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Old 08-05-2009, 11:34 AM   post #1 of 17
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Default JD318 Towing Capacity

Can someone tell me what the rated towing capacity of a JD318 is? Assumming the engine and transmission are in good working order and tractor overall is in great shape.

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Old 08-05-2009, 01:03 PM   post #2 of 17
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I can't give you the towing capacity But it can Pull alot. My neigbor use to pull his Boat It think either a 27ft or 30ft with it's little Brother the 316 on his driveway and his driveway is nothing But hill. But a 318 will pull a fully loader 17cu FT cart and not even break a sweat
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Old 08-05-2009, 01:15 PM   post #3 of 17
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per JD, MAX rated towing capacity is tractor weight+factory approved weights+operator weight.

that being said, they will tow a LOT more than they can stop. even though you are going slow, if you are heading down a hill you can lose control quickly. on flat land this is not near as important as the hills, so keep terrain in mind!
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Old 08-05-2009, 01:28 PM   post #4 of 17
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per JD, MAX rated towing capacity is tractor weight+factory approved weights+operator weight.
Sweet so what you are saying is the more beer I drink the more I can tow!!!

The next time my wife complains I will just explain to her that I need to increase the towing capacity of the X585.

Seriously though. You are right. It will tow a lot. I suspect traction is going to be the biggest issue. I know when I was a kid I pulled a lot of weight around on my father's repowered 317.

I have one of those big tandem axle hydraulic dump trailers that you see landscape guys with. I have pulled that around with my X585 when it was loaded with a few yards of rock. When really loaded down like that the only limit I have is traction. Even with 4 wheel drive and the diff lock I have spun all 4 tires trying to pull the trailer. Wheel weights would help but it isn't very often that this happens and I just run over and get my truck when it is loaded down that much.
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Old 08-05-2009, 01:54 PM   post #5 of 17
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Another thing to think about is how you have your ball mounted. I think that this could be a limiting factor.

My father had a custom rig that he made up that had a ball on it that could be pulled off to mount his vac attachment. It was made from some beefy steel. If you just had a ball in that metal plate that is stock I wonder if that would be the weak point. I don't recall how think that steel is. One thing that I have on my John Deere that I have grown to love is a front hitch. It isn't really all that heavy duty but it is a 1" reciever that I have a double ball mounted (2" and 1 7/8"). It is so much easier to move trailers around the property with that front hitch. If you can get one for a 318 or other models I would highly recomend it. Although if you have a model without power steering (318 has it) it may not work as well as the added weight on the front axle would make steering more difficult.
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Old 08-05-2009, 04:33 PM   post #6 of 17
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I think all these boys are right they will pull way more than they can stop.

I have a 420 and pull my tandem trailer with 3000# + boat up a real steep section in the driveway - no problem . BUt once I was not thinking and went down that section and the trailer pushed my tractors rear sideways thankfully I was able to accelerate and straighten out and just head out on the street with no options of stopping this load under control.

So - PULL just amazing amounts, stop or control large loads, 'NOT SO GOOD'.... Oh like most of us I still love to hook on to big loads, just be careful. If you have traction you can pull it.

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Old 08-05-2009, 05:19 PM   post #7 of 17
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Thanks for the info guys. You brought up some great points to keep in mind. Moving a trailer around the yard is the application I'm looking at. I prefer not to drive the truck around on the grass, so I was thinking about picking up a 318 I found to move the trailer around the property. Its a 5x10 that would mostly have lumber and landscaping material loaded on it for some projects I have going. Tried to use my x300, but it has trouble when the trailer is loaded.

Can also see the need of a box blade and a front blade in the near future. Should have looked at a bigger tractor in the first place I guess. Hindsight is 20/20.

Also considering whether or not I should talk to my dealer about trading the x300 (which I've had for a couple of months) in on an x500 or x700 and not purchasing the 318. Not sure if they (JD) would be receptive to a trade or not.

Decisions, decisions...

Thoughts, opinions, ideas appreciated guys!
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Old 08-05-2009, 05:33 PM   post #8 of 17
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When you say has trouble what do you mean. Better tires or wheel weights might help. I have the HDAP tires in my X585 and they are a nice mix between a turf tire that is easy on the grass and one agressive enough to dig in when needed. I don't know if they are available for your tractor or not. As I mentioned wheel weights are an optoin too as well as fluid in your existing tires.

I don't know if this is your issue or are you bogging down the engine. If the engine is bogging down trying to pull the trailer then weight and tires isn't going to help as traction isn't your issue. It is a lack of enough power and a bigger tractor is the only thing that will help. On my X585 I have never had an issue with bogging it down but it is the same thing as the new X700 series. I think I have 2HP less but size wise the same. If you do look at trading you might look around for one of these.
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Old 08-05-2009, 05:46 PM   post #9 of 17
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Its the transmission on the x300 that has the problem. Really strains under load, probably really heating up as well. Don't think the K46 Hydro was intended for towing anything bigger than your typical lawn cart.
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Old 08-05-2009, 08:46 PM   post #10 of 17
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As far as moving your trailer you should be fine. I move my 6x12 enclosed trailer (full of lumber), probably 1800lbs and have no issues. My yard is flat.
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Old 08-05-2009, 09:24 PM   post #11 of 17
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For their size these 318s are some real heavy haulers.
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Old 08-05-2009, 11:07 PM   post #12 of 17
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I'm with you on the X300. I tried hauling a cart about 3/4 full of freshly cut red oak up the hill behind my house and it was struggling at the top. The k46 was whinning really bad. I'm hoping that it will be easier on the tractor when the wood is split and dry. I'm glad I bought it used so I don't have a whole lot of money tied up in it. I'm planning on tryig to sell it in the fall or next spring and getting a GT. Maybe a used X540 or someting a little older like a 425 - 455.
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Old 08-06-2009, 09:08 AM   post #13 of 17
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Thanks for the input guys. I'm now leaning more toward trying to trade-up my x300 to something bigger, an x540 maybe. Created a new thread to address the JD trade-up question -

http://www.mytractorforum.com/showthread.php?t=91703
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Don't know on "rated load", but my 420 pulled over 3500lbs. of parade unit. Traction was the problem, not power! As stated before, be able to stop it!
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Old 08-06-2009, 09:39 AM   post #15 of 17
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Now that's cool grnspot110!
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