John Deere Launches New 4M & 4R Series Compact Tractors

John Deere has introduced two new series of compact utility tractors introduces — the 4M and 4R Series. Six models between the two series (4044M, 4052M, 4066M, 4044R, 4052R, 4066R) offer farmers, ranchers and acreage owners new options for tasks such as loading, mowing, raking and digging.

The 4M and 4R models feature Final Tier 4 engines ranging from 43 to 66 hp and 4-wheel-drive to power through tough tasks. 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 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, without the use of the clutch, to change direction.

The 4R tractors feature Hitch Assist, which enables fast and easy implement attachment, says John Deere. 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. An optional downforce kit for 4R tractors is switch actuated and extremely useful for posthole digging and tillage

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.

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.

To learn more about the new 4 Family Compact Utility Tractors and all the available attachments, see your local John Deere dealer or visit

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