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Can anyone tell me about this machine based on the serial number?

Also, how do I match up a blade (maybe a blower), chains, and weights to search the classifieds?

Just bought this bad boy. I am looking forward to to keeping it up and even adding to it over time. My first was a 80's 316. I loved doing all my own work to it. Then I bought a plastic X300 seven years ago and hated it. So glad to be back!



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Congrats on the 317. They are great machines. Yours looks very well maintained. It will give you many years of service if you continue to keep it serviced and cared for.
Tractordata.com lists some info. It calls for a 54” snow blade and a Model 49 snow blower

Pop the hood and find out the engine model number and let us know.
Some of the early Kohler engines in 317’s had issues if they were run on slopes or if the oil level got low. Some of those engines were replaced with an improved Kohler engine and some were replaced with an Onan engine.
 

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I actually had a 317 with the Onan engine at one point in my herd...It came as a sad, mistreated tractor with lots of pavement sealer on it and I cleaned it up a bit...
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Here is a serial number to model year map from the PC1698:
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Your serial number makes it a 1980 model.

Below is a PDF document that lists all the attachments and the models they fit for the vintage Deere garden tractors...

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Congrats on the 317. They are great machines. Yours looks very well maintained. It will give you many years of service if you continue to keep it serviced and cared for.
Tractordata.com lists some info. It calls for a 54” snow blade and a Model 49 snow blower

Pop the hood and find out the engine model number and let us know.
Some of the early Kohler engines in 317’s had issues if they were run on slopes or if the oil level got low. Some of those engines were replaced with an improved Kohler engine and some were replaced with an Onan engine.
Congrats on the 317. They are great machines. Yours looks very well maintained. It will give you many years of service if you continue to keep it serviced and cared for.
Tractordata.com lists some info. It calls for a 54” snow blade and a Model 49 snow blower

Pop the hood and find out the engine model number and let us know.
Some of the early Kohler engines in 317’s had issues if they were run on slopes or if the oil level got low. Some of those engines were replaced with an improved Kohler engine and some were replaced with an Onan engine.
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That is a great-looking machine. The engine serial number is for a 1989 replacement series II engine with full pressure lubrication. There should also be a spec number for the series II which is most likely 24301. As Mike points out, the early KT17's ("series I") had rod design problems with premature rod failure. Kohler re-designed the series I rods and then introduced the KT19 series II engine with full pressure lubrication in 1982/1983.
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That is a great-looking machine. The engine serial number is for a 1989 replacement series II engine with full pressure lubrication. There should also be a spec number for the series II which is most likely 24301. As Mike points out, the early KT17's ("series I") had rod design problems with premature rod failure. Kohler re-designed the series I rods and then introduced the KT19 series II engine with full pressure lubrication in 1982/1983.
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Thank you very much. Great info!
 

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Can anyone tell me about this machine based on the serial number?

Also, how do I match up a blade (maybe a blower), chains, and weights to search the classifieds?

Just bought this bad boy. I am looking forward to to keeping it up and even adding to it over time. My first was a 80's 316. I loved doing all my own work to it. Then I bought a plastic X300 seven years ago and hated it. So glad to be back!



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I actually had a 317 with the Onan engine at one point in my herd...It came as a sad, mistreated tractor with lots of pavement sealer on it and I cleaned it up a bit...
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Here is a serial number to model year map from the PC1698:
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Your serial number makes it a 1980 model.

Below is a PDF document that lists all the attachments and the models they fit for the vintage Deere garden tractors...

Chuck
 

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I actually had a 317 with the Onan engine at one point in my herd...It came as a sad, mistreated tractor with lots of pavement sealer on it and I cleaned it up a bit...
View attachment 280695
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Here is a serial number to model year map from the PC1698:
View attachment 280693

Your serial number makes it a 1980 model.

Below is a PDF document that lists all the attachments and the models they fit for the vintage Deere garden tractors...

Chuck
Thanks for posting this attachment Chuck. It is especially useful to me in regards to rototillers. It gets confusing as to which one will bolt on to different 300 series tractors. I have a 322 with 2,700 hours. I sure hope it lasts another 2,000 since I now have a bunch of attachments for it including a loader that was adapted to it.
 
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