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#1 Oldford OFFLINE  

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Posted January 23, 2015 - 12:15 AM

Have some questions on a 70s JD300.  I have a Kohler/Sundstrand setup in another rig but am looking for hydro lift.

 

How would it handle a 54" snow plow?   Anything specific I should check for when buying?  Any source for aftermarket motor mounts?  Does the engine have to come out to replace them?  Does the sleeve hitch move up and down with the front lift, is it just 2 rockshafts off the same lift cylinder going front and rear? 

 

Other questions about price.  First, how much do these usually sell for in good overall shape?  No hour meter, not perfect, but sound overall.  How much are 4-way hydro 54 blades going for?  How about a snowblower to fit this rig?   i appreciate any help



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Posted January 23, 2015 - 12:37 AM

I have a John Deere 316K (1978) with the Kohler motor, basically a updated version of your 300. It will handle a 54" plow and a 49 snow blower. Normally plows start at around $200 and go up from there, depending if you get one with just the hydraulic lift cylinder or get one with hydraulic lift and angle, plus the condition.  If your hydraulics are hooked up as mine are currently the inside lever just goes to the front right hydraulic ports on the tractor. (looking from the seat) the outside lever goes to the left front ports and the rockshaft cylinder. The sleeve hitch should be connected to the rockshaft cylinder.


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Posted January 23, 2015 - 06:08 AM

Mcmaster carr has aftermarket mounts. 


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Posted January 23, 2015 - 07:54 AM

Normally plows start at around $200 and go up from there, depending if you get one with just the hydraulic lift cylinder or get one with hydraulic lift and angle, plus the condition.

It is a 4-way hydraulic blade w/power angle in good working condition

 

 



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Posted January 23, 2015 - 08:26 AM

It is a 4-way hydraulic blade w/power angle in good working condition


Around here, that's a $500 + plow.
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Posted January 23, 2015 - 09:43 AM

Mcmaster carr has aftermarket mounts. 

Are they any cheaper than the ~120/set from other vendors?  Mcm only lists by size and I couldn't figure out which ones fit



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Posted January 23, 2015 - 01:37 PM

you have to measure them up


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Posted January 23, 2015 - 10:37 PM

Does this tractor have float position for the front hydraulics?



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Posted February 08, 2015 - 02:47 PM

So I bought this tractor, have a couple questions.  Here is a pic

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First question, the hydro has a clear plastic sight tube that is leaking at the lower hose barb.  I am wrestling with a clamp behind the rear plate.  How do I fill the hydro once i stop the leak?  I removed the 7/8 cap at 1 o'clock and poured in some fluid but it just ran back out the top of the tube.  Here is a pic, thanks for any help

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Posted February 08, 2015 - 05:14 PM

I will dig out my service manual and get the info for you in a bit.



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Posted February 08, 2015 - 05:43 PM

Here is info from the service manual on the transaxle.  From your pics I would say it is a later 300 and zoomed in on that info in one of the pics.

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Edited by Trav1s, February 08, 2015 - 05:50 PM.

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Posted February 08, 2015 - 05:49 PM

As for the float, I can't answer that for sure and the manual did not mention that info when I glanced thru it.  I will look more and post if I find anything else.  


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Posted February 08, 2015 - 07:52 PM

Thanks for the manual pics.  I think it's a '76 with the later clear tube and not the dipstick.  The problem is I removed the fill cap "A" on the filler tube, poured in some trans fluid (that's what is already in there) and it didn't flow down into the transaxle, it just poured back out the top of the filler tube, then the rest just sat in the tube not going down.  I need to figure out why the fluid won't flow down into the transaxle...?

 

Yes there is a float position on the lift/lower circuit btw...

 

Where can i find a service manual like the one you posted above?  thanks again



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Posted February 08, 2015 - 08:06 PM

That is a JD service manual.  You can buy the directly from Deere or you can watch eBay.  I picked that one up for less than $20 to my door and it includes the 300/312/314/316 with the Kohler which is essentially a renumbered 300.  

 

There are several on ebay in this search:
http://www.ebay.com/...manual&_sacat=0


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Posted February 08, 2015 - 08:07 PM

IMO - This is a good deal for the service manual and the implement manuals:

http://www.ebay.com/...=item51cb792ca1


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