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Old 03-29-2010, 08:58 PM   post #1 of 6
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Bought a 1981 John Deere 314 garden tractor with a hydro tranny, Kohler 14hp. Couple questions:

1. Thoughts on this tractor? Good, Bad, personal experiences, what to look out for.

2. When in neutral it slightly creeps backwards. If I put the lever about a 1/2" forward it will sit in neutral. Previous owner said it has always done this and just didn't know how to adjust it. It has fresh fluid in it. Wondering if anyone knows if there is an adjustment for this and if so where is it located?

3. Is it hard on the tranny to be going full speed forward then quickly drop the hydro lever to full reverse or is it good practice to ease into it?

4. Is it normal for these engine to shake at idle? Above idle it is smooth.
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1. My first JD was a 314, I still have it, I love it, I mow and till with mine, I have the 48" deck and the 33 tiller with both extensions. never had a minutes problem with it. Darn good tractors in my opinion.

2. If your lever has to be moved that far something is worn out, just an adjustment will not cure it. Go to JD parts search for model 314 and you can see a diagram of the parts needed. They are on the right side of the rear end toward the front.

3. As with any equipment you should always ease into it if you want it to last.

4. My engine is the same way shake to you to death at idle but runs smooth on full rpm, just nature of the old Kohler beast.
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On the tranmission adjustment.

That is not unusual to find them doing that, with a little adjustment it will be fine.

And yes: Don't just jam it from forward to reverse; that is hard on any transmission.
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1. My first JD was a 314, I still have it, I love it, I mow and till with mine, I have the 48" deck and the 33 tiller with both extensions. never had a minutes problem with it. Darn good tractors in my opinion.

2. If your lever has to be moved that far something is worn out, just an adjustment will not cure it. Go to JD parts search for model 314 and you can see a diagram of the parts needed. They are on the right side of the rear end toward the front.

3. As with any equipment you should always ease into it if you want it to last.

4. My engine is the same way shake to you to death at idle but runs smooth on full rpm, just nature of the old Kohler beast.

thanks.
I was kind of guessing on the 1/2", it is probably less than that. Is there an adjustment for creep?
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Old 03-29-2010, 10:27 PM   post #5 of 6
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The creep is adjustible, unless the linkages are worn.

Go ahead and spend the $45 on the service manual on CD - it's worth it.
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1. good solid tractor!
2. Yes the tranny can be adjusted, but you really need the service manual to do it, there are several steps and the photos will walk you thru it.
3. Yes it's hard on the tranny to do panic stops, power slides and burnouts.
4. The ol' Kohlers shake at idle, being a splash lubed motor, they are happier at or near full throttle
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