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John Deere 430 Crawler Tractor
The John Deere Model 420/430 crawler tracked tractor was a two-cylinder engine produced by John Deere from 1947 to 1952, with successor models produced until 1940.
John Deere 420 / 430
John Deere 420 crawler
The John Deere 420 was the direct follow-on to the 40, covering the higher end of the range. Changes from the 40 to the 420 were minimal, but productivity increased by 20% with a larger bore, higher compression and an improved carburettor. The 420 was rated for two ploughs.
John Deere 430
The John Deere 430 was an ergonomically-improved version of the 420, introduced in 1958. Production ended in 1960, when the John Deere 1010 was introduced to replace it, with a new four-cylinder engine.
This is a model that disappoints me. This model is produced by Ertl, which is a major maker of tractors and other models. Ertl operates with several versions of some models, Basic and Premium. I have found that while the main parts of both models are the same, premium models are given more detail and smaller details are more highlighted. Of course, all this equates to a higher retail price. But what should be noted here is that while a premium model has that extra detail, on this model, those parts can cause this model to be not representative of that tractor.
The paintwork and the colour has not been transferred to the model. It does not have that John Deere look that one expects and should have been painted in the John Deere green and yellow, because instead of looking like a John Deere, it looks like a no-name brand tractor. We also have the lack of colour on the tractor itself. On other models similar, like the Caterpillar Twenty two, we have more attention to including paint to important areas, and even though few areas are included, those few areas change completely the look of the model.
The model itself has parts that have not been added with the best detail. For instance the guard protector plate fitted to the front of the radiator is supposed to show holes to allow air to get through to the radiator. But to see these, you need to go right up to see what are simply pinpricks. Even touching it does not feel what it's supposed to represent.
The engine is on a par with a lot of models, but it feels like it's incomplete. With a little colour on certain parts, this engine, as well as the drive train would make this a different model. Another disappointment is the tracks themselves. Look at the Caterpillar Twenty Two put out by Norton, it has that little bit of attention to detail, which makes that model more collectable than this model.
So this is a model that will be changed. We will look for a better model than this and reissue the content. As such, I will not grade this model.