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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.
    Murph

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    Default Re: How long should a John Deere 345 last

    I would like to advise you to check your fuel pump for leaks, on the older models, mine is a 1995 model I believe, and does not have a tubing to guide fuel leakage from a defective fuel pump to be directed to the ground and on my tractor caused a fire that ruined the tractor, this happened last fall, 2015, I really loved this tractor, we have been using it to mow and cut small brush on about 10 acres, minor repairs and very good service, but John Deere refused to help with what I had read about on the internet as being a fuel pump recall, I called John Deere in Canada and they said there was no such recall. Yet on the internet I have seen photos of the replacement kit supposedly issued by John Deere in the USA, it includes the hose to direct the gas to the ground in case of leakage. I still think the John Deere 345 is an excellent lawn tractor, we really loved and miss it. But I am now looking at buying the kubota GF1800 to replace the John Deere, May God bless all, Jim

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    Default Re: How long should a John Deere 345 last

    Jim,

    Your not the first to loose a 345 tractor to fire caused by a leaking fuel pump. And your correct that JD's replacement pump has a drain tube to direct any leaking fuel away from the muffler.

    Richard

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