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 09-11-2000, 13:50 Post: 19703
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I'm in the process of buying a tractor and had settled on the John Deere 4400 HST/FWD, 430 loader with the 73" heavy duty bucket, loaded R4 tires, folding ROPS, and a balast box. I have a 300 foot driveway to plow in the winter and grade in the summer and 6 acres of forested hilly land that I want to partially clear and maintain. I went to several different dealers in my area getting prices and the last dealer (D1) surprisingly said that the 4400 was not worth the extra money and was a hard sell for him. Using D1 quotes (4300 vs 4400), the difference was $1600. I have a quote from another dealer (D2) on the 4400 which is only $900 different from D1s 4300 quote. Not having owned a tractor before, I figured that having more HP at the PTO was a good thing and $900 difference on a $21000 tractor was not that much. I guess I still need to get D2s 4300 quote to see if his difference is more than $900. The general rule I've heard here is buy as much tractor as you can afford and that was my plan. I plan on pushing large hunks of granit around, pulling logs, bushhogging the cleared land, grading/plowing the driveway with a rear blade, etc. so I thought the extra HP would be worth it. Also, I decided to go with R4 tires and get chains for mud or winter instead of R1s. Any input appreciated...






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 09-11-2000, 14:06 Post: 19704
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That's a lot of Tractor for 300 feet of driveway. Do you live in a Lake effect area? If not you will be done too quick. I would hire out the Clearing and reassess your needs going forward.






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 09-11-2000, 15:19 Post: 19706
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I was quoted $865 difference between the 4300 and 4400 in March. I bought the 4300 because I thought it was really more tractor than I would ever need. I haven't ever wished I had 3 more hp so that I could do something but I have tested the tractor a few times pulling up stumps and doing some dirt moving. YOur best guess is as good as anybodys. IF you don't mind the $900 then get the 4400. I bet you'll never wish you had less hp.






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 09-11-2000, 16:24 Post: 19708
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It seemed to me that $900 for 3 more tractor hp was a good buy. Would I miss these three hp--dunno. Mike S.






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 09-12-2000, 09:51 Post: 19741
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I went with the 4300 after comparing the 4200, 4300 and 4400. It seemed worth the adder for the 6hp 4200 -> 4300 but not to go to the 4400. The 4400 did not get me to the point where I could use a larger rotary mower [6'] so I stayed with the 4300 and put the money towards another implement. It would be nice to have about 10 more hp at times but that would have gotten into a larger tractor [4600] and a bunch more money. So I just go a little slower, take smaller bites with the loader and make a few more passes with the 5' rotary.






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 09-12-2000, 12:38 Post: 19744
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I went with the 4400 because of the 4WD -- I'd recommend it, regardless of which you get -- and from other posts I understand the adder for this on the 4300 brings the price almost equal to the 4400.






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 09-12-2000, 14:26 Post: 19750
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I have a woods 6ft 3pt finish mower on my 4400 hydro and you don't even know i'ts back there.






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 09-14-2000, 20:30 Post: 19788
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I got the other dealer's quote for a 4300 and it came to $19900 for the 4300HST/FWD, 430 Loader, loaded R4s, and a balast box. I asked him about chains since it seemed from this board like the chains and R4s would be better than just the R1s and he said that they might not fit. First, is $19900 a decent price, and has anyone else used chains on their 4300/R4s? I'm mostly thinking of the chains for the winter. I'm also now comparing the 4300 to the NH TC33D with the 7308 loader. The quoted price for the NH (I've only been to one dealer) is about $19400. The kicker is that last October the NH dealer had 1.9% financing and there may be a similiar possibility this year. I think I like the 4300 a little better but saving $2500 in interest alone sure makes the NH attractive. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance...






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 09-14-2000, 20:48 Post: 19789
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I got a price for a TC33D 7308 loader R4's filled for$17845 a very good price from what I checked if you have any questions e-mail or post on here






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I got a price for a TC33D 7308 loader R4's filled for$17845 a very good price from what I checked if you have any questions e-mail or post on here






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