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Make Your Own John Deere Tradition

Make Your Own John Deere Tradition

The name John Deere goes back a long time – back to 1837.  A blacksmith named John Deere listened to farmers who were troubled because their plows weren’t performing in the prairie soils as well as they were in the sandy soils in the Eastern US.

He listened – and came up with new plows that handled the soil. That was the birth of John Deere – the manufacturer – from John Deere- the blacksmith.

It took a bit, 126 years to be exact, before the first John Deere lawn and garden tractor – model 110 – was born in 1963 in Horicon, Wisconsin.

Since then, thousands upon thousands of John Deere lawn tractors have been produced, but unlike many other makers, there’s something about the familiar green tractor and the name John Deere that strikes up a nostalgia in their owners, even in those not inclined to sentimentality.

WWII Veteran Erling Kindem and his special friend, Emmett Rychner.

Many a father has proudly handed over his tried and true John Deere 318 to his son, who was all too eager to take possession of dad’s prized lawn tractor. That same tractor would ease into another generation, perhaps with faded paint, a few scratches, and some comfortable rips in the familiar (and likely, now faded) yellow seat.

But the sturdy machine stood through its right of passage, creating a tradition much like Grandma’s beloved quilt – to be passed on to the next generation.

John Deere lawn tractors span generations with their owners, from little tykes riding their pint-sized tractors to WWII veterans who still firmly believe in the infamous slogan ‘Nothing runs like a Deere.’

As a testament to the far-ranging appeal of the familiar green and yellow, check out this heart-warming video of three-year old Emmett Rychner in Farmington, Minnesota, whose best friend was WWII vet Erling Kindem, nearly 90 years old. Kindem passed away in 2016.  In an interview, little Emmett’s mom reminds us all of an important life lesson when she shared, “I hope that one thing that Emmett will take from it is that you stick with the people you love until the very end.”

The unlikely duo struck up a friendship over…tomato plants…and soon were bonded by frequent croquet matches and lawnmower races with their John Deere’s. Side by side they ‘raced’ their tractors together and neither noticed the eighty-some years difference in their ages – it was mowed right under – and each cherished the other.

You, too, can create your John Deere tradition.

And you don’t have to worry that a vintage John Deere will be a little rough around the edges.

At Green Ridge Restorations, you can choose from a variety of John Deere lawn tractors, from the infamous 318 to the lesser known John Deere 332 and the newer Deere 445 models, all painstakingly restored to originality.

Don’t settle for just any average tractor. Start your own John Deere tradition today! Browse our selection of ready-to-buy John Deere lawn and garden tractors, or contact us with your questions (and your John Deere stories)!

John Deere 316 and 318 Parts Maintenance Ref Sheet

John Deere 316 and 318 Parts Maintenance Ref Sheet

Need a quick and easy cheat sheet when you need to find John Deere 318 parts for your next maintenance job? Here it is! This reference sheet applies to both the John Deere 316 and 318 lawn tractor models.

You can download and print/save this as a PDF for convenience by clicking here. (Note: You must have Adobe Acrobat installed. Don’t have it? Download it here.)


Part Number*


OilUse 15W 401.75 Quarts
Oil FilterNapa 1348
Fuel FilterNapa 3011
Hydro Fluid(Recommended)

John Deere Hy-Gard™


Napa Gallon #85401

Approx 6 Quarts for total refill
Hydro FilterNapa 1410
Air Filter


Napa 7-02247

Napa 7-02295


Spark PlugsAutolite #106
Belts – Main Engine to DeckNapa 6713BR
Belts – Blade to BladeNapa 6533BR

*Note that although most of the part numbers referenced above are Napa brand, your local parts store should be able to cross-reference if necessary.

Have You Heard of the John Deere 322 Lawn Tractor?

Have You Heard of the John Deere 322 Lawn Tractor?

✪If you’re looking for a John Deere 322 for sale, click here to see our latest offering.

Many people – even those who aren’t John Deere enthusiasts – are familiar with the 318 lawn and garden tractor. But mention the John Deere 322 – and few people even recall it.

With some sources pointing to an original sticker price of $6,800 back in the day, the Deere 322 was (and remains) a shining example of John Deere’s history of producing quality lawn tractors.

John Deere 322 for saleWhat Makes the John Deere 322 Different from the 318?

Here at Green Ridge Restorations, we don’t take in nearly as many 322’s as we do 318’s. When people ask us what the difference is between the two, it’s pretty simple:

The John Deere 322 lawn tractor had a liquid-cooled, 18HP 3-cylinder Yanmar gas engine, whereas the 318 John Deere tractors used an air-cooled Onan gas engine. The 322 lawn tractors also weren’t produced for quite as long as the 318’s: John Deere only manufactured them from about 1988-1992.

John Deere 322General John Deere 322 Specs

Now that you know the difference between the two, here are some other specs on the John Deere 322:

  • Mower deck: 38” 2-blade, 46” 3-blade, or 50” 3-blade hydraulic lift
  • Transmission: Hydrostatic 2WD Sundstrand 90
  • Attachments: 54” front-mounted blade; 46” single-stage or 47” dual-stage snow blowers (both hydraulic lift); John Deere Model 44 loader

Looking for parts for your John Deere 322? Your John Deere dealer is your best bet. We recommend using JDParts to look up the parts you need.

Ready to go back…way, way back?

Let’s step back into 1988 when the first John Deere 322 rolled off the assembly line in Horicon, WI.

Remember the California Raisins? Their version of the catchy song “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” hit #84 on the Billboard Hot 100. And if you’re a fan of Broadway you may know that back in January 1988, The Phantom of the Opera opened.

John Deere 1988Phil Collins belted out “A Groovy Kind of Love” and Bobby McFerrin was encouraging people everywhere to kick back a little with “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” George Michael’s “Faith” was topping the charts, followed by “Need You Tonight” by INXS and George Harrison’s “Got My Mind Set on You.”

Who can forget the now-classic “Die Hard”? But it was “Rain Man” that went on to become the highest grossing film of 1988, followed by “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” and “Coming to America.”

Believe it or not, 1988 was a big year in the early history of the Internet. The 1988 Internet worm became the first well-known computer virus. The World Wide Web (WWW) was discussed at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (known as CERN). And, the first permanent intercontinental Internet link was made between the US and Europe.

We certainly have come a long way since then…and we’ll leave you with an amusing quote from Doug Larson, “Home computers are being called upon to perform many new functions, including the consumption of homework formerly eaten by the dog.”

The Elusive John Deere 330 Diesel Lawn Tractor

The Elusive John Deere 330 Diesel Lawn Tractor

Produced for one year only – in 1986 – the John Deere 330 was a diesel lawn tractor that some people refer to as the diesel version of the 316.John Deere 316 tractor

That’s because like the Deere 316 (shown in the image at right), this model lacked the power steering common on other more well-known models like the 318.

John Deere 330 Specs

With a Yanmar 16HP 3-cylinder liquid-cooled diesel engine, many consider the 330 to be Deere’s original diesel garden tractor. In actuality, the diesel-powered John Deere 430 garden tractor pre-dated the 330. The 330 was later followed by the 332, and you can read more about that model here.

The 330 featured a 2WD hydrostatic transmission, and customers could choose between a 38”, 46” or 50” mower deck. Many attachments that fit other similar models like the 316 will also work on the 330. Note however that the 330 has H1 hydraulics versus the 318’s H2 hydraulics. This means that certain attachments that require H2 hydraulics will not work on the 330.

Need parts for your Deere 330? Looking up parts on JDParts is an easy way to find what you need. You can also contact your local John Deere dealer if you need help.

Time Travel: 1986

Most people remember 1986 as the year of the massive Chernobyl disaster. On April 26th, the lives of thousands of people would change forever following an incident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Pripyat, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union. Even today, experts disagree about the total number of deaths caused by the explosion.

Also that year, the Challenger Space Shuttle was destroyed just 73 seconds into its flight, killing seven crew members. Eventually, the crew compartment and other fragments were recovered from the ocean floor.

1986 John Deere historyOn a lighter note back in ’86,

Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis were heating it up on screen in “Top Gun,” the top ranking film of that year. Other popular flicks included the Rodney Dangerfield classic “Back to School,” and the infamous “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” And who can forget “Platoon,” the action-packed film focused on the Vietnam War?

Hot songs of 1986 included Lionel Richie’s hit “Say You, Say Me” as well as “That’s What Friends Are For” and Mr. Mister’s “Broken Wings.” Robert Palmer was “Addicted to Love” and Eddie Murphy hit #8 on Billboard’s Hot 100 list with “Party All the Time.”

Well, we hope you’ve enjoyed learning a brief history of  the 330, John Deere’s first diesel lawn tractor – and travelling back in time some 30-odd years to relive some memories.


A Quick History of Popular John Deere Lawn & Garden Tractors

A Quick History of Popular John Deere Lawn & Garden Tractors

Learn more about the most common lawn & garden tractors we restore, including a brief introduction to the series as well as a few quick stats on each model:

John Deere 318John Deere 300 Series:

In the 1983 model year, the introduction of the “new” 318 marked the beginning of the revolution of John Deere’s popular 300 series of lawn and garden tractors.

John Deere 316 Tractor

In 1978, John Deere produced an earlier, Kohler powered 316 during that year only. The later series 316 and the model produced in 1978 share few similarities, however. The 316 is sometimes known as the “little brother” to the 318. Learn more about the John Deere 316 here.

  • Engine: 16HP until 1987; 18HP Onan beginning 1987 model year
  • Deck Size Options: 38”; 46”; 50”
  • Years Produced: 1984-1992

John Deere 316 tractorJohn Deere 318 Tractor

The infamous John Deere 318 is often thought to have revolutionized the garden tractor market and remains popular today, over 20 years after the last model rolled off the assembly line. The 316’s “big brother,” the 318’s design featured power steering and greater attention to user comfort. Read more about the John Deere 318 here.

  • Engine: 18HP Onan
  • Deck Size Options: 38”; 46”; 50”
  • Years Produced: 1983-1992

John Deere 322 Tractor

The 322 was introduced in 1988 by John Deere along with the 332, its diesel counterpart. It featured a liquid-cooled, 3-cylinder Yanmar engine instead of the Onan twin-cylinder engine featured on the 318. Here is some additional detail on the John Deere 322.

  • Engine: 18HP
  • Deck Size Options: 38”; 46”; 50”
  • Years Produced: 1988-1992

John Deere 330 Tractor

The first 300 Series diesel tractor, the 330 was produced for only one year before being replaced by the 332 a short time later. This post delves deeper into the John Deere 330.

  • Engine: 16HP
  • Deck Size Options: 38”; 46”; 50”
  • Years Produced: 1986

John Deere 332 Tractor

John Deere 332 tractor

The John Deere 332 garden tractor featured a liquid-cooled 3-cylinder diesel engine and was nicknamed the “diesel 318”, given its similarities to the 318. The 332 replaced the earlier 330 and boasted additional features like power steering and dual hydraulics. Read more here

  • Engine: 16HP
  • Deck Size Options: 38”; 46”; 50”
  • Years Produced: 1987-1992

John Deere 400 Series:

All 400 Series featured shaft-driven decks, versus the belt-driven decks seen on the 300 series.

John Deere 400 Tractor

The impressive John Deere 400 was more than 250 pounds heavier than the 140, with a wheelbase that was 6” longer! A variety of attachments, including loaders and rear backhoes, rear post hole diggers, and a rotary tiller (to name a few) were available.

  • Engine: 20HP
  • Deck Size Options: 60”
  • Years Produced: 1975-1983

John Deere 420

John Deere 420 Tractor

The 420 successfully replaced the 400 garden tractor in 1983 and featured a 2-cylinder Onan air-cooled engine and hydrostatic power steering. Here’s a fun fact: the 420 represented the first use of annunciator lights that were built into the dash panel. Want to learn more about the John Deere 420? Click here.

  • Engine: 20HP
  • Deck Size Options: 50”; 60”
  • Years Produced: 1983-1991

John Deere 430 Tractor

Introduced in 1984, the 430 garden tractor was John Deere’s first that brought together a diesel engine with hydrostatic drive and power steering. Did you know? Many people believe the 420 and 430 to be some of the best – if not the best – garden tractors ever built, because of their impressive lineup of features, along with their endurance and ease of use. More information about the John Deere 430 can be found here.

  • Engine: 20HP
  • Deck Size Options: 50”; 60”
  • Years Produced: 1984-1992

Later Generation John Deere Lawn Tractors:

In the early 1990s, John Deere rolled out some fresh models – the 425, 445, and 455 – that replaced the earlier 400 Series lawn and garden tractors. To read more about these later models, you can view our blog post right here. 

John Deere 425

Produced in the Horicon, WI factory by John Deere, the 425 featured a 2-cylinder Kawasaki gas engine, an independent rear PTO, hydraulic clutch, power steering (4-wheel steering was optional), and variety of attachment options.

  • Engine: 20HP
  • Deck Size Options: 48”; 54”;60”
  • Years Produced: 1992-2001

John Deere 445 tractorJohn Deere 445

A larger model than the 425, the John Deere 445 garden tractor also used a 2-cylinder gas Kawasaki engine. It also featured a hydraulic clutch, independent rear PTO, hydrostatic transmission, and power steering w/ optional 4-wheel steering.

  • Engine: 22HP
  • Deck Size Options: 48”; 54”;60”
  • Years Produced: 1992-2001

John Deere 455

The John Deere 455 offered a 3-cylinder Yanmar diesel engine, hydrostatic transmission, power steering, and independent rear PTO. The 455 featured many optional attachments, including the model 40 front-end loader, which could be used exclusively on tractors with two-wheel steering.

  • Engine: 22HP
  • Deck Size Options: 48”; 54”;60”
  • Years Produced: 1992-2001

For more comprehensive insight into these and other John Deere tractor models, visit:

Or, check out our in-depth posts on popular John Deere lawn and garden tractor models by clicking here. 

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