John Deere introduces the 4M and 4R Series compact utility tractors for farmers, ranchers and rural property owners who are looking for the most versatile, feature-rich chore tractor available. Six smodels (4044M, 4052M, 4066M, 4044R, 4052R, 4066R) make up the family and provide operators the uptime, performance, comfort and convenience needed to complete a wide variety of tasks, including loading, mowing, raking and digging.

“With compact utility tractors, it’s all about finding the right machine to match customer needs,” said Scott Schadler, John Deere product marketing manager. “Customers told us they wanted to spend less time installing and removing implements, wanted the ability to carry and store more tools, desired a more comfortable ride, and requested the ability to work in low-light conditions. These new 4 Family models deliver.”

The 4M and 4R models feature Final Tier 4 engines ranging from 43 to 66 hp to power through tough tasks. The 4M machines are equipped with a hydrostatic transmission with Twin Touch Pedals that provide operators with simple, comfortable-to-use hydrostatic controls to find the right speed for the job at hand. It’s as simple as pressing a single foot pedal to go forward and another foot pedal to go in reverse. A power reverser transmission on the 4R Series slows the transmission down when the operator uses the forward or reverse control, without the use of the clutch, to change direction.

Four-wheel drive comes standard on all 4M and 4R CUTs to make it easier to handle tough jobs and harsh ground conditions. Both models are available with optional wheel spacers that provide 11 inches of additional width and are ideal when the tractor is used on inclines or slopes.

The 4M tractors are designed for customers looking for an affordable and easy-to-use machine. The operator station features a flat floor, ergonomic controls, and a fully-independent PTO. Hydraulic options are available for those customers who are interested in using attachments.

The 4R tractors boast Hitch Assist, which enables fast and easy implement attachment. This function eliminates the need to go back and forth from the seat to the hitch. The operator can simply control the tractor and hitch while standing behind the machine. An optional downforce kit for 4R tractors is switch actuated and extremely useful for posthole digging and tillage

Customers also requested additional tool storage and John Deere responded with a center console storage area and a left hand fender tool compartment on the R Series. A deluxe seat on the 4R models can swivel 15 degrees to either side and provides greater comfort and less fatigue when operating rear implements. The swivel feature also allows the operator to easily get in and out of the seat. The additions of premium work lights allow for longer work hours and are easily installed on the ROPS.

All 4R models feature integrated hydrostatic transmission controls on a single panel. Operators can easily select eThrottle that matches engine RPM to hydrostat pedal position, LoadMatch to automatically adjusts engine-speed based on load, MotionMatch to adjust the responsiveness of the transmission, and SpeedMatch to enable automotive-style cruise control.

All 4 Family tractors come standard with an open operator station. An optional ComfortGard Cab is available on the 4044R HST, 4052R HST and 4066R HST tractors. The tightly sealed cab keeps out dust and noise, as well as microscopic allergens while featuring climate control for year-round comfort. The cab also enables 360-degree views with forward work lights, front windshield wiper and an integrated radio antenna. 

John Deere is also launching several new implements to keep operators up and running, no matter what the task. These implements include the D170 Loader, H180 Loader, and 485A Backhoe. The D170 Loader is both 4M and 4R compatible and is a factory-installed option on the 4M. It serves as an economical solution for customers who don’t need to remove the loader. The H180 is 4R compatible and

features a self-leveling option and a Quik-Park mounting system that allows for removal/mounting without the need of tools. The 485A Backhoe can be installed in five minutes and is the perfect compliment to an excavation job.

To learn more about the new 4 Family Compact Utility Tractors and all the available attachments, see your local John Deere dealer or visit