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#1 howard H OFFLINE  

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Posted June 18, 2014 - 12:29 AM

took on a job mowing a yard for the summer... she made me an offer for a jd 318 sitting in the barn.... krusty old thing but mostly there & ran when parked 2 years ago....she wants me to mow her yard this summer for the  tractor .it needs work but has all the hydrollics, 3 point, belly mower deck in decent condition... be a nice project... was wondering if anyone else had dealt with this tractor.... need to know around what year it might be,,,, location of model # & serial number would help... I may be able to just buy it for cheap also... seems to be just missing the side hood covers though I found a set on Ebay for $75... what is it worth the way it is? need help in deciding, pro's cons... have seen restored ones going for $3,500....

 


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Posted June 18, 2014 - 05:03 AM

The 318 is considered by many to be the best GT that JD ever made. As you have found they still command a good price. They were built from 83-92. The ser. no. plate should be on the console in front of the seat to the left of the ignition switch. The 3pt hitch is worth quite a lot on it's own. Not sure what the going rate would be in your area but the hitches can go for 400$ and up. To really determine worth we would need to see pictures and also a big factor for value is if it runs or not as well as how well it runs. The Onans are great engines but expensive to rebuild. With the 3pt hitch and running I'd say it is well worth the mowing of a lawn for the summer.


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Posted June 18, 2014 - 05:39 AM

Yea, pics would help determine the existing worth of the unit. As far as if it's a good deal for the mowing of one season, that depends on the yard size. lol

 

I have a JD 318 and they do command quite the price, have seen them running anywhere from $1,200 to $2,100 recently. 


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Posted June 18, 2014 - 08:38 AM

Howard H:

 

Good find. I have a 318 I bought two and a half years ago, andI love it. Here is the serial number breakdown:

 

1983: M00318X222001
1984: M00318X285001
1985: M00318X315001
1986: M00318X360001
1987: M00318X420001
1988: M00318X475001
1989: M00318X595001
1990: M00318X010001
1991: M00318X100001
1992: M00318X110001
Final: M00318X120000
 

So the starting serial number for ones made in1983 is  M00318X222001, for ones made in 1984 it's  M00318X285001, etc.

 

There's lots of help available here on GTTalk, and lots of info out there on the Internet about the 318. I have some manuals scanned in as PDFs that I could send you.

 

Good luck, and I hope you get it.

 

Harlan


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Posted June 18, 2014 - 12:31 PM

Cant seem to find any around here for less then $1500.  Id go for it depending on yard size haha



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Posted June 18, 2014 - 12:36 PM

I may be able to get a Shop/service manual for the 318 if you get it.


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Posted June 18, 2014 - 01:00 PM

I will try to get pictures later, it is crusty looking but the motor did run when parked 2 years ago... if I decide to get it & fix it... that I can do like my Edko walking tractor & my home made dirt sifter... should be a breeze... if I do not try to fix it, the parts should bring in a small fortune.... the mower deck is in great shape alone, 3 point etc... going to give it a go, can't hurt to get it....I am in Nacogdoches Tx.....


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Posted June 18, 2014 - 01:17 PM

Cant seem to find any around here for less then $1500.  Id go for it depending on yard size haha

the yard is medium size & I only charge $30... here in East Texas, the mowing usually ends or slows way down towards the end of july.... might just offer them a couple hundred bucks for it... doing them no good any way....


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Posted June 18, 2014 - 01:47 PM

We got 10hours mowing on 2 john deere 455 5 ft decks thats 5 on each tractor if the grass aint high


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Posted June 18, 2014 - 03:01 PM

Just me, but I'd take it and mow their lawn rather than make an offer--- their suggestion, their tractor, no hard feelings if they decide they've lost on the deal if they discover the unit is possibly worth more than they thought. If it turns out to be junk you're only out the mowing and you have a harvest of parts to sell.
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Posted June 19, 2014 - 07:55 AM

Just me, but I'd take it and mow their lawn rather than make an offer--- their suggestion, their tractor, no hard feelings if they decide they've lost on the deal if they discover the unit is possibly worth more than they thought. If it turns out to be junk you're only out the mowing and you have a harvest of parts to sell.

ya, been thinking on that myself.... The house is only half a block down from me & I usually ride my mower to the jobs I do have around here... still debating on what I want to do... the cash is needed to help make the notes on my soon to be new Husqvarna 48 inch riding mower but I also do not want to pass up the chance to get this old timer JD... at least I know it can for sure be mine....


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Posted June 20, 2014 - 10:15 AM

Yeah it's hard working for something you can see but not have yet worrying someone else will come along & get it for a song. Maybe if you let them know you want it for doing their lawn could they give you some assurance it will be yours when finished. I would definitely get it one way or another. 



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Posted June 21, 2014 - 10:13 AM

I will be getting a 1987  318 late next week and found that it is missing the  Mule cover/guard. I found them available on ebay but do not feel like spending $55+ on one. My son-in-law is a welder and could make me one if anyone on this forum could give me the dimensions. Looks to be a U shaped unit. Thanks



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Posted June 21, 2014 - 08:03 PM

axel:

 

It is indeed U shaped. Looking at it from the front, mine is 8 3/4" wide, 5 3/4" tall, and the sides go 4" deep. The up and down left and right edges are rounded, probably on about a 1/4" radius. There are three bolt holes in a vertical line in the middle of the front. The top hole's center is 5/8" from the top, the center hole's center is 1 7/8" from the top, the bottom hole's center is 1" from the bottom, but you should verify the distance between those holes and the hole sizes with the mule drive itself.  There is an open vertical slot on the left side of the front. The slot opening is 3 5/8" high, 3/8" wide, and rounded top and bottom. The left side of the slot is 1 7/8" from the left side, the top of the slot is 1 7/8" from the top, and the bottom of the slot is 1/4" from the bottom. It appears to be made of 1/8" sheet metal. 

 

Hope that's enuf info. I could take a picture tomorrow and post it if you want one.

 

Harlan



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Posted June 21, 2014 - 09:34 PM

Harlan,

Thank you, I think that this in sufficient information!







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