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#1 TerryD OFFLINE  

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Posted September 01, 2011 - 07:07 AM

New member, new (used) 316 going to pick up after work today. I think I am much more excited than my bride is.

I guess women just don't understand the grease, oil, grass clippings thing. :confuse:

Anyway, glad I found this forum and look forward to sharing and learning.

Thanks,

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Posted September 01, 2011 - 07:12 AM

:welcometogttalk: Glad to have you with us. Post some pics when you have time.

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Posted September 01, 2011 - 07:16 AM

Which 316 are you getting. Deere made two different tractors with the 316 on the hood - a 1978 316 with a single cylinder K-341 16 hp Kohler engine that had the same closed frame design of the 140/300/312/314/317. Later Deere made another 316 that had a twin cylinder 18 hp Onan engine and used the open frame design of the 318/322/330/332. The latter 316 was made from 1984 to 1992.

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Posted September 01, 2011 - 07:18 AM

Thanks for introducing yourself & :welcometogttalk:

Post some pics when you can.

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Posted September 01, 2011 - 07:18 AM

TerryD, welcome to the forum,glad to have you with us.

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Posted September 01, 2011 - 07:26 AM

Which 316 are you getting. Deere made two different tractors with the 316 on the hood - a 1978 316 with a single cylinder K-341 16 hp Kohler engine that had the same closed frame design of the 140/300/312/314/317. Later Deere made another 316 that had a twin cylinder 18 hp Onan engine and used the open frame design of the 318/322/330/332. The latter 316 was made from 1984 to 1992.


Wow, thanks everyone. I didn't expect that warm of a welcome.

It will be the '78 Kohler version. Found it under a carport out in the country. It's disgusting. There must be at least 1/4" of oily fuzz on the battery. A compression test came back as 130. I let it sit and leak down for about 10 minutes, the needle didn't move. So, I feel pretty comfortable with the condition of the internals.

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Posted September 01, 2011 - 09:07 AM

Congratulations! That will make a nice tractor Terry. It sounds like the engine is fundamentally sound. Shoot some pictures and post them for us when you get a chance. You picked a good model in an older GT. There are still many new parts available from JD. The hydro and rear axle is very strong on the 300 series.

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Posted September 01, 2011 - 09:10 AM

Thanks. I did a considerable amount of research before jumping in. I was looking for a 318 in my area, but didn't find any within my budget. Most of them are going for around 3K which is the same as a new x300. I like old tractors, but not for the same price as a new one. Call me crazy.

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Posted September 01, 2011 - 09:18 AM

Thanks. I did a considerable amount of research before jumping in. I was looking for a 318 in my area, but didn't find any within my budget. Most of them are going for around 3K which is the same as a new x300. I like old tractors, but not for the same price as a new one. Call me crazy.


I understand about not wanting to pay 3k for a 318 but it is much more tractor than an x300. I like these old 300 series tractors. They are solid and are worth investing time and money to get them working.

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Posted September 01, 2011 - 09:37 AM

Guess I didn't realize just how powerful they were. No disrespect meant to the Old Iron guys as I like 'em too. Just hard to justify to my wife. She see's shiny paint, I well, guess I see shiny paint too.

Thanks for keeping me on the straight and narrow.

TerryD

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Posted September 01, 2011 - 11:34 AM

Comparing a 318 to today's X300 is like comparing apple to oranges. The X300 is one of the best LAWN tractors currently on the market. The 318 was one of the best (if not the best) lawn and GARDEN tractor made in it's day. Comparing prices in 1983, the year the 318 was first offered - a 318 cost $4999 for the tractor alone plus another $589 for a 46 inch deck for a total cost of $5588. A 111H with a 38 inch deck (the closest to an X300 in 1983) cost $2599 in 1983 new. The question you might ask is, "What would the current model equivalent to a 318 cost today?" The answer - it would have to be a cross of an X500 series and a X700 series as there really isn't anything closely comparable to a 318 made today.

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Posted September 01, 2011 - 12:20 PM

Welcome to the forum, and good luck with your 316!

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Posted September 01, 2011 - 01:22 PM

:ditto: good luck , they are a solid machine.

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Posted September 01, 2011 - 02:55 PM

Welcome to the group Terry. The John Deere 316 is a great machine. There is a reason the 318 goes for the prices it does and they are worth it.

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Posted September 01, 2011 - 03:55 PM

Welcome, Terry. Glad to have you with us. I guess you can tell that lots of folks are available to help if needed. Good luck with the new tractor.




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