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#1 Utah Smitty OFFLINE  

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Posted June 16, 2013 - 11:15 AM

Well, I finally succumbed to my "GT Addiction", and picked up a couple more tractors--both JD317s--one needs a new engine, one has a good running Kohler Magnum twin.

 

I picked up the one with the Kohler up in Arco, Idaho (what is it about Idaho and Garden Tractors??? I've bought 5 now from up there!!).  It was about 250 miles away so it was a long day.

 

The guy that had it only has John Deeres, and he has several, including a 112, a 300, a 318, and just got a 330 diesel.

 

He let me ride the 330 and do a little mowing with it--all I can say is,

 

"Wow!! I gotta have one of these!!". 

 

Anyway, I've sold 2 of my tractors, including the White GT 1650--I set the price high on it because I didn't want to sell it real bad, but the guy decided he wanted it and didn't quibble about the price.

 

So, I now have a couple JD 317s.  The one with the bad engine had been repowered with a Kohler K321, and it is blowing oil out of the block somewhere.  The PO had put a homebuilt loader on it, and cobbled the frame quite a bit, so I will probably use it for the parts tractor.

 

I'll post some pictures when I get a moment.

 

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Posted June 16, 2013 - 11:22 AM

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Posted June 16, 2013 - 11:24 AM

Diesel GT's are really great work tractors, use very little fuel as a rule too, which is good considering fuel cost today.


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Posted June 16, 2013 - 11:54 AM

Smitty, it sounds like your 317 has the engine out of my 314. Same K321. In my case the problem is a cracked block! It spits oil out through the crack but still runs reasonably well. The engine was soaked with oil when I got it. There are lots of other places for them to leak and it could be throwing oil from the breather due to blowby or the valve cover or fuel pump gaskets could be leaking.  Those are just a few of the usual suspects. 


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Posted June 16, 2013 - 12:06 PM

Smitty heres a thread that shows what the 314 engine looked like when I got it and all the work i did when I thought I fixed the oil leak. Turned out I was wrong and it started to get oily again when worked for about 10 hrs. http://gardentractor...?hl= oily mess

 

I  went back and found the thread where I discovered the real problem with the engine. It's here-http://gardentractor...ock#entry171149


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Posted June 16, 2013 - 01:20 PM

Sold your White?  I thought that was going to be your go-to tractor.


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Posted June 16, 2013 - 04:31 PM

Sold your White?  I thought that was going to be your go-to tractor.

 

I guess he went from White to Green! 


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Posted June 16, 2013 - 04:40 PM

Sold your White?  I thought that was going to be your go-to tractor.

Well, I've worked it hard this spring--furrowing, plowing, etc. so I set the price high, figuring if someone wanted to pay my asking price I could get something else.  Also, I picked up a Dayton 3Z678 (MTD995) a couple months ago. It has a better 3 point system-with true ball ends on the draft arms, plus a B&S 18 hp Twin.  It also came with a tiller, cultivator, plow, 50" mower, and snow plow--for $850 I couldn't pass it by.

 

It's only weakness is the steering--the pinion skips out of the sector teeth...apparently a common problem. I relieved it somewhat by putting a flat roller bearing thrust washer under the king pins.

 

Anyway, right now it's my go-to tractor though the deck is way too big for my yard...

 

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Posted June 17, 2013 - 10:58 AM

 

I guess he went from White to Green! 

 

Variety is the spice of life. Gotta try em all. 

Have fun Smitty!  :thumbs:



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Posted June 17, 2013 - 04:44 PM

Well, a 1985 JD420 came up for sale locally over the weekend.  It has a lot of hours 1,800 or so on the meter.  The owner doesn't think that's accurate, but I don't have any way to prove it one way or another, so I'll assume it's true.

The B48 Onan runs strong... no unusual noises, no blue smoke, etc. 

 

The tractor comes with a 60" deck, plus a modified Johnson FEL, a rear scraper (non-JD), dethatcher and aerator and a 54" JD single stage snowblower. Also has a home-built 3ph--done pretty well from the looks of things, and an extra set of rear turf tires.

 

No headlites or tail lites, and the seat needs to be replaced. Has V-bar tread ATV tires in rear and standard turf tires in front, all fluid filled, plus the non-steel JD rear wheel weights.

 

He's asking $2,000.  Now that I've sold the Cub 125 and the White, I have enough to buy it. I'm tempted--the price seems okay overall, but I would ultimately want a diesel... I know the Onan will die at some point, and I'd need to repower it...

 

Here's a video of the tractor:

 

 

 

Any comments would be appreciated...

 

Smitty


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Posted June 17, 2013 - 05:10 PM

I'd say buy that machine!  Look at it this way....if having that loader prevents you injuring your back moving heavy stuff....priceless!  The package sounds awfully nice, and being you don't have to go into debt to get it....even better!   Of course you have to try to get him down a little.  That's just how we are! 


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Posted June 17, 2013 - 05:14 PM

If you need it to mow with, ya better ask if the belly deck can be used with the loader frame mounted.



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Posted June 17, 2013 - 08:16 PM

I have to remove the mower deck to install the loader IIUC, guess I better verify that... but, it's still worth it.  I asked him if he was firm, and he is, but he did offer to deliver it to my garden spot (a good thing since the deck's too wide for my trailer).  He's had several calls, but has held it for me today without a deposit until we get together this evening...

 

I missed a chance last week to get a JD430 with mower, power broom, scraper blade, snowblower and push blade for $1,600... but then, I hadn't sold my tractors then...

 

Anyway, I have an 18 hp Onan P series engine with low hours, and, ultimately, when the engine dies I want to put a diesel in it.

 

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Posted June 17, 2013 - 11:00 PM

Once you get that loader no one will be able to take it away from you. I use my tractors a lot but the loader gets used 3 times as much as any of the others including the large loader tractor. 


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Posted June 18, 2013 - 08:33 AM

Well Smitty......don't hold me in suspense....did ya buy the JD 420 w/FEL & more??????????







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