The John Deere 214 is a well known lawn mower from the guys at John Deere that enjoyed a production run of 0ver 10 years from 1975 to 1987. It was part of a family of JD lawnmowers produced around that time, which included the John Deere 216 and John Deere 212. The 214 is powered by a 512cc, 1 cylinder, K321AQS Kohler engine that had an engine size of 0.5 liters. This produced 14 hp of power that transferred into 4 gears going forward and 1 in reverse.
The great thing about the JD 214 is that you have a choice of mower decks that you could use on it. If you were mostly cutting short, light grass, you can use the smaller 48″ mower deck. While if you were going to be tackling long or heavy, wet grass that needed more power to be cut, you could attach a 38″ mower deck. It also has a number of attachments that it can take, from smaller utility carts to lawn scarifiers to snow blowers/throwers and snow blades/plows.
The John Deere 214 was quite a compact lawnmower when compared with the very large ones that you see nowadays. It only weighs 299 kg (660 lbs) while measuring 1.71 m (67.5 inches) long and has a total width, when factoring in it’s wheelbase of 1.16 m (46 inches). The JD 214 was very well received by consumers as it had an alternator and 12 V battery meaning that instead of starting with a pull cord like almost all other tractors back then, you just needed to turn a key.
All in all the John Deere 214 is very well liked by gardeners with medium to large gardens for it’s all-round versatility and different sized mowing decks. Other than a few problems people have had in the past with the clutch, this is a very sturdy and reliable garden tractor lawnmower.
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