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#1 VintageIronCollector OFFLINE  

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Posted April 30, 2014 - 01:33 PM

http://www.ebay.com/...=item20da1cdf51

This is a John Deere 312 Garden Tractor. Ultra rare. Very few made one year only. This old girl runs real well. She does have one loose motor mount. She ran clean when I bought her 2 years ago. But after one year in storage she started smoking a little this summer at the shows. Probably a stuck ring.
It didn't smoke at all last time I started her up but to avoid an embarrassment I figured I would mention it.

This tractor has the impossible to find, unique to this model ,muffler in great shape as well as the ammeter delete plate intact.
Original tires on unique narrow 312 wheels.

Original paint is in remarkable condition. Has some scratches here and there but they are only original once. She got way more attention at the shows in her original paint than if I redid her to perfection.


Youd be surprised how many Deere guys don't know anything about this rare bird.

Lets talk about what kind of home you can give this old warhorse before I consider lower offers ok?



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Is this tractor really rare? I don't know much about John Deeres.

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Posted April 30, 2014 - 02:14 PM

WFM shows this:

 

 

Year Serial Number 1977 70,001 - 80,000 1978 80,001 - 95,000

 

They made 25k of them compared to the 120 of which Deere made less than approx 10k.  These were replaced by the 314.

 

My 312 is one of the first 1500 made.  This tractor is a later 312 due air cleaner design.



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Posted April 30, 2014 - 03:06 PM

The air cleaner change took place at 80,001 and ran til the end of production of the 312.  The same design was used on the 314 during the entire production run.


Edited by Trav1s, April 30, 2014 - 03:22 PM.


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Posted April 30, 2014 - 03:41 PM

314 has wider wheels and tires and 2 more hp but otherwise it's the same basic tractor. Rare? Well, rarer than 314s but not really rare IMO.


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Posted April 30, 2014 - 03:52 PM

FWIW - The narrow rears are 23x8.50-12's and are the same size as my 120 with the narrow wheels.



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Posted April 30, 2014 - 05:31 PM

Travis I've never seen a 120 or a 312 up here yet. Never seen a 140 either but I see Noel has one in PEI which isn't too far from here. Of the 300 series it seems more 300s are showing up than 314s or 317s  lately. 


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Posted April 30, 2014 - 09:05 PM

Travis I've never seen a 120 or a 312 up here yet. Never seen a 140 either but I see Noel has one in PEI which isn't too far from here. Of the 300 series it seems more 300s are showing up than 314s or 317s  lately. 

 

Not seeing a 120 is not a surprise as they are not that common here either.  I do see a fair amount of them in Iowa but that is not a surprise with Deere HQ in the Quad Cities.  I would have a 312 or three to have migrated north.  Then again the single remote on the front did not allow for the use of the 4-way 54 blade.  

The other thing is this - I have a strange interest in the odd machines that Deere made.  A 200 or 208 is on my list along with a 322.



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Posted May 01, 2014 - 06:23 AM

Not seeing a 120 is not a surprise as they are not that common here either.  I do see a fair amount of them in Iowa but that is not a surprise with Deere HQ in the Quad Cities.  I would have a 312 or three to have migrated north.  Then again the single remote on the front did not allow for the use of the 4-way 54 blade.  

The other thing is this - I have a strange interest in the odd machines that Deere made.  A 200 or 208 is on my list along with a 322.

I have seen a 322 for sale but it was totally beat. That's the problem with most of the tractors that come up for sale. Abused and worn out. The other odd ball tractor IMO is the 330. I can't understand why JD created their first diesel GT as a basic model. There was a nice one for sale recently at the JD dealer but with 1 hydraulic outlet you can't do a 54 blade with it and the absense of power steering is a real drawback compared to a 332 or a 318. They quickly brought out the 332 but it really was a strange design decision to put a premium engine in a basic tractor.


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Posted May 01, 2014 - 07:55 AM

Brian - Good call on the 330 as a less common machine.  That one slipped my mind.






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