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So im looking at a JD 300


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#1 backwoods OFFLINE  

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Posted September 15, 2015 - 11:36 AM

As the title states im looking at trading my GT275 for the 300 what things should i look for on the 300 before i confirm the deal. It comes with a plow deck an tiller an extra tires weights an chains. he said it "uses" some oil but runs moves an cuts fine.


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Posted September 15, 2015 - 11:56 AM

Well, "using some oil" is about the most worrisome thing. Is it burning it or leaking it? If it is a cheap deal with the intent to rebuild the engine is one thing. Just go into it with your eyes open and ask a lot of questions.


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Posted September 15, 2015 - 12:17 PM

i was thinking a set of rings next summer if i get it anything else i should check other then the normal things



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Posted September 15, 2015 - 05:20 PM

300's are good tractors just keep in mind there are not smooth tractors if all you plan to do is mow or plow some snow you may be happier with the 275



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Posted September 15, 2015 - 06:15 PM

Things to watch for include:

- rubber motor mounts

- oil usage (plugged breather or bad rings or ???)

- belts

- rusty decks/bad bearings

 

They don't have the problems of the 312/314/317 and are very reliable machines.  As mentioned, the K341 is far from smooth.


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Posted September 15, 2015 - 07:00 PM

 

 

. . .  As mentioned, the K341 is far from smooth.

But it's been very popular for a long time. And I would take it over those Kohler 2cyl. Series 1 things.


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Posted September 15, 2015 - 08:39 PM

But it's been very popular for a long time. And I would take it over those Kohler 2cyl. Series 1 things.

 

Yes... reliable and dependable it is.  


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Posted September 16, 2015 - 02:21 AM

I have a 77, 300.  It is a good tractor, but 20 years older than your 275..?

Does the 275 have a kawa engine, how do they hold up?

300 should have dual hydro ports for a 4-way plow

My 300 plow dug in constantly til i welded a pipe on the bottom.

Traction was pretty bad until i added a weight box.  even with ww/chains.  tiller may help

Downside to those attachments maybe it was run hard all year long... for 40 years

Check the drive shaft couplers

Check the hydro fluid earlier ones had a dipstick, later a sight tube

Check the brakes, shoes are pretty expensive, good luck

 

 

 


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Posted September 16, 2015 - 04:16 PM

The main reason for looking at it is the tiller an the 4 way snow plow an the option of having a 3piont/ sleeve hitch. An since im going to be doing a full restore on the cub 70 an it wont be used for plowing snow anymore



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Posted September 17, 2015 - 10:47 AM

Well I'm going to look at the 300 Saturday an if I want to trade the guy said he would deliver it an after he looks mine over an wants it the deal is done.

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Posted September 17, 2015 - 11:09 AM

heres the link to it  https://ithaca.craig...5202580573.html



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Posted September 19, 2015 - 07:58 AM

That looks like it would clean up pretty good.



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Posted September 19, 2015 - 08:06 PM

it cleaned up decent the rear fenders could use a repaint. Now i need to figure out how to mount the tiller arm i have no clue how it hooks up






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