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A few weeks ago I decided to pick up another 318 that popped up for sale locally. I previously had another 318 with a 44 loader, but sold that last year. I've also had several 200 series tractors and a couple of random Cub Cadets. I decided to finally part ways with my 214 which had been my primary tractor for the last couple years. Here's my current 318, overall it's in pretty good shape, lower hours, and I've been slowly getting up up to date on all the maintenance. I've been mowing with it since the start of the season and so far I'm pretty happy with it. I'd like to pick up another 300 series some time over the summer to have a backup tractor as well that I can swap attachments between.

 

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A few weeks ago I decided to pick up another 318 that popped up for sale locally. I previously had another 318 with a 44 loader, but sold that last year. I've also had several 200 series tractors and a couple of random Cub Cadets. I decided to finally part ways with my 214 which had been my primary tractor for the last couple years. Here's my current 318, overall it's in pretty good shape, lower hours, and I've been slowly getting up up to date on all the maintenance. I've been mowing with it since the start of the season and so far I'm pretty happy with it. I'd like to pick up another 300 series some time over the summer to have a backup tractor as well that I can swap attachments between.

Nice! I have a low hour all original 1990 with 50" deck that I am going to sell "if and when the economy recovers".
 

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Beautiful 318, looks like it's really been well-cared for. Sounds smoother than my '84 model, I'm eventually going to have to rebuild my motor. I'll never get rid of my 318, it's a great mower. Mine has the 50" deck also. I just sold an '86 212 and an '86 214 that I've had for quite a few years. Always intended to restore them but never got around to it, and my nephew wanted them.
 

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A video I made a while back on the fuel pump vacuum hose.

An update on the tractor. I recently switched over to a 50" deck. I found a 214 for sale that someone modified a 50" 300 series deck for and bought the tractor with the deck. All of the mods were bolt on, so I just took them off and put the deck right on my 318. It's in better than shape overall than my 46" was. I'm still hoping to pick up a bagger for it soon.

I'm going this afternoon to hopefully pick up a rear 3-point blade to use for grading.
 

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Unfortunately the deal didn't work out on the blade, so I'm still looking for one. Most of what I can find is cat 1, and while I can switch the lower pins out for cat 0 most of the time, I'm worried that the other dimensions will make it difficult to lift it high enough.
 

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What bagging system are you thinking about?
 

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A video I made a while back on the fuel pump vacuum hose.

An update on the tractor. I recently switched over to a 50" deck. I found a 214 for sale that someone modified a 50" 300 series deck for and bought the tractor with the deck. All of the mods were bolt on, so I just took them off and put the deck right on my 318. It's in better than shape overall than my 46" was. I'm still hoping to pick up a bagger for it soon.

I'm going this afternoon to hopefully pick up a rear 3-point blade to use for grading.
Quick question on the fuel pump pulse line. We're you able to get the lower engine tin screw back in? The one between the frame and the engine. I gave up after 45 minutes. I didn't want to pull the engine mount bolts and lift the engine. Any trick? Thanks. Good video.
 

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Quick question on the fuel pump pulse line. We're you able to get the lower engine tin screw back in? The one between the frame and the engine. I gave up after 45 minutes. I didn't want to pull the engine mount bolts and lift the engine. Any trick? Thanks. Good video.
I recommend putting that in first and working your way back to to the top, that worked for me.
 

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Quick question on the fuel pump pulse line. We're you able to get the lower engine tin screw back in? The one between the frame and the engine. I gave up after 45 minutes. I didn't want to pull the engine mount bolts and lift the engine. Any trick? Thanks. Good video.
It takes about 10 minutes to loosen the motor mounts, make room and then retighten it. I find it’s easier to just do it then work around it.
 
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Anybody else have one of the rear lockout valves of auxiliary hydraulics? I'm thinking about picking one up since I'll have a weight bracket and suitcase weights on the 3-point over winter for using the 4-way blade. Plus, I've also noticed that my 4-way doesn't like to hold it's angle very well, which is shared with the deck/rear lift.
 

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You lock the 3 point with the threaded rod on the left, but you will also require a lockout valve, with JD or aftermarket. A 4 way blade can’t hold a centered position without one.
 

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You lock the 3 point with the threaded rod on the left, but you will also require a lockout valve, with JD or aftermarket. A 4 way blade can’t hold a centered position without one.
Yes, I usually turn the threaded rod all the way to hold the 3-point up. I'm curious why auxiliary hydraulics recommends buying their "positive lockout kit" if you'll have heavy weight on the back of the tractor.
 

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I had a 316k with auxhyd rear lockout, was totally necessary when using the blade to hold angle as well as provide more responsive and quicker function. I have a 332 which I recently installed their h3 kit. Although it is nice to independently control the 3pt hitch, a lockout would have been much easier
 

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I had a 316k with auxhyd rear lockout, was totally necessary when using the blade to hold angle as well as provide more responsive and quicker function. I have a 332 which I recently installed their h3 kit. Although it is nice to independently control the 3pt hitch, a lockout would have been much easier
For the closed frame tractors like the 316k you can lock the rockshaft with threaded rod and clevis pin. That doesn’t work on the 318s
 
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