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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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2.0
Axil problems
6/15/2015
Pros
Tight Steering
Cons
Best Uses
Comment:
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
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
5.0
&quot;I would buy this product again and again&quot;
6/7/2015
Pros
Dependable
Even Grass Cut
Grease Fittings
Headslights
Powerful
Reliable
Cons
Grass Cuttings Get Trapp
Best Uses
Hauling Dump Cart
Landscaping
Large Lawns
Reduces Trimming
Comment:
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:
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
1.0
John Deere X304 transaxle failed
5/18/2015
Pros
Cons
Best Uses
Comment:
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.
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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