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#1 poncho62 OFFLINE  

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Posted January 07, 2018 - 09:21 AM

Not a big Deere guy.....I can pick up a 322 for $2200.......How much better are they than 318s, or are they.....What about attachments etc?

This one only has the 38" deck, would prefer a bit bigger. 

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Posted January 07, 2018 - 10:21 AM

The Yanmar engine will outlive the Onan.
Attachments are the same. Anything from the 316 (Onan) 318, 322, or 332 will fit. There is a 46 deck for those, which was the first larger deck offered for those. Then they offered the 50 deck as an option. There is also a 48 deck, which was sold as a replacement deck after they quit building the 318's. The 48 replacement deck has black plastic shields covering the belts, all others used metal shields. You can still buy the 48 deck at a dealer today. They are $1,400, without the mule drive or a belt.

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Posted January 07, 2018 - 11:21 AM

Not a big Deere guy.....I can pick up a 322 for $2200.......How much better are they than 318s, or are they.....What about attachments etc?

This one only has the 38" deck, would prefer a bit bigger. 

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It's not blue poncho!


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Posted January 07, 2018 - 11:38 AM

According to what I've read and heard the 50 inch deck is the best one if your planning on putting a bagger on it, it is a deeper deck with better air flow. If your looking at rear attachments they make a cat 0 three point for it. Stock ones are kinda of rare but Reugg makes version that in some ways is better than the stock one.



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Posted January 07, 2018 - 11:50 AM

It's not blue poncho!

 

I know....kinda makes me sad......lol

 

Thanks so far for the input guys. 

 

This is kind of one of those, Do I want it more than I really need it deals......

My sort of dilemma is that I could use a better grass cutter, my STX38 is getting fairly long in the tooth, I figure I will be lucky to get another year out of it. The 322 seems like a good alternative, maybe a little heavier duty than I need....I have my Ford LGts to do snow stuff, tilling, plowing etc........

I can also pick up a JD300 with a 46" deck, I think it is for about $1000......But it is older too, although the pics look like its in good shape. 

Decisions, decisions......lol

 

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Posted January 07, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Very hard to tell from only two pictures but the 300 appears to be less abused. Don


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Posted January 07, 2018 - 12:04 PM

Both are good machines, the 300 while not having power steering, is capable of mounting a Brinly hitch or three point, so it gives you a few more choices attachment wise. The 300 has the Kohler K341 shaker 16 in it and the 322 has the Yanmar 3 cylinder gas engine.


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Posted January 07, 2018 - 01:07 PM

My thoughts on the 322...

Of all the Yanmar powered 300 series, the 322 gets my vote. They are essentially a 318 with a liquid-cooled 3 cylinder gas engine.  The engine is based on a stout diesel design so they are over-built and last if you take care of them.  They are quiet, smooth and do good on fuel.

 

As for appearance, Deere had problems with powercoating in the 1988-1990 range so don't make all judgements about a solid machine based on appearance.  

 

The late 38 two-blade decks are know to give an excellent cut so don't rule it out.  I'd grab it on the tractor and look for a 50 deck along the way.

 

As for price, depending on the hours and location it might be a fair price.  I cannot speak to your location.

If I had the $ and had the choice between the two, it would be the 322 for me.  The 300's are solid machines but the 322 will work circles around the old closed- frame machines.  


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Posted January 07, 2018 - 01:22 PM

If you take a look at the 322, crawl under and check the belly screen to see if it's ever been cleaned. (right between the footrests) Only two ways to kill that hydro, dump the fluid out or overheat it. Leaving the tunnel all clogged with crap can overheat them.
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Posted January 07, 2018 - 09:03 PM

The 300 would be good. The 46” deck is a good cutter. 1000 bucks. Good deal. The 322 would be good too, but seems high on price some. Depending on your yard if you need a narrow or wider deck. Just my opinion.

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Posted January 08, 2018 - 06:36 AM

The picture of the 322 has a yellow cover by the lift handles . Did this model have it covered from the factory ?


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Posted January 08, 2018 - 07:22 AM

The picture of the 322 has a yellow cover by the lift handles . Did this model have it covered from the factory ?

 

The ad says that it is converted to foot pedals for the forward/reverse drive....Something to do with that maybe?



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Posted January 08, 2018 - 10:59 AM

I'd guess the tractor was painted due to the powder coat problem and the yellow vent is a bit of creative genius at work.  It is definitely not factory.


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Posted January 09, 2018 - 12:01 PM

Poncho62, did you buy the 322 ??

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Posted January 09, 2018 - 04:45 PM

Poncho62, did you buy the 322 ??

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No........Decided to stick with what I have for now......One of those deals more of want than need......Made for interesting conversation though. 


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