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John Deere D125-42 Riding lawn mower & tractor

This model is no longer available or might have limited distribution.

Recall notice
In August 2015, nearly 2,100 John Deere D100-Series lawn tractors in the U.S. and Canada were recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada because a faulty brake arm in some models sold between May and August 2015 could break, posing a crash hazard that could result in serious injury or death. See the CPSC and Health Canadarecall notices, and our blog, for more details.
D125-42
This 42-inch John Deere lawn tractor comes with a 2-cylinder Briggs & Stratton engine with an automatic drive system but no electric PTO. It includes a comfortable high-back seat and a washout port.
Description
This 42-inch John Deere lawn tractor comes with a 2-cylinder Briggs & Stratton engine with an automatic drive system but no electric PTO. It includes a comfortable high-back seat and a washout port.

Ratings Scorecard

Test Results

Side discharging

Side discharging

How far and evenly clippings were dispersed from the discharge chute.

 /  5
Mulching

Mulching

Reflects how fine the clippings are and how completely the mower distributed its clippings over the lawn's surface.

 /  5
Bagging

Bagging

Denotes how much clippings the bag held before it filled or the chute clogged.

 /  5
Evenness

Evenness

Judgement of how close the tractors came to even, carpet-like mowing.

 /  5
Handling

Handling

Includes clutching or drive engagement, braking, steering, turn radius, and stability.

 /  5
Noise

Noise

Noise is measured in decibels at the users ear.

 /  5
Ease of use

Ease of use

A composite score that includes leg room and seat and steering-wheel comfort, along with ease of blade engagement, cut-height adjustment, parking-brake engagement, bag removal, and cutting-mode changes.

 /  5
Noise at ear

Noise at ear

Noise measured at the operator's ear in decibels. Models scoring Fair or Poor exceeded 85 decibels, a level at which hearing protection is recommended.

 /  5
Noise at 25 ft.

Noise at 25 ft.

Noise measured in decibels at a distance of 25 feet simulating a neighbor's exposure.

 /  5

About

The John Deere D125-42 is part of the Lawn mowers and tractors test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Riding Lawn Mowers & Tractors models like the D125-42 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Side discharging How far and evenly clippings were dispersed from the discharge chute.

Mulching Reflects how fine the clippings are and how completely the mower distributed its clippings over the lawn's surface.

Bagging Denotes how much clippings the bag held before it filled or the chute clogged.

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