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#1 tom tractor OFFLINE  

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Posted July 02, 2016 - 03:47 PM

I have the opportunity to purchase either a JD 265 with 440 hours in great shape or a 316 in ok shape (no hour meter). Which tractor would you all go with. I only need it for mowing and pulling a cart.

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Posted July 02, 2016 - 04:37 PM

JD265 will cut grass better and will be more economical to use but has a lighter duty Tuff Torq BDU-21 transaxle in it.It will be OK for pulling a yard cart but I wouldn't use it with any ground engaging equipment.

 

JD 316 has a Sundstrand 90 and a 16hp Onan B43E from 1984-1987 and 18hp Onan P218G from 1987 up to 1992.

 

 

Sundstrand 90 in the 316 is alot tougher than the Tuff Torq in the 265 and the Onan engines in the 316 are known to be alot more reliable than the Kawasaki engines in the newer 265.

But once the old Onans get to the point of needing rebuilt it's almost cheaper to buy another whole engine that rebuild the old one.And the Onan engines do like to use Alot more fuel than the Kawasaki. 

 

The deck on that 316 looks twisted up or possibly off of a hanger?

 

If they are both local go take a spin on both of them and see which one you like.And which one you think you can live with.


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Posted July 02, 2016 - 05:54 PM

Here are a few more photos of the 316. The seller says it runs and mows good. He got a zero turn and doesn't need this one anymore

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Posted July 02, 2016 - 07:07 PM

If it were me, I'd grab the 316! Lots more tractor than the 265.


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Posted July 02, 2016 - 08:12 PM

Are you sure the hour meter on the 316 is working?  They are known to kick the bucket on 318s of the same period.  

 

I'd also say the 316 is a beefier tractor but that 265 does look nice.  What is the price difference?  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How about both of them?   :smilewink:


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Posted July 03, 2016 - 12:30 AM

If it were me, I'd grab the 316! Lots more tractor than the 265.

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Posted July 03, 2016 - 12:31 AM

Are you sure the hour meter on the 316 is working?  They are known to kick the bucket on 318s of the same period.  

 

I'd also say the 316 is a beefier tractor but that 265 does look nice.  What is the price difference?  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How about both of them?   :smilewink:

dito, too!



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Posted July 03, 2016 - 01:05 AM

The hoarder in me is screaming, "Take them both". Play with them. Pick one. Resell the one you like the least. Maybe make a little on it. Have a nice meal out on the town with the profit.
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Posted July 03, 2016 - 07:51 AM

As the owner of a 120 and a 312 - that design machine is hard to beat when it comes to dependability and longevity. I can't personally speak to the Onan in the 316 but I have read that they last if cared for.  Dad has a 318 with 2000 hours on it that has been uber dependable.

 

 

Another thought - the ergonomics of the 265 would be a bit nicer than the 316.  Also. the 265 would be easier to get on and off of compared to the 316. 


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Posted July 03, 2016 - 11:56 AM

I think you all have convinced me of getting the 316. I'll keep you all posted. Thanks for the info
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Posted July 04, 2016 - 08:58 PM

I've have a 312 for 27 years and purchased a 265 about 6 yrs ago. My go-to mower is the 312 because it cuts a little more evenly and has a hydraulic lift for much easier operation and height control.

 

The 265 turns a little sharper for tight spaces, and with the bagger and high-lift blade picks up grass clippings and fall leaves better than the 312 with a rear mounted Peco blower. I converted the manual lift to an electric actuator, but it is still not as controllable as the hydraulic on the 312.

 

It is nice to have both.


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