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#1 michael.kitko OFFLINE  

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Posted January 30, 2016 - 11:25 AM

I just had to include this...nice humvee rims too...

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Posted January 30, 2016 - 11:29 AM

wow maybe need some ROPS
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Posted January 30, 2016 - 12:11 PM

Here are the pictures. :rolling:


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Posted January 30, 2016 - 12:33 PM

I'm no deere expert but wouldn't those axle extensions be kind of rough on the rear end?


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Posted January 30, 2016 - 12:51 PM

He sure has me puzzled as to what engine he has in it. Wiesco Reeds would suggest he has a two stroke?
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Posted January 30, 2016 - 01:17 PM

I didn't get the  Reeds part either.  Maybe it's a motorcycle engine?  Nah! Just hopped up like a puller would do I bet. Wonder how bouncy a ride over rough area?  Speed be high with bigger diameter too?  Work killer or Man killer, depending on which buttons you push, heh!


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Posted January 30, 2016 - 01:18 PM

He sure has me puzzled as to what engine he has in it. Wiesco Reeds would suggest he has a two stroke?

I figure he has no idea what engine is in it.   Likely the original Onan.  People will say anything to make a sale, no matter what the truth may be.


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Posted January 30, 2016 - 06:35 PM

   junk is what I see, probably cant get out of its own way !!!!!  old s-10 rims on the front.  what do you suppose the odds are that thing actually pulled that wagon and wasn't just staged there.  on flat lever ground my daughter has a pedal tractor to haul stuff like that :thumbs:  


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Posted January 30, 2016 - 07:47 PM

I'm no deere expert but wouldn't those axle extensions be kind of rough on the rear end?

Very rough.

This is why we cant have nice things. Well, Its a john deere so it wasnt nice to start with... :poke:  :poke: :smilewink:  


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Posted January 30, 2016 - 08:11 PM

Funny how he talks of the youtube video's, bragging how it pulls massive brush piles, but no links or title to search to find the video.


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Posted January 31, 2016 - 01:33 AM

Wow, Don's been busy.
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Posted January 31, 2016 - 08:22 AM

I can only just shake my head and laugh.... bigger is not always better. ( where can I get some Humvee tires for my DB)


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Posted January 31, 2016 - 10:26 AM

Well, Its a john deere so it wasnt nice to start with... :poke: :poke: :smilewink:


Which part isn't nice of the base tractor? The Onan B43, (or P218 depending on year) the Sunstrand 15 hydro, or the Peerless rear end? Maybe it's the two spools of hydraulics available on the front end? I know, it's the dash mounted hydro. No, Simplicity used a tower mounted hydro lever on lots of models also so that's not it.

Maybe it's the green paint. But I don't see posts saying a Deutz Ultima is an inferior machine to a Sunstar because of the color.

Maybe the attachments? The 50 deck sold for the 318 cuts as nice as any Simplicity deck, minus the striping. The 49 blower is a very heavy built single stage, and the 47 two stage is a monster. The powerflo bagging system works very well. Their tillers, especially the hydraulic one, do an awesome job.

Maybe it's because it's a unpopular GT with a short production run. 1983-1992, with over 600,000 units sold.


Lots of members here came from another forum where the majority of the posts were about JD garden tractors, and some of the members there have some superiority complexes because of it. But we also have some great members here who collect JD garden tractors and mostly sit on their hands and bite their tongue when someone throws out another barb against the green and yellow.

I've owned two JD's, one GT (212) and one LT (185). They were the two most reliable machines that were ever in my stable. They are gone because I fix, I pretty them up, and then move on to the next project. I would be more than happy to have more back in the shed to fix up, but due to their popularity they are usually out of my price range. But that doesn't mean I'm going to bash the brand, and I'm about done with reading others do it when they don't know what they're talking about.
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Posted January 31, 2016 - 11:04 AM

:iagree:

 

I am about as anti-John Deere as they come, but I won't bash them for being 'bad' tractors.

 

The 318 is a perfectly fine GT.  Not the "Super Tractor" that the JD marketing weasels and some JD enthusiasts would like for you to believe, but a decent tractor nonetheless.

 

Also, even though I'm not big a fan of the JDs, I still don't like to see one desecrated like the one in the ad.


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Posted January 31, 2016 - 11:25 AM

I've also never been religiously John Deere and prefer other brands usually, especially tilt to red for collecting.  But after getting a John Deere F935 and 430, both to mow with, I can honestly say they are the best mowing machines I have ever owned bar none! 

  What was done with this poor 318 is laughable, but then it's his to do as he pleases, but wrong to pass off the mods as something that improves it, which all definitely compromises it's function and reliability.


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