"The Lucky Muscle"
Picked up this one today for my winter project. Its an 87 with 1300 hours on it. Nice shape but could always be better! I like that it has the newer replacement deck as well.
A 332 is a powerhouse of a GT. The 16 HP Yanmar engine has all the power I ever needed. They all shake severely when you go much below 1/2 throttle. There are two problems that may arise. Both the 332 and 332 have a problem overcharging the battery. This can cause the VR to fail. A voltage drop on the sensing lead to the voltage regulator causes this problem. JD has a relay kit that resolves this problem. The second problem is cold weather starting. Once again there is a voltage drop on the power lead the glow plugs. I made a relay kit to eliminate this problem. Be sure to keep the radiator screen clean. They have a problem overheating sometimes.
I have a 332 and short of experencing the voltage issues and \the cold starting (as that I bought it this spring and have not had cold starts yet) I agree with the everything else. The Yanmar is a great engine. It shakes pretty bad when cold and or not at WOT or nearly that; however it has more than enough power when put to a task. And with regards to the radiator, keep it clean ALL OF THE TIME. When you read from others said the radiator in the 332 is barely big enough they were right. If you start working it you'll know it by how much it warms up. Enjoy that great tractor.
BTW thank you for the info on the voltage issues. Hopefully I don't have to deal with those issues.