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I am looking to replace my JD 335 with something that can work a little harder without spending to much cash. I found a JD 400 (with 3 point hitch!!) I haven't seen it in person, but the seller told me it ran fine when he parked it. All 4 tires are shot! He has the sheet metal for the sides of the engine. At this point, that's all I know... I assume it has an hour meter? He want's $1300 for it. Does this seem like an OK deal providing it starts and goes both forward and backward? If it works out, I hope to find a loader for it.
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The more I think about it, the more I think I'll keep the 335!! If it had a 3 point hitch I wouldn't consider getting rid of it
 

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It will be hard hunt to find the loader for a 400. I bought mine with loader and spent two years trying to find the tiller. I would buy or make 3 point hitch for the 335.
 

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It will be hard hunt to find the loader for a 400. I bought mine with loader and spent two years trying to find the tiller. I would buy or make 3 point hitch for the 335.
I didn't know it was possible to have a 3 point on the 335?
 

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You would be money ahead to look for a 425, 445, or 455 with a loader. That 400 is most likely to be a money pit. Just because it ran when parked doesn’t mean it’ll be easy to bring it back. Also, trying to make the 335 a loader and 3 point tractor will get expensive and possibly tear it apart with heavy use.


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I've owned two 400's and they are the freaks of the JD world. Nothing will fit them except 400 implements. I had one with a Johnson 10 loader on it and one with a JD 20, which was essentially a Johnson 12. They have several weak spots and there are no new parts for it that are for the frame and running gear. The rear end is like a rock and will last forever. The PTO is a Rube Goldberg contraption that defies engineering. To run anything from the rear requires a long driveshaft from the front to the rear! It has an old iron block Kohler engine in it that parts are almost nonexistent. If you could get it for $400 to $500 dollars then you could repower it with a modern engine. It is a great strong frame and tranny.
 

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Just picked up this one for $400. Runs smokes some. Faded paint buffed up nice. Gonna pull the heads to check rings. Most likely needs a valve job. Gonna put 3 point on it.


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Just picked up this one for $400. Runs smokes some. Faded paint buffed up nice. Gonna pull the heads to check rings. Most likely needs a valve job. Gonna put 3 point on it.


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I'd say you got a "Smoke'n deal!!" No pun intended
 

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Rephrase for clarity: "It ran fine the last time it ran fine".
 
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