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Old January 10th, 2010, 03:15 PM   #1
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Default People with a John Deere. I would like some opinions

I am looking at buying a John Deere lawn tractor. I have been looking at the 200 series and also I have been finding a lot of 317s. The 317 is a hydraulic lift for the attachments while the 200 series can be, but not always.

The 200 series has a little more that I can find in the way as attachments, like a snow blade and blower, as well as decks.

The 317 is a little harder to find the attachments, but I have been able to find what I would want. I know the 317 has a faulty motor, however at this point the ones are left have more than likely been fixed.

I guess I am just looking for input from people that have had either of these tractors. Was the hydraulic lift really that important? I have been doing a lot of reading over at, and the reviews are good on both the tractors, but was looking to see if anyone had experience with these tractors here on gl4x4.

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Old January 10th, 2010, 03:30 PM   #2
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I bought a 317 last year for a 2nd tractor. Your correct on the motors, mine had the updated series 2. It is a heavy beotch and most stuff is easy to find for it.
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Old January 10th, 2010, 03:37 PM   #3
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317's are great garden tractors, and not all were bad. Engine lubricaton was upgraded in mid 82 and you can get replacement motors for them. Personally, I would stay with the 300 series and find one w/ hydraulics.

If you hae not checked out yet, has a lot of info, and for repower kits.
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Old January 10th, 2010, 03:38 PM   #4
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I sold my 317 after two years. I bought it from my father in law and worked well in short grass. it was lacking badly in the deeper 6-8" grass and you could hardly move forward while it cut. it wasted to much power on the drive and not the deck. on a side note the snow blower worked well. has more then enough for the 48" blower. I had a plow with it to and it was useless even with chains & weights. I tore the crap out of my paved section of my driveway.
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Old January 10th, 2010, 03:50 PM   #5
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we have a 316 at our up north home. Rebuilt it 10+ years ago and its still running strong. Parts are easily available. I like the hydraulic lift but its not overly necessary. If you want a good strong tractor that could plow, snow blow and haul its good. Ours had a 16hp Kohler but its been bored .60 over so its got more grunt
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Old January 10th, 2010, 05:07 PM   #6
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The next time we get a lot of snow, you wanna come over and plow my drive with my 210 with a 42" blade?

Mine's a 1987 model and still kicking. I need to adjust a few things here and there, rebuild the carb eventually, but it is solid and works great for:

-plowing snow
-plowing the garden
-spreading salt or fertilizer

The manual controls are not as bling as the 317, however, you'll never have to worry about a hydrostatic drive taking a shit and your accessories not working. Not to mention maintaining seals and the fluid. Just IMHO.
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