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 09-10-2000, 16:23 Post: 19676
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Just ordered a new 4300 JD Hyd. 4WD with a 430 Loader, 59" Snowblower and a Curtis Soft Side Cab. The questions I have are: anybody had any experience with the Curtis Cab, how tough to put on and do you leave it on all year? With the blower and loader I am debating on putting fuild in the tires which are R4. I have heard of some people putting in -25 windshield wash instead of calcium. I live in cold climate so has to have freezing capabilities. I don't think the windsheild wash would be corrosive.






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 09-13-2000, 13:46 Post: 19771
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I have 4300 4WD HST with 430 loader. I would highly recommend having as much rear weight as possible when the loader is attached. Last week I almost rolled over when going down a steep hill with empty loader, no ballast and 2 wheel-drive mode. The weight of the loader caused the back wheels to lose all traction so I had no brakes. The tractor simply took off coasting down the hill as fast as gravity could pull it and I had no way to stop it! Take my advice and have fluid put into your rear wheels, attach a ballast box or other heavy rear implement, and also use 4WD when the loader is attached.






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Chuck, thanks for the reply. I will definately use ballast of some sort. Talked to a very knowledgable person on chemicals and said windshield wash was a very bad choice. I was told it is corrsive and also very flammable. Waiting for the new 4300 to show up, can't wait to get it. How has your 4300 been for reliablity and power?

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 09-18-2000, 19:35 Post: 19885
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Only have 21 hours on the 4300 but so far I've been very pleased with the power and reliability. Moved a rock yesterday with the loader. It was 20"X20"x1'. Guess it weighted at least 500 lbs. Loader picked it up like a feather! Finally got some ballast for my ballast box. Used 8 bags of Quik-Kete at 60 lbs per bag plus some bricks. Makes a big difference. FYI the JD4300 owners manual says to use "a solution of water and calcium chloride" as wheel ballast and that it should be installed by the JD dealer or a tire service store.






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 09-18-2000, 20:08 Post: 19886
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Mark. Your source of information is highly questionable.
How could windshield washer fluid be corrosive and/or explosive if it is used on the windshield of a car???
It does not weigh as much as calcium chloride. Other than that, it works great as added cheap weight in tractor tires. Calcium chloride is more expensive, not easy to do it yourself, and is quite corrosive; although not too bad if kept in the tire (no leaks) and if the tire is filled above the rim so no air gets to the steel rim, assuming there is no tube. But, check it out, so you feel comfortable with your decision.






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 09-18-2000, 22:54 Post: 19904
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Chuck, glad you are haveing good luck with your 4300, always good to have positive comments to reinforce my purchase decision.

Kay, what I was told by a individual that actually manufactures windshield wash is that it is possible for vapor to delvolop under the pressure of the tire, since it methanol alcohol. It would take a strange event to ignite this, but possible. As far as being corrsive, the fluid is in a plastic storage bottle in a car. Once sprayed on the windshield the methanol in the windshield wash evaporates rapidly when exposed to the air, so no problem with the car. When stored and not exposed to air I am told this stuff will eat away at metal big time.






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 09-19-2000, 05:57 Post: 19906
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I seem to recall a comment awhile back that said some tire repair shops won't work on tire filled with windshield washer fluid. I believe it had to do with enviro regs, maybe in one state, maybe nationally. Good idea to check that out before using windshield fluid.

Windshield washer, CaCl and ethyl-glycol anti-freeze all have disposal problems. CaCl will sterilize the ground and corrode wheels if it leaks. CaCl is often used in tubes. Non-toxic anti-freeze is available, and I'd use that unless the extra weight of CaCl is actually needed. I'm not sure one liquid fill is any more difficult to install than any other.






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 09-19-2000, 06:57 Post: 19908
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Mark,I am no help on filling the tires,but if you are as satisfied with your 4300 as I am with my 4400 HST 4x4,you will be quite pleased,its enjoyable to just get out and work with the tractor!!!!
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Hillbilly, thanks for the positive comment on the green machine. After reading all the negative and problem posts on this and other sites a guy starts to wonder if he made the right choice. How many hours do you have on your 4400? Any problems to date with your tractor? I just attended a hardware trade show, I saw a ton of John Deere items from frig magnets to bird houses to floor tile. Didn't see a single Kabota or NH item.....not quite the same degree of loyality and history. I know I made the right choice!






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 09-21-2000, 17:50 Post: 19970
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Many people on this and other sites talk about how corrosive calcium is. I wonder why it is the number one ballast used by farmers who make there living of there land? Being a dealer for tractors and having a life time in this buisness I don't worry about it! When we are replacing rims from rust they are on tractors that are at least 30 years old and older. It is the cheapest ballast you can buy. On your bais ply tires you will do fine with it. Radial tires don't do as well with ballast of any kind in them as it reduces the ability of the tire to work.






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