John Deere JS36

The John Deere JS36 walk behind lawnmower is a step up from the John Deere JS26 push mower. Even though most people will associate JD with tractors and ride on lawnmowers, as this is what they are most famous for, they acutally also make a very much liked and respected JS series of self propelled, walk behind mowers for people with much small grass cutting tasks. The JD JS36 interestingly uses the exact same engine as the JS26. This is a Briggs and Stratton ReadyStart, 4 stroke, 0.19 liter engine that provides 7 ft-lbs of torque to both propel the machine forward and to power the blade.

As the years have progressed, JD has become more and more safety conscious, and the John Deere JS36 is no exception. To use the pull cord recoil starting system, you must be located behind the handlebars (and therefore far away from practically all possible danger). There is no need for gear changing on the JD JS36 as the transmission offers infinite forward and reversing gears that are adjustable from the operator’s station by simply toggling the drive handle either forwards or backwards. John Deere refer to this as their MowMentum drive system.

You will notice a lot of similarities between the John Deere JS36 and the John Deere JS46, most noticeably the fact that they both have a 22 inch cutting widths. They also both have 3 different options for dealing with cut grass. You have a choice of either bagging it, mulching it or discharging it out the side of the machine. The JD JS36 self propelled, walk behind lawn mower is highly recommended by most people who use it. You will also be glad to know that it comes with a 2 year warranty to those purchasing it for residential use.

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11 Reviews of the “John Deere JS36”

  1. Jim says:

    Might as well plan on watching a ball game if you’re getting ready to mow your lawn with a John Deere.

    Year of Manufacture: 2010
    Pros: What a piece of garbage. Spent almost $400 for this boat anchor and cannot get it started. I’ve purchased push behind mowers before like Murray for $100+ and they always started, even after several years of mowing. This thing is just a money pit. THIS IS THE FIRST….AND ONLY JD PRODUCT I WILL EVER BUY!!!
    Cons: Doesn’t work. Might as well call this a lawn ornament.

  2. Paul says:

    I bought a John Deere because I wanted a mower that will last. I have had it in the shop twice and I have spent more, money time and energy trying to fix it, so now I am counting it as a loss. John Deere should of never brought this mower to market. John Deere may of made outstanding equipment in the past, but I will not be buying any John Deere equipment in the future.

    Year of Manufacture: 2010
    Pros: Your arm gets a work out trying to start it.
    A mower that doesn’t run is really safe.
    Cons: No adjustments to try and fix non-start issue.
    Paid John Deere prices but spend more time trying to start than mowing.
    Self propell does not always release wheels when pulling mower backwards.
    Modifications: Kick marks on the side from my foot when I realized I bought a high end mower that performs poorer than the lowest priced model.

  3. James Miner says:
    Performance Not Rated
    Reliability Not Rated
    Overall Satisfaction Not Rated


    Year of Manufacture: 0
    Pros: It is a very clean machine and green. It is VERY SAFE not running!
    Cons: It is USELESS at a lawnmower. It cannot be started! I have never spent so much time NOT CUTTING GRASS in my entire life. I took it to John Deer service outlet and they said it needed a carb kit and charged me $150 and it STLL WON’T START! They are into me for $550 + tax and I have a worthless piece of junk in my garage and very tall grass plus HOURS spent trying to figure out why it won’t start! I have bought lawnmowers all my life, 59 years, and have NEVER had any trouble starting lawnmowers until this thing.

  4. Noel says:

    Once the vomiting stopped and I realized that Deere didn’t even use a condom when they stuck it to me, I improvised and made a Frankendeere that runs great.

    Perhaps deere would consider just selling frames, no one in their right mind should be strapping a Briggs engine on anything that isn’t Russian and designed to run only once, for 60 seconds.

    Year of Manufacture: 2010
    Pros: No choke, no prime, no start.
    John Deere builds a good product, but Briggs engines are 100% crap.

    A friend of mine ran over the frame of his Honda and gave it to me, so I pulled that crap Briggs motor off mine, got the TIG welder out and now my Deere has a Honda motor and runs 100% of the time. Honda’s drive system is crap, Deere’s motor is crap…so Borg the buggers. A little JD Green paint and I have the hottest mower in town.

    Shame on John Deere for getting in bed with Briggs, their engine technology hasn’t improved since 1960.

    Cons: Crap Briggs motor. Ludicrous that none of the frame and actuator bolts actually have LOCKNUTS. Sheesh guys, this ain’t rocket surgery.
    Attachments: Useless bagger.
    threw away the Briggs engine, modified the frame to accept a Honda and adapted the “MowMentum” drive system to it.

  5. Rodney A. Gallagher says:

    When I first bought this mower I was very pleased, that didn’t last too long. The self propelled forward worked well with the speed I can walk. Have a little trouble getting it to release and allow me to back up.

    John Deere, do me a favor fix my mower or at least tell me how I can by pass the heat shut off sensor (if that is what it’s called) at the exhaust.

    Pros: Looks good, has that strong John Deere look.
    Cons: I bought this at Lowes, ( close out) now I see why. They were probably getting sick and tired of people spending their hard earned money and even the John Deere won’t stand behind it! The problem Brad Ekiss had with it just shutting off and you have to wait for it to cool down too have that problem, except my exhaust bolts broke off and I found some kind of sensor that cuts it off. All the heck I want to know ( after I get the broken bolts drilled out and re-tapped) is will this mutha trucker run without the sensor. Can anyone tell me? The two year warranty only is good if you never start, unpack or look at mower for more then thirty-seconds. I went to a few stores and looked at the same model I have , two of three had loose exhaust, go figure. Was this put on at the factory or at the store that sells them?
    Attachments: Rear grass catcher, works well.
    Modifications: Modifications, ha ha, John Deere needs to work on quality control.

  6. Tim H says:

    The mower is very hard to start if you are lucky enough to get it started.

    Year of Manufacture: 1
    Pros: Mows ok
    Cons: Can’t start the mower, can’t believe a JD product could be this badly made. I was thinking about buy a 2000 series tractor but will look for something orange now.

  7. Scott Eggleston says:

    Won’t start without starting fluid or taking the air cleaner off and dumping gas in the carb.

    Year of Manufacture: 0
    Pros: Plenty of power if you can get it started.
    Cons: I’ve used Briggs engines for 40+ years without a problem. My Dad was a John Deere shop manager for that many years. He’ld roll over in his grave over this. With no choke and no primer the only way this thing will start is to hose it with starting fluid or turn it on it’s side and poor gas straight into the carburetor. I counted 50 pulls one time and it never fired once. Bought it at Lowe’s. No satisfaction there. Talked to a John Deere dealer and was told after 30 days there’s nothing they can do.

  8. Ashley says:

    I will never buy another John Deere product because of how unreliable the product was and the company will not stand behind their product.

    Year of Manufacture: 2011
    Pros: Loved the mower when we first bought it, thought we made a great buy
    Cons: After only a few months the motor threw a rod and John Deere will not stand behind this pile of junk they sold us. Very dissatisfied and will not ever purchase another John Deere product and spread the word on the horrible product they manufacture.

  9. Brad Ekiss says:

    Engine is very unreliable. I’ve had the mower in the shop 4 times since buyinger Spring 2010 all because the engine stopped running. They replaced the choke mechanism once and also the entire carburetor another. I continue to have issues where the engine just dies and has to set before it will restart. I’ve owned numerous push and riding mowers over the years and this has been the least reliable. My wife and joke, “nothing doesn’t run like a Deere”

    Year of Manufacture: 2010
    Pros: When the mower will actual run, the self propelled drive works great and matches you walking speed perfectly
    Cons: Very unreliable Briggs & Stratton engine

  10. Ric says:

    Hard to believe this company has been around more than 150 years if they always built poor quality equipment like this mower. The dealer experience is less than satisfactory, and while it takes four calls to the factory to talk to Shaquisia about your concerns, she blows you off telling you it is the dealer and the suppliers’ fault the mower does not work, then belittles you and hangs up. The dealer complains Deere won’t approve repairs, and the factory says the decision to repair a problem rests with the dealer. If the dealer cannot fix a problem, then it is the fault of the seller.

    I notice Lowes no longer sells Deere, maybe they were tired of it being their fault?

    Year of Manufacture: 2010
    Pros: Starts easy thanks to the drip gas stabilizator in the fuel cap.

    Cuts nicely. Not too noisy. Easy to change mowing height. Simple to change oil.

    Cons: The machine arrived with a kink in the drive cable. The saftey run cable failed after about 40 uses on a 2,000 sq. ft. lawn. Deere and the dealers have a “blame the customer” policy and refuse to honor the two year warranty. The mulch attachment was missing, dealer and Deere say “tough for you, buy a new one.”

    The machine is rather flimsy and does not look like it will make it out of warranty.

    The advertising claims about the engine horsepower are laughable.

    Attachments: Had a grass catcher in the box. Thats all.
    Modifications: None

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