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John Deere 4440 Rear Weight


 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 6:24 pm    Post subject: John Deere 4440 Rear Weight Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Last year I replaced the rear tires on my 4440 and decided not to put the fluid back in. My tractor had 20.8X38 tires. I use the tractor for a loader tractor and a backup for tillage work. Any suggestions on how much weight to add?

The factory option shows 440 lbs weights which run $800 a set based on my checks at several salvage yards. Today I did a little research and found that the 1,500 lbs weight that fits a 4640 will fit my center castings. They don't show the 1,500 lbs weight for a 4440 but do show it for a 4450. The center dish casting part number is the same on a 4440, 4640, and 4450 so I know the weights will fit. These weights can be bought for $1,000 a set but I need to drive a little futher to get them. So my question is are these overkill for the tractor?

Based on my calculations, I don't think this would be any heavier than fluid, thoughts???
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 8:00 pm    Post subject: Re: John Deere 4440 Rear Weight Reply to specific post Reply with quote

It wouldnt be any heavier, but it wouldnt eat your rims up either.A set of these on the inside and maybe a couple sets of 150 pounders on the outside should work pretty good.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 4:15 am    Post subject: Re: John Deere 4440 Rear Weight Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I am assuming you have the heavy castings.Putting on inside weights is a job that requires the correct equiptment to be done safely and efficently.I have seen heavy weights on the outside and depending on wheel setting they arent any wider than the axle.Weights as you describe sell cheaply at consignment auctions as not many people use them.I bought a 4630 that had wheat weights on the inside and out and It seemed like a dog until we removed them.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 4:18 am    Post subject: Re: John Deere 4440 Rear Weight Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Adding 3000#s is a significant amount of weight but liquid ballast at 75% fill will be close to the same amount. What type tillage implement do you pull??
 
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 5:36 am    Post subject: Re: John Deere 4440 Rear Weight Reply to specific post Reply with quote

We have a John Deere 630 20 foot disk with harrow, 24-foot John Deere field culivator, and a John Deere 714 9-shank chisel plow. We have a 4640 that didn't have any rear weights and it would slip with the JD 630 disk behind it. After we weighted it down using the 1,500 lbs weights that took care of the problem. The tractor will actually work the engine now. We took the 4640 to a local shop to have the wheel weights put on due to the amount of work. I just am not sure if the 1,500 is overkill, or more than I should put on the tractor. I will admit I was suprised the differance it made on the 4640, but that is a lot bigger tractor all around, and seems to handle the extra weight with no issue.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 5:55 am    Post subject: Re: John Deere 4440 Rear Weight Reply to specific post Reply with quote


For those implements I think you're correct on adding the weights. I never installed any 1500# weights but installing 500# weights on the inside of the wheels wasn't exactly "FUN".
 
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 5:21 pm    Post subject: Re: John Deere 4440 Rear Weight Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have been looking for some rear wheel weights for a 4960. I would like to find a set of the 1500 pound weights, but in my search thus far, I am unable to find any. I have found up to 600 pound wheel weights. Would you be willing to share where some 1500 pound weights could be found? I really need to put some weight on that tractor to put the power to the ground, and the way it sits now, it weighs little more than my 4640.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 6:34 pm    Post subject: Re: John Deere 4440 Rear Weight Reply to specific post Reply with quote

1500# weights on your 4440 is NOT overkill especially since you have a loader on the tractor.
 
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