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Re: John Deere 140 vs. 208
First off welcome to MTF!
Ok now the difference between the 140 and 208. The 140 has hydraulics and the 208's usually don't. The 140 came in two variants the H1 and the H3 the H1 only has one hydraulic spool where as the h3 has 3 spools. With only one spool you would have hydraulic lift for the mowing deck and either the snow plow or blower. But with the h3 you can lift the mowing deck separate of the snow plow if you have them both on. You also gain the ability of power angle with the snow plow. There are a few other features but they vary by year and this is one of the main differences between the two variants of the 140. A few other differences between the 140 and the 208 are in the below list.
#1 horse power the 140 has 14hp usually and the 208 has 8hp.
#2 Transmission the 140 is hydrostatic and the 208 is gear drive.
#3 Implement lift the 140 has hydraulics lift and the 208 is manual usually. Hydraulic lift makes a big difference running a snow blower or snow plow its a lot less fatigue on the arm.
You can also get either a sleeve hitch or 3pt hitch for the 140 for running rear implements like plows scraper blades disc's etc. But the 208 can only support sleeve hitch.
The 208 is kind of a rare tractor but the 140 is still worth more. The 140 is defiantly a sought after and collectible tractor to some its the iconic John Deere garden tractor. Its the grandfather of the slightly newer John Deere 318 which is the most popular lawn and garden tractor ever built.
If I where in your shoes I would chose the 140 its far more tractor for the money.
P.S If you have any more questions please ask.
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