estimates, advice about repowering, and specific questions about the
used and new equipment and parts we sell.
How do I know if my original engine is a
horizontal or vertical shaft engine?
The engine is a vertical shaft engine when
the engine shaft is sticking out the bottom of the tractor. It
is a horizontal shaft when the shaft is pointing out the front,
rear, or the side of the tractor.
I need some advice. I have a Bayliner boat:1400
lbs. My garage is a three car with a sloping driveway, not long, but
the street slopes. I would like to use a John Deere lawn tractor to
pull the boat in and out of the garage. Also to plow the snow off
during the winter snows with a snow blade. I was told that the John
Deere's at Home Depot were two small. John Deere said they did not
recommend pulling the boat with any of their lawn
tractors. I see on e-bay 212s, 316s, 317s and larger numbers. Will
any of these work?? I was told to look at the utility ATV's. I
wanted to get a John Deere. is that out of the question?
It's true the so called tractors at Home Depot
are too lightly built to take that kind of load. The regular
John Deere garden tractor like the 318,
that is well built, has power steering, and also has hydraulics to
lift and angle a
snow blade for your snow removal.
The 212, 316, & 317 will work also. They are sturdy workhorses. I
could do the kind of work you are talking about with my John Deere
140 that is a small, older, tractor. (a picture of it is on our
site, it's not for sale though :-) )
My recommendation would be the 318 because of the hydraulics and
I have a 1968 140 John Deere garden tractor and I
am looking for a
replacement engine. Could you give
me a price quote on the 18hp engine, and what ever I would need to
install it? Do these kits come with instructions? Are the engines
the same size and do they fit without any modification to the frame?
Yes, we install the V Twin Vanguard
engines in the John Deere 140's all of the time. You do not
need to do any frame cutting. We have some wiring instructions
with the kit. We found what works best is after you get the kit and
the engine, start doing the job, if you run into problems give me a
call on my 800 number and I can talk you through any questions you
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I saw your article in
Farm Show magazine. I have a 316 JD
and would like to
repower it. What do you suggest? Do
you sell a kit that includes adapter for Briggs motors for this
model? Mine is a hydro. Do the transmissions hold up ok when
you add extra horsepower?
I need to know what year your
tractor is or the serial number. There were 3 different John Deere
316's made. The serial number is located below the steering wheel
down on the lower part of the console, below the ignition switch. I
need the last six digits.
As far as the transmissions go,
I am in
Garden Tractor pulling
and in one tractor I had put in a
Chevy Geo Metro
Engine in the hydro John Deere 317. The transmission and rear end
held up fine. The all are very tough tractors.
I am searching for a lawn mower sized front-end
dirt/manure loader for use in constructing and maintaining worm beds
on my bait farm. I need something less than 4 feet wide to
maneuver between the beds indoors and outdoors. I saw a photo
of this type equipment on your website ad. I am interested in
equipment in good dependable
Yes, I have a front
end loader we can
put on a smaller garden tractor. The width of the bucket is
only 36 inches. We can put this unit on a John Deere 316 with
a hydrostatic transmission, weighted down and ready to go, for
$3900. this would also include labor to install the loader on
Could you tell me about a
repower kit for a John Deere 314 2
cylinder Briggs, or Vanguard Engine?
a John Deere 314 we usually put in the
Vanguard 18 Horse Power engine.
The custom installation kit includes the stub shaft kit, oil
filter adapter, oil filter kit, exhaust manifold, muffler, relay,
throttle cable, choke cable, and exhaust gaskets.
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In the December issue of
Farm Show magazine I saw the
article on your converting garden tractors to Vanguard engines. Have
you ever done an Economy Power King? I have one from the sixties
with a 14 hp. Kohler engine and it is a terrible thing to start when
cold or sitting for a while. I would like to know about a possible
will fit in without extending the frame. We have them
18 HP, 21 HP, 23 HP, and 31 HP. We have the made to order
installation kits for each.
I have a JD 317 that has the original Kohler
engine. I'd like to know if it is worthwhile to rebuild the
Kohler or to
repower into something else you
have available. If I were to repower with a
Vanguard engine how much would it
cost if you
redo at your facility or what would
be the cost if I do myself? I've pulled the engine 3 times
already to replace the driveshaft when the universal joints and
starter have worn out. Are there any brackets and spacers to
make the new engine work in this frame and what would be the cost of
the engine and any extra brackets? Does anything else need to
be done to the frame and or drive of the 317? I have a mower
deck, tiller and snow blower for the 317 so it's kind of hard to
part with the old one unless I can find something with all the
attachments without to many $$$$ to boot!
Yes we have put a lot of
Vanguard engines in John Deere 317ís. We have available the
18, 21, and 23 horse power engines. With the Vanguard engine
weighing about 45 pounds less the tractor almost feels like you have
power steering. The engine has a two year commercial warrantee
I've got a model 72 Cub cadet w/ a well used 7hp
Kohler engine. I'd like to replace it with either a Honda or Briggs
somewhere around 11-13 hp. How difficult would this swap be and what
in terms of $$ would it cost.
PS: Saw the story in
Yes, Put in one of those
V Twin 2 cylinder 18 HP Vanguard engines
instead of an obsolete one cylinder engine. We have them in
I have a Briggs & Stratton Model 243434. It
has A 1" horizontal shaft. Can this be replaced with a
Vanguard engine of equal size with
Yes these engines will fit in
almost anyplace that you may have pulled the old style engine out
of. I do also have them in stock with and electric start.
I have a 1100 cub cadet with a 11hp Kohler motor
and was wondering if either a 14hp or 16 hp
Briggs would work in that frame
I never knew that tractor had a
Kohler in it. I thought that tractor came out with the 11 HP
Briggs. The 16 HP Vanguard will run much smoother because of the V
Twin overhead engine design.
Interested in prices for installation kits & or
engine kits for a JD 318 which needs a motor. would like put as
large of a motor as possible in it.
We put in those V Twin overhead
that really work well with that application. I have 3
different horse power ratings available. 18 HP, 21 HP and 23
I have a couple of Gravely riders that I would
repower. Do you have any
experience in installing the Vanguard engine in these? If so,
do you sell the required adaptor parts? One is an 816S (single
cylinder 16 hp Briggs) and the other is an 8183T (twin Onan).
(I Saw an your feature in the
Farm Show magazine)
we have done Gravely transplants. We have 18 HP, 21 HP, and 23 HP
Just wondering if you offer a kit of some sort to
repower a John Deere 317. my kt-17
is getting tired and i would like to repower it with a motor that
has full pressurized lube with an oil filter.
Yes, we have the
kit in stock. We have great success with the John Deere 317's.
The repower job works out well.
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Came across your name and
website via a case tractor
I am interested in
repowering my 1973
Case 446 tractor (original engine
is an Onan BF/MS-2434). Do you know of a good replacement? What kind
retrofit would be required? Any help you can provide (including
on price for engine and
parts) would be greatly
What does the installation kit include? Muffler &
manifold, electrical conversions, etc.? Will this setup allow for
the re-installation of the pulley/clutch/fan assembly on the front
of the engine? What is the extent of frame modifications, if any,
that need to be made? In your opinion, is there a significant
advantage to going with the higher HP engine? (I haven't had any
apparent problems with the 16 HP Onan bogging down--despite the fact
that it is in need of a serious rebuild). Are the engine dimensions,
etc. comparable for both the 16 and 18 HP Vanguards? Engine color?
(black or red?--a minor detail, but the red would look a bit out of
place on this tractor!). The
Vanguards will be about 50 pounds
lighter than the Onan?--I guess that means I'll need to add some
weight on the front for tilling and plowing.
Yes, we put in the V Twin
Vanguard engines and they work very well. We have an optional
electric PTO clutch too. This is quite a unit when it is completed.
Jim, I am looking for a
snowblower for my John Deere 420.
Could you let me know if you have a used one?
Yes, we have a nice used single stage
snow blower for a
in stock at this time.
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Repowering Garden Tractors
and other equipment
Garden Tractor Attachments
Hydrostatic Transmission Rebuilding
Garden Tractors in general
Repowering Case Garden
Repairs and Troubleshooting (on our blog)