John Deere’s 4M and 4R Series compact utility tractors include six models — 4044M, 4052M, 4066M, 4044R, 4052R, and 4066R — and can be used for mowing, loading, and digging. According to the company, it designed the machine to match customer requests that include spending less time installing and removing implements, carrying and storing more tools, a more comfortable ride, and the ability to work in low-light conditions.
The 4M and 4R models feature final Tier 4 engines ranging from 43 to 66 hp. The 4M machines are equipped with a hydrostatic transmission with Twin Touch Pedals that provide operators with simple hydrostatic controls to find the right speed for the job. Operators press 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 so they don’t need to use the clutch to change direction. Four-wheel drive comes standard on all 4M and 4R CUTs.
The 4M tractor’s 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.
A center console storage area and a left hand fender tool compartment on the R Series provide additional tool storage. A deluxe seat on the 4R models can swivel 15 degrees to either side and provides greater comfort 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 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.
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.