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Hello all: This is my first post. I have read some of the posts for attaching a post driver to a tractor and am still very confused. I have a john deere 4400, a great little tractor, bought it new and still love it. I want to buy a shaver 8d post driver and attach it to my tractor. My tractor has no rear hyd. and does have the 420 loader. Can someone tell my the best way to get rear hyd power for that driver? I have been to the john deere dealer and saw the rear kit but still do not understand how it attaches. Also, If I put the jd kit on do I still have 3 pt power? Thanks for any help.
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Hello all: This is my first post. I have read some of the posts for attaching a post driver to a tractor and am still very confused. I have a john deere 4400, a great little tractor, bought it new and still love it. I want to buy a shaver 8d post driver and attach it to my tractor. My tractor has no rear hyd. and does have the 420 loader. Can someone tell my the best way to get rear hyd power for that driver? I have been to the john deere dealer and saw the rear kit but still do not understand how it attaches. Also, If I put the jd kit on do I still have 3 pt power? Thanks for any help.
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Which rear hyd kit are you looking at? Power beyond or a 3rd rear SCV?


With the power beyond (running the backhoe) on my 2032R the 3 pt does not function, with the PB hose looped (not in use) the 3 pt works, not sure about your 4400.

The 3rd rear SCV would give you independent hyd capabilities, but it's a much more expensive kit and more work to install-not to mention it works differently so without knowing what kind of hyd power your post driver wants I can't say which type is appropriate.
 

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Welcome to GTT Mike!

Your 4400 already has 3rd SCV, (#1 and #2 is for the loader connected to the joystick), just no way to control it. JD has (actually had since these are 10+ years old) a kit to control it, it added the handle, hardlines, hardware, couplers, ect to use the valve.

The part number is LVBM19695: John Deere 3RD SCV KIT LVBM19694



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Now, since this is a post driver, there are some complications, but doable. Shaver recommends a "unrestricted" return path for the fluid so the ram can drop very quickly, some guys make a adapter that covers the tranny fill hole so they can hook the hose there as its simple and cheap.
 
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I saw the power beyond at the john deere dealer, I believe it was $406. The shaver post driver has the control valve and I would prefer to use it. The tech. at john deere suggested I by pass the driver control valve and use loader valve to control the the driver, I believer that would work but am still a little fuzzy about that process. I have seen that dumping the return line from the post driver into the fill hole on this site. I am in douglass, Kansas and the closest dealer for the post driver is in Vinita okla. the weather has been bad here and have not gotten down there to see those post drivers in person. Thanks for the replys.
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thanks for the info. on that 3rd svc kit. that would be a good addition for my little tractor as I sometimes use a cement mixer on the back, I have been using the loader ports for mixer. I wish jd would publish the kits they have for these little tractors. My tractor has a little over 1600 hours on it and as said above I just love it. I have thought about getting a new one with a cab, but could not get into my sheds to clean them out. But that cab would good in the summer and winter.
 
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