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#1 Mike Gibson OFFLINE  

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Posted July 13, 2016 - 07:42 PM

I have two lawn tractors.  A 185 and 318.  The 185 has a bad Sunstrand hydro.  My question for it is what are the transmission options for this machine?  I was quoted a lot more than it's worth for a rebuild.

 

 The 318 came without a mower deck and is supposed to run.  I haven't had a chance to find out yet.  My question for it is what is the better mower deck for this machine?  I ordered a Owner's manual for it but the service manual is too dear for me to buy.

 

I would like to get both operational and keep the 318 for mowing pastures.  Hopefully sell the 185 to cover some of the expenses.  I thank you very much for any insight you can provide.

 

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Posted July 13, 2016 - 08:43 PM

The 185 is going to cost more than it's worth to fix.Your looking at $300-400 for a good used transaxle and between $600 to $1000 for a new one.Parts to rebuild one are usually around $300 IF you can find the parts.

 

I would sell it as is,where is or part it out and focus on getting the 318 where you need it to be.

 

I bought a super clean 165 a couple years ago for $150 with a worn out transaxle.Changed the fluid and it helped a tiny bit but not enough.Ended up selling it for $100 to someone that needed the engine out of it.I just wanted the thing out of my way.

 

 

Don't buy a lawn tractor with a bad transaxle (especially a hydro) unless you have parts on hand to fix it.In most cases you'll loose money if you fix it and sell it if you have to buy parts.


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Posted July 13, 2016 - 08:46 PM

Welcome to GTTalk ! You might want to get the 318 running before you make any decisions just in case there's more problems . Good luck !

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Posted July 13, 2016 - 08:51 PM

Pastures are basically very rough hay fields, unless you intended to do the work to turn them into lawns. You could end up breaking the frame and or the trans on it. If it is a true pasture, a small tractor (scut or cut class) with a bush hog or a multiple powered towed mowing rig would be more in-line of your true needs.


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Posted July 13, 2016 - 09:04 PM



Pastures are basically very rough hay fields, unless you intended to do the work to turn them into lawns. You could end up breaking the frame and or the trans on it. If it is a true pasture, a small tractor (scut or cut class) with a bush hog or a multiple powered towed mowing rig would be more in-line of your true nT

This pasture is smooth enough I've mowed it with a walk behind mower.  I just would rather spend the 20 minutes with the JD than the 3 hours following the mower around.  :)  I have a Kioti CK-27 with a brush hog I use for the other 2 pastures that are somewhat wrinkled compared to the one I use the lawn tractor on.  

 I'm going to try the heavier oil but I think it  will be a temporary fix if it does anything at all.  

 

this is the 185

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This is the CK-27, complete with Easy Rider rifle rack.  :)

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#6 Mike Gibson OFFLINE  

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Posted July 13, 2016 - 09:13 PM

I just wanted to thank you for the warm welcome here and informative replies.  I've started keeping a file of tips & things to watch for on the 318 after reading many of the threads on them here.  Hopefully I can get it running and find a decent deck for it.  Thanks again for your help and kindness.



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Posted July 13, 2016 - 09:26 PM

I would go with the 50 inch deck which was the larger deck that would go on this tractor. Around here in Iowa a used deck and mule drive would run around $500.

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Posted July 13, 2016 - 09:28 PM

The 318 is the better tractor, the biggest issue with them is what is the condition of the Onan engine it. I would check the compression on it first.

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Posted July 13, 2016 - 09:35 PM

For a pasture, I would recommend finding the 50" deck for the 318. It is deeper, and just a hair tougher than the 46 deck. A 48" replacement deck is also nice, but usually fetch big bucks.

If your unfamiliar with 318 decks, the 318 originally was sold with the 46 deck, then the 50 became available. The 48 was sold after the 318 was discontinued, because they sold so many of them.

The 185 you have has the larger deck. It is not common, most had the 38" deck. You could get good money for the tractor for that reason, someone looking to upsize their deck. To switch from one to the other, you need the deck, all the hangers and attaching hardware, and the larger rear tires to go from the 38 to the 48.

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Posted July 13, 2016 - 10:27 PM

Mike:

 

I have a 318, and love it. Check your Personal Messages. I have something you might want.

 

Harlan



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Posted July 14, 2016 - 12:52 AM

Do you have the TM and CTM for the 318?



#12 Mike Gibson OFFLINE  

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Posted July 14, 2016 - 09:45 AM

Yes I do have them now.  I imagine everyone else uses non-eth gas in their machines?  I had to learn the hard way with my chainsaw.  I wonder if there is an interchange book somewhere telling what decks, implements etc. fit on what machines?


Edited by Mike Gibson, July 14, 2016 - 09:48 AM.


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Posted July 14, 2016 - 06:04 PM

Mike:

 

Here is a document showing the attachments for 300 series tractors which includes your 318, and is kind of a cross reference. I thought this document was out there on GTTalk, along with similar documents for other series JD tractors, but I couldn't find them. I downloaded the others also, if you want them. Might not be exactly what you want, but could help.

 

Attached File  300seriesold-96200.pdf   43.99KB   18 downloads

 

Harlan


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#14 Mike Gibson OFFLINE  

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Posted July 14, 2016 - 10:42 PM

Thank you very much Harlan.  The owner's manual arrived today so now I can get an idea what might be missing and such.






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