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I'm looking at buying a case 444 garden tractor with a mower. We had an older one when I was a kid, but don't remember much about it. The one I'm looking at is the newer style case that's total orange tinwork with white decals. It looks decent, but the guy said the PTO clutch is either out or getting weak.
I've looked around online and it appears that the "newer" models had an easily adjustable clutch, while the "older" models had one that was more difficult with shims and what not. Do you suppose since it is the newer paint scheme that it would be the easier one to adjust? Are replacement parts expensive if it would need new discs (or whatever is in them...).

They guy wants $700 for it including a mower deck. That seems reasonable to me, but I don't want to get a couple hundered wrapped up in this clutch deal. Anything specific I should be looking at that would also be expensive to fix?

Thanks for any and all replies!

Mike
 

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You are correct. There are two clutch styles. One is the "shim style" and the other is the later "EZ Adjust" clutch. Essentially, they are identical as they both use many of the same parts. In order to help you better, you should ask the Seller for the PIN. That number is located on a metal tag that is riveted to the dash tower near your right knee when sitting on the tractor. The PIN will tell us what year the tractor was built.

Photos would help us tell YOU whether what he's selling is priced too high, too low or bang on. The odds are in your favour that this tractor has the EZ clutch. Parts are readily available and most of them can be bought individually. Prices are up from the ones posted on this now defunct website but at least it will give you some idea. http://www.casegardentractors.com

If you go to our Technical Library/Service Manuals/Clutch, you will find plenty of information to review on both clutch styles.
 
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