Good information, thanks. I'm looking at both a few year old X5 series and a 316 of unknown vintage, yet. 316 would save me a bundle and considering the use it would get it might just be enough machine. But no power steering on the 316 might be an issue.
Well if you plan on using the tractor for more than just a loader platform. Like tilling in the long run it is alot easier to fined 540RPM rear PTO implements that 2000rpm Rear PTO implements. Then for used I would recommend the 425,445,455,X475,X485,X495,X575,X585,X595 or any of the X700 series tractors. But if its just a loader platform any of the older 300 series will work made before 1992. You can get a decent 318 for $1,500 or your could get a JD 425 for about $3,000 to $3,500. I run a 45loader on a X485. I get a full bucket each time and Have never needed the Diff/lock for loader work 2wd does just fine. I also have a White GT2055 with a kwik-way loader with out power steering and it does ok. But as other have mentioned it is a Pain without power steering. :thThumbsU
Thank Serg. I did some serious searching of the net today and found a boatload of machines within a few hundred miles. 318's arn't as scarce as I thought and bigger machines already set up with a FEL are plentiful at good prices. My main focus is a loader for simple use. I've had my run with gardens. God made farmers markets just for me.
I'm glad I found this forum. You guys are great and have been most helpful. I'm going to take my time and find the tractor "that calls to me'. lol!