Hello to all wherever you may be in the good old US of A.
I own a 1999 John Deere 345 with a 54" mower deck. It has 896 hours, and I have used it to mow about 7 acres many times during the mowing season. This 345 with the 20 hp FD611V water cooled V-Twin engine has been a very good tractor engine... Not so good with the 54" deck and it's expensive parts to replace. The first four years and about 55 hours I replaced 17 deck drive belts and 9 deck pulleys. All due to John Deere made a few mistakes in making the deck. Had to re-engineer their mistakes and since used like 4 belts.
But, that another story to tell later.
Today, I received a very nice and clean Tuff Torq K70A transmission from a ebay seller in Wisconsin who said it came out of a 345 with 400 hours. Either the owner washed and shined the K70A after each use, or the seller pressure washed it and repainted it the original black paint.
The Serial Number is #029634. I would say the year is about 1996-1997 model year when made. My 1999 345 K70A has a S/N 080926.
Any of the you Members here can give accurate year on when this K70A was mfg.
BTW. The transmission in my 345 is running fine, with exception it makes some whining noise when I have mowed for a hour or more. So, I bought this one to keep as a spare. Sort expensive spare at $615.00