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Case 1490
Has anyone here ever had a brakedown on a case/david brown
1390/1490? I claim those models are poor quality. Correct me
if I'm wrong.
Re: Case 1490
Are these the machines with the hydra-shift gearbox? I know
they have been known to give problems but I believe it's
caused by poor maintenance rather than poor design.
We had an 1975 david brown 990 for years and it was very

Re: Case 1490

we have had some expensive problems with the hydra-shift on
a 1394 - and it was not a question of maintenance, all had
that problem. He is a bit weak in lifting too, but we get
along good with him. Most impotant point is that the price
was less than the half of the similar fendt that time when
we bought it!

Greetings from Bavaria
Re: Case 1490
Yes, the 990 is very reliable. A friend of mine had a 1490,
he is a very careful driver ,he changed it at 2900hrs. The
radiator fan in that tractor was blowing the air throgh the
radiator not sucking.WHY?? It overheated when pulling the
harrow if the sidecovers were not taken off. Rigt rear wheel
axle was loose when he sold it. A valve was sucked in to a
cylinder, blew the turbo at the same time. And it was not
only this 1490/1390. Others in town had them too only they
changed them 10 years earlier. Iv'e also heard that if you
would pull as much as it could on the lowest gears the
transmission could get twisted a little bit allowing the
gears to crack. Iv'e also hear of wrong pistons in the
engine, making the engine brake down after a few hours. And
I know more, but this is why I thoght they were poor
quality, theese specific models that is.
Re: Case 1490
I havnt heard of many of these problems before, there are
still quite a few of these machines working in this country.
Re: Case 1490

These models are not so well, I own a 1290, and before whas
a DB 996, 880, and the first tractor my dad bought whas a
770, they are all good, but the 1290 is a another story, we
got many troubles of the gearshifter, its startersafty, and
the clutch.

The gearshift (1-2-3-R) got a few times stuck, he felt
between the shifts. Under the cab lift the shifter and whit
a mirror and a iron stick you can put it in neutral!

Startersafty gear in neutral, its a simple solution, remove
the switch, and make the ball in it flatter.

The clutch, there whas a leaking problem between the clutch
and the gearbox, on a moment you must look at the wheater
before you will clutch, you never now shure when the tractor
stopped! The solution?
-split the tractor (a full day work) for a piece of
rubber(0.50 euro)??
- sometimes you shift in H3 whit the brakes full onn, an
rise the clutch gentley, you will burn now the oil of the
cluch! its is more cheaper then split the tractor, and you
must chance the clutch anyway!

My 1290 has now a easy going living, I use him only for a
pallet-lifter and make not so many hours [only sundays:-)]


Re: Case 1490
We had a 1394 for years and years and it never caused us any
problems at all. We also had a slightly larger 4wd version
it as also very good i think it was a 14-- somthing. Both
these tractors worked nearly ever day of their lives with us
and were very faithful. We were advised by many people to
keep the 1394 and not change it on many occasions and they
were right it just kept on going. I believe these tractors
were great - in their time.
James :-)
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