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John Deere 400 Garden Tractor Overview


If you are looking to find out more about the John Deere 400 garden tractor, then you have found the right article - here we are going to explore more about the John Deere 400. Originally manufactured between 1975 to 1983 - The John Deere 400 was hailed as a fantastic all-round garden-style tractor and of course, as you can tell by the name was the first in the 400 series.

To give a brief overview of the JD 400 specs:

It was built with just under a 20HP Four Stroke Kohler gasoline-based engine accompanied with two cylinders operating at around 879cc - all of which is air-cooled (specifically the name of the engine being the KQ532). It also worked via a hydrostatic transmission with both the forwards and backwards aspect for the bi-directional features.

In all, John Deere 400 was and is still used to this very day a ‘job around the garden and yard’ based vehicle and you will see they are still for sale used - and are still in operation - a comfortable one at that.

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John Deere 400 Series

John Deere started with the 400 series and there were many other variations such as the 415, 420, 425, 430, 445 and 455 with the later numbers being produced up until the very early 2000s with the garden tractor getting more updates as well as accessories and attachments with tweaks across the specifications.

When it comes to their engines they are ranging from the 19.8 - 19.9 HP of the 400 all the way up to 22HP and is initiated with an electric starter. You will sometimes see the 400 get rounded down to 19 or up to 20. The lowest of the 400 series was the 415 at you guessed it 15HP which worked on a Yanmar diesel engine and appeared to be smaller in size.

In terms of fuel capacity the 400 offered up to 4.5 gal or 17.0 litres, so it will keep you going for a fair while and with a 60inch cutter, this would make it ideal for a roughly 5 acre or so plot.

This engine range and reliability is what made them so useful for not just a residential setting but a commercial one too. They could be matched up with a range of attachments and equipment. Let’s take a look at some of the attachments and equipment that could be used along with the 400 - that you might want to take a look into as an additional purchase or something to look out for.

Now we will take a look at the specific model 400 and the features it offers.

  • 60” Mower Deck - ideal for getting a closer cut of your yard.
  • Snowblower - for when winter comes round and you want to make way.
  • Blade with a hydraulic lift.
  • Front End Loader - to carry your load from a to b.
  • Backhoe attachment - for any sort of digging application.

With it being a garden tractor as well there is a range of other applications that could be added with regards to attachments as well such as ploughs and tillers - that should be compatible with the 400.

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John Deere 400 Overview

All in all, it’s clear that John Deere has developed a fantastic reputation for reliability and that’s evidenced by people still seeking out a potentially almost 40-year garden tractor that will keep ongoing.

Explore some of the video reviews as well that are featured in this article to give yourself a better understanding of the garden lawn tractor and what it can offer you but also what potential issues that you might come across so you are well prepared.

Clearly it is a great vehicle that will also offer you about of nostalgia (especially if you have worked with such models before) that a new garden tractor simply can’t offer you.

Below we go into what areas you can pick one up from. Of course, if you have any additional ideas of where someone could purchase a JD400 from that hasn’t been covered below - go ahead and mention them in the comments.

Where to Pick Up a John Deere 400 and parts?

Of course, before going right ahead and purchasing one, we recommend you do your due diligence and carry out thorough research to avoid disappointment and have a look at other models - particularly in the rest of the 400 series and see if that might suit you better.

If you have nailed down the 400 however or just fancy it as a bit of a restoration project and need parts - it’s time to go on the hunt and find one that is at the right price. However, where to begin?

If you are looking to purchase one there are a lot of avenues available to you. However, the best luck that you are going to get is very much likely to be online.

Looking at sites that try to sell used products such as eBay and even Gumtree. There are specialist sites that are selling John Deere 400 - a simple search like “John Deere 400 for Sale” should help you to find a tractor for sale.

At the time of writing this, they seem to be fetching around just under the $2,000 mark. Of course, this is likely to vary.

Before you do purchase online make sure to carry out your due diligence and call around different sites to get a feel over what you should be paying with regards to value.

You will then of course know whether you are looking at a good or bad deal. Patience is certainly key when trying to get a good price here and of course don’t’ be afraid to negotiate too.

That’s not to say, you should just do your market research online - make sure to check out local tractor sale retailers, particularly ones who specialise in second as well as new garden tractors.

If you have any additional questions about the John Deere 400 tractor or would like to share some of your own personal experiences about it, then we would love to hear from you. Please let us know in the comments section below what your thoughts are and whether you can warn other JD 400 owners about any potential problems you have incurred and in turn what they should watch out for.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Bradley Morrison

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