John Deere 332 - Best Diesel Lawn Garden Tractor?
John Deere 332 Overview
The John Deere 332 is held in many respects as the diesel equivalent of the magnificent and much hailed John Deere 318 gas powered lawn tractor.
Hence, you will see commonly referred to as the Diesel 318.
You will see when you breakdown the specifications and information (which we will get into a little later), they are practically identical in several ways.
It is a slightly larger model than the 316 which is basically the 318, however, it is has been completed stripped of its overall parts - it boasts the same engine (16 horsepower - and then later produced with an 18HP) as the 318 but it comes without the power steering options as well as a few other basic aspects.
In all, the 332 is a highly regarded model - and so it should be - as it basically took on a lot of the same great features as the 318.
It was basically brought in as a replacement lawn tractor model for the John Deere 330 tractor, although it used pretty much the exact same engine (a 16 Horse Power 658cc 3 cylinder diesel engine) although it came with a few additional features:
- Hydrostatic Power Steering
- Dual Hydraulics System
- Individual breaks for the left and right.
Essentially, it was deemed as an overall upgrade to the already popular 330 and came to hold features and aspects from the hailed 318.
There were essentially three variants of the same base model the John Deere 318 which we've referred to a few times operated on air-cooled gas, there was also the 322 which ran on liquid-cooled gas, then finally, of course, the 332 (this model) that runs on a diesel engine.
John Deere 332 Specifications
Here's a quick overview of the overall specs of the John Deere 332. For more information please see either a technical information manual that is provided (that you can source online) as well as a qualitative one through the reviews and restoration project videos I've included in this article too (which you will see below).
The model was initially produced at the start of 1987 (essentially the following year after the 318) at the same Horicon factory and stopped as of 1992 and was of course classed in the overall 300 series.
The engine as mentioned was a 16HP Yanmar 658cc 3 cylinder diesel engine with a rated RPM of 3635 and overall fuel capacity of 17 Liters. The overall tractor weighed in at approximately 400 kilos (slightly heavier than the 318) and had a set wheelbase of 46". Like the 318, it boasts a range of attachments (that we will go into a bit more detail just below). It has the same Power Take Off mechanism as the 318 (electric clutch) and very similar hydraulics.
For more information please visit tractordata.com for all the precise information that you might require with any restoration aspects that you might be looking to achieve.
John Deere 332 Review
With the 332 there was an option of either two tillers: a 48" shaft drive (which needed the 2000 ROM rear PTO) as well as a 30" hydraulic tiller.
- 38 inch Cutting Width Mower Deck (Two Blade)
- 46 inch Cutting Width Mower Deck (Three Blade)
- 50 inch Cutting Width Mower Deck (Three Blade)
All the mower decks are placed mid mount.
- 46 inch Snow Blower (Clearing width)
- 47 inch Snow Blower (Clearing Height at 23 inches)
All the mower decks are placed front mount.
Overall, it was never quite as popular as the 318 - and you will generally come across them a lot less frequently (at least which is the case when you are looking to buy one). However, just like the 318 and the 332 they were incredibly well engineered.
A lawn tractor that was built to last an age (hence why they are still popular even today) and well and truly live up to the quality of the John Deere brand and legacy.
If you are planning on making any sort of servicing attempt or overall repair to your John Deere 332 then we certainly recommend that you consult John Deere official literature and material before doing so.
It is worth just reaching out to them specifically and asking for some advice, they may be willing to provide it either through means of email, speaking to them in person within a dealership or over the phone.
An effort has been put into ensuring the data is correct as well as the reviews within the videos - however, this all just anecdotal advice and personal opinions. Make sure to consult John Deere officially before doing so.
Where to Find a John Deere 332 & Parts for Sale?
If you are interested in actually buying or selling your John Deere 332 (including any potential parts that you might have) and looking for the best places to do so. Luckily, there are actually many options available to you.
There is, of course, the online route (and where you will probably have the most success), visiting big sites such as eBay and Craigslist is always a good start to any search.
However, break it down to smaller niche sites and forums (such as Weekend Freedom Machines forum) that specialise in vintage lawn tractors too. Sites such as tractorhouse.com are a great place to take a look to see if they are selling or potentially even buying.
Don't neglect the offline (old school route either). Remember, the type of demographic to be selling parts for a 332 or the entire tractor itself might not actually be online. So it is worth taking yourself down to markets and as well as dealerships that sell such tractors and see if they have anything that's available.
The best start in finding certain parts is knowing exactly what you need first. Then once you are on the ball with that, it's simply a case of searching online (as this is typically the best route). There are plenty of avenues through eBay and Craigslist as mentioned, but also Facebook is a very good avenue to go down.
If you can join certain Facebook groups that specialise in such goods - you will see that they have specifici marketplaces of their own. You can also look to certain John Deere and vintage lawn tractors forums and see if they have a certain section of the site that has a place to list and buy certain parts.
Of course, it is actually worth consulting John Deere themselves to see if they can put you in the right direction.
However, since the model has been discontinued for over 15 years - it is worth remembering that parts are and will become increasingly scarce.
Operator's Manual, Parts Catalogs & Technical Manuals
If you are looking for a John Deere 332 manual and more technical and information guides. There are plenty of PDF versions online that you can go to read and download.
However, if you visit John Deere's website directly - you will be able to find a host of different information along with a range of different specification sheets. If you are still struggling, I recommend that you email them directly and they should be able to provide you with any particular information that you might need.
Overall, the John Deere 332 is clearly a fantastic lawn and garden tractor that brings a fantastic element of reliability, vintage and overall nostalgia of a hard working tractor.
Of course, the downside with getting such a tractor is that the parts are becoming rarer to find and as such, it becomes more and more expensive to upkeep.
That said, it, of course, works in your favor too, as the overall value of a John Deere 332 keeps rising too. At the time of writing and looking for a John Deere 332 for sale, I found one through eBay that is currently fetching around the $4000 mark. They clearly continue to hold their value incredibly well.
Of course, there are newer models that you should consider too. For instance, check out my review of the John Deere 425.
If you do have any questions with regards to the John Deere 332 Diesel Garden tractor, then, by all means, let us know in the comments below.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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