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post #1 of 18 Old 08-11-2019, 10:16 PM Thread Starter
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First garden tractor a 216, wife approved

Last year my wife and I built a new house on a nice 1/2 acre lot. We had been mowing it with a 22 inch walk behind mower and it was getting a bit taxing in the SC humidity. Also the boss err wife is likes to garden so our new to us 216 will be used to both mow and do garden chores like soil prep hauling and other tasks. She has already taken a liking to it despite it being the wrong color. She would love a farmall cub but our property is just too small for one now.Click image for larger version

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post #2 of 18 Old 08-11-2019, 10:48 PM
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Nice 216, the Alpha of the 200 series. Looks like a real nice machine, good luck with it.

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Looks great, somebody did a nice restoration from what I can see. Hope to get both of my 200's looking as good.

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Just noticed, not sure it matters to you or your wife, but the seat springs on the tractor are backwards. You should rock back not fall forward as the seat springs hold the driver's weight.

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Just noticed, not sure it matters to you or your wife, but the seat springs on the tractor are backwards. You should rock back not fall forward as the seat springs hold the driver's weight.
Good Catch!

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'08 JD X748SE, 54C deck
3-pt hitch, rear PTO
Power Flow and MC519 cart
LP RTR0550 rototiller
?? 60" box blade
Simplicity 10" plow adapted to 3-pt hitch
45 Loader
3-point PTO DR wood chipper

'02 JD GT235, 48C deck

'84 JD 318, 50" deck

'86 JD 214, 46" deck

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Just noticed, not sure it matters to you or your wife, but the seat springs on the tractor are backwards. You should rock back not fall forward as the seat springs hold the driver's weight.
Thanks for the tip. Its one of those things I would have not picked up on but it didn't quite feel right sitting in the seat. I'll get that filled around tonight.

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That looks nice! Any plans for attachments?


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That looks nice! Any plans for attachments?
at a bare minium going to get an aerator spreader and some sort of cart, leaning towards building one. Idealy the wife would love a tiller to work her garden beds but we might just used a single plow and a disc next spring. Our soil is hard packed clay in an old cotton field so we need to work on getting some nutrients into the soil this fall.

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Good looking tractor, congrats.
I'd like a 216 also, but havent found 1, yet.

As for the seat springs being reversed.
It probably moved the seat back for legroom, or to fit that seat. The seat is a replacement. So try it either way, what fits you is best.
The mower deck looks to be a newer model also. Your 216 would have had a 38in or 46in deck. The 46in deck is a model 47 deck, and look like this...
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Try and get belt numbers for the blades and the PTO drive. Since that deck didnt come with it, the stock parts lookup won't help. If you cant find any numbers on the belts, remove them and get them measured and matched up. And I recommend JD belts only. They fit and last.
You have a great tractor that with proper maintenance will outlast us all.
Ohh, and get your wife to smile when on the 216.
I cant stop smiling when I'm on my old 212.
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Just noticed, but the seat springs on the tractor are backwards.
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As for the seat springs being reversed.
It probably moved the seat back for legroom, or to fit that seat. The seat is a replacement.
After a closer look, the seat brackets are upside down, as well as backwards. The slotted end should be mounted to the fender deck, so the seat can be slid forward and backward The slotted ends are also a bit longer than the other end.

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?? 60" box blade
Simplicity 10" plow adapted to 3-pt hitch
45 Loader
3-point PTO DR wood chipper

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'84 JD 318, 50" deck

'86 JD 214, 46" deck

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Good looking tractor, congrats.
I'd like a 216 also, but havent found 1, yet.

As for the seat springs being reversed.
It probably moved the seat back for legroom, or to fit that seat. The seat is a replacement. So try it either way, what fits you is best.
The mower deck looks to be a newer model also. Your 216 would have had a 38in or 46in deck. The 46in deck is a model 47 deck, and look like this...
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Try and get belt numbers for the blades and the PTO drive. Since that deck didnt come with it, the stock parts lookup won't help. If you cant find any numbers on the belts, remove them and get them measured and matched up. And I recommend JD belts only. They fit and last.
You have a great tractor that with proper maintenance will outlast us all.
Ohh, and get your wife to smile when on the 216.
I cant stop smiling when I'm on my old 212.
Thanks for the info I'm new to this. Ran exmark and Walker 0s in a professional setting and have run bigger tractors growing up but never a GT. The wife grew up as a the daughter of a landscaper but only had experance with walk behinds with skids so she was nervous with it that will change as she did like running it.

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At least your wife can reach the brake pedal. My wife can't, so she has to go real slow. My wife dresses like yours too. One day there was a three car accident in front of our house when my wife was cutting along the edge of our heavily traveled street. I wish we were on a dead end street and not a main artery.

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My first GT was a 214. Get spare belts. You have to loosen the rear pulley bolts to change the rear belt. It will drive you crazy otherwise. Mine used to foul the points a couple times per season. Itís a ***** to get that cover off to clean them. I found an electric upgrade to help the points life. Bought my 318 before upgrading but Iíll see if I can find the link. I loved that tractor but upgraded to hydraulics for snow removal.

Enjoy. Itís a way cooler tractor than the big box crap.


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At least your wife can reach the brake pedal. My wife can't, so she has to go real slow. My wife dresses like yours too. One day there was a three car accident in front of our house when my wife was cutting along the edge of our heavily traveled street. I wish we were on a dead end street and not a main artery.
That's pretty funny.
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Dont worry about replacing the trans or engine belt yet, there actually pretty easy.
The device turbo is referring to is called, the points saver by Kirk engines. Hope this is the link.
http://www.kirkengines.com/

I put the module, blue coil, new points, new wire in both of my 212's. Also the hex screws for the points and cover. Setting the timing can be a pita, but It went much easier the 2nd time.
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The first item you should do is remove the engine tins and clean the fins really good. Both of mine were pretty bad, especially around the oil fill tube.
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