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 12-02-2002, 19:39 Post: 45645
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HI folks,I am a new guy on the block. I have been reading all your posts for about a year and a half to resaerch my purchase of a used JD 4300 with a 430 loader and a 48 backhoe. Now I need some help with a few items, 1. unit is under warranty till 03/03, how do I find out what pips are done on it or needed. 2.Tires are filled with fluid, is this needed if used with backhoe on all the time. 3.All loader cylinder rods are dark in color, no leaks. Is this normal, any I have ever seen are nice and shiny.4. Unit serial #is LV4300H230690, what year might this be. Thanks for the help and I will sure need more advice as I go on.






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 12-03-2002, 06:28 Post: 45662
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Dick: Don't mean to throw your research off but if the equipment is going to be used as a hoe all the time, then maybe a wheeled loader/hoe would be an alternative. The advantage is that a hoe is designed for that use while tractor designs are more to accommodate draft loads. I'd be more inclined to a tractor myself since a tractor would offer more alternative uses in the future.

I don't know if JD has a database that keeps track of the tractors in service and all the recalls done similar to automotive manufacturers. A dealer could say, and certainly a dealer should be aware of all available upgrades and fixes. On a 4300, it would be good to know if the tractor has the new front axle and if not whether the work could be done. It might not be much of an issue unless you're finish mowing but a tractor with the old axle might have a lower resale value.

Regarding the hydraulic cylinders. I believe that some manufacturers went with these dark-gray rods to avoid environmental regs related to chrome plating. I have them on my hoe and haven't noticed wear or corrosion problems, nor have I heard negative comments about them. I don't know if the (Kelley calls them nitro something or another) rods tend to be used on high or low-end equipment.






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 12-03-2002, 10:47 Post: 45675
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The basic tractor carries a two year warranty, the attachments have a one year warranty. That means your tractor was sold new in March of 2001 and was made sometime before that. Deere dealers have info relating to where the serial #'s fall into which year and I do beleive there is a computer data base to show any/all warranty work.
Best bet is to contact your local JD dealer if the tractor is being sold by a someone other than the dealer. I think you have to do some paperwork to transfer the warranty.






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 12-08-2002, 17:15 Post: 45878
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Thanks Tom for the info on the cylinders. My research for this piece of equipment also went along with years of experience of operating anything from track type hoes to garden tractor types and this unit fits my needs perfect. I think I know why the rear tires are filled. Unit probbly needs ballast when backhoe is not on. Does any one know of any JD technical info sites?






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 12-09-2002, 07:20 Post: 45908
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That would be my guess for the loaded tires as well. However, I've heard that strong hoes can really move some compacts around. Depending of a 4300's weight distribution, loaded tires may be good when the hoe is mounted as well.

My hoe is modest for the tractor so I can't really say if a dug in loader bucket and the stabilizers would hold the tractor with a stronger hoe--especially if digging when the boom is swung. I do have to dig like that when I need holes rather than trenches.






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