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John Deere 4400 Review



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


Reliable Compact Diesel Backhoe/Loader Posted by Jesse Ritz on 04/09/2012

We bought this to complete backfill & grading of an equipment barn. Tractor performed admirably except for a few plastic parts that fell off during the season we used it hard.

First winter discovered a foot of wet snow stops the 4wd tractor with turf tires. Oh well chains aren't too expensive. When it got cold it wouldn't start reliably. Turns out some idiot engineer used a thermistor in the fuel shutoff solenoid circuit; we bought two.

Second summer lost front wheel drive. Didn't think much about it until the implements got sluggish. Turns out the stainless steel steering, implement filter clogs easily. Wanted to change the oil anyhow so we changed oil, the hydraulic filter and cleaned the stainless filter at the same time (you gotta' drain the sump to clean the s/s filter.

Backhoe was bought with one leaking stabilizer. Not a big deal but, since the rod was scratched, repeated use really made it bleed. It is fine when parked... though I use a short chain sling hooked from pad to pad to hold both fully up while traveling.

A rod costs $150, plus another $50 or so for seals, so we are going to fill the scratch and machine it smooth to repair it (we've had a good hydraulic man for 40 years).

ITEM INFORMATION
Model year: 1999 Date Purchased: 05/05/2009 Number of Hours: 265
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Pros: Starts instantly, low fuel consumption, light weight. Cons: Fuel circuit thermistor, s/s filter in hydraulics, limited backhoe reach. Type of User: Homeowner 1-10 Acres Location: United States Pennsylvania I also considered buying:
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