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    Platinum Member cartod's Avatar
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    Default Re: How long should a John Deere 345 last

    I have a 1978 JD 400 with a Kohler and it is as strong now as it was 34 years ago.

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    Default Re: How long should a John Deere 345 last

    Quote Originally Posted by cartod View Post
    I have a 1978 JD 400 with a Kohler and it is as strong now as it was 34 years ago.
    But age is irrelevant . Is your mower mowing 5 acres of lawn 2-3 times a week ?

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    I want a new tractor now, but the practical side of me is trying to determine how long the 345 should last. It has been a great tractor so far. I have a few sloped areas where a locking diff or 4 wheel drive would really help me, but the 345 doesn't have either.

    I'll have to research the plastic cam gear. I hate to open up the engine, when it's running so well and not leaking. Does anyone know off hand if it's a non interfearance engine, or does the cam gear breakage end up ruining the engine if it happens?

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    Default Re: How long should a John Deere 345 last

    Quote Originally Posted by D7E View Post
    But age is irrelevant . Is your mower mowing 5 acres of lawn 2-3 times a week ?
    Ah yes, That is the question. My Simplicity Conquest just hit the 100 hour mark and I bought it last may.
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