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I purchased my LT133 from a local dealer which is no longer here. I have never had a problem with the engine or the transmission. I have had this John Deere Lawn Tractor for more than 39 years. In the last 8-10 years I have had some problems most likely due to age. The deck still works but lost both guide wheels and the mulching unit is screwed up but it still cuts grass. Replace the starter motor, brakes, belts, and have had minor problems I fixed myself. I will only purchase a JD from a dealer and pay the extra to get a good machine not like the ones sold at Lowe's or Home Depot. I know if I have problems my dealer will take care of it. I see a lot of bad reviews but I contribute that to purchases made other than JD dealer and purchasing cheaper made models.
Several years ago I bought a 1994 JD LX178 lawn tractor. It got the Kawasaki 15 HP, twin piston, water cooled engine and a 38 inch deck. It's still running beautifully today (2018). I replaced the cheap plastic hood with a steel hood from a craftsman GT and recovered the seat in leather. In July of this year, I bought a 1998 JD445. Yes, it's 20 years old! I had to clean out the gas tank to get it to run properly and I replaced the seat. This is a wonderfully comfortable mower with all the hydraulics and differential lock, and power steering that I need in my old age. The 22 HP Kawasaki engine is fuel injected and being liquid cooled, I expect another 20 years from it. The 300 pound, 60 inch deck makes great time out in my fields.
My suggestion to buyers is this: Buy a garden tractor, not a lawn tractor... These are heavy duty machines that can handle light abuse. Look for bearings (not sleeves) in the wheels. Look for zerk fittings on the spindles and other wear points. Get a tractor that weighs 600 - 1000 lbs. Practice your haggling skills to buy right. Be prepared to travel to pick up the mower. Own a trailer! New is not necessarily better. You can spend a little over 2 thousand dollars and buy a machine that sold for over 10 thousand new and is worth fixing up. Buy a machine that has things wrong with it that you know how to fix. Happy hunting!
Called my local John Deere service center after running over a small branch with mower deck explain the situation that I just had the mulch kit installed recently and I was short on funds. They was able to help me with the pick up and delivery charges by reducing it $50 which I was grateful. After giving me an estimate of $530 to fix pulley bracket and one bent wheel I agreed on the charges.
After a few days pass I get a called that the mower deck is bent badly and they need additional $400 to fix it. I complain to the service manager but he didn't care to help me so I called the 800 corporate phone number to John Deere and they could of care less. I was told that I can take it somewhere else. Don't expect any help when it comes to getting ripped off from service as they are not affiliated with any of the John Deere authorized dealer as I was told. You are better off finding a local mechanic to repair your equipment than getting ripped off by an authorized John Deere service center.
Bought a ride on lawn mower August of 2018 from Lowe’s. When I went to start e170 it started but the belt was broken. Called John Deere corporate office. They pretty much ignored me. So I received the another e170, worked until 33 hours, as I put it away for the winter it failed to start, so decided to call the 1800 number. But they refused to help me. They lied to me. The name itself John Deere is no good. It’s just a name. So I spent 2000 dollars and the machine has issues. I move. Called the 1800 number but going back forth. They ended up hanging the phone on me.
They ignored my emails and have not helped me. This company is no good. I would rather buy Toro or Husqvarna Lawn mower. At least I would’ve ended by two of them for the price. I would never did I say never by John Deere. Ohh did I mention the first supervisor that help lied to me apparently has got promoted. Hmm how is that possible, lie to customers and sell defective items that are broken and you get promoted. Wow. Well as long as people like me do not buy this product hunny, I think you going to left without a job in future.
I purchased a John Deere snow plow for my D105 series lawn mower and discovered yesterday after opening the box that it was missing the trip spring bolt and nuts. This is a primary part to make the plow work. Upon calling John Deere they would not honor providing the required part as I purchased this on 9/15/2018. Yesterday was 11/25/2018, the box was not previously opened. I assumed that a 300 plus dollar piece of equipment would have the damn parts included, and if it didn't at least they would provide it. Well they don't and won't. In short don't ever expect all the parts to be included with your purchases from John Deere and also don't expect them to help you out. Very disappointed with such terrible customer support. "It should not even be called that." More like a call center to get rid of you.
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When I bought my house in 2001, I bought the cheapest tractor I could find - a discontinued Murray on sale at Walmart. I used it for 13 years without problems. I thought I was trading up when I bought a Deere 105 in 2013. I was wrong. Broken throttle lever, wheel bearings worn and ruined a wheel spindle. Now the engine won't start. Bad camshaft not releasing compression. Head gasket leaking. And that's after only 155 hours of cutting an ordinary, flat, suburban lawn. I'll never buy a Deere product again.
4 flat tires, poorly placed safety switches, impossible to maintain a level deck, constant starting issues, cracked seats after 4 months WITH a seat cover on it... These tractors consistently rank highly by Consumer Reports, but they must not be testing them for very long. Shortly after my tractor was delivered I began to notice how cheaply it was constructed, which is frustrating given the price. All 4 tires went flat multiple times and I only drove it on grass. Very soft rubber. I had to fill with several bottles of Green Slime. The brake safety switch is under the mower, which makes it prone to coming apart and keeping you from starting your mower. The seat foam is very cheap. I had it covered with a John Deere seat cover and it was parked in a garage. It still cracked apart and required me to cover it with Duct Tape. Doesn't look good on a tractor that is less than a year old.
The "easy-to-level" deck is as described, until it slides back out of level, which is ALWAYS. Thank goodness it is "easy-to-level" because I have to do it once a month or so. There's no reason why it should be falling out of level so often. This is touted as a mower that can handle driving fast and mowing well. You know the commercials. Well, it's not how fast you mow, it's how slow you have to go to make this mow well. Granted, I'm using mulching blades which I'm sure they didn't use for their "fast mowing", but I can only go about 1/4 to 1/2 speed with sharp blades before I start seeing missed cuts. This is even worse when turning. The mower barely cuts at all when you are turning and leaves lines because of how the blades are angled. I have to go over these spots several times to correct the cut.
Overall, I simply wouldn't recommend these tractors, or John Deere. This hurts me to say, because my family has used these for generations. I would sell it and buy a different brand, but all the things that have gone wrong with it will ruin any resale value it might have. Save yourself the frustration and deal with a product that is of higher quality and offered by a company who is trustworthy and actually stands behind their products.
I was con into buying the last tractor on the lot. Said my monthly payments would be cheaper but it was a higher price riding lawn mower, Well my monthly payments were suppose to be like 70 a month but I then got a small trailer and that increased my monthly to like 120 something. They were taking 50 out for the two hundred trailer. Well I thought after over 5 months paying I thought the trailer would be paid off, it's not and they charging me higher payments on the riding mower so they rip me off. Not to mention I don't believe the riding mower was new. It had many issues after I bought. I regret buying this and now stuck making high payments on a tractor am not even liking.
My John Deere D110 was purchased only 4 years ago. In the early summer I had to have the head gasket replaced for 4-500 dollars. This is after only 120 hours.
Then, after that service, it became very difficult to start. I took it into the dealer and they told me it was the compression release valve and that it would cost more to fix than it was worth. Needless to say I was not very happy. The engine started just fine before the first service. So why not now??? I will never buy another. Their quality is not what it used to be.
I have had nothing but problems with this mower. Here’s a list. Plastic throttle broke off, not 1 but 2 stators replaced, seat is cracking already, belt that engages blades have had to be replaced already, blades have had to been replaced, rear axle is leaking grease, safety guard where the grass comes out while mowing just fell off, the hood pin where it hinges fell out and made the hood fall off and crack, and now the variation pulley broke and in order to fix that I would have to pull off the wheels and transmission. All in 2.5/years and only 90 hours. I am a maintenance freak...I could only imagine what happens to one not taken care of. No help from John Deere at all!
Very disappointed with my experience with John Deere product and service. Purchased a new John Deere D110 & 60hrs later the compression switch on the camshaft went. 650$ to have the cam replaced or 750$ to have a new motor put in the tractor. This is a known problem with these machines and it's ridiculous to think that something still so new could have such a large issue. The worst part of this is after contacting customer service I was told John Deere will not pay anything to fix the mower because it's 4 months out of warranty. I'm disgusted with John Deere for not stepping up to the plate and taking responsibility for a well known faulty compression switch issue on the 19hp Briggs. I would never purchase a John Deere made ANYTHING ever again.
Great lawnmower. Starts every time, rides good, not too bouncy and doesn't hurt my back. But too many thorns. John Deere should put solid tires on them.
Went to John Deere in Anderson yesterday. Bought lawn mower D155. Called this salesman named William. Told him I didn't like the mower. I am 62 years old. He told me I could trade it in but they would have to deduct $500 because paper work had went through. NO MORE business for them. Haven't even owned it 24 hours.
I bought a D155 yesterday in Anderson, SC and I called not even 24 hours later and asked if I could swap it in on another. Didn't even really use it. Just didn't like it and the way it cut grass. William said I could trade it in but at the cost out of my pocket $500. He said because paperwork had gone through. YOU GET NO MORE OF MY BUSINESS.
I purchased a Z235 mower 3 years ago. It has 200 hours. Very clean and well maintained. This year the bracket that holds the front part of the stamp deck broke. This is part of the frame of the mower. I took it to the local landmark dealer. Had the service manager look at it. He told me it was metal fatigue, due to bouncing around. I told him I just mow my 2 acre lot. He stated that the commercial mower I purchased was not built for that application. Not built to be a mower I asked? He stated, "No just not that size of lot." The Z235 is advertised as a commercial mower for large applications. Well not this one he said. So, no help will be provided by John Deere. Buyer beware!! Very expensive piece of equipment for only 3 years ROI. John Deere Sucks!!! Do not purchase John Deere equipment.
I’ve had my 3038E a lil over a year. These are my issues. First, the brake sensor broke. Not a big deal. Second, it would overheat every time I mowed the 7acre field. Only took a few min to spray it clean. Third, the hydraulics would start to get more and more slack. Forth, the seat sensor would shut the tractor down at the worst and most dangerous times... And the final last straw is when my rock shaft housing broke and Deere said it was my fault but couldn’t tell me how I’ve could’ve done it. They didn’t even come look at it. They had the dealership send them a picture.
I have owned my Z235 John Deere for 3 years. The warranty is only for 2 years. This year the weld that holds the control arm for the mowing deck broke. I called the local Landmark dealer and spoke with the general manager, Roger. Roger stated this usually doesn't happen at all. However, even though this shouldn't have happened it was not under warranty. He would not offer any type of customer service or help for my 3 year old, $3,000 + -, broken John Deere mower.
It is important to understand there was nothing I could have done to prevent this from happening. The part that broke is 100% a manufacturing issue, not a maintenance issue. Poor construction of the unit. Buyer beware! John Deere, Landmark and General Manager Roger do not stand behind their product. More worried about the bottom line. It is very unfortunate that this expensive piece of equipment didn't last and John Deere and their dealers don't stand behind the craftsmanship on their units. Thank you.
My JD 318 is the very best mower I've ever owned and it has been the most dependable mower I've ever seen. It's horrible they stopped making that model. I would buy another one in heartbeat if still made them.
This is a company in which I’ve had 3 riding mowers and because of the 2 previous mowers I bought this last one. This one is just really poor quality.
I have been more than pleased with the John Deere 665 zero turn mower that we have owned since 2003. We use it to care for three yards that total over 6 acres. Regular maintenance and two new front tires.
My John Deere X340 has been a good mower overall. It cuts nice and has been very dependable. The main drawbacks are that parts are a little pricey and the transmission is sealed so there is no way to service it and no filter to change.
We've had multiple lawn tractors over the decades, but this is our first John Deere (model X350). We chose to buy from an authorized (AgPro) dealer - not from one of the box stores, which carry lower end models. Although somewhat more expensive at purchase, we noted the difference in quality immediately with sturdy metal parts where plastic or flimsy metal parts were used on other brands. We know from experience that multiple expensive repairs down the road can quickly erase the "savings" on purchase price.
After several months of use, we have not been disappointed. The mower runs flawlessly, with plenty of power - in forward and reverse. It steers beautifully in and out of tight spaces. Our only criticism at this point is in regards to an accessory we added at the dealership. We had Rhino bars placed to protect the front of the tractor. With these in place, you can not lift the hood to access the engine until you remove the cottage pin to allow the bars to him he down. Other than this we have had a nearly flawless positive experience.
The mower is 10 years old and takes care of a small community's front entrance, the sides of the roads and my one acre. I can't seem to kill this thing and it has seen its share of abuse. Amazing product.
My D105 has done well. It cuts well but sometimes it cuts uneven as I have about 52 hrs on the meter. Have had it 4 about 3 yrs and I'm looking to get a ZT as I bought home with 1 1/2 acre to mow.
I've had John Deere mowers for many years and would never go to another brand. It's a mower you can depend on, it's sturdy, well built, easy on gas, easy to operate and has a sizable gas tank. I have a huge lawn to cut and I can always depend on it. They are expensive but you're paying for quality and you get it.
This one has a power bagger that picks up and pretty much everything and mulches what it picks up. It is 46" so the deck sticks out far enough that is no problem to mow right up close to anything you go by.
It was a good purchase and has been very dependable. I would purchase another but hope I don’t have to for a long time. The machine seems to be well built.
This is a great low-end John Deere LA115 lawn tractor. Makes quick work of the back lawn, with a lot less fatigue as compared to a walk behind mower.
My X475 tractor is one you get from a John Deere dealer and not sold in other stores. It is very heavy duty and like most equipment if you take care of it; it will take care of you.
I have been pass along to 3 dealers on my issue with my D130 Lawn Tractor. When you mow the lawn on number 3 you have a 2" wide strip down your lawn about 7' before the shoot. I had contacted JD main office and two local offices and brought the tractor in two times and still have the same issue. I first time they said the spindle was off and they had to order a new one, so I get it back and back the cut and same issue so when I called them back they said they didnt look at the deck because it was in for something doing with engine??? I told them look at the notes again and read me what I said when I brought this in and they couldn't find it. So the second time they said they couldn't find the issue and said they sharpen my new blades and that look like it fix the problem so I tip the deck over and the blades were never touch. And I still have the same problem.
I called them back again and told them the blades were never sharpen and the grass still has a 2" strip higher and have to make to cuts. Now they said they would get back to me and of course, they didn't and now I had to get extended warranty just to get this junk fix. So far John Deere said it was the blades so I change out the blades 5 time in one year then it was the belt, change that two in one year. So I paid 2,600.00 for a piece of junk. And when I called corporate they keep telling me to see local dealer and now they want to charge me to bring this in new machine. Now I telling everyone that John Deere don't care. They push junk and have ill equip techs. Now I want to sell this and buy a dependable machine. I'm 57 and never had I had to write such a terrible comment and had reach out 6 times in 1 1/2 years.
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The John Deere Company is the oldest lawn care company with a 175-year history. This company's distinctive green and yellow riding mowers offer homeowners feature-rich options for their lawn care needs.
Innovative designs: This company has pioneered many lawn equipment innovations.
5-acre mowing: Powerful, high-speed mowers are equipped to handle extensive lawns.
9 MPH speed: A fast mower cuts down on lawn maintenance time.
Residential focus: This riding mower line focuses on consumer-grade needs.
Implements: The attachments and implements expand the John Deere riding mowers' functionality, such as a tiller to prepare soil for planting and a box scraper for yard digging.
Best for: Residential homeowners seeking a well-known brand with many product models.
John Deere Company Information
- Company Name:
- John Deere
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- 1 John Deere Pl.
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- United States
- (309) 765-8000