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#1 64fleetside ONLINE  

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Posted April 19, 2016 - 09:15 PM

  • Guy at work has a John Deere 318 sez runs but smokes has ag tires and deck has remote hyds up front-is this a kohler or Onan rig? All I've seen is cell pics==He says its a Kohler. He bought two and hasn't done anything with it. I think I can get it cheap, but I need another GT like a hole in the head--but you all know its a sickness..... All I have is IH stuff so far so this is new territory...
  • What is it worth and what do I look for?

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Posted April 19, 2016 - 09:35 PM

It really depends on condition... I have a 314 with deck and #7 cart I bought not running for $500. I also have a 212 I paid $50 for. I have only started collecting recently, but I am always looking to see what is out there. I have seen them for as much as $2000 in perfect condition on craigslist and Facebook and as low as 200 for a rebuilder. We need to see some picks to give you an idea of value.

And then is the old adage,"Its only worth what someone will pay".

If you pass, I could use a 318, where is it located?

Edited by easternharvest, April 19, 2016 - 09:38 PM.


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Posted April 19, 2016 - 11:06 PM

318 came with Onan Engines the B series, later the P series.

 

312, 314, 316 came with Kohlers, later the 316 had the Onan also.


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Posted April 20, 2016 - 09:28 AM

Yep, later 316's were just 318's without power steering and one less spool.



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Posted April 30, 2016 - 10:39 AM

A 318 with a smoking but running ok otherwise Onan fetches around 1000 around me.  I would try to get it cheap and have the Onan rebuilt.  Anymore, the cost of properly rebuild a twin cylinder Kohler is as expensive as doing an Onan.  Neither is cheap, but figure on another 20-30 years of use with proper upkeep once the engine is properly overhauled.  Onans make more HP over a broader range of RPM's than anything new.   Ruegg offers reproduction 3 point hitches for the rear which opens up a whole nother world of uses for the tractor.   I love my 318.  It would cost around $10K to purchase a new Deere than can equil a 318 in ablities.  Mike


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Posted May 01, 2016 - 07:48 AM

There are two 316s as others have mentioned.  The earlier 316 has the k341 16HP single, dual remotes, and is essentially a relabeled 300 that was made in 1978 only.  Very capable tractors but there are some problematic areas they share with the 300/312/314 machines including motor mounts, drive shafts, and potentially damaged hydro pump inputs related to the first two.

 

 

The second 316 a later design known as an open frame tractor and shares much with the 318.  Those Onans are torque monsters that have a sound all their own.  

 

Either way, Pics would help us answer your questions.

 

 

 

First three pics are of the 316 with the Kohler and the next three are of the Onan-powered machine.

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#7 mtoney ONLINE  

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Posted May 01, 2016 - 03:53 PM

Onans in the John Deere line have a snarl all thier own.  You can tell if a 316/318 or 420 has been repowered the moment they are started up.  The Onan was the factory replacement engine for the 317 with the ill fated Kohler KT17 series 1.  Mike



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Posted May 01, 2016 - 07:05 PM

I love Onans and the way they sound, but the only thing that changes the sound is the exhaust system, even the big block in my Simplicity sounds like the B48M in my MF 1855 and my neighbor's P 218. They really sound good with longer dual pipes with the pepper shakers on the end.




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