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Tractor Questions and Answers
Jim goes through each piece of equipment completely. He makes sure it's running great and looks good. Some have
repowered, all will get
parts and service if necessary.
He takes pride in everything he sells.
Do you want to repower
your John Deere Lawn or garden tractor?
John Deere 420 Garden Tractor With Front End Loader -
Triple hydraulics and double hydraulics on the front end loader. The
loader has hydraulic down pressure. 20 hp Onan engine, 2 speed rear end,
hydrostatic transmission, posi lock rear end. Weight box on the rear
John Deere 425 Garden Tractor
54 Inch Mower Deck
Power Steering-Cruise Control-Tilt Steering wheel-20
HP water cooled engine-This is one of John Deere's higher quality
garden tractors, get something you will we proud to bring home.
Please do not
compare these John Deere's with the type you see at Home Depot and
other similar stores. These are real workhorses and much more
Our first Lawn
and Garden tractor was a
John Deere 140.
We bought it in 1972, 38 years ago. We have used it under
extreme conditions, moving cars out of snow banks, lifting and
People have said,
"You can't get my pickup out with that little
We did. It is just amazing what these little tractors can do.
It's seen a
lot of snow blowing, roto-tilling, and
It's still in use and going strong.
If you like real power, and good resale value, consider a good
sturdy John Deere.
These small tractors will have no problem moving your boat in and
out of your garage or your small airplane around the airport.
Ready to buy a garden tractor or want more
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John Deere 455
Garden Tractor $4800
3 cylinder in line, water cooled 22 hp diesel with a mower
deck, ready to go.
John Deere LX277 Lawn Tractor
V-twin 17 hp Kawasaki engine and foot control hydrostatic transmission. 48
inch mower deck.
John Deere F935
3 cylinder water cooled diesel engine, 72" front mount mower
deck. This mower was $17,000 new. It is ready
to go to work.
John Deere 317 Garden Tractor
Garden Tractor with rototiller
Has dual hydraulics, individual brakes, shaft drive hydrostatic
transmission, 17 hp engine, includes PTO drive, hydraulic lift and roto tiller
garden tractors and
Lawn Mowers on the
All Outdoor Power Equipment Page
Jim has a small Salvage yard of used
"Vintage" tractors. It's not pretty, but handy for the hard to find
If you are ready to buy or have any questions
for Jim call Toll free: 1-800-618-8738
Cell: 651-208-7199 or e-mail
Some nice words from Skip:
Last May, I traveled from
Frankfort, Kansas to Hastings, Minnesota to pick up
a John Deere 300 series with a Brantly front end loader.
Since then, I have moved eight or nine tons of wood mulch, some
rock, and little bit of dirt.
But, this year, we have had more snow than in probably the last ten
This little tractor and loader has come in real handy.
I told my wife that getting this tractor would be a lifesaver for my
Iím not going to tell her how much fun Iím having moving snow.
The only changes Iíve made to the tractor, was to have a blacksmith
of mine build a larger bracket for more rear end weight.
The tractor now carries about 900 pounds of steel.
Iíve recommended your shop to several folks who seem to be a bit
jealous of my new equipment.
Q: I have a
Case 446 garden tractor that just started
acting up .
I can start it up and it runs fine for a few minutes then the engine stops and
the starter will not work to restart it for maybe 15 minutes, it acts like
there is no electricity. After it sets for awhile it will start and run
again for a few minutes. Do you have an answer to this problem and would
you have needed repair parts to fix it?
A: Check and see if you
have a circuit breaker in the line somewhere, they can trip and then they cool
down a little and will work again.
Q: I'm in the process of
rebuilding a 1973 John Deere 140 garden tractor. While researching
this model, I've discovered that some have an engine disconnect
clutch in addition to a neutral return connected to the clutch pedal
and others only have the neutral return and no engine disconnect.
Mine is the latter. Do you know why Deere included this feature on
some tractors and not others and what are the advantages or
disadvantages of having or not having this clutch?
advantage to having that clutch was if you had a
rototiller on it and hit a rock you
could immediately release the complete power train. Without this
clutch you have to reach behind and release the rototiller lever
Q: I have a 4X2 John Deere Gator and am interested in giving it
more power. It works fine, but is just too slow. Any thoughts about
what you can do?
A: Check and see if the primary clutch
is closing all the way so that the belt comes up flush with the
outer circumference of the sheaves. If it is not, then you are
losing a lot of top miles per hour.
Q: I have a John Deere 216 lawn tractor and the rear end has
broken teeth and is currently locked up, what other models might fit
to avoid a costly rebuild so i can buy a used unit?
tractors that will interchange are the John Deere 110, 112, 200,
208, 210, 212, 214, and 216.
Q: I currently have a John Deere 185 hydro lawn tractor with a
38" mower deck and I love it but it still takes an hour to mow the
lawn. Although I just got the 38" snow thrower for it and it's the
greatest thing since chopped bread. But I was wanting to move up so
I was looking at a
John Deere 425 garden tractor. So
my question is, it a good garden tractor? Should I get a
diesel or gas? How long has the John Deere 425 garden tractor been
out? Does it take any good attachments other than a snow thrower?
What should I look out for as problems and such with the 425?
A: The 425,
445, and 455 garden tractors are John Deere's Cadillacs made from
1993 through 2001. They are all good iron. These tractors take any
attachments you would want to put on them, including a front end
loader, which is a very useful attachment.
The diesel uses only 1/3 of the fuel compared to a gas burner. The
longevity of a diesel engine is much better than a gas burning
engine. The only disadvantage to the diesel is that it is more
expensive, but then again, that could be money well spent.
Q: Jim, I've got an '87 John Deere 318 garden tractor and it is
presenting me with an aggravating problem. For the first 30 minutes
it runs perfect. Then, it will start to miss. The puzzling thing to
me is it only misses when it is pointed downhill, turned to the
right or the steering wheel turned to the stop in the right hand
direction. It will not miss when going up a steep grade or tuning to
the right going in this direction.
I've checked the float, although I didn't change anything, and the
needle. Checked the wiring under the battery box. The + post pulled
loose at this point and I changed batteries. The fuel pump will
shoot a 6 foot stream.
A: What I
think is happening is you have a valve seat donut that is loose or
coming loose in the engine block. If this is happening or already
has happened the bad new is that your engine is junk. Take and run
it until it starts missing and at that time figure out which
cylinder is missing. After you have that answer remove that cylinder
head and turn the engine over until each valve is open and pry a
little on the valve seat, and if that moves at all, you found your
Q: I just recently bought a 1981 John Deere 317 garden tractor.
It has a 20 horsepower Kohler engine in it. I was wondering if this
tractor would be able to handle a front end loader?
A: Yes, your
tractor will handle a loader with ease. I have a loader on a John
Deere 140 and a loader on a
John Deere 318 tractor and you
should see either one of these 2 machines work.
Q: Do you know if a hood for a 420 will fit a 430?
A: No, these
two hoods will not interchange with each other as they are quite
different in length.
Q: I am looking for parts to convert my John Deere 317 garden
tractor to power steering. It looks to me borrowing parts from a 400
would be an easier swap than trying a John Deere 318 setup. Would
you have the parts I need? I would need a power steering valve,
power steering cylinder, and an oil cooler. I want to convert the
317 to power steering because you will be installing a front end
loader on it, any info or advice would be appreciated.
A: I think I
would have all or most of those John Deere 400 components in stock,
but this would be a high price package for these items. What I would
suggest is that you go to an auto salvage yard and pick out some
smaller power steering parts from a car and I think you might be
able to get the job done for only about $300.
Q: I have a few questions for you.
1. Are there many features that the John Deere 400 garden tractors
have that the 318's don't ?
2. Are there any John Deere 318 garden tractors that are better than
other model years like the 150th anniversary ?
3. Did they make any 318's with differential lock or is the only way
to get that by putting a different axle / transmission assembly on
4. How do you go about putting a
3 point hitch on a 318. Are the
hydraulics set up to
do that ?
5. It seems that you are very partial to the Vanguard engines, why
is that ? Are they really that much better / different than others
like Honda or any number of them? Just curious.
A: I take it
you are talking about the
John Deere 425. All of the
John Deere 318 garden tractors are the same except they have 2
different model Onan engines. The P218 Onan that came out in 1987 is
a better and more powerful engine. I have the John Deere 318 3 point
hitch in stock. It's no problem to bolt it onto the John Deere 318.
To get your differential lock and two speed rear end you would have
to come up with a John Deere 420, 430 rear end and you can reuse you
Vanguard engines do stand out from
the rest, they are popular just like the small block Chevy was. The
Honda is a clumsier engine. On some applications with the Honda I
would have to cut or bend the frame. We can get all types of
different exhaust systems for the Vanguard. The Vanguard parts are
cheaper but best of all we can get parts without waiting.
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Q: I am the owner of a John Deere 420 garden tractor. I have
been very happy with it since purchasing it used 6 years ago.
Recently I have been having a problem with it losing power, shutting
down, after running for about 20 minutes. After checking it I
discovered the spark is not there. What could be causing this
situation? I think it is down to the Ignition coil or stator, can
you confirm this for me? It is a P220G with an electronic ignition.
A: It would
not be the stator because that has nothing to do with the ignition
system, and yes it can be the ignition coil and or the ignition
module located inside the flywheel.
Follow up: Thank you for your help, it ended up being the
ignition module located in the flywheel.
Q: I have a John Deere 318 garden tractor question. I have an
opportunity to purchase a pretty much stock JD 318. Will this unit
power a small rotary cutter, how about tugging a box blade or rock
A: Yes, this tractor powers the 50" blade deck in
cutting down thick, tall weeds with ease. It will also handle a box
blade or a
wider regular blade. They are very
nice tractors. I have always thought the John Deere 318's packed the
most features and quality for the price.
Q: I am wanting to repower my 314 and I need some
18hp Vanguard engine fit in a 314
JD tractor?? Have you ever done one of these swaps? Would I be
better off with the 14hp instead of the 18hp engine?
A: Yes, you can put in either the
16 HP or the 18 HP. I have the engines and kits for both of them.
when you get this job done this engine runs real smooth and will not
be jumping around like the 1 cylinder Kohler.
Q: I have a used John Deere 322. When I step on
the brakes it puts the transmission back in
neutral every time. Is this normal for JD 322? I just don't know. If
it's normal that's
OK. All I want to know is this a problem or not. If it is a problem,
would like to get it fixed adjusted.
A: When you step on one brake, only the hydrostatic lever
should come back part way only.
If you have both pedals locked together and step them both down,
then yes, it should
bring the hydro lever all the way back to neutral. This is all
adjustable if not working
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