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 01-21-2003, 12:11 Post: 47881
plots
2003-01-21 12:11:03
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need help with ups and downs on this model im pretty green on tractors so all coments will help, hearing brakes are pretty bad, sounds like the model is really unstable thats a major concern also, being i dont want to kill myself with my first tractor.want to do food plots for wildlife, maintain 1000ft dirt road ,( SMOOTH OUT LUMPS),some brush cutting .any help on fel work on this model will also help.never used one and dont want to get hurt. im hearing ballast is a real imporant factor.please tell me a little bit about it if you can.quoted 14k 7904x4 with 419 fel.r1???






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 01-22-2003, 17:35 Post: 47954
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I've only owned mine a few months and haven't used it this winter. I did use it to pull some rocks out of my field. I bought it to bushhog the field and haven't done that yet. You say you hear the brakes are bad? Mine work fine. I've never had or driven anything with wet brakes so
I don't have anything to compare it to. I do have six suitcase weights on the back to offset loader. I did move some dirt also and that small counter weight worked fine. With the loader on, and no counter weight. I went across the field at a pretty good clip the field is rough, and I could feel the rear tire come off the ground every so often. The only draw back that I can find with it is gears are not syncronized. You must come to almost a stop to shift gears. This isn't a big deal to me.






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 01-22-2003, 19:04 Post: 47962
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I've learned alot on this forum,that is a good price. If you haven't yet, look under search (790) to see most of the posts, the ballast box came with my 419 fel. It wasn't listed as an extra on my bill of sale(maybe they just through it in).






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 01-23-2003, 01:54 Post: 47976
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Plots, JMHO but for a first tractor, I don't think I'd go with a 790. They are a rugged tractor for a good price, but they have their shortcomings. You can save some serious cash over the "ten" series, but you should know what you're NOT getting. First problem I had when I looked at one was getting on the machine, not very gracefully. My 6' 200 +lb middle age body was cramped once on. New Holland and Massey set the standard for access with their wide flat decks. For any amount of loader work the lack of Hydro or Shuttle Shift gets to be a pain real quick. I've never heard much about the brakes, but the hydraulics are very weak for a tractor this size and horsepower. If your mind is made up on Deere, I would spend the extra cash and go for a 4310. If you're flexable, I would check out some other brands. The new Kubota B7800 and the New Holland TC30 are probably the closest pricewise to the 790. The B7800 is Hydro only and the TC30 has Hydro available. Korean tractors will give you great value and have an excellent reputation for reliability. Remember all the compact utilities are Asian. Century and Branson (Korean) use the same Yanmar (Japanese) engine as found in a Deere 4710! Kujke, who makes Cenury and Branson, makes John Deere tractors for the Asian market. I guess my main advice is to shop around and when you do make your decision it will be an informed one. Good Luck
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 01-25-2003, 14:44 Post: 48132
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I have to agree with pacesetter, that the 790 can be alittle tuff to mount & dismount. Im also 6' 200 lbs, and there isnt much room in the pilots seat. Once im on, I feel comfortable. But I hate getting on and off the thing. The hydralics are alittle anemic, but, thus far, I havent had any problems getting it to lift what i wanted it to lift. I've only owned my 790 for a year, I haven't really put the hydralics through all the test yet. My biggest complaints with the machine is also the lack of room and the lack of rear wheel traction. Ron L.






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 01-28-2003, 15:21 Post: 48331
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I've had my JD 790 for 1 1/2 years, use it to brush hog 9 acres, tear down pheasant pen netting, pull a 6' back blade to level a 200'x90' riding ring then leveled out 8 tri-axle loads of sand gravel. Pushed snow with the blade on a 1000' drive back to the barn (found its easier on me and the gravel drive to turn the blade around backwards and go forward). Moved downed trees, move hundreds of loads of dirt with the FEL during the building of our addition. And the only issue I have with the tractor is that the plastic wing nut that holds the primary air filter is CHEAP plastic - both wings on teh wing nut snapped off when I went to clean the filter. NOTE: I've read that JD has taken care of this issue. Other then that my 5'10" 195 lb. frame has had no problems getting on/ off. This is a GREAT compact utility tractor. What you have to do is look at what you'll be doing with it. If you're going to be getting on and off to harvest rocks (they seem to grow every year on our little farm) then you would want the cleaner deck that the 43xx series offers. But if you're going to stay on the tractor for long stretches then no problems. It is a little light, so I would recommend getting the tires filled for traction. As for the hydraulics being light? Not sure what the previous posters meant. I've been able to push myself out of trouble with the FEL while stuck in the mud, no problems with a 6' brush hog. No problems with a 6" auger post hole digger. NOTE: A buddy of mine as a 750 - the predesessor to the 790 - that he runs with a Woods backhoe for doing water line trenching - no problems. If you're going to be doing a LOT of deep digging in rocky soil you'd want a larger machine. If you're going to be doing a lot of shuttling back and forth with dirt/ compost and the like I would recommend getting the shuttle shift option - and maybe get a couple of work lights mounted on the ROPS so that when you have the FEL loaded you can see where you're going at night.
Good luck! Doug






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 01-28-2003, 19:23 Post: 48341
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I think D_C_B gave a pretty good eval of the 790 and compacts in general. Personally, I picked my 790 for the value and intended use. Mowing pasture and cleaning horse stalls. Plus I have not touched a wheelbarrow in over a year! Anyway, its a simple dated dependable design. Less features = less to go wrong. I am 5'10" and I think the cockpit is a little cramped. The tranny is not the most efficient. The machine is a little light (I also filled my tires). Lets face it plastic and wingnut should not be used in the same sentence. That said I am very satisfied and would not trade it. When I first got it I thought it was a little small but after a year I think I will have it for another 19 or so. With the hundred hours per year that I put on, it ought to make it. Good luck.






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