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Lawn mowers & tractors

John Deere D105
 
Approximate retail price:
$1500
Summary: This 42-inch John Deere lawn tractor comes with a 1-cylinder Briggs & Stratton engine. It includes a washout port, but lacks an automatic drive system. It also lacks an electric PTO.
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Type: Lawn tractors
About - John Deere D105
Side discharging: A combination of evenness, which is how close the mowers came to even, carpet-like mowing, and how evenly clippings were dispersed from the side-discharge chute.

Mulching: Reflects a combination of evenness, which is how close the mowers came to even, carpet-like mowing, and how completely the mower distributed the clippings over the lawn's surface.

Bagging: Denotes a combination of evenness, which is how close the mowers came to even, carpet-like mowing, and a measurement of the effective capacity of the grass bags, determined when each bag was full or when the chute clogged and clippings weren't being collected.

Handling: Includes clutching or drive engagement, braking, steering, turn radius, and stability.

Ease of use: A composite score that includes leg room and seat and steering-wheel comfort, along with ease of blade engagement, cut-height adjustment, parking-brake engagement, bag removal, and cutting-mode changes.
About This Brand

John Deere makes and markets one of the best-selling lines of lawn tractors at retail. John Deere lawn tractors are fully featured and have deck widths from 42 to 54 inches. Most models have hydrostatic drive and Briggs & Stratton engines. John Deere lawn tractors are sold at dealers, Home Depot, and Lowe's. The company markets a small line of three very similar lawn mowers through dealers and at Lowe's. Those mowers are also available in a California-emissions version. All models feature rear-wheel drive, a 21-inch, and a Briggs & Stratton engine and are priced from $400. John Deere also markets a line of garden tractors and zero-turn riders.

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Features & Specs - John Deere D105
info Deck size (in.) 42
info Engine power (hp) 17.5
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User Reviews - John Deere D105
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5.0
Fine machine at a very good price.
6/17/2014
Pros
Comfortable Ergonomics
Easy Cut Height Adjustmen
Easy To Turn And Drive
Good on Gas
Simple Mower Operation
Cons
Best Uses
Residential
Comment:
I have rolling lawn on hills (about an acre). Hydrostatic transmissions and hills don't do well together....the transmission loses. So I tried this CVT model new in 2013. I have owned 7 lawn tractors over 36 years, and this D105 is the best one yet (including a prior Deere model). Very easy to operate, cuts beautifully, goes about 4 hrs. on a tank of gas, and needs minimal maintenance. It starts quickly (rarely need the choke) and has not faltered in the year that I've owned it. This model is the same frame and deck as the more expensive models and I don't understand why CR down rates it. Maybe shifting from forward to reverse (with one pedal for variable speeds) is too exhausting for their testers. Hydrostatic drives are a bit simpler to operate, but as mentioned, they are not for everyone and when then need repair, they are VERY expensive. <br />Of 6 brands and 7 lawn tractors in the past, this is unquestionably the best of them all.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
3.0
MY D105 JOHN DEERE MOWER
9/5/2013
Pros
Adjustable Cut-Lengths
Easy to Push &amp; Steer
Still Scalps
Cons
Cuts Unevenly
Best Uses
Small Lawns
Comment:
I HAVE ADJUSTED THE MOWER DECK AND WHEELS AS SHOWN IN MANUAL. THE MOWER STILL SCALPS, I AM NOT AT THIS POINT SATISFIED AT ALL WITH THIS MOWER
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
My first Deere.
6/15/2013
Pros
Adjustable Cut-Lengths
Can Cut In Reverse
Easy to Push &amp; Steer
Ergonomic Grips
Nice A
Cons
None
Best Uses
Cuts Grass Fast
Large Lawns
Comment:
I went to Lowes to buy a Troybuilt rider for around 900 bucks. Glad I asked questions about the rider mowers first. I have a hilly half acre yard and found out that the Troybuilts are mostly for flat yards. John Deere has an oil pump system that will provide oil lubrication while I am cutting on hills. The other brands pretty much splash oil upwards to lubricate the engines which will starve the motor. That's what probably happened to my last rider mower. Also, this Deere is smooth to operate and I was amazed to finish my half acre in 40 minutes. Gas pedal to the right and brake pedal to the left. No stopping to shift to another speed anymore! It did cost more ( 1,500) but the value is there. Once you use it you will immediately notice that this is an incredible machine.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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