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John Deere D140
 
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 more comfortable high-back seat and a washout port.
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Type: Lawn tractors wide deck
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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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
 
3.0
I Wanted to Love It, But...
9/15/2013
Pros
Adjustable Cut-Lengths
Easy to Push & Steer
Ergonomic Grips
Cons
Cuts Unevenly
Requires Constant Maintenance
Best Uses
Small Lawns
Comment:
I really wanted to love this mower, but I had problems from the outset. I was mowing 1 1/2 acres- a lawn with Bermuda and a pasture with Bahia. While this would probably be fine on a small residential lawn, I had maintenance problems from the first week, and it cut the grass unevenly, so I had stripes in my lawn.<br /><br />I broke 5 belts in 4 months, and threw the belt three more times. I wasn't driving over rocks or stumps, and I didn't abuse it in any way- I think it just couldn't handle the Bahia grass. I finally called Lowes and asked to exchange it for another model. Instead, they called the dealer to repair it. After the dealer picked it up, they claimed I must have done something wrong because one of the spindles was bent, so it wasn't covered by the warranty. I pointed out that I had problems from the first week, so maybe it was bent during shipping. Lowes eventually agreed to pay to repair it, and 3 weeks later I finally got my mower back. After less than one hour cutting Bermuda only, it broke a belt again- even after the repair. All I did was engage the mower and it broke the belt again. <br /><br />I originally paid more for the John Deere name, but I was extremely disappointed in this machine. Apparently their low end consumer models don't live up to the John Deer name.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
5.0
John Deere's just keep getting better.
8/30/2013
Pros
Adjustable Cut-Lengths
Adjustable Cutting Height
Plenty of power
Tight Turning Radius
Very easy to steer
Cons
None
Best Uses
Lawns Under 2-12 Acres
Comment:
This replaced a similar 10-year-old John Deere L-120. Nice features have been added in that time - vastly improved steering with much shorter turning radius, quieter engine, easy to use mower deck washing system, cruise control, lots of newly added available attachments. I use it to mow my own 1/2 acre lawn plus a 2-acre common area for our homeowner's association. Keeps both looking very nice.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
So long as you have mostly flat yard
7/7/2013
Pros
Adjustable Cut-Lengths
Easy to Push &amp; Steer
Ergonomic Grips
Great Bargain
Great Cut
Great Deck Adjustability
Great Deck Height
Motor Was Smooth
Cons
22hp Did No Like Sm Hill
Best Uses
Large Lawns
Mulching
Comment:
I came from a Craftsmen GT5000 (bought used at 5 years and kept it another 5 years) with a 26 Kohler, 10 years old, threw a rod. Then tried a D-140 from Deer with a 22 HP brigs (2 cuts) , nice cut but not enough power. Tried a Crafstmen YT4500 (2-3)cuts, did not like the deck or the Kohler Courage.<br /><br />I was going to try the D170 Deere with a 26 HP, but ended up with the X300 with a Kawasaki. (2 custs so far) First cut was rough because it was high, 2nd looks real good.<br /><br />If you are mostly flat, try this D140, real nice. If you have some hills, try the D170.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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