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 02-25-2007, 13:42 Post: 140001
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Guys I have a 2001, JD 4100, with 200Cx loader, 54" MMM, and a 54" snow blade only 115 hours of duty sofar. I found a pretty good deal for newer JD 4310 with a 72"MMM. I hope to work out the deal so it limits my OOPC (out of pocket cash)

I am looking at this for a couple of reasons:
1) with a recent snow/ice/sleet storm and our long private road (1/2 mile), I ended up plowing 4 driveways in the neighborhood and almost all of the road - took 4 hours and it did put a bit of a challenge on my unit with its filled tires. If we get a slightly larger amount of snow, it will be worse and a lot longer. :-C :-C

2), I want to mow my acre or so of grass faster than I can now, and a 72" MMM should do the trick. :-C

3), I have some landscaping chores (Patio install, hill gouging/grading and retaining wall install) coming up and I want to rent/buy some heavier duty equipment to get it done. easier/quicker. :-C

4)I occassionlly have to move large rocks and fallen trees, and again the 4100 comes up a bit short. :-C

5) Land clearing operations are coming - I need to clear some additional brush from around my property.

Any advice about moving up to a 4310? Or should I stay with the 4100?

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Hurdavd: First compact I ever drove was a 4100 demo. it didn't quite have the power I was looking for, so I bought a 4300/430 loader, it wa a great unit, then traded for my current 4310. Ther is a huge difference in the capabillitys between the 4100/4310, it will do everthing you ask and more. You don't say if the 4310 is a gear or hydro drive, both my 4300 and 4310 were 12/12 power reversers which I personaly prefer over hydro, but they're both good. Unless your lawn is super level I question whether you really want the 72 in. mower, It won't do quite as level a job as perhaps a 60 in. I've got a 430 loader on mine, that isn't a current model anymore but the new loaders will fit just fine. I've also got a 48 backhoe, rear mount finish mower, tiller, etc. Only weak point is kind of a Mickey Mouse tilt wheel lock mechanism, it will break, but not to bad to live without ot replace. Best of l;uck. Frank.






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hardwood gave some good advice, the 4310 is a really nice machine.
I have a little differant opinion on the 72"MMM. I have a 72" MMM on my JD 850,it gives an excellant cut on my uneven lawn.I recommend the 72" mower..






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I love my 4310. Frank is right about the mickey-mouse tilt wheel but if you're like most guys you'll set the position and leave it alone. The dealer lubed mine up and it works fine but if it becomes stuck again it's no big deal since the wheel is already in the right place for me. If it sticks you can still use the tractor just fine.






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 02-25-2007, 19:52 Post: 140006
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Thanks Hardwood. The unit is a eHydro, and I know i will need to get a loader ($3500), and a blade ($1500), before the next years snow season. We had a coupleof inches of snow today and I zipped through it with my 4100.






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DK35vince; thanks for the advice on the 72MMM!






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Kwschumm; thanks for the info on the tilt wheeel. I would say I would do the same. If I eventually get a cab, can i install AC? I know I can install heat.

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Update - working with Dealer on finalizing the trade. I will get the 4310 with a 300CX Loader, when done.

I was going to get a angling blade with it, but I just don't want to spend the extra $$$$. Also I have heard that some use their loader instead to move snow, where I have always used a Blade. Never used a loader for that work, so I Any opinions?

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I also have a 4310 ehydro and I love it. Unfortunately, since I moved, it's sitting in a barn. I would have really liked it after the "over-blown" snow storm in Wisconsin this past weekend.

I used both the loader (43) and a 6 ft 3pt blade to clear snow. I used the blade to clear the main drive and the top section as much as I could. I then used the loader to push and scoop the drifts and remaining snow. Ok, that may not be very clear.

The shop and garage were opposite of each other so the doors faced each other. So a blade can only do so much with the snow in between the 2 buildings. So I would do what i could, then use the bucket to push the snow to one side. The loader was then used to lift and dump drifts as necessary. Also, the loader was used to pull snow away from buildings so I could get it with the blade or scoop it for dumping.

I also found the loader handy to knock snow piles down to manageable height. Done by raising the loader up several feat and ramming the pile which pushes the top back making room for more snow. The loader was also handy for the snow plow pile at the front of the driveway.

In using the bucket/loader, I would lower the bucket and try to get it as level as possible but the lip every so slightly raised so I wouldn't get a load of gravel & snow. Takes some practice.

The 72" MMM is a wonderful piece of equipment. It cut my mowing time by 50-60% compared to a 17 hp rider with a 54" deck. Wide cut and the power to run the deck at speed is a beautiful thing! I didn't have the most level yard, but I adjusted how I made the cuts so the wide width of the MMM was not an issue.






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Thanks for your input. I have heard that people position the loader to just move the snow, is that possible? Yes I like the wide cut of that 72 also. Another question can the loader be positioned to move the snow without digging up the asphalt?

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