fills. Service intervals are relatively short though, with engine oil required every 100 hours and transmission every 500 hours.
In operation, the engine was perky and responsive. It never seemed to struggle when digging into a pile of gravel, although it would have been interesting to see its performance on a PTO implement.
The HST lettering that follows the model number on this tractor denotes that it has a hydrostatic transmission, which is great for loader work.
There are forward and reverse pedals where you would normally find the accelerator, and the split pedal independent brakes are found on the left-hand side, although this is hardly needed except for applying the integrated park lock.
This is a nicely simple system, but for me – breaking the habits of driving regular tractors for so long – it was just a little tricky to begin with. The moment you take your foot off the direction of travel pedal on a hydrostatic transmission, you come to an immediate stop. You also need to note that when digging with the bucket, the pedal under your right foot is not an accelerator.
However, once I got my head around this, I really started to enjoy the simplicity and manoeuvrability this transmission offers.
The lower ranges give the operator far more control and power. There is also a hydrostatic sensitivity control which allows the transmission’s aggressiveness to be altered to suit individual driving style. Four-wheel drive is easy to engage and drive to the front wheels is delivered though bevel gear hubs which give an impressively tight turning circle.