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johnjenk 33388 305 Deere 4430 either
Deere 4430
A picture of our 4430. Mechanically, she is in fantastic
shape and she’s on the waiting list for new paint, lights,
decals etc. It”ll probably be a year or so before she’s
completely restored. Very strong tractor although I wish we
had 18.4 x 38 rubber on the rear instead of 20.8 x 38. Can’t
wait to get started on the restoration.
Re: Deere 4430
Some good lod workhorses John! Thanks for posting the
photos. Looks like you guys had a tank on this one too. What
size rear tires are those?

Re: Deere 4430
Hi Lance. This tractor did have a tank at one point. It was
a fiberglass tank and someone clipped something with it and
of course destroyed it. I think when we restore this one,
we’ll probably put the front weights back on. The rears are
20.8 x 38. A little too much tire for this unit in my
opinion. The 4440 has 18.4 x 38s on the rear and I like the
way they pull and a trctor this size. the 4440 is only rated
at 6 more horsepower (125 hp 6-404 turbo versus 131 hp 6-466
turbo) than the 4430 but I can tell you this, the 4440 is
twice the tractor. Thanks for looking.
Re: Deere 4430
I thought those were 20.8x38s. We usually use saddle tanks
on our tractors, and my uncle also has a tank that he can
mount behind the cab of the tractor. Looks interesting, but
I don't like it because I think it screws up rear visibility
out the cab. Lots of those 4430s and 40s here, those are
some good looking machines, even if they look a little
rough. I really think that 4440 is tough looking w/the 4post
ROPS, I don't see too mnay of those.

Re: Deere 4430
Hey Lance. Deere didn’t make too many of those 4-post 4440s.
I’ve seen several in my day but the ones with cabs are much
more common. Several farmers in our area had 4-posters but
ours is about the only one left around here. My uncle has
one with a cab and half the hours of ours but ours will run
off and hide from his in the field. Theres no way ours is
131hp! More like 150-160 if I had to guess and it is bone
stock! We used to pull 7-14s with her at 5.5 mph! I remember
back in ’85 we used a 4650 MFWD powershift for about two
weeks while one of our 6030s was in the shop with a busted
rear end and it pulled those 7-14s about the same as our
4440. Incidentally, we used to have another 4020 on which we
ported, polished and shaved the head, mounted an M&W turbo,
and turned that Roosa Master pump loose. That old 4020 could
pull 6-14s at 5 mph with water in all the tires (left-hand
duals only)! It was a sight to see. A huge column of jet
black smoke, muffler glowing cherry red and both front
wheels about eight inches off the ground...steering with
brakes! We used to run a 13’ Lely Roterra in tandem with a
13’ Deere grain drill connected via a gooseneck “bridge”
hitch behind the 4440 and she had two 250-gallon saddle
tanks hung on her then. Those were the days man. Those were
the days.
Take care,
Re: Deere 4430
I bet those were the days, if only there were some photos.!!
Does the 4020 you currently have have the M&W turbo? i knowm
alot of guys had them installed after the tractor went out
of warranty.

Re: Deere 4430
Nah. My father started his operation with two 4020s in the
’60s. The one pictured here in the forum is stock and he
“hot rodded” the other one to handle heavier tillage. In the
early 70’s he bought a 4430 and a 4630 to handle those
chores so there was no need to turbo the one you see here.
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