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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