I have a chance to purchase a Front PTO attachment for a JD 400 and i'm considering it because i don't see them often. But i have to ask, what exactly is it used for? I guess i'm trying to decide if i need or will ever use it.
The front PTO could be used to power small stationary farm equipment like a bale elevator. Years ago around here the rule was if a garden tractor had a 540RPM PTO it was tax exempt, as the PTO made it a "farm tractor" to the taxman. Sometimes unused PTO attachments for garden tractors can still be found in barns and sheds covered with forty years of dust!
Casey, if you can get it without busting the budget, it makes a nice conversation piece, even if you don't have a use for it.
I haven't seen one on a 400 tractor either, but this one on a friend's 140 and corn sheller should be similar.
Here you guys go. The first picture shows the bottom and the second is upside down. I sold this to another member as I had no use for it. It had little, if any use. The actual name for this is the model 543 Front PTO made for the JD 400. It would have fit the 420 and 430 because of the bar across the lower portion.
Mike, I have a 543 front PTO for my 430. I haven't been able to find the parts catalog online at JDParts. Could you please email me the diagram if you still have it? techarch at live dot com.
If there is a catalog online, let me know what the number is so I can look it up - thanks!
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