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#1 Rocktractor OFFLINE  

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Posted July 26, 2011 - 12:30 PM

Hello fellow tractor owners. This is my first post. I'm kinda new at this, so any advise would be greatly appreciated. I recently picked up a 28+ yr old JD model 400 with a model 20 loader. I've always wanted a John Deere tractor but couldn't afford one. Now that I have one I hope I can afford to keep it running. I'm sure I'll have some good questions for everyone.

Anyone know how I can find out what year my model 400 was made? The previous owner didn't know anything about it, just that it was a good running tractor. I know they were made from 1975 to 1982, but it would be nice to know the actual year. :confuse:

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Posted July 26, 2011 - 12:56 PM

Welcome to GTTalk
This should answer your question
400 Garden Tractor

Year Engine Serial Number
1975 19.9K 30,001-55,000
1976 19.9K 55,001-70,000
1977 19.9K 70,001-80,000
1978 19.9K 80,001-95,000
1979 19.9K 95,001-120,000
1980 19.9K 120,001-155,000
1981 19.9K 155,001-190,000
1982 19.9K 190,001-222,000

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Posted July 26, 2011 - 01:02 PM

Welcome to GTtalk. Would love to see pics of the JD 400 with the loader. Sounds like you got yourself a nice garden tractor. I think ducky has you fixed up on helping find the year of your John Deere.

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Posted July 26, 2011 - 02:53 PM

That's a great combo you have there. I'm not into green, but a good tractor no doubt. The FEL's are invaluable! How bout some pics of your ride!

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Posted July 26, 2011 - 04:02 PM

:welcometogttalk::wewantpics::wewantpics::wewantpics:

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Posted July 26, 2011 - 04:06 PM

Welcome, and glad to see another green tractor owner here. A 400 with a loader is a really nice setup. You may want to look back through the threads in the JD forum. Member Gary318 recently got a 400 and there may be others.

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Posted July 26, 2011 - 04:06 PM

Welcome to GT talk, Glad you joined us. That is a very nice tractor/FEL combo. You should get many more years of use out of it, and like it was said before; WE LOVE PICTURES !!

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Posted July 26, 2011 - 04:13 PM

:welcome: to GTTalk.

Nice sounding setup you just got, as mentioned before... PICS! LOL

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Posted July 26, 2011 - 06:06 PM

:wave: Rocktractor Welcome to GTTalk! It's great to have you here with us! Green isn't my color either, but the 400's are awesome machines to be sure! Sounds like a great score! Someone probably mentioned that we :love: :camera: here LOL! We'd love to see what you have. Come back often and enjoy the great people!

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Posted July 26, 2011 - 06:09 PM

Hey rocktractor, I have been known to pick on green now & then, but all in fun. I own some JD equipment myself!

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Posted July 26, 2011 - 09:14 PM

:welcometogttalk:

Always good to have more GREEN on the site!!! :D ~~ grnspot

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Posted July 27, 2011 - 06:12 AM

You can go here and type in the model number and serial number that's on the tag and find the year.

Tractor Model

FYI. On the 1975 to 1982 tractors, it was pretty easy to find the year of John Deere tractors as it was in the model number. The model number usually had a C then the model of tractor, i.e. "400" then another letter which represented the year. If the 5th character was a "D", then it was a 1975, a "E" - 1976, "F" - 1977, "G" - 1978, "H" - 1979, "J" - 1980, "K" - 1981, and a "L" was a 1982. So C400J was a 1980 400.

1975 - D
1976 - E
1977 - F
1978 - G
1979 - H
1980 - J
1981 - K
1982 - L

In 1983, Deere stopped that practice and started putting "M" on the beginning and included a couple of "0" followed by the model number and then an "X". So a 318 was M00318X and the only way to tell the model year was by the serial number itself.

Edited by Tmo, July 27, 2011 - 06:33 AM.

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Posted July 28, 2011 - 05:07 PM

Welcome aboard!

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Posted July 28, 2011 - 06:54 PM

:welcometogttalk: We love pictures :wave:

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Posted July 28, 2011 - 07:28 PM

Welcome to GTtalk. And some of us don't have to have pictures since I'm the worst guy with that picture-taking-machine.




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