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#16 tom tractor OFFLINE  

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Posted June 01, 2016 - 11:25 AM

The guy is asking 2k for the whole thing. Including the Hydrolic plow.
Is there anyway of telling what motor this is by looking at the photos? It looks like it doesn't have a coil? Also the hour meter doesn't look like it has been tampered with.

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Posted June 01, 2016 - 11:42 AM

Coil is on the right hand side just below the air box, see (2nd pic). The clock could of been changed out along time ago, because they are easy to break (plastic aging, drying out, cracking apart, clock stops)

 

Also the insulation looks to be completely gone, so the engine may not cool very efficiently now.


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Posted June 02, 2016 - 05:28 AM

$2k would be about the price around here without the 3pt hitch .  Isn't that deck pulley for a power bagger ? 



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Posted June 02, 2016 - 05:32 AM

So I'm confused. I have a great working Ariens Gt20 (magnum 20hp) that is in excellent condition. Unfortunately every season I have the itch to try something new.

I have the option to trade the Ariens (and mowing deck) for the JD318 that comes with the plow,three point hitch, wheel weights, chains, 46inch deck, extra carb and tune up kit, single bottom plow and cultivator. It has been repainted.

The 318 needs to be cleaned. It seems to bog down when I engage the PTO or jump on the throttle. It runs good otherwise. I don't know if it just needs a carb cleaning or what? I can't tell if the hour meter is original or not. Although it is working.

I know this is a JD form - but what do you think about the trade? Is it worth it?

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Posted June 02, 2016 - 05:43 AM

This 318 was just listed on my local CL

http://allentown.cra...5615374620.html

 

Tuff decision , you didn't say much about your Ariens other then a deck and excellent condition  , do you need a  plow and 3pt ?  I'm going to tell you some here are going to say buy the 318 and keep the Ariens too lol   Good Luck  


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Posted June 02, 2016 - 07:14 AM

A lot of plusses n minuses when comparing these two brands. You will have to figure out what fits your needs.

Depends on your planned usage. The hydraulic plow with the 318 is a huge plus. For rear hitch and attachments I think the GT20 is better with the rock shaft inside the frame.

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Posted June 02, 2016 - 07:16 AM

   That Ariens is a fine tractor.... trading might not be good for u.  put yourself in the sellers shoes.  why would he trade his 318 with a 3-point hitch and wheel weights and attachments for a tractor that is just a good mower that is hard to find parts for? 

   Motor bogging down on the 318 when u engage the pto says there is something not right.  I would definitely do a compression test before moving forward on the 318.  of course it might just need carb cleaned or the fuel filter could need replacing too

 

   The serial number you show in the pic says it is a 1984 model.   the coil u show in the pic is a later model coil.  its been replaced or it is a newer motor.  what is the serial number on the 318 motor.  got a pic?


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Posted June 02, 2016 - 07:37 AM

What engine was it that JD used (on the 318? )that used slingers to oil the rods and if on a hill it would starve the bearings?some even bloke the rods and would still run on one cyl..was that a Kohler?


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Posted June 02, 2016 - 09:00 AM

Thanks for all the great info and opinions.

****What should the compression be on the Onan b43g motor?

Edited by tom tractor, June 02, 2016 - 12:48 PM.


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Posted June 02, 2016 - 11:02 AM

What engine was it that JD used (on the 318? )that used slingers to oil the rods and if on a hill it would starve the bearings?some even bloke the rods and would still run on one cyl..was that a Kohler?

a 318 uses a 18 hp Onan motor, the one you are referring to  was  a  kohler kt-17 twin motor that was standard on the John Deere 317 lawn and garden tractor.


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Posted June 02, 2016 - 08:26 PM

Bogging down with the PTO on could also be a problem with the PTO. They use a electromagnetic clutch, and the windings could be going.

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Posted June 03, 2016 - 08:37 AM

Sorry for the delay. Here is a photo of the engine ID plate. It is a B43g. Thoughts?

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Posted June 07, 2016 - 05:21 PM

I am new to this forum. I recently purchased a John Deere 318. 1983 vintage. It is in very good condition. However while perusing parts and attachments on Ebay the acronym MCS came up a few times. What does it stand for?



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Posted June 07, 2016 - 06:01 PM

Material Collection System...it's an attachment that mounts on the rear and runs off a rear pto to run a blower. That in turns fills the tractor mounted container which I believe has a hydraulic dump. Don't be confused about the rear pto. It's not the same pto that runs the other 2000 rpm attachments.

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Posted June 08, 2016 - 05:33 PM

Thanks Eric, I should have figured that out for my self. years ago I had my fathers early '70's wheel horse and loved it,but sold it to a friend in need. I went to a walk behind. Now I only have the use of one hand, so when I saw this 318 I jumped on it.
I've built motor cycles from the frame up. And I plan to know this 318 that intimately. Right now I'd like to know what I need to put a shaft driven tiller on the back of this 318? I do have a service manual coming in the mail to go with the Tech. manualthat came with this. Looking forward to a great adventure. Thanks again..............Gary




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