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#1 retired and broke OFFLINE  

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Posted April 08, 2014 - 11:16 PM

I have never owned a John Deere.  A couple of weeks ago I picked up a John
Deere 314.  So far it runs, no smoke, goes forward and reverse, has hydro , was low on oil, haven't had a chance to check out anything else.  Previous owner said they put new belts on it last year. It seems to have all it's parts except for headlight lens. Been repainted but not to bad of a job. I have only driven it around the yard and found the hydro seem to slow down a little on its own, but maybe I don't know what to expect as I have never driven a hydro. Steering is loose and steers like a tank. I have purchased the manual and soon as it warms up plan on giving it a going over.  I gave $300 don't know if I made a good deal as some tractors are good and some bad. Serial number indicates it was built in 1983 and one of the last ones.  Any and all opinions appreciated.


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Posted April 08, 2014 - 11:26 PM

Welcome to the forum. It doesn't sound like you got too bad of a deal. There's a lot of Deere owners here.

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Posted April 08, 2014 - 11:42 PM

:welcometogttalk: one thing to check on these is the drive shaft and the motor mounts oh and   :wewantpics:

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Posted April 09, 2014 - 04:01 AM

:welcometogttalk:  I don't know a lot about John Deere GT's but it sounds like a decent deal.

Remember........... :wewantpics:

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Posted April 09, 2014 - 04:11 AM

Welcome to GTTalk. I have a 314 that I rebuilt a couple of years ago. As said above, the motor mounts and the driveshaft are 2 trouble areas. Weak or broken motor mounts put more stress on the drive shaft couplers. For a running 314 you did get a good price at 300. There are a lot of wear areas in the steering system that can cause the heavy steering you are experiencing. If you can jack the front end up and give it a closer look it's not hard to spot the worn bits. The steering gear tends to build up slack but that usually can be adjusted out. Feel free to start a topic on your 314 in the John Deere forum and ask for info if you need it. 

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Posted April 09, 2014 - 05:20 AM

Welcome to GTTalk !!   It sounds like a pretty good buy to me compared to what they sell around here

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Posted April 09, 2014 - 05:42 AM

Welcome to GTT. Relax and enjoy the site. Good Luck, Rick

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Posted April 09, 2014 - 06:06 AM

Hi r&b, I think, 300 wasn't to much. Loose steering "is normal", I own an 112 rf, and The rest comes from alone (as we say here).


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Posted April 09, 2014 - 06:22 AM

:welcometogttalk:  from north MO!


I've had a 314 for a couple of years, good little tractors.  Sounds like you made a very good buy!  ~~  Lowell

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Posted April 09, 2014 - 11:38 AM

Judging by your name i'd look at the cheap stuff first.  Inflating the front tires to max can help with steering, if they're in good enough shape to hold max pressure.  As for the hydro check fluid level and condition.  If it is a belt driven hydro make sure the belt isn't slipping.. pulling back on the clutch pedal or a stronger spring can help.  Good luck  welcom to GTT

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Posted April 09, 2014 - 02:30 PM

Welcome aboard R & B!!


I had a 314 for years until I bought my present home with a hilly lawn..  Steering that thing was a chore!  It was way worse on the hills..


The 46" deck on that thing was definitely the worst design deck JD built IMO..  Always left a strip of uncut grass on a turn..   :(


To put it bluntly-  that thing IS a tank!  All it's missing is the gun-turret!!   :smilewink:


The tranny in that thing can move a house I swear!  You need to tighten the jam nuts on both the hydro linkage and the steering.  That will tighten things up and make life better.  Another thing that gets loose is the front axle bar..  Roll a front tire..  If the axle moves front to back-, tighten the jam nut..Lube everything in the steering as well..  Front Tire pressure should be 15#..  If you over inflate you will lose traction as well..  (Trade off)


The steering jam nut is @ the end of the steering shaft (@ the pinion plate) under the tractor.  Remove the deck for access.  Get it running and keep your eyes open for power steering model while you run this if you don't like it.  Someone else will definitely want it if you decide to flip it..  They are classics and pretty indestructible.  (Busted Motor mounts are a known fault) 

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Posted April 09, 2014 - 08:41 PM

Welcome to GTTalk! Come on in and grab a cup of your favorite beverage and stay a spell!! There are a bunch of members in here who are JD masters! :thumbs:





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Posted April 09, 2014 - 10:37 PM

Hey I would've given $300 for it. And   :welcometogttalk:

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Posted April 10, 2014 - 08:16 AM

First of all this is the first time I have belonged to a forum, so I hope I'm doing it right.
Thanks to all of you that have responded, I don't have much experience as a mechanic, but have the internet and books. Guess I'll learn as I go.
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