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post #1 of 61 Old 04-01-2017, 01:47 PM Thread Starter
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Hey guys. We have a 2 acre lot we will be building on this summer. Looking for something that can mow, push snow, and maybe till, although that's not totally necessary. After planting trees and building a house, I'll have about 1.5+/- pancake flat acres to mow. I'll have 60-75' of gravel driveway. I'd love to stay under $3k for my first tractor with the thought of upgrading in a few years. Locally it looks like there are some 318s, 345s, 320s, and a 314. Will these suit my needs, or would you recommend spending a little more to get more tractor?
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I'm going to guess that the majority will go with the 345

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The 320 and 345 are about the same tractor. 345 has some added items. Like PS.

Your budget you should be able to find a nice machine.
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Hey guys. We have a 2 acre lot we will be building on this summer. Looking for something that can mow, push snow, and maybe till, although that's not totally necessary. After planting trees and building a house, I'll have about 1.5+/- pancake flat acres to mow. I'll have 60-75' of gravel driveway. I'd love to stay under $3k for my first tractor with the thought of upgrading in a few years. Locally it looks like there are some 318s, 345s, 320s, and a 314. Will these suit my needs, or would you recommend spending a little more to get more tractor?
318 would be my choice, or the 322, just a more powerful version. Both are heavy-built and have hydraulic take-offs for implements. You'll almost always get your money back on a 318, and you can find good ones for not more than half your stated budget.

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After you test a 345 with the forward and reverse pedals foot pedals the 318 and its hand controls will seem like ancient technology.

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Doesnt that have a K46 Transmission? Thats not made for ground engaging equipment like a snow blower, there are lots of choices and many brands that offer that tranny.

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Doesnt that have a K46 Transmission? Thats not made for ground engaging equipment like a snow blower, there are lots of choices and many brands that offer that tranny.
What tractor are you referring to? None of these have a K46

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+1 on the 345. Will do it all and be a comfy ride with hydraulics and power steering.

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The 345 will mow circles around a 318. They are very nice machines.

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Doesnt that have a K46 Transmission? Thats not made for ground engaging equipment like a snow blower, there are lots of choices and many brands that offer that tranny.
When did a snow blower become ground engaging ?? There is virtually no strain on the tranny snow blowing.

And as said none of those have a K46.

If you aren't to keen on fixing ( restoring ) I doubt a 318 is for you.

IMHO move up to an X500 series.

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If you have about an hour take some time and watch these videos. I made them just for the problem you are facing... Balancing budgets, new/old, and functionality.

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Awesome, I'll check em out.
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Where you from in SD mrbeef? Verm here.
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watching mrbeef's videos is a must for those looking to buy new or used

again kyle much thanks for all the videos you have done over the years

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If you have about an hour take some time and watch these videos. I made them just for the problem you are facing... Balancing budgets, new/old, and functionality.

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