John Deere LA145

The John Deere LA145 is a very large and powerful modern lawn mower from JD. This garden tractor is perfect for anyone with a large garden or commercial gardening company.

It’s V twin, 656cc, Briggs & Stratton engine pumps out an impressive 22hp (far more than most lawn mowers currently on the market). This transfers into a reasonable forward speed of 5.5mph, while it can manage just over 3 mph in reverse. Thankfully though it has cruise control as standard which means that at least if you are cutting large flat areas, you don’t have to focus too intensely. The fuel tank holds 4 US gallons of petrol, while on the California model it only holds 2.25 US gallons. The 2 pedal, hydrostatic transmission allows the machine to shift easily and quickly. It’s rear tires have a 20 inch diameter and are 6 inches wide, while the rear tires are 20 inches in diameter and 10 inches wide which means that the John Deere LA145 rarely if ever slips, even in very muddy ground.

It’s also good to note, for those planning on using the JD LA145 in areas with nooks and crannies that the turning radius is just 18 inches allowing this big lawn mower to easily turn within a very small space. The mowing deck is very large on this lawn mower model, coming in at 48 inches wide which will quickly turn an overgrown field into a well manicured lawn. The overall length of the John Deere LA 145 comes in at just a sniff under 49 inches (48.9 to be exact) while it measures 70 inches long.

Cut grass clippings are expelled out to the side of this garden tractor, but you also have the option of attaching a 2 bag bagger from John Deere capable of holding 6.5 bushels worth of grass. This in addition to other optional attachments, such as snow blowers, rollers, canopies and rotary booms.

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5 Reviews of the “John Deere LA145”

  1. Scott says:

    Overall I am very satisfied with this mower. I purchased it new 10 years ago for approximately $2000.00 and have spent around $500.00 for maintenance and repair parts. The front wheel bushings wore out and I replaced them with sealed bearings and the mower spindles also wore out and I replaced those. The parts are really inexpensive and readily available. The lawn needs to be mowed 44 weeks a year in my area and I have a 1 acre lot , so $2500.00 divided by 10 years $250.00 divided by 44 weeks $5.68 per week. Not the highest quality but certainly not expensive compared to other mowers.

    Year of Manufacture: 2009
    Pros: Cost
    Cons: Quality
    Attachments: Mower deck
    Modifications: None

  2. George says:

    This junker is the worse purchase I have ever made in my life and I am 55 years old. The frustration from this machine has taken years off my life. I am considering renting a cargo plane and dropping this lemon on the JD sign at the plant.

    Year of Manufacture: 2011
    Pros: Pretty color
    Cons: Absolute garbage. Every part except the engine is under built. Bought at Lowes and was told to take for service to the local JD dealer. Local JD dealer laughs at it and calls it discount store junk. Rear end bushings made of light plastic…they wear and allow the axle seals to leak resulting in the transaxle running out of fluid…no provision to refill fluid so the JD dealer wanted $1800.00 for new axle installed of the same quality…I should mention the tractor has a whopping 160 hours on it.
    JD dealer would not even take it in trade. Suggested I buy his “High Quality” JD ……yeah fat chance! Took tractor home. Replaced crap plastic bushings with steel, drilled oil fill into rear end, added fluid and it works. Craigslist here it comes. New Holland, Kubota, or Toro here I come…….. JD you can eat chit!
    Attachments: Belly mower
    Modifications: Drilled rear end and added oil fill….JD you are idiots.

  3. TIM says:

    I hate it. bought it from local John Deere dealership, maintain it by the book. The powerful engine is indestructible. So what..if you can’t steer it it is lawn art. Very disappointed. replaced steering (complete) 3 times in as many years. I had a Murray in the same class and it ran for 7 years until the deck rotted out, so I figured I get the best. Poor design and I checked the Cub Cadets….same steering. Just check any brand and the steering design, get the one not like a Deere.

    Year of Manufacture: 2009
    Pros: the engine will never quit
    Cons: I have replace 3 steering gears and all the parts to go with it.

  4. gary says:


    Year of Manufacture: 2007
    Pros: 2nd john deere mower i owned.i cut 1.5 acres with hills and never had any problems.greatmower in my books.

    Cons: parts are expensive.

  5. Bob says:

    they suck and so does the whole company. Don’t buy

    Year of Manufacture: 2008
    Pros: They are a pretty green and yellow and easy to find junked in the weeds
    Cons: John Deeres quailty, performance and service has been going down and down. So now that they are “officially” a chinese made brand, you might as well buy another brand that performs better, has better service and costs less.

    John Deere Signs Agreement to Buy Large Tractor Manufacturer in China
    Company Name Will Be John Deere Ningbo Agricultural Machinery Co. Ltd

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