The John Deere 265 lawnmower is a very popular model from the late eighties and early nineties. It had a production run that lasted 7 years from 1987 until 1994. Smaller models from this series include the John Deere 260, while if you are looking for something that’s a bit bigger, you may want to check out the John Deere 285. A 0.534 Kawasaki FC540V gasoline engine is built into the 4X2 2WD chassis. This 1 cylinder engine has natural aspiration and is air cooled. It uses a dry element air filter that also has a foam element built in to purify the air before entering the engine. The engine needs it’s oil level to be maintained at 2.5 liters to ensure smooth operation. Thankfully a 12 volt battery is used to start this 17 hp engine. The battery is re charged once the engine is running by a 15 amp alternator.
The main part of the John Deere 265 is the mower deck that has a 46 inch cutting width and consists of 3 individual blades (not just one large blade) that efficiently cut the grass. While the cutting width of the mowing deck comes in at 46 inches, the total width of the mower deck is actually a lot higher at 57 inches, which is mainly due to the discharge flap protruding out the side. The cutting height of the mower deck is highly adjustable from just 1.5 inches above the ground to 4 inches above the ground.
While obviously most people associate the John Deere 265 lawnmower with cutting lawns, it’s actually far more useful and versatile. This is because it’s compatible with many different implements. You can put a 42 inch snow blower on the front as well as a front blade from clearing everything from leaves and debris to push earth and soil. And this is not forgetting that you also have the option of a bagger at the back to collect the grass clippings.
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