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You folks made me do it!!
« on: May 06, 2018, 12:25:01 PM »
Have been looking for awhile. Finally pulled the trigger.  Bought a JD 440BA skidder!! 8) 8)
This will be a big step up from my small Kubota and winch.  It's a mid 70's from what I can tell--is there a way to get the exact year based on its serial #?  Looks to be in reasonable shape.  My tractor guy will have it for a few weeks to take care of anything critical: one of the steering cylinders leaks; pins are a bit worn.  But it starts right up and no smoke.  If anyone here feels I need to be aware of anything in particular, let me know. 

 Here's a pic: loading up at seller's.  All the best, Rob.  
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« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2018, 01:53:24 PM »
Congrats. !!
Good luck with it. 
So much better than pulling wood with a tractor.  8)
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« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2018, 03:46:43 PM »
Looks good !!!! Hope that it works out good for you.

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« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2018, 06:43:46 PM »
Looks like fun!  8)

Now what would want some help on? Log truck, knuckleboom, forwarder ...

;D  ;D  ;D

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« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2018, 08:19:10 PM »
You'll forget you ever owned the tractor.
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« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2018, 09:04:31 PM »
I could have used that about 25 years ago. I only do firewood now,for me. Mostly small stuff,maybe a foot across,and that is mostly dead wood too. But I do have some big ones blow over. Maybe I will get one after all.
Could haul rocks with it. ;D 
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« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2018, 10:15:06 PM »
 8) 8) just watch the frame for cracking by the front axle and keep the bolts tight where blade bolts to the side frame i think there is 8 of them on each side if they get loose it will also crack frame there as well     good luck with it 

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« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2018, 10:17:53 PM »
Ray,
I fought it for ten years. 
When I finally bought a skidder I found out its a serious game changer. 
There is no comparison to pulling wood with a tractor. 
Its almost paid for now after less than a year cutting part time on weekends and after work. 
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« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2018, 10:38:18 PM »
Thats my next buy. Hope you enjoy it!
No matter where you go there you are!!!

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« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2018, 05:39:17 AM »
Good for you 8)
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« Reply #10 on: May 07, 2018, 10:52:40 AM »
Thanks for all the encouragement and good advice!!  Stoneyacrefarm:  a game changer is right!  Even though it's one of the smallest ones it feels like a giant by comparison to my Kubota :o :o.  Coxy: thanks for the heads up--a few bolts are missing or broken off throughout: will be getting them drilled out, retapped, installed as necessary.  thecfarm: go for it!!  At 7 tons mine will drive a few rocks back down to where they belong :D :D, the others I'll just push out of the way...  CX3: I love my 3 other tractors (2250L Kubota with winch; 3350L Kubota with backhoe; 695 4wd Case Int'l pulling my PATU 525 forwarding trailer) and will never forget them ;D.  They may just see a little less activity....  mills: don't tempt me!!! I have a one ton dump (g_man inspired me to get one when I saw his  :)) but it's a far cry from a real log truck.  No, if I can find a good guy to truck what I cut/haul, that's what I'll do.  Will keep you all posted as things develop.  All the best, Rob.
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« Reply #11 on: May 07, 2018, 03:53:11 PM »
Good luck rob.  Go make some $
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« Reply #12 on: May 08, 2018, 06:01:07 AM »
smiley_thumbsup smiley_thumbsup
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« Reply #13 on: May 08, 2018, 07:04:00 AM »
I have one identical to that one. Good little skidder. I was pulling with a kubota m8200 fwd tractor.

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« Reply #14 on: May 08, 2018, 05:48:14 PM »
Rob
If your looking for some one to truck you wood to the mill
I know a couple of guys 
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« Reply #15 on: May 08, 2018, 08:29:04 PM »
East ky logging--that's encouraging!  Kubota and John Deere: can't go TOO wrong....can 'ya?
Bruno--thanks, will definitely talk about trucking when time comes.  Look forward to seeing you at the shindig in Sanbornton.  Mike_Belben--from what I understand from this Forum, it takes two million to make a million, or something like that.. :D :D
All the best, Rob.
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« Reply #16 on: May 09, 2018, 10:22:47 AM »
To add to what Coxy said, the one other weak spot is the front axle pivot. The bushing on the back side of the axle should last forever, the one on the front is not so good. Then, if it wears through, the pin wears into the axle casting requiring a lot of work and money to fix. 

I also recommend getting a shop manual. JD is like nothing else and unless you are familiar with them, diagnostics and repairs will drive you crazy.

Good luck, I call mine the operators dream and mechanics nightmare. :D

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« Reply #17 on: May 09, 2018, 08:46:10 PM »
the worst thing i think on them is the hydro system mostly the steering to try and get the air out is a pita it kind of funny watching steer them selfs back and forth with no one in the operators seat  :D :D  they are a good little skidder if you run it like a small skidder and not a 740  :) my uncle had his for 40 years and it was used when he got it 1 motor lots of tires and a few sets of brakes never anything to the tranny except for wore out linkages 

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« Reply #18 on: May 10, 2018, 07:44:06 PM »
I started out with a 440B after using a farm tractor. I sold it a little over a year ago for what I had in it. They are EXCELLENT machines for their size. Very handy in the woods, and will pull a pretty good turn. The only real problem I had with mine was when sitting on a steep hill hooking chokers the pump would lose its prime. Then you are in a mess, in a Deere if you lose your hydraulics you lose steering, blade, winch and most importantly brakes! I would have to put it in gear and either drive forward, backwards or spin and my hydraulics would finally catch back and I could freespool out to where I could go on. I had a good parking brake, but ALWAYS made sure I was backed against a tree or stump and had a clear shot up the hill to re prime the system. I just got a 240 TJ, and while it's certainly a lot more machine, I really miss the old Deere. Also watch those bolts that hold the blade cradle on and the frame there, it is a weak point. 
I only work old iron because I secretly have a love affair with my service truck!

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« Reply #19 on: May 11, 2018, 07:24:40 AM »
has any one ever owned or used the 340 jd skidder 


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