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.
Deck size (in.) The manufacturer's claimed cutting width, or swath, in inches. Rear-engine riding mowers are about 30 inches, and lawn tractors are about 38 to 48 inches or more. Mowers with larger decks take up more storage space, but cut proportionally faster and therefore reduce cutting time.
Deck size (in.)
Engine power (hp) The manufacturer's claimed horsepower for the engine. All other factors being equal, an engine with more power will be able to handle tougher jobs (such as tall grass) without bogging down.
I Compared the X300 side by side with D series. After operating both machines the choice was clear. I purchased the X300. I would not have known how much more comfortable the X was to operate had I not taken each for a test run. It has quick and easy deck adjustment, fuel fill location and forward/ reverse pedals make this unit easy and comfortable to operate. Another factor was the stability on an incline. I took both units up and down steep inclines and felt I had to lean way over on the D series for balance. On the X, I felt perfectly fine and stable in the seat. It also runs much quieter. Something I can take advantage of with 2 babies that nap about the same time I mow. It did cost a bit more than the D series but considering I use it over an hour every week, it was well worth the extra money. It also has a longer warranty from the dealer I purchased from
How long have you owned it:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from East TN
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Junk - Deck warped at 30 hours
bought the mower new from dealer in 2013. I mow approx 1 acre. when the mower reached about 30 hours of use this summer it started to cut uneven. I took it to the dealer, I was told the deck was damaged and required replacement ($1200). when I asked about the 4 year warranty I was told that I hit something (even though the blades showed no damage) and it was not covered. Very disappointed in the quality and customer service. I will not buy a JD product again
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Pawling, NY
(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Requires Constant Maintenance
Garbage. I had a 110 and now a L115. Essentially the same lawn tractor. I will never waste my money on John Deere again. The engineers involved int the design should all be fired. The chute to the bagger clogs every 5 minutes. Maybe every 4. The linkage that holds up the front of the deck breaks. I've replaced several. The rubber latches on the bagging system all break. The latch that holds the chute to the deck breaks repeatedly. This is a garbage product.