John Deere Lawn Tractors – We Compare All Models
Following an update to their John Deere zero-turn mowers, John Deere also enhances their residential line of lawn tractors. New models come designed with increased power, performance, and operator comfort. Between the 100, 200, X300 Select, X500 Select, and X700 Signature Series model lines, John Deere gives homeowners a range of mowing options to suit their specific yard.
John Deere 100 Series Lawn Tractors
Designed for the first-time homebuyer, the John Deere 100 Series Lawn Tractors prioritize ergonomics and modernized styling. That includes a sleek front bumper and a comfortable open-back seat.
These lawn tractors have side-by-side forward and reverse pedals to simplify controlling the hydrostatic transmission. An easy-to-read fuel gauge and Easy Change 30-second Oil Change System make ownership even easier. When it comes time to change your oil, you won’t need to drain your engine oil or deal with any mess. Simply twist on the cartridge that includes both the oil and filter.
John Deere also designed its 100 Series Lawn Tractors to work with the optional rear baggers. These install in less than 5 minutes with no tools. Mulch covers and mulch kits are also available.
The 100 Series lawn tractors can also connect to the MowerPlus app, which displays fuel level, battery state, and hour meter information. This feature is available on all of the 100 Series models (except the S100 and S110).
Comparing John Deere S100 Series Lawn Tractor Models
We can do a quick side-by-side to give you an idea of the key differences between the various John Deere Lawn Tractors. From the S100 to the S180, the company seems to have something for every need.
John Deere S100 Series Pricing
The 100 Series Lawn Tractors are available at John Deere dealers, including Home Depot and Lowe’s. They retail for anywhere between 2,399 and 3,599 and come with a 2-year/120-hour bumper-to-bumper warranty.
John Deere 200 Series Lawn Tractors
The next step up in the line of John Deere Lawn Tractors, the 200 Series, offers upgraded cyclonic engines and top-of-the-line Accel Deep cutting decks. These decks maintain excellent cut quality at faster mowing speeds.
The S200 lawn tractors are compatible with the MowerPlus deluxe Smart Connector and MulchControl kits. They feature many of the same amenities provided by the 100 Series lawn tractors.
Comparing John Deere S200 Series Lawn Tractors
With only two models of John Deere S200 Series lawn tractors to choose from, the difference comes down to deck size, engine, and transaxle type.
John Deere S200 Series Pricing
The John Deere 200 Series comes with a 3-year/200-hour bumper-to-bumper warranty. You can pick one of these up from John Deere dealers or directly from Deere.com. These lawn tractors range from 2,999 to 3,699.
John Deere X300 Select Series Lawn Tractors
For homeowners who have a bit of experience with lawn care and demand more versatility from their mower, John Deere has designed the line of X300 Select Series Lawn Tractors.
These mowers feature increased horsepower that optimizes the line for use with a wide selection of carts and bagging systems. The X300 Select Series also lets you add the one-touch MulchControl kit and all mowers feature the Accel Deep mower deck (in 42–54 in. deck sizes) for high-quality cuts.
All of the models in the X300 Select Series feature hydrostatic transmission with TwinTouch forward and reverse pedals as well.
The John Deere X300 Select Series Lawn Tractors also ramps up the operator comfort with 18″ automotive-style seats. The updated seats feature uniform vinyl thickness, more foam, and an embroidered John Deere logo.
- X330 (42-inch and 48-inch)
- X350 (42-inch and 48-inch)
- X350R (rear discharge)
- X380 (48-inch and 54-inch)
- X390 (48-inch and 54-inch)
Comparing John Deere X300 Series Lawn Tractors
A side-by-side comparison of X300 Series models helps clarify some of the obvious differences between the mowers. Depending upon your needs, you have a lot of options for different deck widths, bagging options, and steering.
John Deere X300 Pricing
Pricing on the John Deere X300 Series Lawn Tractors ranges from 3,799 to 7,499. They’re available exclusively from John Deere dealers or through Deere.com. All of the X300 Series mowers come with a 4-year/300-hour bumper-to-bumper warranty.
John Deere X500 Select Series Lawn Tractors
The John Deere X500 Select Series Lawn Tractors include offer even more performance, comfort, and convenience features for discerning property owners. With more powerful engines and sophisticated steering options, these premium mowers take care of just about anything.
The lineup offers heavy-duty iTorque Power System engines. The Accel Deep cutting decks come in 48″ and 54″ widths to cover more ground. Some of the models in this line even feature power 2- and 4-wheel steering for tight turning to help navigate around trees, planter boxes, or any other obstacles.
Traction assist is also an option on select X500 mowers. This foot-operated control locks the rear transaxle so that both wheels work with maximum traction, particularly helpful with tougher terrain.
Lastly, the X500 Select Series offers options for a hydraulic deck lift system, tilt steering, MulchControl kits, and 21″ comfort seats.
- X570 (48-inch and 54-inch)
- X584 (48-inch and 54-inch)
- X590 (48-inch and 54-inch)
Comparing the John Deere X500 Select Series Models
With fewer models to choose from, John Deere X500 Series lawn tractors bring high-end features to the line with pricing that falls just underneath their flagship X700 Signature Series line. Unless you need a lawn tractor with a 60-inch deck, you should find everything you need in the X500 Series.
X500 Series Lawn Tractors Pricing
The X500 Select Series Lawn Tractors range from 7,799 to 9,099. They come with a 4-year/500-hour bumper-to-bumper warranty, and they’re sold exclusively from John Deere dealers or online through Deere.com.
John Deere X700 Signature Series Lawn Tractors
Finally, John Deere Lawn Tractors include the X700 Signature Series mowers. These mowers present the very best Deere has to offer residential consumers and large property owners. Indeed, the X700 Signature mowers look more like miniature tractors and less like lawnmowers.
Each mower includes your choice of 48, 54, or 60-inch deck. The 54- and 60-inch decks are high-capacity while the 48-inch models feature the standard Accel Deep mower deck design.
The X750, X754, and X758 Signature lawn tractors include 24 HP diesel engines and several models include full-time 4-wheel drive.
- X730 (48-inch, 54-inch, and 60-inch)
- X734 (48-inch, 54-inch, and 60-inch)
- X738 (48-inch, 54-inch, and 60-inch)
- X739 (48-inch, 54-inch, and 60-inch)
- X750 (48-inch, 54-inch, and 60-inch)
- X754 (48-inch, 54-inch, and 60-inch)
- X758 (48-inch, 54-inch, and 60-inch)
John Deere X700 Signature Series Lawn Tractors Compared
Deere seems to pull out all the stops with its flagship X700 Signature lawn tractors. Note that you can order several of these tractors without a mower deck. Be sure to factor that in when pricing out your desired model.
X700 Signature Series Lawn Tractors Pricing
You can buy John Deere X700 Signature Series Lawn Tractors starting at 7,799 all the way to 9,099. These mowers also include a generous 4-year/700-hour bumper-to-bumper warranty. You can purchase them from any John Deere dealer or order one online at the Deere.com website.
For more information about the line of John Deere Lawn Tractors, visit Deere.com by clicking here.
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Toolkit: JD X300 Series vs S200 Series
In the market for a new lawn mower? If you’ve ever shopped for a new lawn tractor or riding lawn mower, you’ve surely noticed that there are many options to choose from. Here at Papé Machinery Agriculture Turf, we offer top-of-the-line equipment from leading manufacturers, and the X300 and S200 series are a part of our model lineup. With so much exceptional machinery to choose from, where do you start? We’re here to help you make the best selection for your project needs.
Let’s take a look at two of our most popular dealer exclusive John Deere lawn tractors: the X300 series and the S200 series, available only at authorized John Deere dealerships. Because these model lineups are dealer exclusive, that means that both series get the full support of the network dealers, so you can’t really go wrong. However, depending on your needs, the size and features of your property, and your price point, one of these top-tier lineups may be a better fit for you.
In this edition of the Papé Machinery Agriculture Turf blog, we’ll evaluate the key differences between these powerhouse lawn mowers, helping you evaluate if the X300 or S200 series is right for you and your property needs.
Evaluating Your Needs
When it comes to deciding which lawn mower is right for you, you want to evaluate the size of your property, and the type of terrain you’re dealing with:
- How big is your property?
- Is the terrain flat, or are there hills?
- Will you be mowing around trees or bushes?
Having answers to these questions handy will help you best choose between different models.
X300 vs S200 Series
As we’ve emphasized, both of these model lineups are dealer exclusive, and are recommended by all of our specialists. However, there are some key differences to be aware of that will help you make your choice.
On the S200, the fuel tank is located in the back, under the seat. The fuel opening is a bit smaller than the X300, and has a 2.4 gallon capacity.
On the X300, the fuel tank is located on the side, and has a larger fuel capacity than the S200, coming in at 3.3 gallons. It’s easier to fuel up given its larger mouth.
If you’re looking for something that may be able to travel longer distances, you may be better off with the X300, which carries more fuel and is a bit more convenient to refuel.
On the X300, the fuel gauge is easier to see than the S200, and is always front and center. With the S200, the gauge is either between the legs, or, if you go up to the S240, will be on the right of the dash. With the base S200 model, the gauge is analog, but moves to digital at the S240 tier. The X300 fuel gauge is digital, which may be more convenient and user-friendly for some, though again, both are readily accessible and easy to read.
Both of these model lineups have the same deck quality, and are both deep decks. However, how you raise and lower the decks is where things differ. On the S-series, you need to use your arm, whereas with the X-series, you will raise and lower the deck with your leg. Raising and lowering the deck is relatively easy between both lineups, though the X300 wins as far as ease and convenience in this category.
Both of these models have great engines with exceptional power and longevity. The S200 series comes in either 22 HP or a 21.5 HP engine. The 22 HP engine has an extra cyclonic air filter, which adds to its longevity.
For the X300, you get a bit more options–and a bit more power. You can choose from a 22 HP engine, 21.5 HP engine, or a 23 HP engine, which is the premium option from John Deere. So, if you’re looking for more speed, power and longevity, you may want to go the X300 route, but again, the S200 is a robust machine, and with the help of the extra cyclonic air filter, has built-in features for increasing longevity and durability.
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Both of these model lineups offer K46 transmission, which can get you going up to 5.5 mph. However, with the X300, you can actually go all the way up to a K58 transmission, which can be helpful if you need extra speed, longevity, and power for navigating through more unpredictable or difficult terrain.
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Driver Controls and Ergonomics
As far as the ergonomics of both lawn mowers go, these John Deere models are exceptionally comfortable. Both have a 15 inch high back seat. With the X300, however, you can get a more premium seat with the X350, for example, which features an 18 inch high back seat with a new leather cushion and thicker padding. This is great for longer mows and bigger jobs, keeping you extra comfortable for the labor ahead.
Steering and Maneuverability
The steering functions on both the X300 and S200 series are very similar, though with the X300, these models have the ability to add hydraulic assist or power assist. This creates a more automotive style steering experience, which can be super helpful for maneuverability. So, if you’re going to be navigating around bushes or more unpredictable terrain, we recommend going with the power steering option associated with the X300 series.
The S200 series ranges between 480 and 500 pounds depending on which deck you configure the mower with. For the X300 series, it’s going to be higher, which speaks to its larger build and bigger quality. With customizations, the X300 series can go all the way up to 700 pounds, which speaks to its larger, more durable frame.
Being a part of the model lineup, our equipment specialists love both of these series. That’s why they are both backed with exceptional warranties. However, there are some differences:
In addition to what’s outlined in this blog, you may have other considerations, such as price or accessories. Our equipment specialists are here to help you. Be sure to look at our X300 and S200 pages, and reach out to us for assistance on helping you find the lawn mower or lawn tractor for your property needs.
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