A properly running 444 has plenty of power to do all the tasks you have mentioned. Is the engine bogging down when you try to mow or are there other symptoms? If the engine is bogging down you should do a leakdown test to determine if you have good compression.fordeverpower said:i just got a 1984 case 444 with the 321 kohler 14hp and it acts like 8hp imo. It barely mows grass at half speed of low range and people run tillers and snowblowers?
You shouldn't jump to conclusions, I don't see anything about that clutch that suggests is it junk and if you treat it as junk you'll be shelling out a couple hundred dollars or more to make it right. Those mechanical clutches are very reliable and inexpensive to maintain. Most likely it needs nothing more than adjustment. The adjustment can seem complicated the first time you do it but it really is quite simple once you get the hang of it. Download the clutch adjustment manual from the tech section and read it carefully and follow the directions carefully. If you don't understand something ask. Most importantly don't put a big pair of channel locks on that big hex nut or you'll be buying a new one.fordeverpower said:hydriv, i looked at the clutch and it is junk, the air gap is excessive and there is an old belt wedged between motor and clutch assembly.