When to Sharpen or Replace Your John Deere Lawn Mower Blade

When to Sharpen or Replace Your John Deere Lawn Mower Blade

To achieve a great cut and a healthy lawn, it is essential to regularly sharpen or replace your John Deere lawn mower blade. While many people only need to sharpen their lawn mower blades once every couple of months, people who mow more than once a week will need to increase maintenance to once each month. The exact timing depends on workload, but if you’re not sure how often to perform blade maintenance, there are a few tell-tale signs that will help you stay on schedule. With the following tricks, you can develop a trained eye and keep your John Deere lawn mower blade up to par all season.

The first and most obvious thing to look for is unevenness in your lawn. When your John Deere 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 John Deere lawn 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’s 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 John Deere lawn mower blade should cut beautifully every time you mow.

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The History of John Deere

The History of John Deere

How Charles Deere Transformed His Father’s Legacy into a Household Name

We know you’ve heard of John Deere, the name behind the famous brand many have come to know and love. However, there was another Deere who was responsible for the company’s successful growth before and during the turn of the 20th century. That man, referred to as John Deere’s son, was better known as Charles Deere.

John Deere’s second son, Charles Deere, was born in 1837, the same year that John Deere created his trademark self-cleaning plow from an old steel saw blade. Despite this coincidence, the Deere family did not initially plan for Charles to take a management role. It was John Deere’s eldest son, Francis Albert, who planned to take over the family business.

However, that changed when Francis passed away during a flu outbreak at age 18. Charles Deere assumed his older brother’s role and attended business school. In 1854, he began working at his father’s company. He advanced quickly in managing the company’s finances and moved on to become head of sales.

After years of success under Charles’ direction, the Deere business hit a rough patch during the “Panic of 1857.” Struggling with overspending in production and manufacturing costs, John Deere turned leadership of the company over to Charles, who guided finances in the right direction, which included reorganizing the business into a partnership called John Deere & Company. John Deere and Charles Deere shared this equally with colleagues Luke Hemenway and David Bugbee. This partnership allowed the Deeres to manage more money within the family, avoiding personal bankruptcy in the event that something should happen to the business.

To ensure future success of John Deere & Company, Charles maintained his leadership role. Under Charles’ management the company continued to prosper, giving birth to new branch houses across the country. Through his father’s death in 1886 until his own passing in 1907, Charles Deere helped expand a product line that included over 300 models of plows and a variety of farm equipment. Today, Deere & Company continues to serve customers and deliver quality products to agricultural and landscaping professions.

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Maintenance Tips for John Deere Zero Turn Riders

Maintenance Tips for John Deere Zero Turn Riders

Your John Deere zero turn rider takes care of your lawn all summer long, and you need to take care of your machine in return. Over time, normal wear and tear occurs and things don’t run or function like they used to. Regular maintenance is the key. With regular maintenance, your John Deere will have a long, healthy life so use these tips to keep your zero turn rider running like new.

Before performing any maintenance on your zero turn, refer to your operator’s manual as it lists the required maintenance, safety information, and instructions for your machine. Maintenance instructions vary by model, so depending on your zero turn rider model number our instructions may vary slightly.

Make sure you engage the parking brake, stop the engine and allow the engine to cool before performing any maintenance on your John Deere zero turn rider.

Air filter maintenance

Wipe away any debris from around the air cleaner area and open the cover. Remove the air filter and gently tap it to dislodge any dirt and debris. Never use compressed air to blow an air filter out because it will open the pours of the paper and let dirt into the engine.

Inspect the air filter and if dirt is deeply embedded in the pleats or there is obvious wear and tear, it’s time to replace the filter. Before reinstalling or replacing the air filter, clean the area around the air cleaner base.

Engine oil maintenance

Change the oil in your John Deere zero turn rider after the first 5 hours of mowing, and then every year or 100 mowing hours after that. To drain the oil, run your engine for 5 minutes or more to warm the oil. Warm oil drains easier. Park your mower so the drain side is slightly lower than the other side to help make sure the oil drains completely.  Drain the oil into a drain pan.

Wipe around the dipstick to get rid of any dirt that may fall into the filler hole. Remove the dipstick and add oil. Refer to your owner’s manual for the proper oil to put in your machine. Pour about 80% of the oil into the filler tube and check the oil level with the dipstick, and then add more oil as necessary.

Oil filter maintenance

Change the oil filter in your John Deere zero turn rider every time you change your oil. Remove the old filter by hand or with a filter wrench. Use a drain pan to catch oil spilling from the old filter. Wipe excess oil off the engine opening with a rag.

Apply a thin layer of clean oil to the new oil filter’s gasket and screw the filter on. Turn the filter until the gasket contacts the engine and then tighten it an additional three-quarters of a turn. Be sure not to over tighten it.

Spark plug maintenance

Clean around the base of the plug before removing the spark plug to prevent dirt and debris from contaminating the engine. To replace the spark plug, remove the ignition wire and use a deep well socket to remove the plug and metal washer.

Inspect the condition of the spark plug and the washer. If you see light brown or gray on the insulator, the engine is working properly. Check the gap between the center and side electrodes with a feeler gauge. If there is a black coating on the insulator the air cleaner is dirty and the spark plug needs to be replaced. Install and tighten the new spark plug with the socket wrench and reconnect the ignition wire.

Perform maintenance on your John Deere zero turn rider regularly to improve performance and keep the machine running smoothly.

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The Difference Between High-Lift Blades and Mulching Blades

The Difference Between High-Lift Blades and Mulching Blades

It goes without saying that the most important function of your lawn mower is to cut your grass.  The biggest factor in getting the results you want is which type of lawn mower blade you choose to work with. We understand that lawn mower blade terminology can be confusing at times, but there are two styles of blades you should be aware of – high-lift blades, mulching blades.

High-lift blades

High-lift blades are also referred to as 2-in-1 – discharging & bagging – blades. High-lift blades are designed for to create higher-lifting airflow. They assist in cutting grass and discharging the grass clippings out from the deck to fall back onto your lawn. These blades can be identified by a drastic upward angle on the back end of the blade. This helps to propel the clippings through the discharge chute to the back of the bag, which reduces clogging and frustration.

Mulching blades

Mulching blades cut the grass into extremely small particles, eliminating the need to unload heavy bags or pick up clumps of clippings. This method of cutting has a positive effect on the health of your lawn because the mulching blades provide a fine layer of clippings that can become a natural fertilizer. That fertilizer replenishes the soil with nutrients that your grass has absorbed over the season.

Mulching blades are designed with a more curved style surface. They are also referred to as 3-in-1 – mulching, discharging & bagging – blades. These blades are used with mulch kits, for dedicated mulching. Mulch kits generally consist of mulching blades, a mulching plug which closes off the discharge opening to keep grass clippings contained under the deck for re-cutting, and any necessary hardware for installation.

Ultimately, there is not one lawn mower blade that can do it all as well as the lawn mower blade specifically designed for the method you wish to use. You can search our Parts by Type to purchase your lawn mower blade.

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4 Summer Lawn Care Must Haves

Summer Lawn Care Must Haves-[Green Parts Direct]Whether you own multiple acres of land or live on a small lot, there’s one thing that unites all John Deere owners—the desire to have a great-looking lawn. Keeping up with a perfect yard may seem like a daunting task, but with the right tools, it’s easy to make your lawn stand out in a great way. To learn more, check out our four must-haves for top-notch summer lawn care:

Summer Lawn Care Must Have #1: A Sharp Lawn Mower Blade

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: keeping a sharp blade on your John Deere mower is essential to maintaining a healthy lawn. Mowing with a dull or chipped blade can result in torn grass, brown patches, and an uneven lawn height—things that affect not only the look of your lawn, but also its physical condition. To avoid problems, make sure to regularly sharpen or replace your lawn mower blade for peak performance (Click here to shop John Deere lawn mower blades).

Summer Lawn Care Must Have #2: A Maneuverable Line Trimmer

A line trimmer can help you reach small tufts of grass that are difficult to cut with a lawn mower. Use a trimmer around fences, swing sets, and other obstacles to keep messy-looking overgrowth from dominating your yard (Click to find parts for your John Deere trimmer).

Summer Lawn Care Must Have #3: A Quality Edger

If you’re looking for a quick way to make your lawn stand out, use an edger along sidewalks, driveways, and patios. An edger will create clean, professional-looking borders and leave your neighbors thinking you hired a landscaping crew (Find edger parts here).

Summer Lawn Care Must Have #4: A Powerful Lawn & Leaf Blower

Clean-up is a necessary part of any project—yard work included. Once you’re done cutting your lawn, use a lawn and leaf blower to remove grass clippings and other organic debris from paths and walkways. This will save time on sweeping and make your finished achievements look effortless (Locate lawn and leaf blower parts here).

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STX38 Riding Mower Parts

Q. My husband just purchased a John Deere 1989 STX 38 riding mower, which is in pristine condition. The former owner only used it once, and it has been in storage ever since. A new battery was recently purchased, but everything else appears to be in perfect condition. I was just wondering whether you continue to stock parts for a mower this old, and, if so, how long will you continue to do so?

A. There are many common parts that would still be available for your John Deere STX38 riding mower such as filters and blades, however there may be less common parts that are no longer available. The less demand there is for a part for your STX38 mower the more likely it is that it will be discontinued.

The History of John Deere

The History of John DeereDeere & Company products have been known to be high-quality, even from the very beginning.  John Deere himself said “I will never put my name on a product that does not have in it the best that is in me.”  John Deere was born on February 7, 1804 in Rutland, Vermont.  After later moving to Grand Detour, Illinois, Deere found work as a blacksmith.  It is believed that through the practice of sharpening needles by running them through sand, Deere discovered that a steel plow could better handle the conditions of the prairie. Deere built on this concept by creating his first steel plow in 1938 from an old saw blade, and within a couple of years was selling as many as 100 plows each year.

For a short time, Deere partnered with Leonard Andrus.  This only lasted until 1948, however, because each man was too stubborn to work with the other.  After ending the partnership, Deere moved to Moline, Illinois and began to sell products out of his factory.  John Deere’s plow became known as “The Plow that Broke the Plains,” because it worked much better on the Midwest’s tough soil than other plows of its time.  The business adopted the name “Deere & Company” in 1868, just a few years after receiving its first patents in 1864 and 1865.  However, it was not until 1912 that Deere & Company came to be how we know it today.

During the Great Depression, the company still managed to continue production.  During this time, the Model A and B tractors were introduced, becoming the two most popular models in the history of John Deere. These models would continue to remain part of the product line until 1952.  Throughout the ’50s and ’60s, Deere introduced several new innovative products, including the Model M tractor (which would lead to Deere’s construction and forestry businesses), the No. 8 Cotton Picker, and the 14T Baler, which, for the first time, made haying a one-man job.

Still going strong in the 1960s, John Deere not only opened new factories worldwide, but also released new products for the average consumer. Building on this success, the tagline “Nothing Runs Like a Deere” was created in the early ’70s to advertise snowmobiles.  Over the next couple of decades, factories in China and India opened. In recent years, John Deere has released even more products with higher standards than ever, setting John Deere’s innovative, efficient, and advanced tractors apart from competitors.

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