John Deere LA135

The John Deere LA135 lawn mower is a popular garden tractor from the team at John Deere. It consists of a 4X2 2WD chassis that houses a Briggs and Stratton gasoline, 2 cylinder V twin engine. This engine is 0.656 liters (40 cubic inches) in size and produces a power output of 22hp. The engine is started using a key ignition and 12 volt battery. The 12V battery is charged by a 9 amp alternator. The air cooled engine needs 1.9 liters of oil to remain fully lubricated. The fuel tank supplying the engine is located to the rear of the machine and comes in 2 different sizes; the California model can hold 8.5 liters (2.25 US gallons). while the ‘regular’ model can hold15.1 (4 US gallons)

Power from the engine gets to the wheels through a Tuff Torq hydrostatic transmission which means that the John Deere LA135 has unlimited gears going forwards and unlimited gears when reversing. The top speed of the lawnmower is 8.8 kph (5.5 mph). The chassis on the JD LA135 is made from welded steel and has a powder coat of paint. You will be glad to know that this lawnmower incorporates John Deere’s CargO Mount system which allows for the quick attachment and detachment of a variety of tools, from baggers to a sun shade.

The front wheels on the John Deere LA135 measure in at 15×6-6 (15 inch diameter, 6 inch width and 6 inch rim diameter) while the rear tires come to 20×10-8 (20 inch diameter, 10 inch width and 8 inch rim diameter). These tires offer fantastic grip to the garden tractor while at the same time minimizing the damage that they could possibly cause to the lawn you are working on. The minimum turning radius of the JD LA135 is 0.46 m (18 inches). The cutting width of the mower deck is 42 inches. If you are looking for a smaller model in the ’100′ series then check out the John Deere LA125 but if you are looking for something bigger, then you may be interested in the John Deere LA145. If you are interested in learning more, then have a look at the official John Deere page for the LA135 by clicking here.

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8 Reviews of the “John Deere LA135”

  1. Ross says:

    I bought mine used, have had it for 3 years now and mow 3/4 of an Acer and have not had any major issues with it.

    Year of Manufacture: 2010

  2. Cole says:

    This is a great-looking machine that I’m proud to own. I can’t say I’ve ever had a real problem with it. I bought it new in 2010 and it’s been a great tractor ever since. The engine has plenty of power and the controls are very easy to operate. I enjoy the compliments I receive when it’s cleaned up. This thing is fun, even if you’re not cutting grass.

    Year of Manufacture: 2010
    Pros: Looks great, plenty of power, gets the job done every time!
    Cons: I sometimes experience a lot of plugging in my bagger chute. I have to stop and clean it out. I know that John Deere offers a blower system that helps to prevent this issue, but it’s a little pricey.
    Attachments: None
    Modifications: None

  3. Steve says:

    I’ve had this tractor 3 years now, engine runs great, never had a problem. I change the oil once a year myself, and I have it serviced every spring from where I purchased it. About $350/year. I mow my hilly property, just under an acre, every week and it works fine, I also pick up all my leafs and it’s a back saver, I have about 25 trees on the property, so it takes a bout a month of ‘mowing’ up the leaves every weekend. I have run over stumps, giant rocks, you name it, it keeps on going and is pretty tough for being the low end model (LA135). My only complaint is that mower belt falls off about 2x a season, and I have to put it back on, it’s a pain… other than that, I like it.

    Year of Manufacture: 0
    Pros: Starts up easy
    Good attachments
    Cons: Mower belt falls off frequently
    Attachments: Leaf system

  4. Kevin says:

    What a piece of garbage! John Deere ought to be ashamed of themselves for putting this P.O.S. on the market. I will NEVER buy another John Deere product… I’d rather take a beating than to give John Deere another dime of my hard earned money.

    Year of Manufacture: 2011
    Pros: Very safe to operate. Virtually impossible to get hurt while operating this lawn mower.
    Cons: Worst piece of junk I ever bought. I definitely have a serious case of buyer’s remorse. Within the first 6 weeks I had to have the mowing deck leveled due to uneven cutting, along with several other repairs. To add insult to injury, the dealer charged me for the repairs. From my perspective, the repairs should have been performed under warranty.
    To make matters even worse, the mower operated great for two cuttings before the alternator went bad. Since I refuse to sink any more $$ into this piece of garbage, I now have to make sure my battery charger is fully charged whenever the lawn needs to be mowed.
    Finally, this past weekend I discovered to my dismay that the oil drain cap somehow had vibrated itself off somewhere along the way. I very nearly fused the pistons to the engine cylinders because all of the oil drained out while I was cutting the lawn.
    Attachments: None
    Modifications: None

  5. alan cranmore says:

    Very safe!

    Year of Manufacture: 2011
    Pros: Nice paint
    Cons: Transmission quit at 30 hours. Cost as much to replace as a new mower, PLANNED OBSOLECENSE anyone? Very safe…will not move!
    Attachments: 42″ deck
    Modifications: none

  6. Michael Bazemore says:

    worst lawn mower ever. i got my jd lawn mower in 2008 and have nothing but problems with the deck. since i’ve had it i’ve had both deck spindles replaced more than once. and now my deck is completly broke, i am going to get the deck welded so i can finish out this mowing season with it and going to buy a new mower at the end of season, and it will not be a john deere.

    Year of Manufacture: 2008
    Pros: Engine and transmission work great, hydrastatic transmission awesom
    Cons: worst deck ever made
    Attachments: none
    Modifications: none

  7. Holly says:

    This is the first John Deere lawn tractor we’ve owned. Of course, my family owns a huge farm/ranch and John Deere’s have always proven to be a highly respected farm implement.

    Year of Manufacture: 2010
    Pros: We have two acres of lawn to mow and this lawn tractor does a GREAT job when it comes to getting the job done right and getting it done fast. We’ve owned this lawn tractor for more than a year and it’s been an excellent addition to our gardening arsenal.
    Cons: None that I can think of
    Attachments: snow pusher.
    Modifications: none

  8. Andy North says:

    Very happy–nothing runs like a deere!!

    Year of Manufacture: 2010
    Pros: Looks great. JD makes the best looking tractors. Only had 6 weeks- but so far very happy. Cuts grass great. Built solid- should handle my flat .5 acre lot for years to come. LA- Series JD’s much better than D100 series (they are junk)
    Cons: none so far
    Attachments: bagger
    Modifications: none

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