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Score of a lifetime perhaps!?

We just picked up a FREE John Deere 345 garden tractor! Runs and drives to boot! Power steering , tilt wheel and hydraulic lift! Deck is rusty and will need welding or replacement. Not sure of the plan. I really would like to keep it and get FEL and or snow blower for it. It has 798 hours on it and a LIQUID cooled 20 hp Kawasaki!



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Free? There's one on my local CL with 2,816 hours that has a broken transmission for $1,899
You even have a hood that works, fairly rare on that era JD. You must be doing something right there Eric
Congrats on an epic find.
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Here are the videos and pictures from today. I was able to clean and detail it and thank God it came out great!
























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1971 Bolens 1256
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Craftsman 9HP snow blower
Honda HRB215SDA mower
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I WANT IT! I wish I could have it! But I have no need for it! Blast!
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Nice free-45! You must've clicked on the ad right after the seller had posted it! I'll bet his phone was ringing off the hook.

Cool stuff! You're really going to enjoy it. It's even in good shape too and doesn't have a cracked hood, hydraulic issues, etc, which makes the whole thing even more amazing. I've always liked how those Kawi engines run; the whole machine has a nice comfortable feel to it. The engine runs smooth making allowing very little vibrations felt through the machine, easy to the steer, and the trans is very smooth in its operation as well. Definitely something that's not going to beat you up. Haha, yeah, they do kind have some get up and go... it's sort of a smooth gradual way it does too vs. being jerky. They'll rotate the tires back in reverse too if you go full speed ahead and then all of a sudden hit the reverse pedal- ask me how I know.
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Thanks guys! Still in disbelief! Noticed I have quite a few dislikes on my YouTube videos of the announcement video? Guess people don't like me being blessed. Can't blame them as I am not trying to rub it in, we been blessed many times with machines. This one is one of the oddest ones to be free.


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Don't worry about the nay-sayers Eric. Maybe guys are hitting the dislike button because they didn't get a free JD.... That's really a cool find. Was there any discussion with the owner as to why they were just giving it away?
Back about 6-7 years ago I picked up a free Murray riding mower that was in rough shape. I got it running and sold it, but it was no where near as nice as that 345. Water cooled is interesting. I like how they laid the radiator on top of the engine.


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Hi Jim, thanks! Think you are right as a person on MTf seem to have a sour post on my thread. The fellow was hard to understand, think it was deck issue is all. Have not found any issues of yet. Deck is possibly shot, not sure what to do now as we will most likely keep it and have no need of deck. Maybe should mount it to use machine though.


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1997 John Deere 345
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1967 Sears Suburban SS10
1971 Bolens 1256
1996 Craftsman GT6000
Craftsman 9HP snow blower
Honda HRB215SDA mower
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I stand corrected! The engine is a 18 hp not the 20 I thought it was! A FD590V not the other one!


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1997 John Deere 345
1980 Wheel Horse C-85
1967 Sears Suburban SS10
1971 Bolens 1256
1996 Craftsman GT6000
Craftsman 9HP snow blower
Honda HRB215SDA mower
Change is the normal with my tractor list!
John 3:16 Psalm 28:7 1 Corinthians 15:57
"Complain and remain, praise and be raised! "

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Eric, Couple things to check if you haven't already. The small diameter coolant hose from the water pump (bottom front of engine) up to the LH head/thermostat housing. They route it directly over the LH exhaust pipe. They tend to get soft on the under side right at that point. Our LX188 has the same setup (FD501V) in the little brother engine to yours, ask me how I know about that little engineering choice. I think it's 5/16" hosing. May not be an issue, but easy to overlook because the rest of the hose looks and feels great. Also, I'd just make sure about that radiator condition. Don't know if that steam in your video after your dad drove it was residual from washing it, or antifreeze. Check the radiator level cold. They can trick you into thinking it's full if you go by the reservoir tank level only. I couldn't copy your pic from the post for some reason, so stole one off google to show you where I'm suggesting the hose check point is.

Another thing that's cool on that machine is you have the updated fuel pump with drain hose. That model also has a fully serviceable trans I think. Look up under the front edge of the trans and see if it has a cap sideways in the middle (like pointing toward the pto). That's the filter port. Unscrew the cap and a spring and filter pop out. You can drain it first with 2 drain plugs on the very bottom. It's a great setup because you get a lot, if not almost all of, the old fluid out when you open all those up to drain. Ours is the next TT trans down of that era, the K61. It has the two drain plugs, but still has an internal filter. 22 years of changing once a season and never a problem or leak. Hood........not so much
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