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Hello, newbie here!

Advice desperately needed and would be much appreciated!

Name: Garry

Location: Niagara Region, Ontario

Land: 1/2 acre (I know it’s not much, but I want to fit in what I can to have some fun) of grass in different areas with some short paths (inclined about 6ft over 15ft) between each grassed area which I will need to mow. I also need to be able to snowplow in the winter.

Equipment: I grew up around earth moving equipment and I am looking to buy my first small tractor (not a riding mower).

Help needed! - I am keen on the John Deere 316 or 318, but I don’t know if there is any other similar sized tractors I should be looking at. What I need is something reliable (relatively) and where I won’t have a problem finding parts when I need them.
 

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Welcome to the forum Garry! Having owned a John Deere 316, I can say that they are hell for stout, and exceptionally excellent machines........ BUT! The Onan P series motors they carry, are getting impossible to get rebuild kits for since the motor has been closed out. John Deere doesn't back little things like mower decks, gas caps and other things of this nature, at least at my local dealer. As much as I hate to say it, I'd be looking elsewhere than that era of John Deere unless you could get something in excellent condition, which isn't impossible, or plan on putting another engine in, should the original wear out. I'm fairly sure that models such as the 317 and I know there are others at that time period for Deere, and the size of the 316 /318 that had Kohlers and those would be what to look for.
 

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I just did a Honda conversion on a JD 316 for an older friend. Better than new! These guys can get you the exact replacement, http://www.repowerspecialists.com

There are also rebuild parts for the Sunstrand 90 hydrostatic transmission in the unlikely event it ever fails.

These 300 series JD garden tractors were the best ever built, and are in high demand today. A tractor that weighs at least 822 lb., and from real steel.
 

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If ever you took the body off of a 316 or 318, and look at the frame...... Not even a 3/4 ton truck has a frame as stout. They really were exceptionally built.
 

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Thank you both! I am really grateful!!

I will keep my eyes open for a decent 316/318 with a Kolher engine. So far I have only found Onan engines...

Are there any other makes/models I should look at? (Maybe a Massey or Ford?)

Thanks also for the link!

BTW great photo of the English Springer! Great dogs full of character and endless energy! :)
 
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