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 07-01-2001, 16:09 Post: 29745
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Greetings everyone! I just ordered a new John Deere 4100 standard width 4x4 with Hydrostatic, dual SCV, turf tires, 54" mid-mount mower w/mulch attachment, and a #15 cart from my local dealer. Is there anything as a new owner I should be on the lookout for from your past experiences as a current owner? I also plan on purchasing a blade and tiller in the near future, too. I am tractor ignorant, but felt for my 2 acres, it was the finest machine I could buy with an equally good resale value if I ever decide to sell it. I got it for $14,755 including sales tax, and I am curious if that was also a fair deal. Shopping for these is not exactly like buying a car, as I have no frame of reference in invoice pricing. Any imput would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!






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Congrats & have fun. I'd read everything about safety and operation I could find here and elsewhere and pay particular attention to ballasting. Proper ballast reduces the chance of tips and rollovers. Most operators develop a feel when the tractor is unstable and just do the right things automatically. Starting from scratch, it best to study 'principals' and think through operations until the tractor becomes an extension of yourself. The first few times you mount a 3ph implement are going to seem like pains--it does get pretty easy though. Setting implements on blocks and getting a 5' steel prybar to shift them around helps. I guess the SCV is for a loader that also is on the tractor. Quite a few folks eventually get a 3ph implement that requires hydraulics and end up adding an additional control valve for a rear hydraulic circuit. Kits from manufacturers are a bit pricy, and the dealer may have almost thrown in a 3-section SCV as a deal maker--might still be possible.






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