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Old 01-30-2013, 07:54 AM
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I am looking for some help. I want to buy this machine (from 74-76) and i would what should i look for in them. What parts should be changed? And what would be a good price? I found some of them on this site - John Deere 4430, can you help me to pick the best tractor?
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Welcome to the forum!

The 4430 is a very solid tractor.

It's hard to say what, if anything, needs changed on a tractor as it's going to be determined by each particular tractor.

As for price, again, it's going to depend on the particular tractor. How many HP? Does it have a cab? Loader? How many hours are on it? Is everything working as it should (PTO, 3PH...)?

I don't know what you're going to use it for or how many hours you're going to put on it. As for price, I'd say it's wide open based on condition, hours... but you're probably in the $15-25K range.

Here's a good site for finding tractors.
http://www.tractorhouse.com/list/lis...RE&mdltxt=4430

If you're not stuck on that particular tractor, I'd check out what's sitting on the lots at the local dealers and see what kind of deal you can get. A friend of mine just picked up a 2006 JD 5425 (81HP) with cab and everything for a tad under $25K. It's like buying a used car in terms of haggling but there's deals out there.

Good luck!
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Thank you for welcome and for your post.

I am not stuck with this machine, but i would like to find something for 20k or less. I dont need loader, but cab would be nice. I'm looking for something all-around good. It will be main tractor on my farm so I want it to cope with many hours of hard working (a day).

Thanks for the link, I will look into it!
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Hi and welcome to Net Tractor Talk.

Like Brian said JD makes a solid tractor for sure. Some of those at your link have 9,000 hours on them and still priced at 15 to 20k. That is a positive indication that they are solid. While stuff will need replaced it is impossible to know without checking out the tractor in person. Sit in the seat of as many as you can to get a good comparison. Drive em around and try out the different features. You'll learn a lot about each tractor by doing that.

What will you be using the tractor for? Will you also need some implements?
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We posted at the same time.

I would strongly recommend a loader. You might not think you need it but my oh my how they come in so handy. I got this same advice when I was in the market as I was going to wait and add a loader later. I took the advice and used the 'budget stretcher' to add a loader to my deal. Boy am I glad i did. For all round chores and stuff on the farm there is nothing that comes in handy as often as the loader will.

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Doc,yer dead on about the loader. If I'd a known years ago what I know now we'd a had one then.
I will add, IF you have a loader, you NEED 4 wheel drive.
Weight in the bucket or on the loader = no weight on the back tires = no control over the tractor.
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