J.I. Case 444 (1977-1985)

J.I. Case 444 (1977-1985)The J.I. Case 444 is a lawn and garden tractor model from the 400 series, manufactured from 1977 to 1988 by J.I. Case in Winneconne, Wisconsin, USA. This second generation was manufactured from 1977 to 1988. It was available in two-wheel drive (2WD) version.

The J.I. Case 444 is equipped with a 512 cc (31.2 cu·in) single-cylinder gasoline engine with 88.9 mm (3.5 in) of the cylinder bore and 82.6 mm (3.25 in) of the piston stroke, and a hydraulic drive transmission with infinite forward and reverse (2-range) gears.

The J.I. Case 444 lawn and garden tractor features:

  • The Kohler K321AS gasoline engine which produces 14.1 PS (10.4 kW; 14.0 HP) at 3,600 rpm of horsepower
  • Manual steering
  • Mechanical band brakes
  • Open operator station

General specifications

General Specifications
ModelJ.I. Case 444
Tractor typeLawn and garden tractor
Production years1977-1988
FactoryWinneconne, Wisconsin, USA
Dimensions and weight
Length1,820 mm (71.7 in)
Width1,040 mm (40.9 in)
Height (hood)970 mm (38.2 in)
Wheel base1,210 mm (47.6 in)
Ground clearance270 mm (10.6 in)
Weight (shipping)320 kg (705 lbs)
Fuel capacity
Fuel tank capacity11.4 liters (3 US gal.; 2.5 Imp. gal)


Engine Specifications
Engine modelKohler K321AS
Engine type4-stroke, L-head (side valve), single-cylinder
Displacement512 cm3, (31.2 cu·in)
Bore and stroke88.9 mm X 82.6 mm (3.50 in X 3.25 in)
Max. horsepower14.1 PS (10.4 kW; 14.0 HP) at 3,600 rpm
Cooling systemForced air
Lubricating systemSplash type
Fuel systemCarburetor
Starting systemElectirc starter
Compression pressure
Normal:7.7-8.4 kg/cm2 (7.6-8.3 bar, 110-120 psi) / 1,000 rpm
Valve clearance
Intake valve clearance:0.20-0.25 mm (0.0079-0.0098 in)
Exhaust valve clearance:0.43-0.48 mm (0.0169-0.0189 in)
Oil system
Lubrication system:Splash type
Oil type:API SF or SG
Recommended oil: Summer: SAE 30W
Winter: SAE 5W-20, 5W-30
Oil capacity:1.4 L (1.5 US. qt, 1.2 Imp. qt.)
Ignition system
Spark plug:Champion RH10
Spark plug gap:0.65 mm (0.0256 in)
Spark plug torque:27 N·m (2.8 kg·m, 19.9 ft·lb)

Transmission and chassis

Chassis, steering and brakes
Chassis4×2 2WD
Steering typeManual
BrakesMechanical band
Transmission manufacturer or modelHY-Driv
Transmission typeHydraulic drive
GearsInfinite forward and reverse (2-range)
Speed Forward: 14.0 kmh (8.7 mph)
Transmission oil capacity6.2 L (1.6 US. gal, 1.4 Imp. gal.)


Front tires Lawn/turf: 6.50-8
Rear tires Lawn/turf: 8.00-16, 8.50-12, 10.50-12

Rear Hitch

Three-Point Hitch
Category0 (sleeve hitch)
Control type
Lift capacity (at ends)

Electrical system

Electrical system
Charging systemAlternator
Charging amps15A
Battery12V, 24Ah

Hydraulic system

Hydraulic system
Hydraulic typeOpen center
Hydraulic capacity4.7 L (1.2 US. gal, 1 Imp. gal.)
Pump flow8.0 gpm (30.3 lpm)


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