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Posted October 12, 2010 - 10:02 PM

Those should keep you busy for the winter. I am a fan of those K series Kohlers. Nice purchase.

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Posted October 16, 2010 - 02:00 PM

wow 4 JDs , I just bought 2 a 316 running and a 317 no engine. I was surprised when I put them side by side a saw the difference in the construction , the 316 is built a little better that the 317. I guess in the excitement on e the 317 for 250 i just had to have it. :)

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Posted October 20, 2010 - 06:34 PM

Ive got a 78 316 and so far i love it. it looks like ya got some good projects there

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Posted February 15, 2011 - 06:11 AM

Mikeemc- You think the 316 is built better? It was my understanding the 317 was built better. May I ask why?

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Posted February 15, 2011 - 08:23 PM

Mikeemc- You think the 316 is built better? It was my understanding the 317 was built better. May I ask why?


:ditto:

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Posted February 15, 2011 - 08:36 PM

I got these 4 tractors a while ago, haven't really done anything with them yet. We got some warm weather coming and a long weekend so I though it would be a good time to start.
One thing I want to ask is what are the weak spots or problem areas in these early model, Kohler single 300, 316s that I should look for?

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Posted February 15, 2011 - 10:06 PM

Not really, overall they are great.

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Posted October 25, 2011 - 05:49 PM

Most folks are lucky to find 1, and you find 4? Do you have room to store them?

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Posted October 25, 2011 - 05:51 PM

Most folks are lucky to find 1, and you find 4? Do you have room to store them?


I got lots of space for them, started working on 1 of them recently.
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Posted March 08, 2012 - 03:10 AM

Those were just the Parts Manuals.
The service Manuals are 10 or 20MB and the server will not take.
I could Email in sections to keep the file size in order with those servers.
Let me Know.
When George gets the new server on line perhaps we can get them into the manuals section.
I do IT at Work but when it comes to this I am lacking.
Let me work with George when he has the server on line.


i sould love to get a hold of a 316 service manual Ducky. Just let me know how I can contact u to get one!

Dan

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Posted March 08, 2012 - 07:11 AM

I got these 4 tractors a while ago, haven't really done anything with them yet. We got some warm weather coming and a long weekend so I though it would be a good time to start.
One thing I want to ask is what are the weak spots or problem areas in these early model, Kohler single 300, 316s that I should look for?

Doug, I have a 314 which I have pretty much refitted. It's essentially a bare bones version of the 300/316 with 14hp. Weak spots IMO are the engine mounts particularly the rear ones, the driveshaft couplers can strip out the keyways, the front axle pivot bushings wear out quickly because there are no grease fittings, the hydro control and the steering linkage are major contraptions with lots of wear points. Replacing the bushings and tie rod ends and adjusting the slack out of the steering gear is not hard but the tie rods are a bit pricey. The front wheel bearings also were worn out on mine. The original 300's had the balance gears in the k341. This can be a bad thing when the gears break and destroy the engine. I think a few of the early 316's had them but the newer machines don't have them.
Good points are the 1" spindles, strong frame, hydro and Dana rear axle, the 316/300 have steering brakes, many new parts are still available from JD making these tractors very viable as a worker, and there are quite a few used attachments around in areas where JD is a popular brand.
If you look at the later version of the 140 you'll see that the 300's are very much a 140 under the tin.
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Posted March 08, 2012 - 03:02 PM

One of these 300s or the 316 is going to become my main grass cutter. Hopefully.
The 3 wheel Ransome that I now use is noisy, need to where ear protection on that one and I'd like to change to a belly mount machine. I have obstacles to get around but not that many.
I think the JDs will do fine, they have large fuel tank, turning brakes and the 16hp Kohlers have enough power to cut through the heavy stuff.
If there anything like my Massey 14 or 16 they do fine, quiet enough not to need ear protection and more comfortable than the 3 wheeler.

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What I cut.
Looking from the street to the back.
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Looking from the back to the street.
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Heavy grass.
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Posted March 08, 2012 - 04:17 PM

Thats a lot a lawn you have there Doug. I don't have any lawn. When we built here we decided not to have a lawn to prevent me from having hay fever attacks every time I mow. Those older 300 series are pretty rare here abouts. Since I bought mine a year ago I have seen 1 300 and 1 317 for sale locally. The 300 was in VG condition and they wanted a ridiculous price for it. The 317 was in pieces and they still wanted 400.

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Posted March 08, 2012 - 05:14 PM

Doug, that's some really nice real estate. That's lots of lawn to mow too. How long does it usually take you?

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Posted March 08, 2012 - 06:27 PM

Doug, that is one nice piece of real estate! You could put on a good sized plow day ya know! :laughingteeth: With that much grass to mow, you could easily justify a large diesel mower, like a JD430 or a sub compact like a Massey 1010 or similar. The fuel savings would pay back much of your investment in a few years. You'd use no more than 1/2 the volume of fuel with diesel.




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