John Deere 216

The John Deere 216 ride on lawn mower enjoyed a long production run of 8 years from 1979 until 1987 when it was manufactured in Horicon, Wisconsin in the United States. As well a being a fantastic lawn mower, the JD 216 also has a smaller model available, the John Deere 214. The garden tractor gets it’s power from a K341AQS Kohler gasoline engine. This 1 cylinder, 0.6 liter, air cooled engine uses a dry type of air filter and gives out 16 hp. 1.7 liters of oil is required to fully fill the engine and keep it properly lubricated during operation. The engine is started via a 12 volt battery that is charged by a 15 amp alternator.

The John Deere 216 has 5 gears in total, 4 forward speeds and 1 reverse speed. The gas tank that comes standard with the JD 216 is capable of holding 13.2 liters (3.5 US gallons) of fuel. The chassis on the 216 is a 4×2 2WD. There is no power steering available on this lawn mower when you were purchasing it new, it came with manual steering.

The tractor wasn’t particularly heavy and weighed in at 299 kg (660 lbs) coming off the assembly line in Wisconsin. The garden tractor itself has a width of 1.05 m (41.5 inches) but it’s wheelbase is considerably bigger at 1.16 m (46 inches) while it is 1.71 m (67.5 inches) long.  The John Deere 216 has quite a wide turning radius of 0.9 m (3.1 feet). This sit on lawnmower was very popular when it first hit the market in 1979 and has remains so even today thanks to the fact that if you do run into mechanical problems with it, you will find it very easy to get spares to replace old or worn pieces.

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  1. Jerry says:

    There is nothing this tractor won’t do. After 30 years of service I might blow an hydraulic line but simple replacement and that is only to be expected in machine of this age. The 48″ mower cuts as good today as it did when it was purchased.

    Year of Manufacture: 1981
    Pros: Takes a lot of different attachments. I can always find parts. 30 something years old and still going! Love this tractor.
    Cons: Factory headlights are pretty much useless
    Attachments: Mower deck, front push blade, snow blower, rear rototiller.
    Modifications: Headlights

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