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When you own a John Deere, you mow because you want to. Not because you have to.

When you own a John Deere, you mow because you want to. Not because you have to.

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When you own a John Deere, you mow because you want to. Not because you have to.

Over the years, I’ve enjoyed many a friendly conversation with customers. Most don’t simply arrive at the shop to pick up their restored John Deere and leave. Once they see the various John Deere’s here at Green Ridge Restorations, neatly lined up like attentive soldiers, some totally restored, others patiently waiting their turn at a new life, well…

The John Deere conversation often includes a confession of sorts.

…all that is fuel for the fire – the conversation fire, that is. A lot of reminiscing goes on, a lot of praise for the John Deere line, a lot of “I wouldn’t own anything but a John Deere,” and then…. a confession.

No, not that kind of confession, about something they’ve done that they shouldn’t have.

This is a simple, “let-me-tell-you-something kind of confession that I don’t let on to anyone.”

First time I heard something like this I was bracing for a humdinger of a story. Not sure what I was expecting to hear, I nonchalantly folded my arms over, leaned back against a John Deere 318 that was waiting to be restored, and waited for the real-life confession, whatever it may be.

If you’re a John Deere enthusiast, I know you can relate.

“You know, I don’t mow the lawn because I have to. I mow it because I want to.”

Then he got a big grin across his face.

“Yeah, that’s right. There’s some days I can’t wait to hop on my John Deere and mow the lawn. You know why?

Well, he had me hooked now. I had to know why.

When You Hop on Your Classic John Deere, it’s YOUR time…

John Deere 420 for sale

John Deere 420

“Because it’s my time.  For an hour or so, no one bothers me. No one. I can’t hear anyone talk, I can’t hear a cell phone, and I can’t hear anyone yell at me.  It’s like it’s my private time – away from the world – but enjoying my yard, admiring the work I put into it, seeing birds fly to the feeders, and giving myself a pat on the back for all the work I’ve accomplished.”

He went on to explain how it was ‘his’ time. Even if it was just an hour, it was his own thoughts, ideas, plans, and projects, his own reflections of life. Between work and family, he explained, he just needs that ‘breather,’ like taking a step away, and recharging his inner battery.

After that confession, there was a brief silence in the shop.

He quickly added: “Now, don’t get me wrong. It’s not that I don’t like work or family or life. It’s nothin’ like that. It’s just that sometimes I feel like I need a break from the daily grind. So I head to the garage, hop on my John Deere, and out I go. Doesn’t matter if that grass doesn’t need mowing. I need to mow.

Classic John Deere lawn tractorsAnd sometimes, I purposely mow slower, so it takes longer.”

Then he was quiet.

I was, too. Because I understood what he was saying. I get it.

It’s About Taking a Step Back from Life.

He loaded up his restored 318 that he purchased, we shook hands, and he drove off.

In different words, many a customer has expressed the same feelings.

How many times have we heard the old phrase, “the world is too much with us?”  William Wordsworth wrote that over 200 years ago. Heck, I bet he’d say the same words today – and probably a lot more!

I’m guessing that when the John Deere’s were engineered decades ago, the inventor never imagined that not only would the tractor tend to the lawns, in its own way, it would tend the owners, too.

Faithful John Deere owners not only mow lawns, they mow back life, so to speak, for just a little bit.

For a half hour or hour or whatever length of time, they hop on their John Deere’s and take a step back from life.

If we only had a patent for that!

 

 

 

 

Compare John Deere Lawn & Garden Tractor Models: Quick Chart

Compare John Deere Lawn & Garden Tractor Models: Quick Chart

What sets the John Deere 318 apart from the 316 lawn and garden tractor? Which models were diesel? Gas-powered? We hear these questions frequently, so here’s an easy comparison chart for you to reference.

If you want to learn more about any John Deere model listed in the table below, simply click the model name, such as “John Deere 430.” This will take you to a more comprehensive article on each model.

Some John Deere trivia for you: which model represented the company’s first diesel lawn tractor? Many people assume it was the 330, which was later replaced by the 332. However, the diesel powered John Deere 430 garden tractor pre-dated the 330. 

The Deere 332 eventually became known as the diesel version of the beloved John Deere 318…

ModelEngineTransmissionSteeringDeck Size Options
John Deere 316
Years: 1984-1992
-Onan B43E 16HP 2-cyl gas (thru 1986)
-Onan P218G 18HP 2-cyl gas (1987 onward)
Hydrostatic (hand-controlled)Manual38", 46", or 50"
John Deere 318
Years: 1983-1992
-Onan B43G 18HP 2-cyl air-cooled gas (thru 1986)
-Onan P218 18HP 2-cyl air-cooled gas (1987 onward)
Hydrostatic (hand-controlled)Power38", 46", or 50"
John Deere 322
Years: 1988-1992
Yanmar 3TG66UJ 18HP 3-cyl liquid-cooled gasHydrostatic (hand-controlled)Power38", 46", or 50"
John Deere 330
Year: 1986
Yanmar 3TN66UJ 16HP 3-cyl liquid cooled DIESELHydrostatic (hand-controlled)Manual38", 46", or 50"
John Deere 332
Years: 1987-1992
Yanmar 3TN66UJ 16HP 3-cyl liquid cooled DIESELHydrostatic (hand-controlled)Power38", 46", or 50"
John Deere 420 John Deere 420 for sale
Years: 1983-1992
-Onan B48G 20HP 2-cyl air cooled gas (thru 1986)

-Onan P220G 20HP 2-cyl air cooled gas (1987 onward)
Hydrostatic (hand-controlled) with 2-speed locking differentialPowerShaft-driven 50" or 60"
John Deere 430
Years: 1984-1992
Yanmar 3TNA72UJ 20HP 3-cyl liquid-cooled DIESELHydrostatic (hand-controlled) with 2-speed locking differentialPowerShaft-driven 50" or 60"
John Deere 425 John Deere 425 for sale
Years: 1993-2001
Kawasaki FD620D 20HP 2-cyl liquid-cooled gasHydrostatic (foot-controlled) with locking differentialPower (Optional 4-wheel steering)Shaft-driven 48", 54", or 60"
John Deere 445 John Deere 445 AWS for sale
Years: 1993-2001
Kawasaki FD620D 22HP 2-cyl liquid-cooled, fuel injected gasHydrostatic (foot-controlled) with locking differentialPower (Optional 4-wheel steering)Shaft-driven 48", 54", or 60"
John Deere 455 John Deere 455 Years: 1993-2001Yanmar 3TNA72UJ3 22HP 3-cyl liquid-cooled DIESELHydrostatic (foot-controlled) with locking differentialPower (Optional 4-wheel steering)Shaft-driven 48", 54", or 60"
Your Go-To Reference of Classic John Deere Lawn & Garden Tractor Resources

Your Go-To Reference of Classic John Deere Lawn & Garden Tractor Resources

One of the most common questions we’re asked is about owner’s manuals and routine maintenance for classic John Deere lawn and garden tractor models. We’ve put together this post as a resource that we’ll be adding to as we come across additional information that you may find helpful.

Given the age of these machines, it isn’t always easy to find manuals and/or parts. In most cases, you can at least obtain an operator’s manual as a basic resource. If you’re looking for an obscure part that your local Deere dealer or parts supplier doesn’t stock, you can always try searching eBay, where the inventory is continually changing, or Craigslist.

For a wealth of general info and support, we continue to recommend these sites if you’re interested:

Weekend Freedom Machines Forum
DescThe Lawn and Garden Tractor site for John Deere Lawn and Garden tractor discussion groups, Tractor information, Parts information, and more.

TractorHouse.com
DescYour source for used tractors, combines, and all makes of used farm equipment and implements.

TractorData.com
DescInformation, data, and photos on all makes and models of farm tractors.

If you have one of the following models, use any of the links below to access the manual you’ll need:

  • John Deere 316
  • John Deere 318
  • John Deere 420

Access at MANUALSDIR.COM > 316, 318 & 420 Lawn & Garden Tractors

Alternative access link at SlideShare > 316, 318 & 420 Lawn & Garden Tractors

Alternative access link at Weekend Freedom Machines > 316, 318 & 420 Lawn & Garden Tractors

If you have one of the following models, use any of the links below to access the manual you’ll need:

  • John Deere 425
  • John Deere 445

Access at SCRIBED.com > John Deere 425, 445 Operator’s Manual

Alternative access link at John Deere > John Deere 425, 445 Operator’s Manual

Access Tech Service Manual at SlideShare > John Deere 425 Lawn Tractor Service Repair Manual

 

If you have one of the following models, use any of the links below to access the manual you’ll need:

  • John Deere 322
  • John Deere 330
  • John Deere 332
  • John Deere 430

Access link at SlideShare > 322, 330, 332 & 430 Lawn & Garden Tractors

Alternative access link at Weekend Freedom Machines > 322, 330, 332 & 430 Lawn & Garden Tractors

 

Looking for a different model? If yours is a John Deere 455:

Access at John Deere > John Deere 455 Operator’s Manual

Access the technical manual at SlideShare > 415 and 455 Lawn & Garden Tractors | Technical Manual

Because you can never have too many references for your classic Deere, here are a few more we found that you may find useful:

 

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.”

Restored John Deere Lawn & Garden Tractors for Sale

Restored John Deere Lawn & Garden Tractors for Sale

Here are our John Deere lawn and garden tractors, both currently for sale and upcoming. General specs and actual tractor images are shown in the table, and you can click the link to learn more or purchase. 

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JOHN DEERE TRACTOR MODEL
QUICK SPECS
PRICE & AVAILABILITY
John Deere 316
John Deere 316 for Sale
• 18HP Onan P218G twin cylinder engine
• Hydrostatic transmission
• 50″- inch hydraulic lift mower deck w/ new blades, bearings, belts, and deck wheels
• Includes original Operator's Manual!
• Year: 1990
• Does not have hour meter
SOLD
Price: $SOLD
Learn more or purchase here. 
John Deere 318
• Onan P220G 20HP Twin Cylinder replacement engine
• Hydrostatic transmission
• 50″-inch hydraulic lift mower deck w/ new blades, bearings, belts, and deck wheels
• Power steering
• Year: 1988
• Hours meter reads: 777
SOLD
Price: $SOLD
Learn more or purchase here. 
John Deere 322
• 18HP Yanmar gasoline three cylinder (3-CYL) liquid cooled engine
• Bagger system
• Hydrostatic transmission
• 50″- inch hydraulic lift mower deck w/ new blades, bearings, belts, and deck wheels
• Power steering
• Includes original Operator's Manual!
• Year: 1990
Upcoming
Price: $TBD
Learn more or purchase here. 
John Deere 330
• 16HP Yanmar three cylinder (3-CYL) diesel engine
• Hydrostatic transmission
• 50″-inch hydraulic lift mower deck w/ new blades, bearings, belts, and deck wheels
• No power steering
• Year: 1986
• Hours meter reads: TBD
Upcoming
Price: $TBD
✪Learn more or purchase here. 
John Deere 332
• 16HP Yanmar three cylinder (3-CYL) diesel engine
• Hydrostatic transmission
• 50″-inch hydraulic lift mower deck w/ new blades, bearings, belts, and deck wheels
• Power steering
• Year: 1987
• Hours meter reads: 853
SOLD
Price: $SOLD
✪Learn more or purchase here. 
John Deere 420
John Deere 420
• 24HP Onan T260 twin cylinder repl engine
• 60″-inch hydraulic lift mower deck w/ new blades, bearings, belts, and deck wheels
• Power steering
• Year: 1986
SOLD
Price: $SOLD
Learn more or purchase here. 
John Deere 425
• 20HP Kawasaki 2-Cyl, Liquid-Cooled V-Twin Engine
• Hydrostatic transmission
• Hydraulic lift mower deck w/ new blades, bearings, belts, and deck wheels
• Power steering
• Includes original Operator's Manual
• Year: TBD
SOLD
Price: $SOLD
Learn more or purchase here. 
John Deere 430
• 20HP Yanmar 3TNA72UJ three cylinder 3-CYL diesel engine
• 60"-inch shaft-driven hydraulic lift mower deck w/ new deck wheels, new mulching blades, and bearings
• Hydrostatic transmission
• Locking 2-speed differential
• Power steering
• New battery
• New Carlisle Tru Power rear tires
• Year: 1989
• Hours meter reads: 1944
SOLD
Price: $SOLD
Learn more or purchase here. 
John Deere 445
• 22HP Kawasaki 2-Cyl, Liquid-Cooled V-Twin Engine
• Hydrostatic transmission
• 60" Hydraulic lift mower deck w/ new blades, bearings, belts, and deck wheels
• Power steering
• Includes original Operator's Manual
• Year: 1997
SOLD
Price: $SOLD
Learn more or purchase here. 
John Deere Lawn Cart
• John Deere Model 80 Lawn and Garden Dump Cart
• Disassembled, media blasted, epoxy primed, and painted in automotive grade urethane paint
• Reassembled with stainless steel hardware; all new decals and new tires
• Floor coated in truck bed liner
• Has a few dings and small pitting spots
Ready Now!
Price: $850
Learn more or purchase here. 

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