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International 444 1968
International 444 utility, 1968
Model history
Model introduced 1967
Model discontinued 1971
Model status Discontinued
No. produced 13,087
Preceded by International 424
Superseded by International 454
Engine Specification
Engine make International
Engine model International C-153
Fuel type gasoline
Power hp 47 gross, 42 net, 38 pto, 33 drawbar
Governed rpm 2000
Displacement cu in /(litre) 152 ci
No. of Cylinders 4
Bore in (mm) 3.375"
Stroke in (mm) 4.25"
Cooling system Water
Naturally aspirated, Turbo or Supercharged NA
Transmission Details
Transmission type dual-range sliding gear
Forward 8
Reverse 2
Drive 2-WD
General Data
Linkage Category Category I 3-point hitch, draft control
Tyre Sizes (std/options)
Front 6.00-16 4-ply
Rear 13.6-28 4-ply
Tractor Dimensions
Length (inches/metres) 121"
Height (inches/meters) 58"
Weight (nominal) lb/kg 3800 lb
Turning circle (nominal) inches/meters 17 ft
Wheelbase 70"
Other info
Factories Doncaster, England
Louisville, Kentucky, USA
India (Mahindra Tractors)
Plow rating 2-3 14"
Nebraska Tests No. 985
Approximate Cost new in (year) $3725 (1968)
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The International 444 was built by International Harvester from 1967 to 1971, with partial manufacture in Doncaster, England and final assembly in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, and under license by IH's joint venture in India, Mahindra Tractors.

Model historyEdit

Main article: International Harvester

For industrial version see International 2444. For low profile version see International 2444 Lo-Boy

The International 444 utility tractor was an upgrade of the 424 with minor restyling. The new grille was slightly reverse-slanting and the white panels on the hood sides were smaller, no longer extending forward to the grille surround. The model number was moved up to the same level as the International name. The diesel version continued to use the British-built International BD-154 4-cylinder engine and the power rating was unchanged at 37 pto hp. The International C-146 gasoline engine was replaced by the C-153 C-153 from the just discontinued 504 Utility, but governed at a lower 2000 rpm. The power output of the gas tractor was increased slightly from 37 to 38 pto hp and 32 to 33 drawbar hp.

Tractor Comparison, gasoline models Edit

The gasoline-powered International 444 was well matched in weight, power, and price with the Case 440 and later 470, David Brown 3800, Ford 3000, John Deere 1020, Massey-Ferguson MF135 (with Continental 4-cylinder in 1968 and Perkins 3-cylinder afterwards), and Oliver 550. The Fiat-built Oliver 1250 was a little lighter and cheaper than the International.

Make & model Pto hp Displace. Speeds Weight (lb) Price-$ (year)
International 444 38 152 8 3800 3725 (1968), 4470 (1971)
Case 440 33 148 8 3530 3944 (1968)
Case 470 33 148 4-8 3490 4465 (1971)
David Brown 3800 39 146 6-12 3370 4371 (1971)
Ford 3000 38 158 8 3480 3457 (1968)
John Deere 1020RU 39 135 8-16 4100 3418 (1968)
Massey-Ferguson 135 35 145 6-12 2940 3900 (1968)
Massey-Ferguson 135 37 153 8 3085 4078 (1971)
Oliver 550 41 155 6 3229 3341 (1968)
Oliver 1250 35 116 6 3510 3190 (1968)

Tractor Comparison, diesel models Edit

The diesel-powered International 444 competed directly with the Case 430 and later 470, David Brown 780, Ford 3000, John Deere 1020, Massey-Ferguson MF135, and Oliver 550. The Fiat-built Oliver 1250 was priced lower than the other models but was lower powered than the International. The replacement Oliver 1255 was larger and competed directly with the International as did the German-built Deutz D4006.

Make & model Pto hp Displace. Speeds Weight (lb) Price-$ (year)
International 444 37 154 8 3920 4105 (1968), 4880 (1971)
Case 430 34 188 8 3590 4364 (1968)
Case 470 34 188 4-8 3565 4920 (1971)
David Brown 780 36 146 12 3710 4371 (1968)
Deutz D4006 38 173 8-12 4180 4068 (1971)
Fiat 450 143 8-9 3900
Ford 3000 39 175 8 3805 3814 (1968)
John Deere 1020RU 39 152 8-16 4150 3783 (1968)
Massey-Ferguson 135 38 153 6-12 3130 4358 (1968)
Oliver 550 39 155 6 3245 4260 (1968)
Oliver 1250 35 138 6 3666 3476 (1968)
Oliver 1255 39 143 6-9 3906 4650 (1971)

Note: Most specifications and prices in comparison tables from The Official Tractor Blue Book 2010[1], Farm Tractors 1950-1975[2], and Farm Tractors 1975-1995[3]

Timeline Edit

  • 1967 - International 444 production began
  • 1971 - International 454 replaced 444 in US

Factory locations Edit

  • International Harvester Great Britain, Ltd., Doncaster, England
  • Louisville Works, Louisville, Kentucky, USA

SpecificationEdit

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  • C-153 4-cylinder gasoline engine
  • 8-speed dual range transmission
  • Adjustable front axle
  • Differential lock
  • Electric starter and lights
  • Constant running pto
  • Standard tires
    • Front: 6.00-16 4-ply
    • Rear: 13.6-28 4-ply

OptionsEdit

  • BD-154 4-cylinder diesel engine
  • 8-speed dual-range transmission with forward-reverse shuttle
  • Hydrostatic power steering
  • Category I 3-point hitch, draft control
  • Dual rear wheels

Serial numbers (diesel version)Edit

Year Serial no. run
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Serial no. run
End
Number Built Notes
1967 501 1189 689 Production calculated from serial no. range, includes 2444 and 2444 Lo-Boy
1968 1190 5269 4080
1969 5270 9009 3740
1970 9010 12536 3527
1971 12357 13407[4] 1051 Last built
Total built 13087

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See alsoEdit

Collection related info
  • Shows and Meets - events featuring tractors and other machinery
  • Clubs Listing - List of clubs including various tractor marques
  • Collections - list of private collections with tractors (add yours)
  • Museums - includes museums featuring tractors (please add missing ones)

References/sourcesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Hall, Mike, Ed., The Official Tractor Blue Book 2010, Price Digests, Overland Park, Kansas, 2009
  2. Larsen, Lester, Farm Tractors 1950-1975, American Society of Agricultural Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan, 1981
  3. Gay, Larry, Farm Tractors 1975-1995, American Society of Agricultural Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan, 1995
  4. Baumheckel, Ralph and Borghoff, Kent, International Farm Equipment Product History, American Society of Agricultural Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan, 1997

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