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John Deere X304
 
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 more 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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1.0
Not a reliable tractor
4/21/2014
Pros
It Runs Good Turns Good
Cons
Cuts Unevenly
Cuts Unevenly On Side Hil
Transmission Started Goin
Best Uses
Small Lawns
Comment:
I have had this tractor for about 5yrs and have 415 hrs on it. I use it for about 4 months every yr and store it inside the rest of the yr. At about 340 hrs the transmission started to slip a little when it was warm so I would do the level areas first. After that I would do the areas that had a small incline first then the level areas next. That seemed to work until now. At 415 hrs I took it into the John Deere dealer and they said it is more likely that the transmission is done. He said we can try and change oil in it and replace a leaky seal. That didn't work. So new transmission $1500.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
5.0
Fantastic Unit!
7/19/2013
Pros
Adjustable Cut-Lengths
Easy start
Easy to Push & Steer
Ergonomic Grips
Lightweight
Super Quiet
Cons
Poor Seat Cover
Best Uses
Comment:
This is my fifth Deere. I had the LX277 prior to this one for several years and I loved it. That one would scalp the lawn when turning tightly around trees due to the root shoulders of the tree. This unit doesn't scalp the lawn. I have the 42 deck. The wider decks could scalp the lawn if not adjusted properly or you turn to tightly (there are anti-scalping roller kits available to fix that). Maintenance on Deere's is simple. Simply can not beat it.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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2.0
I would not buy this product again
5/16/2013
Pros
Cons
Cuts Unevenly
Requires Constant Maintenance
Best Uses
Large Lawns
Comment:
I bought this tractor because Consumer Report gave it a good rating. My experience has been disappointing. The deck level needs frequent adjustment. It does not cut evenly. It scalps the lawn when mowing in short circle. The cheap vinyl seat has already ripped. The service man told me that John Deere has cheapened the construction. I certainly have learned that first hand. One good thing about the tractor is that it has an excellent engine.
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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