The tractor is powered by a John Deere iTorque™ power system, a combination of engine features and an exclusive hood design that provides superior lugging ability, even cooling, and durability.
Key engine features include:
A flywheel alternator provides plenty of capacity to quickly recharge the battery and power electrical equipment, such as lights or a sprayer:
Large fuel tank and convenient fuel gauge minimize the number of stops for fuel and chance of running out of fuel:
The innovative design of the 42-in. (107-cm) Edge™ Rear-Discharge Deck combines the best features for reliability and superior performance when mowing, collecting, and mulching grass and leaves:
The mower deck is contoured and free of obstructions to ensure optimum cutting and bagging performance:
Mulch plug easily installs in place of hopper:
A wash port is provided on the mower deck. It can be used to supply water to the underside of the deck so it can be easily cleaned after use:
Optional rear deflector (BM25065) easily installs in place of hopper:
The innovative design of the rear hopper sets a high standard for collecting systems:
The rear hopper is shipped in the returnable shipping crate with the tractor:
The hopper is made of durable materials and sealed to keep dust away from the operator.
An advantage of lawn tractors is their ability to use equipment for snow removal. Lawn tractor owners can add a John Deere snow blower or front blade to make quick work of moving snow whenever the need arises. Weather enclosure and tire-chain attachments add comfort and performance.
Equipment available for snow removal includes:
A heavy-duty sector and pinion steering system with quality bearings provides easy and precise control for the life of the tractor:
Easy steering is important for an enjoyable mowing experience:
The Tuff Torq® hydrostatic transaxle encloses the hydrostatic pump and motor rotator groups in the same housing with the differential and axle housings. This design is very efficient and reduces the number of sealing surfaces to minimize the potential for leakage.
Combined with the foot controls, the hydrostatic transmission functions similarly to that of an automatic transmission in an automobile, so the term automatic is often used to describe it:
A freewheeling valve control is conveniently located near the tractor rear hitch plate for good visibility and easy operation.
Kanzaki and Tuff Torq are trademarks of Kanzaki Kokyukoki Manufacturing Company.
The contoured dash has clean, attractive styling and ergonomic controls for easy use:
Instrument display has the look and feel of a modern automobile. A power-up sequence cycles lights and gauges to indicate they are working:
Twin Touch foot pedals control the speed and direction of travel:
Cruise control is standard equipment:
A rotary dial knob makes adjusting the mower cut height quick and easy:
Storage for the onboard deck-leveling gauge and the Exact Adjust tool is provided in the storage tray under the tractor’s seat:
Deck-leveling gauge is placed at the appropriate location under the left rear, right rear, and front of the mower deck as the cut height is adjusted using the Exact Adjust tool and front draft arm adjusting nuts.
Pushing with the foot to raise the mower or implement is less strenuous for many operators than using a hand-lift lever:
NOTE: The adjustable lift-assist spring is standard equipment on tractors with manual foot-lift system that are shipped with the 48-in. (122-cm) and 54-in. (137-cm) side-discharge mowers, and an option for tractors shipped with 42-in. (107-cm) mowers. It is a recommended option for foot-lift tractors sold with the 42-in. (107-cm) mulch mower.
Depressing the brake pedal applies internal wet-disk brakes, which provide better reliability and longer life than external brakes, for safe stopping.
The parking brake control is conveniently located for easy access. It holds the brake pedal securely in the locked position.
The heavy-duty electric PTO clutch is operated with a convenient dash-mounted switch.
The PTO clutch is designed to operate through many on/off cycles.
CAUTION: Children or bystanders may be injured by rotating blades. Before traveling forward or rearward:
NOTE: Operating the mower while backing up is strongly discouraged. RIO should be used only when operating another attachment or when the operator deems it necessary to reposition the machine with the mower engaged.
The frame is made of heavy formed and welded steel, reinforced in critical areas for even greater strength:
Front axle is made of nodular cast iron:
A replaceable bushing is used at axle mounting:
Front steering spindle diameter is 0.75 in. (19 mm) for strength and long life:
A heavy-duty equipment mounting system is used:
Smooth, rounded contours present a modern, styled appearance:
Headlights are standard equipment on all models:
The operator station is designed for operator comfort and ease of using controls:
An open-back 15-in. (38-cm) high-back seat provides a comfortable, smooth ride and good support for the operator:
The seat suspension is adjustable, without tools, for the weight of the operator:
A cup holder and tool tray are located on the fender for operator convenience:
A removable plug on the console, in front of the operator, provides a convenient location for the optional 12-V outlet and makes installation easy.
A mid-vehicle, 12-V fast connector, located under the tractor’s fuse box, is included as standard equipment to reduce initial installation time for some attachments that operate on 12-V power from the tractor:
The one-piece hood opens easily to permit checking and servicing the engine:
The engine fuel and oil filters, the oil check/fill tube, and the oil drain tube are exposed for serviceability when the hood is opened.
A mower deck must be level side-to-side and properly adjusted front-to-rear to give the best cutting performance. A removable onboard deck-leveling gauge and a hex-key tool are provided to make adjustment easy. They are securely stored under the tractor seat.
Exact Adjust leveling ports are provided on each side of the operator platform above the mower-level adjusting bolts. With the hex-shaped tool, they provide convenient access to allow quick and easy adjustment of the mower for the best-cut quality of cut.
The Exact Adjust feature is standard on all Select Series™ X300 and X500 Tractors:
Consult the operator's manual for the correct adjusting procedures for each tractor model. Basic adjusting steps to properly level the mower deck include:
NOTE: The adjusting tool supplied with the tractor is an 8-mm ball-hex key, part number M162737. The rounded end allows for some misalignment with the bolt as the deck is adjusted.
Keep a John Deere riding lawn mower running its best and know how it mows with the John Deere MowerPlus app. Simply scan the lawn tractor’s barcode to get custom information. The app helps determine the best time to mow, communicates expert pre-mow tips, offers maintenance reminders, and provides walk-through guides.
Look for the MowerPlus app on the mobile device’s app store.
The app supports residential lawn equipment such as 100 Series, S240, X300, X500, X700, Z200 through Z600, and many similarly-sized older products. It does not presently support tractor models numbered 1000 and larger, such as 1025R.
NOTE: Some product image variation may exist.
Also available is the John Deere MowerPlus smart connector (sold separately).
The John Deere MowerPlus smart connector wirelessly links a Select Series™ X300 or X500 Tractor to the MowerPlus app on a mobile device. The smart connector transmits engine usage to the app, making it easy to track maintenance intervals. It also transmits the fuel level to the app—when thinking ahead about Saturday morning mowing, the operator can make sure the tractor is fueled and ready to go.
Lawn Tractor with 42-inch Rear-Discharge Deck
|Engine power||18.5 hp
|Transaxle type||K46 hydrostatic integrated with transaxle|
|Transaxle control||Twin Touch™ pedals|
|Steering type||Manual, sector and pinion|
|Lift system type||Foot pedal with non-adjustable spring assist, optional adjustable spring assist kit available (required for snow blower use)|
|Cutting width||42 in.
|SSA Warranty||24 months/1500 hours bumper-to-bumper* (*Term limited to years or hours used, whichever comes first, and varies by model.)|
|Displacement||36.8 cu in.
|Type||Overhead valve, full-pressure lube, oil filter|
|Cylinders||V-twin, cast-iron liners|
|Choke/speed control||Separate levers, automatic choke return|
|Air cleaner||Dry, replaceable with foam precleaner|
|Oil drain||No tools|
|Fuel delivery||Pulse pump, carburetor|
|Fuel gauge||Gauge on dash|
|Fuel tank location||Rear|
|Fuel fill opening||On left fender, 3 in.
|Fuel tank capacity||2 U.S. gal.
|Charging system||Flywheel alternator, regulated, 15 amp|
|Headlights||Two standard, incandescent, 27 W|
|Taillights or reflector||No|
|Rear work lights||No|
|Type||K46 hydrostatic integrated with transaxle|
|Control||Twin Touch™ pedals|
|Cruise control||Yes, button on dash|
|Oil cooler||Fins and fan on transaxle|
|Oil filter||Internal, not replaceable|
|Forward speed||0-5.3 mph
|Reverse speed||0-4 mph
|Brakes||Internal wet disc|
|Weight bracket||optional front|
|Front axle||Cast iron front axle, front wheel ball bearings|
|Hood material||Molded-in color hood material reduces sound, will not rust or dent|
|Fender deck material||Stamped steel|
|Floor mats\||Sure-grip rubber|
|Storage||On fender and under seat|
|Service interval decal||Yes|
|Equipment mounting||Yes, front|
|Type||Manual, sector and pinion|
|Four-wheel steer||Not available on this model|
|Steering wheel||Large, 14 in.
|Tilt steering wheel||No|
|Turning radius||16.5 in.
|Uncut circle radius||Right, 23 in.
Left 28 in.
|Type||Open-back design with grasp|
|Seat back height||15 in.
|Fore-aft adjustment||While seated, slide rail, 14-position, 7 in.
|Seat suspension||Tilt, two coil springs, three-position no-tools adjustment for operator weight|
|Type||Foot pedal with non-adjustable spring assist, optional adjustable spring assist kit available (required for snow blower use)|
|Mower cut height||13 positions, 1-4 in.
|Cut height increments||0.25 in.
|Preset cut height||Yes|
|Type||Rear discharge, rear collect, mulch|
|Cutting width||42 in.
|Construction||Stamped steel deck shell|
|Mower deck material||11 gauge
|Mower wash port||Yes|
|Mower drive system||Electric power take-off (PTO) clutch, in-line belt|
|Mower wheel adjustment||Four-position, tool required|
|Mower level adjustment||Exact Adjust ports and onboard deck-leveling gauge|
|Type||Slide under tractor|
|Front draft arms\||Attached with spring pins at two points|
|Rear draft arms||Two pins and spring clips|
|Mower wheels rotate||No|
|Drive system||Dual belt|
|Meets ANSI standard||Yes|
|Meets OPEI standard||Yes|
|Notes||One-piece hood for easy service access, molded-in color hood material reduces sound and will not rust or dent
Durable E-coat primer and powder-paint finish
|Warranty||24 months/1500 hours bumper-to-bumper* (*Term limited to years or hours used, whichever comes first, and varies by model.)|
|Mowers||Rear discharge, rear collect (standard), 42 in.
|Rear bagger||Rear hopper, 8.5 bu
|Mulching system||Standard mulch plug|
|Front thatcher||38, 46, 54 in.
96.5, 116.8, 137.2 cm
|Front blade||44 in.
|Snow blower||Two-stage, 44 in.
|Sprayer||Tow-behind, 15 U.S. gal.
Tow-behind, 25 U.S. gal.
Mounted, 25 U.S. gal.
|Spreader||Tow-behind, 125 lb
Tow-behind, 175 lb
Mounted, 125 lb
|Front bumper||Styled bumper option|
|Grass striping||Lawn striping kit|
|Tractor shovel||40 in.
|Overall length||99 in.
|Width with mower||43.8 in.
|Width with mower (deflector raised for storage)||38 in.
|Width without mower||38 in.
|Weight||Mower, no fuel, 646 lb
*Manufacturer's suggested price. MSRP may be different in California. Taxes, freight, setup, and delivery not included. Optional accessories and attachments not included. Equipment, models and prices may vary by dealer. Product options and accessories may not be available in all regions. The engine horsepower and torque information are provided by the engine manufacturer to be used for comparison purposes only. Actual operating horsepower and torque will be less. Refer to the engine manufacturer’s website for additional information. Offers valid in the United States. Prices in U.S. dollars.
Product features subject to change. Please contact your local dealer for more detailed information.