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    Picked up a 317 with 54 blade, a really rough MCS cart, and a rough mower deck. Early machine, serial is 95,xxx. Blade has 2 new hoses, could stand 2 more. Got the works for $500, which I feel okay about.

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    @JD245: wow, those kinds of deals don't show up, that's great.

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    Nice catch, picked up a 317 myself a couple of months ago...really like it. Good luck with yours.

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    I really like my other 317 that I saved from the scrap yard. It's also a '79, but has a series 2 in it. That engine purrs, sounds hands down the best of the ragtag fleet. For some reason it doesn't have the front ports and only has a single lever, though, so I'm glad to have run across one that is fully equipped.

    What are you using yours for? I mow with my first one, and like it so much better than my gear driven tractors for mowing.

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    Right now I'm using the 317 as a professor...to teach me more about the 300-series tractors. Just finished up a 316, but don't really care for the Onan as compared to Kohlers. I've got a 322 in the shop waiting for some repairs...new pickup coils under the flywheel cover, wiring harness (or at least chunks of it) and probably a new voltage regulator. The 316 and 317 are teaching me skills I need to get the 322 up to spec and do it right...meaning lots of patience. I think the perfect JD garden tractor would be the 332 diesel with Yanmar engine, two-speed rear end, some type of manual PTO clutch and a geared transmission. I've used a 430 for about 3 years now as a dirt mover and landscaping machine...even after that long I'm not entirely comfortable with the hydro drive. Maybe if it was foot operated. My brain and left/clutch foot are forever linked I'm afraid...mixed results with joy-sticks & motion levers. My favorite reliable mower is my JD 212 with 38-inch deck and manual PTO. If it had hydraulics and a two-speed rear-end it would be just about perfect. Love the diesels, too.

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    The 317 has a history with Deere and there can be a lot of deals found with this model.

    Here is what I got for $750. It is a running 1979 with KT17 series II engine. Quickly became my "money pit" tractor. Still own it and still love it.
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    Currently in my garages/sheds: 1967 JD112 RF ... 1972 JD 112 SF ... 1973 140 H3 ... 1977 JD 300 ... 1979 JD 216
    1979 JD 314 ... 1979 JD 317K ... 1986 JD 318 ... 2004 JD X485 ... 2011 JD TX Gator ... 2012 JD X720 ... 19XX Zennoh 7001B
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    Deerely Departed : 1965 JD 110 ... 1967 JD 110 ... 1978 JD 316K ... 1987 JD 175 ... 1987 JD 185 ... 1987 JD 332 w/ 44 loader
    1990 JD 318 ... 2007 JD X300 ... 2015 Z930M ZTR ... 19XX MF 7 ... 1970 Harley FLH ... 1979 Harley Superglide

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    Gabby, thanks for showing that machine again, I've admired your 317 a handful of times. When running larger tires like that, do chains clear the fender? Looks snug. I want this new-to-me 317 to be a dedicated blade machine, since I already have tilling, mowing, and 3pt duties assigned to other machines.

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    The 26x12-12's in the photo were on tractor when I purchased it.Tires were worn and fender was not raised. I was able to run the chains that came with the tractor but it was close and the chains wore out and broke up in 1 winter. The oversize front wheels contact the driveshaft tube on model 49 when steering full left/right. I have since replaced the rear wheels with turfs and rims from my X485. I do not remember if clearance changed but it is still tight. I think the fender deck came be raised if more clearance is needed. I only use it to pull cart around doing cleanup work or light front blade work with quick tach ... Gabby

    BTW ... 47" mower deck that came with tractor had rear wheels removed to fit tractor with oversize rears. I am sure now with oversize fronts deck will not be usable at all.
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    Larger tires both front and back are an issue with most decks on the 317 tractor -- here are some before and after pictures of my "grubby" 317 that I picked up with an ONAN dealer repower. I took off the stock tar covered wheels and used these 26-12.00 x 12 back and 18-8.50 x 10 at the front from a later model SE 7xx that were taken off so the owner could have R4 tires and wheels put on. I got the whole set of tires and wheels for just $150 but of course had to put five lug hubs on the 317 to use them. The model 41 deck anti scalping wheels would not clear the rear tires at full lift, and as Gabby says full steering lock is an issue at the front of the deck even on my 322 tractor running the same front rims/tires. The smaller 8 inch lugged front rims and Carlisle ribbed tires clear decks OK...
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    hub and wheel added on first side.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckv View Post
    Larger tires both front and back are an issue with most decks on the 317 tractor -- here are some before and after pictures of my "grubby" 317 that I picked up with an ONAN dealer repower. I took off the stock tar covered wheels and used these 26-12.00 x 12 back and 18-8.50 x 10 at the front from a later model SE 7xx that were taken off so the owner could have R4 tires and wheels put on. I got the whole set of tires and wheels for just $150 but of course had to put five lug hubs on the 317 to use them. The model 41 deck anti scalping wheels would not clear the rear tires at full lift, and as Gabby says full steering lock is an issue at the front of the deck even on my 322 tractor running the same front rims/tires. The smaller 8 inch lugged front rims and Carlisle ribbed tires clear decks OK...
    317 -- tarred but not feathered.jpg
    5XX - 7XX wheels on 317.jpg
    hub and wheel added on first side.jpg

    non-identical twins 1.jpg

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    How did you get that middle blade too work? have wanted to do that ever since I got my first tractor! How good does it work?
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    Just picked this up yesterday. Has a 3 point hitch and a newer mowing deck. Hasn't run in over 10 years. Dont need the tiller, but was a package
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