John Deere LA140

The John Deere LA140 weighs in at 237 kg (524 lbs). It measures 1.75 m (69 inches) long when it is not carrying any attachments such as baggers or snow blowers or front blades. It has a maximum width of 1.54 m (60.5 inches) when the mower deck is attached. This is even though the mower deck has a cutting width of only 48 inches. The extra width comes from the fact that it’s made from 12 gauge steel and it’s discharge chute located on the side of the mower deck. The mower deck is highly adjustable. It has 13 separate mowing heights, each varying by just o.25 inches, from 1 inch off the ground to 4 inches off the ground. The highest part of the JD LA135 lawn mower is 1.17 m (46 inches) from the ground.

The engine powering the John Deere LA140 is a Briggs and Stratton, gasoline (petrol) engine that is a 2 cylinder V twin. A 12 volt battery is used to start the engine via a key ignition, which is then charged by a 14 amp alternator once the engine is running. The engine is 0.725 liters (44 cubic inches) in size and has a power output of 23 hp. It uses a paper and foam element filter on the air intake. The JD LA135 is an automatic thanks to it’s hydrostatic transmission. This means that there is no gear changing required, just 2 pedals; one for traveling forwards and one for reversing.

The John Deere LA140 comes with a mulch cover as standard, but you also have the option of purchasing a bagger to collect the grass clippings immediately after cutting them. The fact that the JD LA140 comes with cruise control makes operating it incredibly easy, especially if you are cutting a large, open and boring piece of grass like a playing field or public park.

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7 Reviews of the “John Deere LA140”

  1. Glenn Phillips says:

    I inherited this mower when we moved to our ranch. It was sitting in the garage with 3 flat tires and a bad starter solenoid. I know why they left it behind now. Mower belt afterr mower belt after mower belt. With only 200 hours on the clock, the engine runs great, just won’t cut the lawn with 3-4 breakdowns. Always something.

    Year of Manufacture: 2007
    Pros: Says John Deere on the side
    Cons: Crap

  2. Ian says:

    Been useing the la140 for 17 years two acres and 300 ft driveway not a problem in winter in Canada I think I changed one mower belt 👍

    Year of Manufacture: 2007
    Pros: Snowblower works slick
    Cons: None
    Attachments: Snow Blower

  3. J says:

    Quality of a MTD with a John Deere price. Expected more from a Deere.

    Year of Manufacture: 2007
    Pros: I’ve had no problems with the engine or transmission.
    Cons: 600 hours and now changing the transmission drive belts. Has gone through two steering sectors, 2 steering pinion gears, two sets of front wheel bushings (upgraded to bearings), six deck drive belts, both front tires and a steering shaft with bushings. You do the math!
    Attachments: none
    Modifications: Changed front wheel bushings to bearings.

  4. Paul says:

    Established Deere dealer was horable to work with, nice guy when selling but junk for service.

    Year of Manufacture: 2008
    Pros: engine runs good, always starts easy.
    Cons: Transmission started slipping 3 rd yr we owned it from new, about 100 hrs, dealer said not covered under warranty, and wanted $1700 to repair or would give $300 on trade in. did neither with that dealer, and did not replace with a John Deere, the Husqverna runs great after 4 yrs

    poor turning radius and poor traction at front tires, just never felt right, and dealer said there all that way. .

    Attachments: Bagger

  5. Robert says:

    I got taken to the cleaners. They got $2,500 of my money and I got a lemon. Go search the internet, the truth will jump out at you.

    Year of Manufacture: 2007
    Pros: I now have the knowledge not to buy this low-end John Deere product.
    Cons: Transmission lasted less than 200 hours.

  6. James Dobson says:

    Heavy use

    Year of Manufacture: 2007
    Pros: I bought this mower in 2007 at Home Depot in Texas. This was my first riding mower. I purchased a home on a 1 acre lot and was not about to push it. It’s now 2012 and I have 53 hours on it and could not be more satisified. I sold the home with the 1 acre lot and moved into a home with a 1/2 acre lot. I have been mowing this yard for the last 2 years with zero issues. I do all of my own servicing like oil changes, plugs, filters and also I drain the fuel at the end of each season. I pull the deck after the last mow in the fall and sharpen all 3 blades by hand. I keep it in the garage and completely blow all the grass out of it after every use. I have a 5×10 tilt bed heavy duty trailer that I keep in the back yard. I use my Deere to move that trailer back and fourth from the back yard to the front. The trailer has been loaded to the hilt several times. If it wasn’t for my JD I wouldn’t be able to get it put up. This mower has been absolutely amazing for me. I have had zero issues with it. In the winter of 2010 it snowed here in North Texas. Our entire neighborhood was covered. There were several neighbors that had their 4 wheelers out pulling their kids around the neighborhood. I dropped the deck on my JD LA140 and tied a long rope to the ball and the other end to a large Rubbermaid tote. I put my 3 year old son in it and drove around the entire neighborhood for hours on end. We had a blast even though I couldn’t go as fast as those fancy 4 wheelers.
    Cons: None!!!

  7. Rick says:

    Don’t take only my word,, search around.

    Year of Manufacture: 2007
    Pros: It looked nice when it was new. Dealership in Longmont Colorado told me it would do everything my old Toro Wheelhorse would do.
    Wishe they were honest
    Cons: Transmission didn’t last 150 hours. Serive was poor. Still cost me money and was mis-diagnosed. Then the dealership lied to me about checking it out. All this is truthful , honest and documented.
    Went to J corporate and the Regional manager from KC lied, callled once and ltold my wife he’d call back the next day. I waited all day,neve called. Got a letter from JD saying he tried “numerous” times,,

    they are all crooks there.

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