John Deere 170

The John Deere 170 is a ride on lawn mower built by John Deere at their Horicon factory in Wisconsin. It had a production run of just 1 year from ’89 to ’90. The JD 170 came with a Kawasaki FC420V engine. This is a natural aspirated, 0.4 liter, gasoline engine with just 1 cylinder. It’s air cooled and uses a dry foam air cleaner. This gives it a power output of 14 hp. The transmission is where the John Deere 170 gets very interesting. It is a Peerless 800 gear transaxle transmission that give 5 gears going forward and 1 in reverse. This transmission requires 1.1 liters of oil. With this transmission, the 170 lawnmower has a top speed of 5 mph.

This chassis on the John Deere 170 is a 4×2 2WD. It’s fuel tank holds 8.3 liters (2.2 US gallons) of gasoline. The mowing deck on the mower is 38″ and is adjustable from 2 cm to 10 cm (1 inch to 4 inches). Interestingly, the 170 has a front PTO that is available for a wide variety of attachments and implements such as a 38″ single stage snow blowers/snow thrower and brushes. It can also take a 42″ wide blade. The JD170 does not come with a cab, but you can get an optional one. The seat on the garden lawn mower is the traditional yellow that you will find on almost all JD lawnmower seats.

The shipping weight of the mower is 258 kg (570 lbs). It has a wheelbase of 1.13m (48 inches) and measures 1.65 m (65 inches) long. Due to it’s front PTO, the John Deere 170 is a highly flexible and versatile tractor capable of many different tasks from cutting lawns to getting rid of snow to moving (very small amounts) of earth. You probably won’t see this tractor in a commercial operation, but rather in a residential setting.

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3 Reviews of the “John Deere 170”

  1. Jeff says:

    Great residential machine. I would have used it for comercial service. The 38″ deck might be a little more mow time but quality mow time.

    Year of Manufacture: 1989
    Pros: I bought my 170 new in 1989. I thought the $2500.00 including the twin bagger system was a little high, but after 22 years ill have to say its been a good one. I just replaced all belts {original} drive belt and mower deck belts {replaced one time}. I also just had to replace the pto clutch today. If I can do it anyone can. This is one of the best purchases I have ever made. When I bought it my neighbor said he would never pay that much for a mower. HE IS ON HIS THIRD MOWER NOW. He bought a Huskavarna this time. I think im going to try to outlast this one. NOTHING RUNS LIKE A 1989 JOHN DEERE 170………
    Cons: NONE
    Attachments: Bagging system
    Modifications: None needed

  2. Robert says:

    Original owner, seemed to be costly in 1990 at about $2500, but after 22 years of service, turned out to be a great investment. Other than routine maintenance, carburetor cleanings and a rebuild, and the occasional battery replacement, no other engine work ever needed. The engine is a Kawasaki FC420V, 14 hp. The FC540V engines were also used for lawn tractors with the 46″ mower. Replaced main & mower drive belts once about 5 years ago and the mower bearings about 3 years ago. The Electric PTO is still going strong even though it has rattled for years. The starter does exhibit a common trait with these engines in that the solenoid does not always pick up correctly and may click several times before the starter engages.

    Year of Manufacture: 1990
    Pros: Reliability, engine make/design, regular maintenance costs.
    Cons: Difficult mower adjustment process. No external fuel level indicator.
    Attachments: 38″ mower. Bagger.
    Modifications: None. When/if engine ever fails or repair costs are too high, will convert tractor to electric drive.

  3. Marquise says:

    I love Johnny, he has been very good to us!

    Year of Manufacture: 0
    Pros: I love this tractor, I use it on our acreage for snow removal and lawn cutting. It has the super reliable Kawasaki engine and starts even in -30.
    Attachments: 48″ lawn cutter, snowblower

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