Older John Deere lawn mower, Good Deal?

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  1. chacha

    chacha CAT Herder

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    Well that 317 from the first post was sold before I was finally back home from traveling.

    But I did find a 1987 318 with mower deck, 4-way plow, and wheel weights. I also found a bagger system, dethatcher, tire chains and another mower deck. The seller would not sell the bagger without the mower but I have plans to clean up the deck and try to sell it later on.


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    This is the only shot I have of it right now. I didn't need to plow I just wanted to do a test run. Man is it fun.:lol3

    My driveway is mostly flat except for two inclines. One before the garage and then down where the driveway meets the street. The only time I spun the wheels is while trying to back up the incline to the garage from a stand still. So I will need the wheel weights put on at some point.
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  2. kfsinc

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    Looks like a nice clean tractor!

    You will most certainly need chains, weights may not be necessary. I don't have weights on my 425 and didn't on my 318. It worked fine most of the time.


    Not sure what bagger you got, but if it's the one that runs off the PTO, it's awesome -- basically a giant shop vac. If that's the one you have, you can weld up a carrier for the back of the tractor to hold the weights that came with the bagger. More than enough to give traction.
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  3. chacha

    chacha CAT Herder

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    It's the powerflow bagger that runs off a secondary mower deck pulley. Has some frame work that bolts to the back then two cloth bags that hang from the frame. I know they have another style that is larger I think.

    It does have some rust on it but nothing I can't clean up and fix over time.
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  4. kfsinc

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    I had the one that is a big plastic box, fed by a fan that runs off the PTO -- different one than you have.

    used to pull the input off and use it to vacuum up piles of leaves. Only downside was that the leaves were so chopped up they wouldn't burn very well.
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  5. chacha

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    First real big storm hit yesterday about 9 inches or so. Some spots wind blown. Little tractor that could worked very well. I do think I need to replace the transmission suction tube. It's a soft pipe that I think has become brittle and doesn't seal well. I get a little oil spot underneath after I park it.

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  6. B.E. Coyote

    B.E. Coyote (Super-Genius)

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    How about an early 70's 110? Looks to be in good shape. No mower deck but it has a 2000lb winch on the front.

    I just need something to pull a pull behind mower deck and a cart for firewood?

    Something cool about older JDs. This would be for up my camp where it won't be completely secure.


    $200 is the asking price.


    I have an automatic atv but sometimes the grass gets way too tall and the atv overheats trying to go superslow over 3 acres of tall tall grass.
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  7. kfsinc

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    The winch is probably worth $100.

    go here to learn more than you'll ever need to know. It's the ADVrider of JD lawn tractors.
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    B.E. Coyote (Super-Genius)

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    I brought it home yesterday. Apparently it was a good deal because there were lots of people wanting it. I was just lucky enough to email the owner first and he thought I should have dibs. :clap

    I'm happy with it. The variator is not working. Owner though that controlled the speed of the front PTO but I have come to find it is the speed of the tractor. I am going to take a look at it today.

    I was looking at a new battery, belts and starter for my old Monkey Wards lawn tractor to get it working again. Much happier with this.

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  9. mjydrafter

    mjydrafter evil boy for life

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    Check that the center sheave of the variator is able to move freely. That's usually the culprit.

    Sweet looking rig, BTW.:D
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    Thanks, that was the problem. Got it free and adjusted as per instructions on the web.

    The variator is either on or off right?

    All the way back it slows down, forward it is faster. The clicks in the handle don't seem to back any difference. It is either on or off. Is that right?
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  11. kfsinc

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    Very nice!

    This shows how the variator should work: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wKEri_SwjQ

    It's a variable width pully, much like a snowmobile clutch, controlled by the lever with the notches. When working correctly, it is used to vary (Variator) the ground speed of the tractor in each gear.
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  12. divotdm

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    Just picked this up for $375.00 . Its in great shape and runs awesome.




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  13. mjydrafter

    mjydrafter evil boy for life

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    No, it should have 3 or 4 levels or speeds. Full back should be slower, full forward fast, with steps in between.

    I forget which notch you set it in to adjust it, but 3 back seems right.

    Once you get it right you can change ground speed without changing gears. It's nice when mowing, when you go from thick heavy grass to lighter grass.
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    Nice. Looks like a brand new seat on that thing too.



    The hydro took some getting use to on mine. The brakes will not stop my 318, they are more there to slow the wheels for tighter turns and for the parking brake. Trying to work the plow blade, steer and control speed some times becomes a juggling act.:lol3


    Put my little mean green machine to work yesterday. We had 8 tons of rock delivered and used the plow to push it all into place. Learned I could use some more rear weight though.

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    Final shot. the panorama function stitched the picture together funny.

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  15. mjydrafter

    mjydrafter evil boy for life

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    Does your blade have Hydraulics? If so :dizave.

    :D

    I had 6 tons of gravel for my driveway delivered this spring and I was surprised how well my little 110 did with it. There is a bit of a learning curve, it's not a D8:D, but it did pretty well for all manual and no extra weight.
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  16. chacha

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    Oh yeah she does, 4 way hydraulics with float.:evil
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  17. jdfog2

    jdfog2 Been here awhile

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    There's a web site similart to this one called weekendfreedommachines (or there used to be anyway.)

    I have two mid-60s JD 110 "Round Fender" tractors with mower decks, one snowplow AND a set of wheelweights on one. PO started restoring one of them and lost interest (His dad in Iowa passed away and let him a large collection of pre- 1955 IH and JD tractors - all restored). It supposedly runs but I have to put the tank (had it checked for leaks and sealed and powder coated) back on and put a new wiring harness in.

    The other one has a broken rod - I got it for parts for the other one but it seems to be complete other than the rod. Thinking of putting it back together too.

    Nice to see some other folks in the younger generation appreciation fine machinery! :)

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  18. mjydrafter

    mjydrafter evil boy for life

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    :fitz

    Weekend Freedom Machines is still around. (if we would read the whole thread we would know it's listed on the 1st and 2nd pages...so I'll link it here as well...:rofl)

    I can usually find what I need with their search, so I don't post much there. Love the classifieds though.:lol3
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  19. mjskier

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    This is also a pretty popular model. Prices seem to go up, especially for accessories like the 3 point hitch.
    Here's mine, a 1971 H3, (it has 3 hydraulic valves)

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  20. mjydrafter

    mjydrafter evil boy for life

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    ^^^^Holy crap, that's a show tractor (I hope) not a worker.^^^^^
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