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 05-09-2000, 19:30 Post: 16114
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Hi, I am new to the list. I just bought a "new" JD 4200 with the loader, back hoe and pallet forks. It was a rental with under 100 hours to one of the big nurseries that has 9 or 10 on the premises leased at all times. They come back before too many hours are on them. The warranty is same as new. I still have a bad feeling in the pit of my stomach that says I should have bought the orange. Have a friend in the Deere business who got me to the JD dealer locally and have a had 1941 JD LA for the past 10 years. This one is a nice piece of heritage and brings a smile to everyone's face who sees it. Time came in the nursery for a real tractor. I have not read much about the 4200 on this list. What do you think guys? I don't see too many gals on this list! Karla






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 05-09-2000, 20:56 Post: 16121
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Karla,
They are both top of the line machines. If the price was good on the leased machine, you did fine. The only thing I would caution you about is the scuffing problem JD is fixing on the 4000 series. Check with your dealer to see if the front axle has been repaired. I have owned green, orange, yellow and now blue. I have to say, my favorite so far is the orange. Good luck






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 05-09-2000, 22:41 Post: 16129
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Cutter, So far I'm a green fan,would you explain the difference's in orange
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 05-10-2000, 19:30 Post: 16154
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Dana,
I would not begin to try to sway someone away from what they like, as long as it is a reputable brand. I liked my 4100 JD. I also liked the 7100 Kubota I owned. They have different pluses and minuses. Kubota is platformed differently, and runs an extra cylinder on some models compared to other brands. All of their attachments are bullet proof. I chose a NH this time and have had some problems, but I still like the tractor and think the creature comforts are a cut above the rest. Your choice should be what YOU like best, not what someone else favors. Good luck!






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 05-11-2000, 15:29 Post: 16183
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Karla,
Being fairly new to the "compact" arena as well. We decided to buy a JD 4100 over the Kubota B series a year ago. We stayed away from NH due to dealer location. We studied each brand in question for months. Personally, I think both are excellent units and each has its own set of "better" features and functions. NH appears to have the most "convenient" and creature comfort stuff, JD's in the Middle and Kub has more of an industrial layout. Again, OMO. One thing I really like about Kubota is that they put different HP motors in basically the same platform. 2710-2910, B1700,B2100 & B2400, etc...
I would be nice to have the 4100 with a 26hp option.. Maybe call it the 4110??
Anyway, I think you did fine. Besides, you'll love how easy the loader comes on and off.






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 05-12-2000, 03:16 Post: 16200
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Well, the 4200 came yesterday. I moved a 10 yd pile of sand with it today. I have never used a loader before and it was easy - even on a bit of an incline. I did have to dig it out of the sand pile once getting stuck before I realized it was not in 4 wheel drive. Felt pretty stupid but I have never had a 4x4 anything before! I even went up and down the long driveway in cruise control. It is a bit loud on the ears, but I really enjoyed it. The loader bucket really does come off easily, I tried that out too. They decided to give me the new one for the rental price. So, it came with 2.2 hours on it. The back hoe looks a bit scary to put on by myself. The seat and ride are so nice my Dachshund puppy rides on my lap the whole time.






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 05-12-2000, 06:18 Post: 16202
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I recall my first day with a tractor, and I recognized a few safety things in what you say. There's a bunch a safety related operating tips here and on tractorbynet. Might be a good idea to read through some of the achieves.

First idea is ballast. Loader work without weight on the 3ph runs the risk of tipping the tractor on its nose, especially if going down a hill. Might be a good idea to put on the hoe. However, hoes are dangerous. There's a lot of safety stuff about hoes to read.

For most things, it's best to set the tractor so that if your hands and feet are off the controls, the tractor stops, or nearly stops. I have a gear tractor and set the hand throttle at idle RPM most of the time. I use the foot throttle if I need more RPM to increase ground and hydraulic speed.

Brake steering: Scooping sand at ground level with the loader can raise the front wheels enough so there is no steering. For general fieldwork, it's a good idea to make sure the lock is off the brakes so the tractor can be steered with the brakes.

It's a real bad idea to have any thing on the tractor but yourself.

I don't mean to take anything away from your enjoyment, but spend some time learning about safe operation. My cousins all grew up on farms, but I didn't. They grew up with good safety instincts, but I've had to learn them, and mostly by reading these forums. Even so, all my cousins and uncles have had tractor accidents, fortunately none that made lasting injuries.







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 11-09-2000, 23:30 Post: 21356
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Cutter, recently purchased 4200-HST w/front loader, mid-mower and backhoe. I'm really enjoying it. The primary purpose for the purchase was to combine all my needs into one unit. The majority of hours are used for mowing, for that reason, I chose the galaxy turf tires. I have found, even with the turf tires, nearly any turn plays hell on the turf. Could you elaborate on the scuffing problem in the 4000 series? Thanks






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 11-10-2000, 17:25 Post: 21370
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Jim, I would suggest you check the posts on this board for the last six months re: the JD scuffing problem. There remains hours of reading. It has all been said and the fix is posted as well. Sounds as though you have the bad front axle. Good luck. Cutter






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