The John Deere 116 and John Deere 116H models of lawnmower are both very similar. Unfortunately not a huge amount is known about them. The JD 116 was produced for a very short period from 1982 until 1983. After it was discontinued, the JD 116H took over from it. This John Deere mower had a longer production run of 2 years from 1983 until 1985. However, many people see them as both practically the same machine due to the fact that they are both powered by the same engine. This is a Briggs and Stratton 0.655 liter engine that has a power output of 16 hp. This is the model 402707, 2 cylinder gasoline engine that is air cooled and electric started.
While the John Deere 116 and John Deere 116H both have the same engine, their transmissions are anything but the same. The JD 116 has a transmission that gives it 5 speeds for traveling forwards and 1 for reversing. It’s top speed is 8.5 kph (5.3 mph). Meanwhile the JD 116H has a Eaton hydrostatic transmission. This transmission makes operating it much, much easier as it has no gears just a lever to either speed up (by pressing it further down) or slow down (by easing up on it). It has a top speed of 8 kph (5 mph).
Both the John Deere 116 and the John Deere 116H have similar weights, coming in at 236 kg (522 lbs). They also both use the same types of wheels. Each front wheel measures 15×6-6 (15 inch diameter, 6 inch width, 6 inch rim diameter) while each rear wheel measures a maximum of 20×10-8 (20 inch diameter, 10 inch width, 8 inch rim diameter). While both the JD 116 and the JD 116H have largely been forgotten about by most people, you will still occasionally find them still in use if they have been properly looked after. You will also find them in the ownership of collectors fairly often too.
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