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John Deere D140 lawn tractor

 
Approximate retail price:
$2000
Summary: This 48-inch John Deere lawn tractor has a 2-cylinder Briggs & Stratton engine with an automatic drive system and electric PTO. It includes a comfortable high-back seat and a washout port.
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Type: Lawn tractors wide deck
Recall notice
In August 2015, nearly 2,100 John Deere D100-Series lawn tractors in the U.S. and Canada were recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada because a faulty brake arm in some models sold between May and August 2015 could break, posing a crash hazard that could result in serious injury or death. See the CPSC and Health Canadarecall notices, and our blog, for more details.
About - John Deere D140

The John Deere D140 is part of the lawn mower & tractor test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, lawn tractor models like the D140 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Side discharging:
A combination of evenness, which is how close the tractor or rider 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 tractor or rider came to even, carpet-like mowing, and how completely the mower distributed its clippings over the lawn's surface.

Bagging:
Denotes a combination of evenness, which is how close the tractor or rider came to even, carpet-like mowing, and a measurement of the effective capacity of the grass bag, determined when the bag was full or when the chute clogged and stopped collecting clippings.

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The Ratings applied to untested model John Deere D150 come from our tests of model John Deere D140, which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both.
John Deere D160
Approximate retail price:
$2600
The Ratings applied to untested model John Deere D160 come from our tests of model John Deere D140, which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both.
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 D140
info Deck size (in.) 48
info Engine power (hp) 22.0
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User Reviews - John Deere D140
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1.0
Don't buy this junk!
8/23/2015
Pros
Cons
Cruise Is Worthless
Cuts Unevenly
Leaves Grass Standing
Noisy
Very Slow
Best Uses
Lights
Comment:
Consider purchasing a different machine from this one.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
1.0
Don't Buy a Big Box version of a J Deere
4/20/2015
Pros
NONE
Cons
Cheap Junk
Requires Constant Maintenance
Best Uses
It Looks Pretty
Comment:
Avoid at all costs.<br />If John Deere quality has sunk to this point, they deserve to go broke. if the problem is really just that these D series mowers are built for the big box stores, then John Deere should be ashamed of themselves for putting their name on such poor quality products.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
2.0
Buy an X series instead
4/2/2015
Pros
Cut
Pedal Controls
Power
Cons
hard to start
Not Built To Last
Best Uses
Few Trees Or Obsticles
Medium Level Lawn
Small Lawns
Comment:
I use the D140 to cut about 2 acres with many trees. The cut is good, but requires frequent blade changes or sharpening. It is hard to start and seems like the gas drains back to the tank requiring the engine to be cranked for a long period to get the gas back to the carburator. The engine is smooth and powerful. The front end quickly becomes loose feeling. I've had mine for two years and will be surprised if it's still functional in another two. I recently purchased a John Deere X510 for driveway plowing and as a back up for mowing. The X series is much better built in the John Deere tradition while the D series is a nod to box store sales.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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