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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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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John Deere Tractor Battery Maintenance Tips

John Deere Tractor Battery Maintenance Tips

Whether operating your new John Deere tractor, or one you’ve had for years, battery maintenance is essential to keeping your machine operating efficiently. Without proper maintenance, your John Deere will eventually stop working so here are some battery maintenance tips you can use to keep your equipment running smoothly.

Tip #1 – Inspect and clean the battery terminals

When you’re inspecting the battery, it’s critical to check for corrosion. You always want to check the battery and terminals for corrosion, which can occur naturally over time. Corrosion occurs when hydrogen gas is released from battery acid and will look like a blue or greenish white crust built up around the metal terminals. If the corrosion is left untreated, it can prevent your battery from recharging properly or damage the battery terminals and wires over time.

Tip #2 – Clean the corrosion, if necessary

To clean the corrosion, disconnect the battery cables from the battery first. Begin with the negative terminal. Make sure to keep them separated.

Use a wire brush and a battery cleaner spray to clean the terminals. The cleaner will neutralize the acid in the corrosion, making it safe to clean. Spray the entire area, including areas that are not corroded. Leave the battery cleaner spray on for a few minutes, and then use a terminal brush to brush away the corrosion build-up until the metal on the terminal and posts are visible again. After that, flush them with water.

Tip #3 – Use battery terminal protectant spray

Using battery terminal protectant spray will help you prevent future corrosion. Spray your battery three to four times per year for best results.

Tip #4 – Additional troubleshooting

Once the corrosion is removed from the terminals, reconnect the battery and check to see if your tractor starts. If your machine starts and runs regularly, you’ve corrected a problem linked to corrosion. If your machine doesn’t start, try using a battery charger or battery booster cables to fix the problem.

Tip #5 -Know your battery

The batteries on your John Deere tractor should always be fully charged before you place them in storage. Batteries will always discharge over time, and lower temperatures slow down the process. If you don’t plan to use your tractor for an extended period of time, store it in a cool location.

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How to Change the Oil in a John Deere Tractor

How to Change the Oil in a John Deere Tractor

Regularly change the oil in your John Deere tractor because it is critical to the life of the engine. It is recommended to change the engine oil after the first eight hours of use, then every 50 hours of use. We suggest performing this task every spring as part of a regular maintenance routine for your John Deere. Here’s how to change the oil in your John Deere tractor.

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

Begin by parking your mower on a flat, level surface. Turn the engine off and allow it to cool, remove the ignition key, and disconnect the spark plug ignition wire to prevent accidental starting.

Raise the hood on your John Deere tractor and locate the oil drain valve. Place a drain pan under the valve. Remove the drain cap and let the oil drain into the drain pan. Let the oil drain completely and then return the drain cap. Remove the oil dipstick and clean it with a rag.

Close the drain plug and move the drain pan underneath the oil filter. Turn counterclockwise to remove the oil filter. Use a wrench if the filter is too tight to loosen by hand. Drain the oil out of the filter and dispose of it. Use a rag to remove any dirt or old oil from the oil filter area. Place a few drops of clean oil onto the rubber gasket of the new oil filter and then spin the filter onto the engine.

Add new engine oil to your machine. Pour the new oil into the housing without overfilling. Check the oil level. Reinsert the dipstick for five seconds and pull it out again. Check the dipstick. The oil level on the dipstick should be no higher than the full mark. Reinsert the dipstick.

Start your John Deere tractor and let it run for 10 minutes before turning it off again. Check the oil level using the dipstick again. Add more oil if necessary until the oil level reaches the full mark. Reinsert the dipstick and make sure it fits snugly.

Lower the hood on the tractor and remove the drain pan. Properly dispose of the old engine oil.

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

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Convert Your John Deere Tractor Into a Snow Blower

Convert Your John Deere Tractor Into a Snow Blower

If you own a John Deere tractor, you have an alternative way to remove snow this year.  You can convert your tractor into a snow blower, avoiding the need to shovel or purchase a snow blower. Our experts explain what you need to convert your John Deere tractor into a snow blower this winter.

Attachments and accessories vary by model. Different attachment and accessory models are compatible with different snow blower models. Refer to your owner’s manual or contact us for information on attachment and accessory compatibility.

Tire chains

When using your John Deere tractor in the snow, your tractor tires may not have the stability and traction needed to remove snow. When the pavement is covered by snow or is icy, you can increase the traction by using tractor tire chains.

Tire chains are also beneficial when working on steep terrain and narrow roads. To maintain traction, make sure you have tire chains on your tires. They will make your snow removal tasks safer and more productive.

Snow blower attachment

To convert your John Deere tractor into a snow blower, you need a snow blower attachment to remove the snow from your drive and walkways. These attachments have the capacity to handle big snow removal jobs and work well in all snow conditions.

With this attachment, all you need to do is start up your tractor, get on, and let it do all the heavy lifting.

Snow cab

In addition to snow, winter brings freezing temps and harsh winds so add a snow cab to your John Deere tractor for extra protection from these elements.

Plow blade attachment

If you prefer to push snow instead of throw it, there is an assortment of tractor mounted plows to help clear snow from your driveway. Plow blades get closer to the pavement than blowers, leaving you with little to no snow on your pathways.

Wheel weights

Wheel weights provide extra traction when working on snowy or icy terrain. They are also recommended when adding attachments to the front of your John Deere tractor. Apply these weights to the rear tires to help weigh down the back end of your machine and press down so the tires grip better.

For even better traction you can apply both tire chains and wheel weights to your mower.

Cast-iron weights

Cast-iron weights are a great accessory when it comes to adding attachments to the front end of your John Deere tractor. These weights counterbalance heavy attachments and provide better traction and stability.

Some tractors have built-in front and/or rear weight brackets to hang the cast-iron weights on. Other tractors require a weight bracket. Refer to your owner’s manual to determine what your tractor has and/or needs.

If you need help selecting the right attachments and accessories for your John Deere tractor, feel free to contact us.

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Convert Your John Deere Tractor Into a Snow Blower

Convert Your Tractor Into a Snow Blower

Many of us dread clearing snow during the winter. We know that maneuvering your shovel or snow blower through heavy, wet snow during the winter can be exhausting. If you own a John Deere tractor, you may not dread clearing snow as much. Your John Deere tractor provides you with an alternative way to remove snow this year.  If you convert your tractor into a snow blower, you can avoid the need to shovel or purchase a snow blower. Here’s what you need to convert your John Deere tractor into a snow blower.

John Deere attachments and accessories vary by model. Refer to your owner’s manual for information on attachment and accessory compatibility.

Snow blower attachment

To convert your John Deere tractor into a snow blower, you need a snow blower attachment to remove the snow from your drive and walkways. These attachments have the capacity to handle big snow removal jobs and work well in all snow conditions.

Plow blade attachment

If you prefer to push snow instead of throw it, there is an assortment of John Deere tractor mounted plows to help clear snow from your driveway. Plow blades get closer to the pavement than blowers, leaving you with little to no snow on your pathways.

Snow cab

You can add a snow cab to your John Deere tractor for extra protection from freezing temps and harsh winds.

Tire chains

When using your John Deere tractor in the snow, your tractor tires may not have the stability and traction needed to remove snow. When the pavement is covered by snow or is icy, you can increase the traction by using tractor tire chains.

Tire chains are also beneficial when working on steep terrain and narrow roads. To maintain traction, make sure you have tire chains on your tires. They will make your snow removal tasks safer and more productive.

Wheel weights

Like tire chains, wheel weights provide extra traction when working on snowy or icy terrain. Weight wheels are recommended when adding attachments to the front of your John Deere tractor. Apply these weights to the rear tires to help weigh down the back end of your machine and press down so the tires grip better.

Cast-iron weights

Cast-iron weights are great attachments for the front end of your John Deere tractor. These counterbalance heavy attachments and provide better traction and stability.

Some tractors have built-in front and/or rear weight brackets to hang the cast-iron weights on. Other tractors require a weight bracket. Refer to your owner’s manual to determine what your John Deere tractor has and/or needs.

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How to Level a John Deere Riding Lawn Mower Deck

How to Level a John Deere Riding Lawn Mower Deck

When mowing around your home and businesses, pay attention to the recently mowed lawn. If you notice ridges forming where you recently mowed, the deck on your lawn mower may not be leveled. Luckily, leveling your mower deck is not a time consuming task, allowing you to get back to cutting the grass in no time.

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

Before you begin leveling your lawn mower deck follow these safety instructions. Park your mower on a hard, flat surface and shut the engine off. Set the parking brake to prevent your machine from rolling back, injuring you or others. Remove the ignition key to prevent accidental starting and wear heavy leather gloves since you’re working near mower blades.

Tools you’ll need:

  • Exact Adjust wrench
  • 18 mm wrench
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Mower gauge

Here’s what to do:

Before starting, make sure the tires on your John Deere mower are inflated. Check your owner’s manual for information on tire pressure numbers.

John Deere Tractors

Raise the mower and place the mower cutting height knob at the position specified for deck leveling. Lower the mower and check that the mower wheels are not making contact with the ground and raise if necessary. Place the mower gauge under the mower at the adjustment point near the left rear corner. If your tractor does not make contact with the gauge, adjust the deck accordingly.

Check the mower front to back level at the front adjustment point on the front left deck hanger bracket. If necessary, use the 18 mm wrench to loosen the rear nuts on each of the front lift rods. Turn the nuts on each side until the gauge slips under the front adjustment point.

Fully raise the tractor and adjust the height control knob to the desired height, then lower the machine. Adjust the wheels so they’re at least 1/4 inch off the ground. The wheels will carry the mower deck over higher areas in the lawn to give it an even cut.

John Deere Zero Turns

Make sure the mower is parked and then mount the mower. Raise the deck into the transport position. Make sure the anti-scalp wheels are not making contact with the ground.

Lower the deck to 76 mm (3 inches). Position the right mower blade on the discharge side in the front to rear position. Once the blades are in the correct position, measure the distance between the front blade tip to the ground. Use the mower gauge to check the mower blade level. The front blade tip should be 76 mm, with a tolerance of +/- 2 mm.

Move to the other side of your zero turn and position the mower blade in the front to rear position. Measure the blade’s tip to make sure it is 76 mm as well.

If one side is lower than the other, loosen the jam nut on the adjustment rod and turn the rod tube as needed to bring the tip into the proper position. When satisfied, lock the jam nut to secure the setting. Re-check both sides of the deck after the adjustment has been made to ensure it is within specification.

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