October 21, 2018

John Deere D105 Lawn Tractor Review

John Deere D105 lawn tractor

John Deere has earned a reputation for itself when it comes to outdoor power equipment, tractors, lawn mowers and lawn tractors. When it comes to lawn tractor machines they make some of the best available.

John Deere caters to a wide audience when it comes to lawn tractors. They make the entry-level lawn tractors as well as lawn tractors and zero turn mowers for commercial usage.

In this review we will take a close look at the very popular John Deere D105 lawn mower which is one of the best entry-level lawn tractors on the market at the moment. We will not only go into the features of this lawn tractor but also share with you some of the pros and cons of the machine to help you understand whether it is the best option for you.
 

About the John Deere D105:

The John Deere D105 is powered by a John Deere branded engine which produces a very reasonable 17.5 HP making this machine a true garden workhorse.

If you look at the lineup of John Deere lawn tractors, you would realize that this one packs the best punch under its hood. It is also the most budget-friendly lawn tractor option.

John Deere D105The high quality build of this lawn tractor and its dual blade set-up ensures that you are able to get precise cut in a single go without having to run over the lawn again.

You can either opt for the mulch discharge or the side discharge or even use the rear discharge if you attach a bagger.

With a forward speed of 5.5 mph, you can easily cover an area of up to 2 acres using this lawn tractor. The D105 also offers a top reverse speed of 3.2 mph with the ability to cut in reverse also.

We’ve mentioned this in other reviews but it is worth noting again – don’t attempt to reverse mow at top speed on any riding mower unless you very flat and even terrain or you run a very high risk of scalping your lawn.

The transmission type of the D105 is automatic.

In order to clean the cutting deck, a wash port is present; simply hook up a standard garden hose and turn on the water and the deck and blades will be cleaned automatically. We urge you to do this after every use.

The automatic transmission is smooth helping for a more relaxing operation. Although this lawn tractor is not as noisy as the larger machines you may still want to wear some ear protection.

John Deere D105 lawn tractor

Product Info:

  • Riding Mower
  • Lawn Tractor
  • 17.5 HP John Deere branded engine
  • Hydrostatic transmission
  • Bag, Mulch, Side-Discharge
  • Single-lever height adjustment

Features:

  • 42″ dual blade cutting deck
  • 18″ turning radius
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Reverse mowing
  • Headlights
  • 2-year warranty

Available Models

John Deere D105

  • 42″ cut
  • 17.5 HP
  • John Deere Branded Engine
  • Up to 2 Acres
John Deere D105
 

OEM Engine:

Most of the john Deere d105 reviews state that the 17.5 HP engine is more than adequate for normal to hilly lawns up to approximately 2 acres in size.

The D105’s engine offers more than enough power for trimming, mowing, bagging and mulching as well as towing and operating a wide variety of add-ons such as a cart, aerator, spreader, snow plough etc.

John Deere D105 OEM engine

The single cylinder engine uses electronic ignition which ensures that the lawn tractor starts first time.

The durability of the engine is further increased due to the fact that it is placed inside a cast iron sleeve.

The overhead valves add to the fuel as well as power and efficiency of the engine so you burn less fuel and run the mower for longer periods.

One of the unique factors of the engine is the anti-vibration feature. This ensures that you are able to comfortably sit on the lawn tractor without experiencing high vibrations and also lower the overall noise levels.

The engine uses an oil filter which ensures that you do not have to change the oil as frequently as you would have to do on other models. This not only increases the life-span of the engine but also reduces the maintenance needed.

Also, whenever you want to change the oil you can use the oil drain valve which will drain the remaining oil from the engine (which we recommend you do when winterizing your machine) and thereby, makes it easier for you to fill the new oil.

The fuel filter included in the D105’s engine is large compared to it’s peers which makes it easier for you to run the lawn tractor for longer without the need for a filter change.

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Horse Power:

The engine sports a very respectable 17.5 Horse Power which offers more than enough power to  ensure that you are able to easily move the lawn tractor even on steep inclines.

d105 john deere lawn tractorThe torque which is produced by the engine is more than enough for mulching, bagging as well as mowing most lawns even those with challenging terrain.

Even though the D105 handles well and offers a good cut across a range of terrain types if you do have rough ground and very steep inclines then it just may not be powerful enough for your needs.

However, for average American lawns this entry-level garden tractor is more than sufficient.
 

Starting System and Transmission:

The John Deere D105 has a keyed starting mechanism.

The engine has an electronic ignition system which ensures that there is no waiting time and the engine starts quite quickly – pretty much first time, every time.

The lawn tractor comes with automatic transmission with a single foot pedal speed control just like any other standard automatic vehicle.

You can control both the forward as well as reverse speed in the same manner you would control a car or jeep.  The engine is very responsive and gear changes smooth.
 

Cutting Deck and Blades:

The cutting deck measures 42 inches giving a good wide area cut with every pass.

The cut quality is as you would expect from a John Deere mower and you should have no complaints from the dual blade performance.

John Deere cut height leverThe cut height can be easily adjusted from 1″. to 4″ in 1/4 ” increments via a single lever.

The cutting deck is also rolled outwards which provides you with enhanced protection from any flying debris that the might be thrown out by the blades.

This feature also adds to the strength of the lawn tractor.

The cutting deck is coated with that dual stage E-coat which protects it against rust as well as other forms of corrosion.

The body work is very durable and the mower should stay in tip-top condition as long as perform even the basic maintenance on it. Basically, if you look after the D105 it should last you a very long time needing only occasional blade sharpening or replacement.

In order to wash the deck, a wash port is included and can be used with a standard garden hose. Just hook up the hose to hose connector, turn on the water and let the water blast clean the deck automatically.
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Specifications at a Glance:

  • Engine power of 17.5 HP
  • Displacement of 30.5 CU – 500cc
  • 48″ cutting deck.
  • Electronic blade engagement.
  • Dual blades.
  • A cut height selection range that runs from 1″ to 4″ that increases in 1/4″ increments.
  • 2-pedal foot control for mowing forward at speeds up to 5.5 mph.
  • Reverse mowing at speeds up to 3mph.
  • Single cylinder engine
  • 1 leaver speed control
  • Air cooling
  • Oil drain feature
  • Gasoline Fuel
  • Rear-mounted fuel tank
  • 2.4-gallon fuel tank
  • Automatic transmission
  • Disc brake
  • Wash port for convenience to clean the underside of the deck.
  • Fade-resistant hood made of a tough composite material that won’t dent or rust.
  • Openings on side let in cooling air while keeping sound level low.
  • Comfortable easily adjustable high-back with 10 different positions.
  • Can use a wide range of accessories like baggers, carts, aerators, spreaders, front blade, mulch plug and snow blowers etc.
  • 15 x 6-6 front tires
  • 20 x 8-8 to rear tires
  • Stamped steel deck construction
  • Cup holder
  • 13 position height adjustment
  • Mulch, bag & side-discharge
  • Easily covers up to acres
  • Deck wash

 

Performance

The John Deere D105 provides superior performance for lawns up to 2 acres.

John Deere 105 cut qualityWith a myriad of different attachments available this lawn tractor can be a gardener’s best friend.

You can use it to haul, aerate, clear debris and snow and ice. You can attach spreaders, baggers a front blade and other add-ons to turn this machine into an all-round garden helper.

The 17.5 HP 500cc engine provides more than enough power to get even the toughest garden job done.

Also, with easy speed adjustment the operator is always in easy control of the lawn tractor.

The Height adjustment ensures that you are able to trim the lawn from 1″ to 4″ in height. The cut quality is as good as we have come to expect from John Deere.

The D105 lawn tractor performs exceedingly well even on inclines. It also offers very comfortable operation for the rider as well even over long periods.

All in all, with John Deere 105 you would have no problem at all when it comes to trimming lawns.
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Pros and cons

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Pros:

✔ Great entry-level tractor
Good entry-level lawn tractor
Covers 2 acres easily
Works well on inclines
Extended mowing deck
Rust-resistant frame
Reverse mowing
Free White Glove Service

Cons:

x Older type now – most in the range are being replaced by “E” type models such as the E110
x Can scalp lawn if reverse mowed at top speed
x Parts can be expensive
x May (or may not) be discontinued and replaced by an “E” model

 
 

Comparison Chart

Comparison Chart for Top 4 Ariens Zero Turn Riding Mowers
D105 E120 D155
Dimensions (D,H,W) 68.75",42.5",54.9 68.75",44.5",54.9" 73.5",52",52"
Wheels (front/back) 15/20 15/20 15/20
Cutting Width 42" 42" 48"
Blades 2 2 3
Cut Types Bag,Mulch,Side-Discharge Bag,Side-Discharge Bag,Mulch,Side-Discharge
Cut Height max/min 4/1 4/1 4/1
Turn Radius 18" 18" 18"
Engine 500cc 656cc 724cc
Horse Power 15.5 HP 20 HP 24 HP
Cylinders Single V-Twin V-twin
Number of Deck Wheels 2 2 4
Cruise Control no yes yes
Capacity of Fuel Tank 2.4 gal 2.4 gal 2.4 gal
Transmission Automatic Hydrostatic Hydrostatic
Forward Speed 5.5 mph 5.5 mph 5.5 mph
Reverse Speed 3.2 mph 3.2 mph 3.2 mph
Lawn Size up to 2 acres up to 2 acres up to 4 acres
Terrain Type Hilly,Steep Flat with Obstacles,Hilly,Steep Hilly,Steep
Extras Cup Holder,Headlights,Hour Meter,Key start,Single-lever height adjustment,Deck wash port Cruise control,Cup Holder,Headlights,Hour Meter,Key start,Single-lever height adjustment,Deck wash port Cruise control,Cup Holder,Headlights,Hour Meter,Key start,Single-lever height adjustment,Deck wash port
Warranty 2 year or 120 hours 2 year or 120 hours 2 year or 120 hours
Free White Glove Service yes yes yes
Weight 415lb 438lb 483lb
CA Compliant Model no available here no
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Summary

When it comes to entry-level lawn tractors they don’t come much better than the John Deere D105.

The unique selling point of this lawn tractor is that it provides you great performance on all fronts.

d105 john deere lawn tractorWhether you’re looking for a large mowing deck or whether you’re looking for decent speed or whether you’re looking for a reasonably priced entry-level lawn tractor that delivers the same performance as a machines that cost twice the price then the D105 would be a good choice.

The D105 provides you with the perfect mix of features and the ability to become a garden workhorse (via the myriad of available attachments). The quality of cut is as good as you would expect from a John Deere.

With a coverage area of 2 acres and the ability to tackle fairly steep inclines the D105 lawn tractor is perfect for home lawns and as member of any commercial fleet it can handle those smaller jobs and free up the larger machines for bigger jobs.

The enhanced fuel efficiency, smooth operation, quality cut and the capacity to cover up to 2 acres makes this lawn tractor one of the best entry-level lawn tractors on the market today.
 


 

John Deere D105

  • 42″ cut
  • 17.5 HP
  • John Deere Branded Engine
  • Up to 2 Acres
John Deere D105

 
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