The John Deere X304 is part of the lawn mower & tractor
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, lawn tractor
models like the X304 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
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.
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.
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.
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 now have my second X304. After much discussion, they replaced my first one which had a leak at the rear axil. After the repair the machine wouldn<br />t start and at my insistence I was given a new machine. Now I've discovered a leak at the rear axil. Could I possibly be the only one with this problem? On 2 different machines!
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from NEW JERSEY
"I would buy this product again and again"
Even Grass Cut
Grass Cuttings Get Trapp
Hauling Dump Cart
I HAVE 1.5 ACRES OF LAWN WHICH I MOW IN 75 MINUTES. THE TRACTOR HAS A TIGHT TURNING RADIUS, WHICH REDUCES THE NEED TO TRIM. THE MOWING DECK PROVIDES AN EVEN CUT. THE TRACTOR HAS SUFFICIENT POWER TO HAUL A DUMP CART THAT IS FULLY LOADED WITH TOP SOIL OR MULCH. THE CUP HOLDER IS A NICE FEATURE FOR THE DRIVER.
How long have you owned it:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Traverse City, MI
John Deere X304 transaxle failed
This is year 7 for X304. I have a hilly lot and told that same thing to the Deere dealer. Transaxle has gradually failed over last two years. Dealer says this is rare. Called John Deere customer service for help. Was willing to upgrade in tractor if they would exchange the old one for a decent return. Deere customer service advised they would not be able to help. The only help I could wish for was a good faith gesture by the dealer I bought it from. Tired of dealing with dealers and customer service, I had the transaxle fixed (dealer actually cut their cost on this for me...their help on this was appreciated). My lot isn't going to change, so it seems I will be replacing the transaxle again in a few years. Very disappointed with Deere customer service. They did not support the dealer that sold the tractor. They could have reinforced a life long consumer of Deere products, but rather generated this response from somebody that never fills these things out. For a flat lawn, I would bet the tractor would work fine and probably not fail prematurely.