The John Deere 185 lawn mower is a very heavy and large machine. It is the bigger brother of the John Deere 175 mower. Like the 175, the JD 185 also has a variant, the John Deere 180 lawnmower. The main difference between the 2 is the fact that the 180 has a gear drive transmission while the 185 has a Sundstrand hydrostatic transmission, making the JD 185 an automatic with infinite gears for traveling forward and infinite gears for reversing also. It’s top speed is 8 kph (5 mph). The gear box requires 0.7 liters of transmission fluid to fully fill it.
The John Deere 185 has many attachments that add to it’s functionality and general usefulness around the garden and yard areas of your property. You can attach a 42 inch John Deere 2690M blade to clear snow or other debris. On top of this, you can also attach a 38 inch single stage snow blower to the JD 185 if you live in an area of heavy snowfall and need to keep your property clear of snow. There is a rear bagger attachment, like on practically every single JD garden tractor lawnmower that has a capacity to hold up to 6.5 bushels of grass before it needs emptying. Even though the lawnmower weighs quite a bit at 292 kg (645 lbs) with the largest rear, 42 inch mower deck attached, it’s still advised that you use some front mounted weights to help prevent it from rearing up like a bucking horse.
The engine powering the John Deere 185 mower is a Kawasaki FC540V gasoline, 1 cylinder engine with natural aspiration. This engine has a displacement of 0.534 liters and produces 17 hp. This may not seem like a lot for a machine that weighs in at 292 kg (645 lbs), but when you take into account that it’s over 20 years since the last JD 185 was produced in 1990, then it seems fair enough.
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