John Deere D160

The John Deere D160 is one the 2 biggest models in the 100 series for the year 2011 released by John Deere. The only model that’s bigger is the John Deere D170. Smaller models include the John Deere D130 and JD D110. The engine powering the JD D160 is a Briggs and Stratton ‘Extended Life Series’ (ELS) 44. The model number is ’44’ as it has a displacement of 44 inches (or 0.725 liters in metric terms). The gasoline engine is a 2 cylinder V twin that’s air cooled and has natural aspiration. The total power output from the engine is 24 hp. The engine uses cartridge air filters to clean the air intake before it passes through to the combustion chambers. The 12 volt battery used for starting the engine is charged by a 16 amp alternator.

The John Deere D160 comes with a choice of fuel tanks, depending on which model you buy (California model or regular model). The fuel tank that comes with the California model can hold up to 9.1 liters (2.4 US gallons) of gasoline. However the regular model can hold way more gasoline in it’s tank, 15.1 liters (4 US gallons). So if you are a contractor or you have a huge amount of grass to cut and don’t want to be constantly refilling it, then make sure to go for the regular model and not the California JD D160.

The weight of the John Deere D160 comes in at 240 kg (528 lbs). It’s maximum width when the mowing deck is attached is 1.53 m (60 inches). The mower deck itself has a cutting width of 48 inches. Fortunately, the JD D160 is useful in the winter as well as the summer. While you won’t have much grass to cut in the winter, you can use attach a JD 44 inch snow blower to clear snow. But it can also take a huge variety of other attachments which makes this garden tractor lawnmower very flexible indeed.

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4 Reviews of the “John Deere D160”

  1. Darrell says:

    My D160 has less than 30 hours and camshaft has failed. Time has expired for warranty so this is out of my pocket. I’m using an 19 year old John Deere that is still running fine, never even had the spark plug replaced. I think it’s time to switch brands, the extra money for JD was wasted!

    Year of Manufacture: 2016

  2. holeinone says:

    After 10 Years I Thought I Would Upgrade from My LA130 to a Bigger More Powerful Model the D160. Needless to Say I Liked My LA130 Much Better, She Started Right Up & She Never Ran Out or Used To Much of it.
    I Will Be Doing Some Modifications to Mine & See How it Goes But as of Today I would not Buy the D160 However Maybe I Got a Lemon.

    My Biggest Issue it Takes So Long to Turn Over / Start.

    Year of Manufacture: 2017
    Pros: The D160 Comes with a Front Bumper & a Nicer Seat. Has a Nicer Steering Wheel with a Better Turning Radius The D160 has a Little Bit Better of a Ride. Safety is Good.
    Cons: 1 ) The D160 Takes a Lot Longer to Start / Turnover. 2) The Gas Tank Fuel Indicator Float Does Not Work Correctly. (JD Should Have Stayed with the Sight Style One) ( I Ran Out of Gas Twice) 3) Although it has a 25HP Engine it Does Not Go Faster 5 MPH. (It Also Uses More Gas) 4) The D160s Front Tires Tare up the Turf a Little Going Around Trees. 5) The Bagger Systems Bags Expand to Much & Its Hard to Empty the Grass Out. 6) With the Bagger System Installed Getting Off the Tractor is Harder Because On the Other Side the Height Adjustment Bar is in the Way, You Get Caught Up, Especially if Your Wearing Shorts. (JD Should Move Adjustment Bar to the Other Side Where the Storage Bin is) 6) I Don’t Think a Pre Inspection Was Done as Stated & the Battery Was Not Hooked Up. 7) Only 1 Key.
    Attachments: I Only Have the Bagger System. The D160 Grass Catcher is Expensive & I’m Not Impressed. ( JD Should Redesign it.) I Like the Hard Plastic Style Bins the Grass Easily Slides Right Out Fast.
    Modifications: JD Needs to Modify the Height Adjustment Lever to Make it Easier Getting On & Off the Tractor. ( Move it to the Right Side or Make a Lower T Handle Type.)
    With a 25HP I Would Like / Expect it to go Faster.
    The Rear Sticker Reflectors Would be Nice if They Were Lights for Night Time Use.

  3. dennis purgatorio says:

    poor on gas very loud

    Year of Manufacture: 2016
    Pros: looks good
    Cons: will not start in cold weather john deere said choke turn key for 5 sec wait 15 sec try to start good luck have to repeat 5 to 10 times then it might start have used it 3 times this winter because it wood not start will be selling in spring if deere will not fix

  4. Mike says:

    Over all I really like this machine and expect that it will provide many years of service at a competitive price. I’m only slightly disappointed in the dealer setup – but I must confess to being fairly picky and deck leveling was something that was going to be checked either way.

    Year of Manufacture: 2011
    Pros: Seat, ride and driving position is very comfortable; the lumbar support is great. Controls are easy to see, reach and operate. The large steering wheel actually feels close to power steering. The larger wheels/tires feel better than my last mower on my somewhat rough yard.

    Even though it’s new, I checked reliability as 5 stars. Time and usage will be better to determine reliability.

    Cons: The deck had been adjusted level at the dealership but the blades are not even with the deck The gage wheels were installed above the bottom of the deck lip. I re-leveled to the blade tips and set the gage wheels appropriately for the 2-3/4” height I use and now it mows flat and as close to perfect as can be expected.

    The toe in on the front end seems excessive but that may be a contributor to its ease of turning. The steering linkage is not adjustable and I suspect somewhat rapid tire ware due to the toe.

    The gimmicky little storage box on the right fender needs to be taped shut for trailering.

    Attachments: Just the standard 48″ Mower deck. I’ll probably get the rear bucket bracket next time I’m at the dealership. The bucket and a reacher/grabber thing will be useful for blown trash, sticks and golf balls. (Not much snow to plow in N. Central TX)
    Modifications: With the seat all the way to the rear, the height adjustment lever would kind of snag my butt getting off so I removed the handle and cut about 3-1/2” off of the lever and slid the handle back on. Much better!

    Additionally, the front wheel grease fittings (both wheels) were just barely started in the holes. One blew out upon first greasing. Remove; re-tap; install correctly – good to go.

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