John Deere Accel Deep Mower Decks

JOHN DEERE ACCEL DEEP MOWER DECKS

John Deere worked hard at perfecting their mower cutting decks because they knew cutting your lawn is about more than making tall grass short. It’s about delivering a quality cut and creating landscapes that bring pride. John Deere offers three mower decks that give you the performance, superior cut quality, and grass handling options you want and deserve.

One of the most notable decks of the three is the Accel Deep Mower Deck. The deeper draw and flat-top design of the deck creates a better quality of cut at faster ground speeds. The Accel Deep Mower Deck is available in 42-, 48- and 54-inch widths. The decks feature a wide discharge chute opening for even clipping dispersal, flip-up spindle covers, and MulchControl™ capability.

Accel Deep Mower Decks deliver excellent cut quality. The flat-top design allows for a clean flow of material throughout the deck and out of the discharge area.

Accel Deep Mower Decks have few places for material to collect on top of or underneath the deck, which helps the mower deck stay cleaner. Additionally, the decks are easier to clean when serviced.

Designed with strength and durability features, Accel Deep Mower Decks provide many hours of trouble-free operation.

Durability features include easy-to-access spindle grease fittings with flip-up shields double-captured anti-scalp wheels for greater strength, reinforced outer edge of the deck protection for strength and long life, and dual-stage electrostatic primer and powder-paint coatings to provide extra protection from rust.

With the optional MulchControl™ kit installed (special mulching blades included), changing from side-discharge to mulching or vice versa is simple. Simply flip a lever or touch a button.

John Deere’s other powerful decks are the high—capacity (HC) deck and the Edge™ Cutting System.

High-capacity Decks

High-capacity decks feature a wider and higher discharge opening which provides even clipping dispersal for an excellent finished appearance. HC decks are designed with 9-gauge steel and feature a deep-deck design for excellent airflow, MulchControl™ capability, and AutoConnect capability. (AutoConnect is only available on John Deere X700 Signature Series Lawn Mowers)

High-capacity decks are available in 48-, 54- and 60-inch widths.

Edge™ Cutting System

John Deere’s Edge™ Cutting System is tested and proven and features a smooth underside to prevent grass buildup and clumping. The deep-deck mower design lifts grass for a clean, even cut.

The Edge™ Cutting System is available in 42-, 48-, 54- and 62-inch widths.

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Thinking of Buying a John Deere Riding Lawn Mower?

THINKING OF BUYING A JOHN DEERE RIDING LAWN MOWER

There are several John Deere riding lawn mowers, from tractors to zero turns, that have been developed throughout the years. Thanks to a range of features that are key to a great looking lawn, there are many John Deere options to choose from. It can be difficult to decide which model is right for you and your lawn so before making your purchasing decision, you should first ask yourself the following questions.

How large is the area that I want to mow?

Some John Deere mowers are designed to mow only a few acres, or up to 16,187 square meters, while other models are designed to handle 8 or more acres (32,374 or more square meters).

To make sure you can get the most out of your John Deere mower, you need to take the size of your home or property into account. This will have an impact on the features you want and the level of power you will need.

What size mower deck do I want?

John Deere offers lawn mowers with deck sizes of 42, 48, 54, and 60 inches to handle a variety of yard sizes.

Lawn mowers with larger cutting widths and more horsepower will get the job done faster. However, smaller mowers allow you to work in more areas with limited access, such as backyards obstructed by narrow gates, that larger mowers cannot fit through.

How many obstacles will I need to mow around?

The more obstacles within a space, the tighter turning radius you will need. Lawn mowers with All Wheel Steer (AWS) generally have a smaller turning radius that allows you to cut more grass faster with fewer twists and turns.

What type of terrain will I be facing?

Understanding your terrain is critical in deciding how much horsepower you need on your lawn mower. Homeowners that work on flat, less challenging terrain can choose a tractor with the least amount of horsepower, while those that work with slopes and hills will require a mower with more horsepower and stability.

Besides mowing, how do I plan to use my equipment?

Most John Deere mowers can perform a wide variety of tasks when combined with the right attachment. Different tasks require different attachments. The type of tasks you want to perform will impact the John Deere lawn mower model you need. These mowers can aerate, till, carry and haul, grade and level, and perform snow removal.

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John Deere Grass Collection Systems

JOHN DEERE GRASS COLLECTION SYSTEMS

John Deere grass collection systems serve many purposes for both the appearance and the health of your lawn. To quickly pick up debris and maintain a clean yard during mowing season, bagging is the solution. At the end of the season, a bagger can help make fall leaf cleanup a breeze. Additionally, if you compost, bagging grass clippings offers easy access to a great source of compostable material. Here are some of John Deere’s grass collection system options.

Grass Collection Systems – Baggers/Material Collection Systems

John Deere bagger kits typically include the hopper, chute, blower assembly and bagging blades. Kit materials vary depending on kit model. All kits can be installed without tools in minutes. These baggers are easy to empty and are also commonly known as a material collection system (MCS).

Twin baggers, also known as double baggers, feature two durable bags that provide a spacious capacity. The hopper loose-knit bags allow more air to flow through to provide complete bag filling in wet and heavy grass conditions. The hopper design provides clean operation, and a convenient bungee cord fastener to easily open and close the hopper.

The baggers are easy to empty. Monitor your bag filling progress through a window; see light coming through the loose-knit bag or watch for grass lying against it.

The hopper lid stays open while you empty the bags. The bags slide out with a pull of the handles and the hopper cover automatically latches when you close it.

Grass Collection Systems – Dump Baggers

John Deere dump baggers, or dump hoppers, eliminate the need to get off your mower and empty the bags. It increases both efficiency and cleanliness during the mowing process.

The aluminum body is lightweight and easy to handle. It’s designed with a conveniently located hand lever and smooth release and latching system, both are easily accessed from the mower seat.

Grass Collection Systems – Utility Carts

Utility carts are designed to haul a variety of materials and are designed and painted to be compatible with other John Deere equipment such as tractors and zero turn riders.

Utility carts can be used to haul a variety of materials including firewood, dirt, sand, and mulch as well as garden tools, and plants and bushes.

They provide excellent stability during use. The wide wheelbase adds stability to the trailer on uneven ground and while turning. The tethered hitch pin eliminates the chance of losing the pin and has the strength to handle pulling heavy loads over rough terrain.

Use our illustrated parts diagrams to locate any replacement parts you may need for maintenance for your John Deere mower.

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When to Sharpen or Replace Your Lawn Mower Blade

When to Sharpen or Replace Your Lawn Mower Blade

How do you know when it’s time to sharpen or replace your John Deere lawn mower blade?

The first and most obvious thing to look for is unevenness in your lawn. When your lawn mower blade is sharp, your grass should be cut at the same height every time with just one pass of the mower. If you find yourself making multiple passes to compensate for missed patches of grass, a dull blade may be the culprit.

Another way to tell if your John Deere lawn mower blade needs sharpening is by closely inspecting the grass. If you notice that the tip of each grass blade is torn and not cleanly sliced, it may be time to switch out your blade. Torn tips may also decrease grass health, causing grass to lose its lush, green color to an unhealthy shade of brown.

Lastly—and perhaps most obviously—you can inspect the blade itself. While your mower blade can usually be salvaged with routine sharpening, it is important to look for large chips or dents in the cutting edge that cannot be smoothed out. Inconsistencies in the blade are likely to tear grass rather than delivering the clean cut that is important for your lawn.

Also pay attention to the thickness of your John Deere lawn mower blade. Over time, sand, dirt, and other yard debris can erode the blade, causing the metal to weaken and become paper-thin. If you notice this, replace the blade immediately to avoid breakage during mowing, which can cause pieces of metal to fly apart and possibly injure you or other bystanders.

Overall, paying close attention to your lawn and your mower will help greatly in determining when to sharpen or your replace your John Deere lawn mower blade. Remember the signs, perform maintenance regularly, and your mower blade should cut beautifully every time you mow.

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John Deere Oil Filter Maintenance

John Deere Oil Filter Maintenance

It is important to remember to change the oil in your John Deere machine.  You will first have to change it after the first 8 hours of use, and after that it will need to be changed once a year.

Before performing any maintenance on your John Deere, refer to your owner’s manual for recommended maintenance and safety information. Maintenance instructions vary by model, so depending on your tractor model our instructions may vary slightly. Check your owner’s manual to get instructions specific to your model.

You will need an oil filter wrench, oil drain pan, a funnel, shop towels, new oil and a new oil filter.  Check your owner’s manual to make sure you have the correct filter and oil.

Here’s what you need to do:

  • run engine for a minute or two to warm up oil
  • park on a level, solid service
  • put the drain pan under oil plug
  • begin draining (be careful, the oil may be hot)
  • loosen dipstick to increase oil flow
  • once oil has drained, close drain plug and move drain pan to under the oil filter
  • remove filter by turning counter clockwise
  • drain oil and dispose of it properly (check with recycling officials)
  • install new filter
  • clean dirt and spills around the oil filter with a clean shop towel
  • place a bit of clean oil on new filter’s rubber gasket
  • attach filter and tighten
  • add new oil to your engine
  • secure dipstick and oil fill cap
  • run the engine to pump oil into the filter
  • check for leaks before checking the oil level
  • DO NOT OVERFILL
  • always check oil level before mowing

Use our illustrated parts diagrams to locate any replacement parts you may need for maintenance for your John Deere lawn mower.

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John Deere X300 and X500 Tractors

John Deere X300 and X500 Tractors

John Deere offers several tractors that are designed to provide a superior cut each time. The John Deere X300 and X500 Series tractors can help tackle any number of landscaping chores. While these machines have some similarities in their ability to give you a well-manicured lawn, they have some differences that set them apart as well.

Continue reading to learn more about John Deere X300 and X500 lawn tractors and how they differ from one.

Engines

Both tractor models are powered by John Deere iTorque power systems, a number of engine features, and an exclusive hood design that offers a great amount of towing capacity and durability.

The X300 is propelled by an 18.5 hp V-twin air-cooled engine, while the X500 features a 24 hp V-twin air-cooled engine. The flywheel alternator onboard on both models provides enough capacity to recharge the battery and power any electrical equipment that may be in use, such as lighting options.

Mower Decks

The Edge Xtra Decks on both the X300 and X500 use a three-spindle technology to increase performance. Both the X300 and X500 lawn tractors feature a removable deck-leveling gauge and a hex-key tool to make adjustment easy, stored below the tractor seat. The Exact Adjust leveling ports are standard on all X300 and X500 models and are located on each side of the operator platform above the mower-level adjusting bolts. With the hex-key tool, their location provides easy access, eliminating the need to reach under the fender deck to simplify the overall process.

Frames

Both the X300 and X500 are supported by frames made from heavy-duty, 11-gauge, 0.12-inch-thick steel. The frames are reinforced and welded in the spots that call for more strength.

The rear hitch plates on both models can carry up to four 42-lb Quik-Tatch weights, which can be used to counterbalance heavy rear or front attachments. Adding weights to the tractors can provide greater stability, especially when operating on hills.

Steering

The heavy-duty sector and pinion steering system with quality bearings found aboard the X300 and X500 is designed to provide operators with precise control throughout the life of their machine. Operators can use the large, 14-inch diameter steering wheel for greater leverage.

The turning radiuses on the X300 and X500 tractors differ. The X300 features a turning radius of 16-inches and the X500 features a 22-inch turning radius. Despite these small differences, each machine can be easily maneuvered to improve overall mowing efficiency.

Operator Stations

The color-coded dash controls around the steering wheel allow for easy identification. The full-length foot mats and 15-inch open-back seats allow operators to ride in comfort for hours on end. The open-back seat design with suspension allows air to flow in and out to keep the operator cool during warm summer days.

The tractors’ fenders are equipped with a cup holder and tool tray to store essential devices or containers of all sizes. If operators need to plug in some electrical equipment, these models feature a 12-V outlet.

X300 and X500 Dimensions

The X300 is 43 in. x 72 in., with a wheelbase of 49.4 in. The total weight is approximately 616 lbs., with a 48-inch mower.

The dimensions of the X500 are a bit larger, 45 in. x 75 in., and a wheelbase of 51.2 in. This model weighs about 760 lbs. with a 48-inch mower. The heavier X500 models provide ample stability for mowing on hillsides, and when using attachments.

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Zero Turn Riders for Large Properties: John Deere Z700 Series

Zero Turn Riders for Large Properties: John Deere Z700 Series

John Deere Z700 Series

If you’re a homeowner with large properties, you need a durable, easy-to-operate machine that keeps you comfortable throughout long mowing sessions. Now you can enjoy a commercial-grade zero turn rider from John Deere. They launched their Z700 Series mowers for residential users, bringing commercial quality and comfort to homeowners.

We’ll discuss the features of the John Deere Z700 Series mowers and how these machines can help you maintain their lawn like the pros.

Powerful Engine

All of the mowers in the John Deere Z700 series lineup comes with a powerful, professional-grade V-twin engine for unbeatable performance and long life. The V-twin cylinder design allows for quick starts and smooth operation. It also has a full-pressure lubrication system and an engine oil cooler which reduces oil temperature, improves lubrication, and extends oil change intervals.

Transmission

Models in the John Deere Z700 Series have ground speeds between 8 and 10 miles per hour. The dual transmission design gives operators both forward and reverse steering capabilities and maximizes mowing efficiency.

Operator Station

The operator station of each John Deere mower in this series is entirely adjustable for superior operator comfort. The mowers are designed with adjustable seat positions, foot platforms, armrests, and motion-control levers.

Caster Wheels

John Deere Z700 series mowers are designed with large front caster wheels which provide a smooth ride and level cut. The rear wheels have high-quality tread and ideal size for superior traction and hillside stability.

Heavy-Duty Design

Each of the Z700 series mowers has a heavy-duty design, built to deliver strength and durability to all mowing tasks. The rear frame provides support and protection for the engine, giving you peace of mind while working.

Fuel Tank Capacity

Each mower in the John Deere Z700 series features at least an 8-gallon fuel capacity, which reduces the time needed for refills. There is also a sight gauge on the tank, which easily gives you an idea of how much fuel you have left to work with.

Use our illustrated parts diagrams to locate any replacement parts you may need for maintenance for your John Deere lawn mower.

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Commonly Asked Questions About John Deere Mowers

Commonly Asked Questions About John Deere Mowers

When it comes to a lawn mower purchase, most people want a machine that will give their yard a nice cut and last for a long time. It is perfectly normal for people who are mowing for the first time to have questions concerning their machine. It is also perfectly normal for an experienced mower operator to have a lawn mower question every now and then. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about John Deere mowers.

How Do I Remove the Mower Blade?

Begin by removing the mower deck. Place the deck on the ground so that the blades face up. Use a 15mm wrench or a 15mm socket with a ratchet to loosen the bolts holding the blades. You can also use a ramp to get underneath the mower.

How Do I Store my John Deere tractor?

First, and most importantly, you will need to empty all fuel from your tractor. Most gasoline contains a substantial amount of ethanol, which breaks down over time and loosens deposits that have formed inside the engine. This causes gum-like material to move around inside the fuel system, which can clog the carburetor and other small openings.

Drain your gas tank before the off-season. At the end of each mowing season, fill your fuel tank with just enough gas to run your engine for one last mow. Once you’re done mowing, let the engine run until it stalls out and there is no longer any gas in the tank.

If you have trouble completely draining your tank or prefer to keep your John Deere stocked with gas, you can choose to use a fuel stabilizer. Refer to the instructions on your package of stabilizer and add the correct amount, followed by a full tank of fresh, high-octane gas. Run your mower for a few minutes to circulate the mixture throughout the carburetor, then turn the machine off. This will allow you to store a gas-filled tank for up to six months, and should let you start your mower easily when mowing season begins.

Be sure to store your John Deere tractor somewhere clean and dry like a garage or shed that offers protection from rain, snow, and other winter elements. For additional protection, consider covering your mower with a tarp to block out possible moisture. You also have the option to remove the mower’s battery and store it in a warm, indoor location to help extend performance life.

How Do I Store Fuel?

Store your fuel in a clean, plastic, sealed container approved for fuel storage. This will help prevent rust and metallic contaminants from entering the fuel system. Store the container away from direct sunlight. Fuel will deteriorate faster when exposed to air and sunlight. Additionally, try to keep reserve fuel stored inside to avoid cold temperatures and harsh conditions.

If it takes longer than 30 days to use the fuel in the container, add a fuel stabilizer when you fill the container.

What is The Proper Way to Transport my Tractor?  

First, load your John Deere tractor facing towards the front of the trailer, this will ensure that the wind does not open or damage the hood. Second, lower the mower deck all the way down to the trailer bed, relieving stress on the mower link. Third, tie down the tractor on all four points. This way, if one tie down comes loose, you still have the tractor tied down on three points. Forth, turn off the on/off valve for the fuel, if the engine has one.

How Do I Know When to Bag and When to Mulch My Yard Clippings?

Dry conditions are best for mulching. Avoid mulching if the grass is too wet from rain or dew. Avoid mulching when the grass is too long, as the grass will clump up. Take off no more than 1/3 of height of your grass when mowing. Grass struggles to recover when you cut off more than a third of its height in a single mowing.

When it comes to bagging, try to collect all the leaves and grass in one pass. If you prefer your grass to grow long, the bagger will pick up long grass to leave a clean look.

When Is Oil Consumption Considered to Be Excessive?

As a standard, most lawn mower engines should not see their oil level go from “Full” to “Add” on the oil dipstick within 10 hours of use. One method to determine if oil usage is at an acceptable level is to compare the amount of oil consumed to the amount of engine run time in hours.

Tips on Improving My Mower’s Performance?

Sharpen mower blades at least twice a year and clean the mower deck thoroughly on a regular basis.

Adjust your mower gauge wheels as instructed in your operator’s manual.

Use our illustrated parts diagrams to locate any replacement parts you may need for maintenance for your John Deere lawn mower.

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John Deere Tractor Won’t Start in the Cold?

John Deere Tractor Won’t Start in the Cold?

If you use your John Deere tractor for assistance with snow removal or other winter-related tasks, you may encounter an issue where your machine won’t start as quickly as it does in warmer temperatures. Sometimes, your machine may not start at all. There are a few different reasons why this issue may occur, including an improper starting procedure or an improper choke adjustment.

Don’t let the cold weather keep you from using your John Deere tractor this year. Here’s how to cold start your John Deere tractor.

Before performing any maintenance on your machine, refer to your owner’s manual for maintenance instructions and safety information. Maintenance instructions vary by model, so depending on your lawn mower model our instructions may vary slightly.

Here are three steps you should consider when your John Deere tractor won’t start in cold weather.

Proper Starting Procedure

If you are having trouble starting your John Deere tractor, first put the choke lever in the full choke position and crank the engine for about five seconds. If the engine still won’t start up, wait 10 seconds, and then crank again for an additional five seconds. Continue this cycle until the engine starts.

If the engine attempts to start but doesn’t turn over within five seconds, it’s okay to crank a bit longer than five seconds until it starts.

Properly functioning engines should start in 4 to 7 cycles at temperatures between 0- and 15-degrees Fahrenheit. Once the engine has started, allow it to warm a bit, and then gradually pull the choke lever back. The engine should be able to run without the choke after about 10 to 15 seconds.

Adjust the Choke

When the lever is in the choke position, the choke plate must be completely closed. When the lever is in the full throttle position, it must be completely open.

Make sure the linkage is tight when checking for this.

Proper Cranking Speed

For the engine in your  to start properly, the cranking speed should be a minimum of 250 rpm. A slow cranking speed can be a result of engine oil weight that is too heavy, low battery output, or corroded battery or starter terminals.

Turning the lights of your tractor on before cranking, for about five seconds, can increase battery power in the cold but make sure you turn the lights back off before you start the cranking process.

Use our illustrated parts diagrams to locate any replacement parts you may need for maintenance for your John Deere tractor.

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Buyer’s Guide to John Deere Tractor X730

Buyer’s Guide to John Deere Tractor X730

Whether you have a small lawn or a large one, the John Deere Tractor X730 is the mower for you if you’re in the market for a durable and efficient machine.

John Deere Tractor X730 with power steering and liquid-cooled, 25.5 hp V-Twin engine delivers premium performance, versatility, and ruggedness for a reliable machine that caters to your toughest lawn care challenges. The V-twin engine uses the John Deere iTorque power system with electronic fuel injection for unbeatable performance.

This engine is also designed to handle commercial-use applications. The engine can provide enough power and torque under any operating condition. With liquid cooling, you can enjoy quieter operation and a longer lifespan.

Equipped with a heavy-duty frame for handling a variety of tilling, mulching, mowing, and other lawn care needs, the X730 features a rugged transmission for stronger, more powerful results.

MulchControl allows you to quickly change between mulching and side discharge mowing with just the push of a button.

Power steering is a standard feature on the John Deere Tractor X730, making maneuvering the mower a breeze. Power steering also reduces operator fatigue and improves mowing productivity.

The John Deere Tractor X730 also includes an onboard storage box, 12-volt power outlet for charging portable power tools, and a comfortable, high-back seat for ultimate mowing comfort. Plus, with a 4-year/700-hour limited warranty, your John Deere tractor will run dependably season after season.

The high-capacity regulated alternator charging system on the X730 is designed to provide enough power to quickly recharge the battery. The large-capacity battery provides enough cranking power for quick starts in cold weather conditions.

Use our illustrated parts diagrams to locate any replacement parts you may need for maintenance for your John Deere tractor.

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