Bucket capacity I have a small Ford 4000 backhoe about the same size as the Deere 300 - and the Ford tractor itself is 1000 lbs. Deere 300B, Fords, JCBS, Case 580s, etc. Also, when we drained the new oil, there were no metal flakes. I took the head to a local machine shop and had them do a valve job. Hold turning pressure against the crank, see if one of the rods gets tight and won't move side to side. If there is a foreign object wedged between moving parts, could manually turning the engine backwards unbind it? I then took off the hydraulic pump in case this was preventing the engine from turning. And, popular brands with good parts support bring more - and Deere is one of the most popular - for a small machine. [quote:e1945aa203= jdemaris ]oil pump picks up the water and sends it to a main bearing - and then the main bearing acts like a brake-band. My biggest concern is availablity of parts. If caught before run too much - it's possible there is little to no crank damage. "@id":"https://www.yesterdaystractors.com/cgi-bin/viewit.cgi?bd=ttalk&th=1495825", I let it run for 30 seconds or so and then shut it off because the hydraulic fluid was leaking in some of the hydraulic rams. My uncle has told me that when I am done with it that I can sell it or give it to a neighbor. 300 Deere backhoes are very popular. It hardly moved in low. When rebuilt and upgrade kit was used with three-seals per sleeve. Take a look at the hydraulic pump .. On the front cover look for a Tee handle sitting straight up.. Thanks for the advice. Sounds right. John Deere JD 300 Loader/Backhoe. Also what's the difference between a 300 and a 300b Thanks again. I believe it was run this way from the factory. jdemaris said: If so I'd suspect a spun/galled main bearing. I think, for the most part, the days of $1000 beat-up but running backhoes are gone. Thinking it was a bad starter, I bought another. 300 Deere backhoes are very popular. You didn't mention where the block is cracked. Could this be preventing the engine from turning? BTDT I tried to buy an air compressor off my uncle but he wouldn't sell. By the way, I also installed one of the new geared starters and it is amazing how much faster it turns the engine over. I took the head to a local machine shop and had them do a valve job. [quote:e1945aa203= jdemaris ]oil pump picks up the water and sends it to a main bearing - and then the main bearing acts like a brake-band. A 300 Deere - just the bare tractor often sells for $3500 to $6000 depending on condition. Also seen many Deere hoe take-offs - from the early 70s priced over $2000. With the plugs out you should be able to turn it by hand by turning the crank pulley or the fan, holding the belt tight. When I got it home and did a compression test, one of the cylinders had no compression, one half and one full compression. https://www.yesterdaystractors.com/John-Deere-1020_Basic-Overhaul-Kit-135-CID-Gas_BEKD4442LCB.html https://www.yesterdaystractors.com/MS873AL_Main-Bearing-Set-135-Gas_8281.htm jdemaris said: If so I'd suspect a spun/galled main bearing. They were prone to cracking the engine block in front where the front loader bolts on. If so I'd suspect a spun/galled main bearing. Parts ship within 24 hours. https://www.yesterdaystractors.com/John-Deere-1020_Basic-Overhaul-Kit-135-CID-Gas_BEKD4442LCB.html https://www.yesterdaystractors.com/MS873AL_Main-Bearing-Set-135-Gas_8281.htm This post was edited by groker at 05:54:42 10/08/14. 300 is a very well built machine - basically just an Ag. 300 is a very well built machine - basically just an Ag. New batteries, new starter (tried two new ones), new cables, etc. Now I have no hydrolics. I've got a 300 sitting in my shop right now - it's a 1968 model with Tractor serial # T4P1C 076470T and engine serial # M41TP 117367T. BTW: We also took out the spark plugs on the off chance it was some sort of compression thing stopping the motor. The engine is very common and used in many other machines including 350 crawlers, 380 forklifts, power units, 820-830-1020 farm tractors, etc. away If caught before run too much - it's possible there is little to no crank damage. I think, for the most part, the days of $1000 beat-up but running backhoes are gone. AT21130 and AT21108. Also, the oil I recycled was clean. Sometimes after cleaning the crank-journal with crocus-cloth - you might want to install a slightly undersize main bearing. Do you have some links for parts websites or email adresses of people selling parts? He just doesn't want to see it back in his yard. }, Just have to clean off any soft-metal transferred from the bearing shell to the crank journal. - in good working condition - I see many in the $8000 to $11,000 price ranges. I'm sure we will be chatting again. "height": 57 I would for sure get it and maybe ask before hand about if it doesn't work out or looks like it is getting to be too big of a money pit how he would feel if you had to sell it. Normal parts should be easy to get as that is the same as the farm tractor. There should also be some end play in the crank, not much but a clue if it is seized or not. Then when they tried to get it going they couldn't. Also seen many Deere hoe take-offs - from the early 70s priced over $2000. If you are interested in any other models of John Deere Service Manual click here. Might still find them aftermarket since Deere no longer carries them. 2)pin and bushings in hoe are loose (easy to find parts?) I'm sure we will be chatting again. Has anyone experienced this type of problem? Also, the oil I recycled was clean. I stopped and asked if he'd sell JUST the hoe - and found out the $3800 asking price IS just for the hoe attachment (I figure he's nuts). Browse through our collection of John Deere® 300D backhoe parts to find what you need. This post was edited by groker at 08:15:21 10/09/14 2 times. I don't find it surprising at all. I'm guessing weight of 10,000 to 12,000 lbs so it will take at least a 3/4 or 1 ton truck and a really good trailer. Seals on the sleeves leak a bit and water gets in the oil-pan. I find it hard to believe the engine clutch is stuck AND the trans is seized - all at the same time. Normal parts should be easy to get as that is the same as the farm tractor. lighter even though it has a bigger engine and more horsepower. "@context":"http://schema.org", naturally aspirataed. With later model hoes - e.g. Seems you can't lose unless you dump $10,000 into it and then sell it for $5000. 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