What's this? Based mostly on cutting performance, handling, and ease of use. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points.
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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 power steering, a more comfortable high-back seat, and a washout port.
The John Deere X310 is part of the lawn mower & tractor
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, lawn tractor
models like the X310 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 love this machine. I have a big yard and it is very comfortable to mow with. It also cuts the lawn very even.
How long have you owned it:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Chester, VA
(4 of 11 customers found this review helpful)
Broke before I used it
After much research I purchased a JD X310 from a local dealer. The tractor was delivered on a Thursday 12/20/2012 and I never got a chance to use it due to grass cutting season being over, the tractor registered one hour on the meter and was parked in my garage. Two days after delivery I noticed a puddle under the transmission and the resivoir registered half full. I contacted the dealer who came and picked it up the following WED after X-Mas and the tech told my wife that John Deere sometimes pinches the O rings when building the transmissions at the factory and that I should have it back within a day or two. One week later I call the dealer and they tell me that they had to order a whole new transmission and that it will be ready next Tuesday. I hope that this is not an indication of what is to come. I would like to recognize the John Deere dealer for their support regarding the fast response and the fact that they are replacing the transmission with a new one. I hope that this is an isolated incident as I would like to think that John Deere builds a quality product. I cannot recommend this mower until I actually use it.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
from Fayetteville, GA
(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
John Deere X310
I cut a 1.5 acre lot with hills. This lawn tractor cuts the yard with no problems.