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John Deere X304 lawn tractor

 
Approximate retail price:
$3600
Summary: This 42-inch John Deere lawn tractor comes with a 2-cylinder Kawasaki engine with an automatic drive system and electric PTO. It includes a comfortable high-back seat but lacks a washout port.
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Type: Lawn tractors
About - John Deere X304

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.


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.
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 X304
info Deck size (in.) 42
info Engine power (hp) 18.5
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User Reviews - John Deere X304
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5.0
Good Lawn Tractor
2/1/2015
Pros
Relaibility
Turning radius
Cons
Plastic Throttle Lever
Best Uses
Large Lawns
Snow blowing
Comment:
I use this tractor to mow my 2 acres, hauling, and snow blowing. It has done a good job in the 7 years Ive had it. The turning radius is incredible and I have very uneven terrain for mowing. It pushes through every type of grass and weeds, wet or dry. The 10p cart attachment is great for hauling heavy items. My snowblower attachment works great (need to get better weights) I use rubber chains to keep from damaging my concrete. The only repairs have been a leaking rear axle seal (easy fix) and the throttle lever broke off, another easy fix. Overall it does what it should!
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
1.0
Never john deere again
8/20/2014
Pros
Cons
Requires Constant Maintenance
Best Uses
Small Lawns
Comment:
6 years with 244hours transmission going out. I mowed the same yard for 20 years with a craftsman and it still runs
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
5.0
Great Mower
7/9/2014
Pros
Adjustable Cut-Lengths
Easy to Push & Steer
Even cut
Mauneuverability
Power
Runs Like A Deer
Cons
Best Uses
Large Lawns
Slopes
Comment:
The 2013 JD 304X is the second one I've owned and it is great in mowing our 1 acre property which is mostly flat but, has a few slopes and several trees and bushes to navigate. Quiet, powerful, with an even cut. Just an all around very good, reliable mower.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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