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Foton 404 Review



Overall Rating:
rating
 4.60
Build Quality:
4
Features:
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5
Performance:
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5
Value:
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5
Reliability:
rating
4


Farming and Logging Posted by Mark Hineman on 01/23/2012

The Foton 404 tractor is a very reliable, feature rich machine. No, I do not sell them!

I always tell people that if a wrench does not fit your hand, you don't want to get one of these tractors. It's not that they break down often, but there is not the type of dealer network John Deere has, but you pay a fraction of the price too.

My dad had a JD 50 hp utility tractor. I like the features on mine better. The tractor has 4WD, Locking rear differential, 2 sets of remote hydraulics on the back, a loader, 540 and 1000 rpm PTO. The engine is a 3 cyl diesel with preheat (not glow plugs).

I use it for haying, garden prep, a small amount or row crop, and LOGGING. I pull a 7 ft haybine, rake, square baler with wagon, and 4x5 ft round baler (Gehl 1400). I have a 2-14 3 pt plow (it pulls it easily), 6 ft tiller (runs it even easier), several other 3 pt equipment. I have a 3 pt spear mounted on the bucket and have no problem with my 4x5 round bales, but I can just pick up 5x6 bales and have to have rear weight to counterbalance.

I have forks I set that mount on the front of the bucket. 3 open hooks welded to the top. An old axle from scrap yard through the hooks. The used forks came with round holes in the top and slide on the rod. The fork extends down about 1 inch below the lip of the bucket. I move logs up to about 2500 pounds with these forks.

I have a Wallenstein skidding winch and mounts on the 3 point hitch. It has 9000 pounds pulling force. The winch is powered by the PTO.

I log in Central Indiana with this equipment.

ITEM INFORMATION
Model year: 2005 Date Purchased: 02/28/2008 Number of Hours: 1200
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Pros: Compact, comfortable, reliable, good controls. Cons: Limited local support. Type of User: Commercial Farmer Location: United States Indiana I also considered buying:
REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
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