John Deere introduces the 4M and 4R Series compact utility tractors for homeowners and landscape contractors who are looking to do more than mow grass. Six, stylish models (4044M, 4052M, 4066M, 4044R, 4052R, 4066R) make up the family and provide operators the uptime, performance, comfort and convenience needed for various tasks, including loading, mowing, and digging.
“With compact utility tractors, it’s all about finding the right machine to match customer needs,” said Scott Schadler, John Deere product marketing manager. “Customers told us they wanted to spend less time installing and removing implements, wanted the ability to carry and store more tools, desired a more comfortable ride, and requested the ability to work in low-light conditions.”
The 4M and 4R models feature powerful, Final Tier 4 engines ranging from 43 to 66 hp to power through tough tasks. The 4M machines are equipped with a hydrostatic transmission with Twin Touch Pedals that provide operators with simple, comfortable-to-use hydrostatic controls to find the right speed for the job at hand. It’s as simple as pressing a single foot pedal to go forward and another foot pedal to go in reverse. A power reverser transmission on the 4R Series slows the transmission down when the operator uses the forward or reverse control function. No need to use the clutch to change direction. Four-wheel drive comes standard on all 4M and 4R CUTs for tough applications and harsh ground conditions.
The 4M tractors are designed for customers looking for an affordable and easy-to-use machine. The operator station features a flat floor, ergonomic controls, and a fully-independent PTO. Hydraulic options are available for those customers who are interested in using attachments. Optional wheel spacers provide 11 inches of additional room on the axle, and are ideal when the tractor is used on inclines or slopes.
The 4R tractors boast Hitch Assist, which enables fast and easy implement attachment. This function eliminates the need to go back and forth from the seat to the hitch. The operator can simply control the tractor and hitch while standing behind the machine.
Customers also requested additional tool storage and John Deere responded with a center console storage area and a left hand fender tool compartment on the R Series. A deluxe seat on the 4R models can swivel 15 degrees to either side and provides greater comfort and less fatigue when operating rear implements. The swivel feature also allows the operator to easily get in and out of the seat. The additions of premium work lights allow for longer work hours and are easily installed on the ROPS.
An optional downforce kit for 4R tractors is switch actuated and extremely useful for posthole digging and tillage. Like the 4M models, optional wheel spacers provide 11 inches of additional width and are ideal when the tractor is used on inclines or slopes.
All 4R models feature integrated hydrostatic transmission controls on a single panel. Operators can easily select eThrottle™ that matches engine RPM to hydrostat pedal position, LoadMatch™ to automatically adjusts engine-speed based on load, MotionMatch™ to adjust the responsiveness of the transmission, and SpeedMatch™ to enable automotive-style cruise control.
John Deere is also launching several new implements to keep operators up and running, no matter what the task. These implements include the D170 Loader, H180 Loader, and 485A Backhoe. The D170 Loader is both 4M and 4R compatible and is a factory-installed option on the 4M. It serves as an economical solution for customers who don’t need to remove the loader. The H180 is 4R compatible and features a self-leveling option and a Quik-Park™ mounting system that allows for removal/mounting without the need of tools. The 485A Backhoe can be installed in five minutes and is the perfect compliment to an excavation job.
All 4 Family tractors come standard with an open operator station. An optional ComfortGard™ Cab is available on the 4044R HST, 4052R HST and 4066R HST tractors. The tightly sealed cab keeps out dust and clippings, as well as microscopic allergens while featuring climate control for year-round comfort. The cab also enables 360-degree views with forward work lights, front windshield wiper and an integrated radio antenna.
Like the rest of the compact utility tractor lineup, the 4 Family is an eligible purchase within the GreenFleetTM Loyalty Rewards program. The industry-exclusive loyalty program from John Deere is designed to help customers manage their equipment more easily and cost-effectively.