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Crawlers, Dozers, Loaders & Backhoes Discussion Forum

Re: JD 440

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09-24-2013 04:35:39

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The biggest thing is undercarriage. The engines are simple, the driveline pretty rugged and adjustable, but the tracks...oh brother the tracks! Either learn how to judge them or find someone who knows already. Everyone will tell you their tracks are at least 50% even if they are totally shot. If you can push on a track plate sideways with your hip and it moves at all it's worn right out. If there are holes in the bushings they are shot. Replacement tracks, if you can find any, are gonna set you back close to or over $2K. Rollers are going to go from maybe $75.00 each used on up.
As was said, they're great little woods tractors, but you can sink a pile of money in one and still have a money pit when you're done.

ETA- I shouldn't say "shot", what I mean is the the pins and bushings are shot, the rails (track chain links) may be okay. The track shoes/pads/plates can be in great shape and the tracks themselves can be toast or vice versa. It's the "chain" that matters most.
This post was edited by Bret4207 at 16:09:40 09/24/13.

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10-13-2013 15:48:24

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 Re: JD 440 in reply to Bret4207, 09-24-2013 04:35:39  
on my 440, the pressure plate finger springs got chewed off by the throwout bearing. How does the throw out bearing get grease? Does grease get into the throwout bearing when you grease the bearing slider/holder?

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