A guy wants me to trade him my JD420 for his JD330 plus some cash...
I'm tempted as this would finally put me in the Black Smoke Owner's Group, but I'm unfamiliar with the 330 and not sure it would be good to trade off my 420, even if it's a good deal.
My 420 has a FEL (what the guy really wants) plus 3ph, scraper, snowblower, 3 spool hydraulics and 60" deck. It's been a good tractor, even though it has 2300+ hours on the meter. I don't really need the FEL as my Bolens HT23 has one, and I've used it a lot since buying it--in fact, I'm collecting the parts so I can install PS on it now.
I know the JD330 has the 3TN68 Yanmar diesel, which is what is tempting me, but it also doesn't have power steering, nor does it have a 3ph,and only a one spool hydraulics IIRC (I drove it around once for about 5 minutes). It does have a mower deck, but I have 5 other tractors with decks on them, so it isn't a of much interest to me.
I guess what I'm looking for is an idea as to the strengths/weaknesses of the JD330--it's smaller--will my snowblower fit it? I know the cooling systems were not as big as they should have been, any other warts?
I know they only built it in 1986--are there any other JD GTs that are similar in terms of parts compatibility, etc.?
As always, I appreciate any feedback anyone might have...