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Hydraulic FWA

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JD 466

04-29-2012 08:21:01

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I was wondering if anyone knew much about Deere's hydraulic FWA. Were there any major drawbacks to them?

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roger landers

04-29-2012 14:21:38

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 Re: Hydraulic FWA in reply to JD 466, 04-29-2012 08:21:01  
If they dont leak,use the scale below .
1= two wheel drive 10 =mech four wheel drive .
these units in my opinion have 4 rating .
Only works in lower gears .All A,B C1-3 in quad range .
Helps steering. probably only puts out 40hp to front wheels if you are lucky ,with a 100 plus hp tractor .No engine braking on front wheels .
Depends on the planned use ,if they suit you.
larger front tyre compared to two wheel drive ,so should handle a greater load ,if the tractor has a loader,

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Tim S

04-29-2012 14:38:48

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 Re: Hydraulic FWA in reply to roger landers, 04-29-2012 14:21:38  
We sold 3 of them when I worked at the dealership, 2 4430's and 1 4630..no one was happy with them, you can hot wire the front end to work while the tractor is in neutral and it will not load it's self onto a low boy, if it's level it will pull it's self into the shop, and that was when they were brand new...a great idea that didn't work out....

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Tim S

04-29-2012 08:24:06

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 Re: Hydraulic FWA in reply to JD 466, 04-29-2012 08:21:01  
Yes, they didn't work..the hydraulic system didn't make enough pressure and flow to make them work out.

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04-29-2012 09:20:57

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 Re: Hydraulic FWA in reply to Tim S, 04-29-2012 08:24:06  
The plus is if you have a 20 series tractor 3020/4620 they bring a substancial premium the minus is tractors didnt have enough hydraulic flow to make them work right.The combines and forage harvestors worked much better.The 30/40 series actually bring less if have them.I know guys that think they are just fine but I doubt if they had a MFD to compare it too.The 50 series made big improvement with 15sp. P.S. and MFD.

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