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knolte

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Turned some dirt yesterday.
Awesome looking setup you have. I've wanted a two bottom plow for a long time. How does your 318 handle it? I have a pair of 420's that I want to make one into a plowing tractor.
 

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Awesome looking setup you have. I've wanted a two bottom plow for a long time. How does your 318 handle it? I have a pair of 420's that I want to make one into a plowing tractor.
Thanks.
The 318 handles I’d good, but my 318 basically is now a 420 in the 318 size (2 speed/diff lock, 18” & 26” tires, P220 cam & carb, H3)
I’d post a video, but don’t know how.
 

knolte

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Thanks.
The 318 handles I’d good, but my 318 basically is now a 420 in the 318 size (2 speed/diff lock, 18” & 26” tires, P220 cam & carb, H3)
I’d post a video, but don’t know how.
It looks good. I will admit to a weakness for the 420. I have two of them. I haven't pulled a plow iin many years but would like to get one of mine set up for that. We should probably not let word out here on this site about our proclivities for green tractors.
 

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I have a few Deere but no 318 or 420 yet. I do have a good B48G just waiting to go into one!
 

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I have a few Deere but no 318 or 420 yet. I do have a good B48G just waiting to go into one!
There were several good garden tractors back in the day but I think the 400 and 317 through 430 models were the best of those available at the time. I have a subcompact tractor I bought new many years ago that has many more functions and options available but I keep the 420s just because I like them. The 420 is fairly bullet proof tractor and in my opinion the worst part was the Onan engine. When they were new they worked well. Today parts are expensive and hard to get in many cases if you want new parts. I have one of mine with the original Onan and one with the Linimar(?) replacement engine.
 

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I like the Onan engines, they make a lot of torque.
I haven’t had a problem getting any parts, I have been inside of 5 of them. 3DDCFE80-CAB0-4F91-92D8-0E7ECEC3B109.jpeg
 

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I like the Onan engines, they make a lot of torque.
I haven’t had a problem getting any parts, I have been inside of 5 of them.
I stand corrected. I have only had the one on my tractor and one on a power unit from several years ago. I looked for parts to overhaul the powerunit and parts were very high and hard to get (what the dealer told me). Fast forward about five years and I was looking for some new parts for my 420. I needed a carb and other small parts and since it was winter and the tractor has a lot of hours on it, I thought I would overhaul it. I priced pats at two different dealers. Both cited the same things. Hard to source and expensive. I decided to run it until it is spent and replace it with a Honda (?) from Small Engine Warehouse. I really don't think they were a bad engine at all but I do prefer the overhead valves in the newer engines.
 

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There were several good garden tractors back in the day but I think the 400 and 317 through 430 models were the best of those available at the time. I have a subcompact tractor I bought new many years ago that has many more functions and options available but I keep the 420s just because I like them. The 420 is fairly bullet proof tractor and in my opinion the worst part was the Onan engine. When they were new they worked well. Today parts are expensive and hard to get in many cases if you want new parts. I have one of mine with the original Onan and one with the Linimar(?) replacement engine.
I do have 2 317's a 314 and an H3, The 314 is a parts chassis but saw an awesome one for sale the other day for $800 that had the brantley power steering and flow diverter. I would have tried but it was 400 miles away.
 

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Besides my Cub Cadet 100 (bought used at a lawn & garden tractor auction in 1987), I have a John Deere 318 Lawn & Garden Tractor (bought new in 1988) and a nearly mint condition John Deere Model 80 Cart (bought used at a farm auction bought a few years after 1988). My 18-HP JD 318 and Model 80 Cart have performed great and are a pleasure to operate and service!
 
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