John Deere LA175

The John Deere LA175 is the biggest in the 100 series of lawn mowers produced by JD for 2 years from 2008 until 2010 when production moved on the the new ‘100’ series that are denoted with a ‘D’ in front of their number. Smaller garden tractor lawn mowers in this series include the John Deere LA165 lawnmower and the John Deere LA105 garden tractor. The JD LA175 naturally has the biggest engine of all this 100 series of lawnmowers. It gets a massive 26 hp from it’s V twin cylinder, Briggs and Stratton engine. It has a displacement of 0.724 liters (44 cubic inches) and is prevented from getting too hot using an air cooling system. A paper and foam element air filter is used to purify the air intake. Interestingly, this Briggs and Stratton engine is also an Extended Life Series (ELS) engine that will continue working much longer than similar engines made by competitors.

Grass is cut by the John Deere LA175 using it’s 54 inch mower deck that has been constructed from 11 gauge steel for durability. Conveniently, the mowing deck has a built in wash port that you can connect a garden hose to give it a good cleaning. Using the JD LA175 for long periods is not too stressful on the operator thanks to it’s high back seat that has built in lumbar adjustment (although rest periods are always recommend).

The wheels on the John Deere LA175 are quite large to spread it’s 251 kg (552 lbs) weight evenly without leaving large thread-marks. The back tires each measure 22×9.5-12 (22 inch diameter, 9.5 inch width, 12 inch rim diameter) and the front wheels each measure 16×6.5-8 (16 inch diameter, 6.5 inch width, 8 inch rim diameter). Power from the engine on the JD LA175 reaches the wheels thanks to a Tuff Torq K46 hydrostatic transmission. This makes it an automatic lawn mower with no need to constantly be changing gears.

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9 Reviews of the “John Deere LA175”

  1. David Rakes says:

    Sad that i talked my dad into getting one. His only lasted for about 3 years. He is retired and on a fixed income.

    Year of Manufacture: 2010
    Pros: Its a nice color green.
    Cons: My dads and mine the transmission are junk. This lawn tractors so it is called will mow for about 20 minutes and then it will not even pull up a small hill. After the warr. ran out I had called John Deere and they said they would replace it at the time for $900. Are you kidding!!
    Where is the recall on the transmission? John Deere should step up and do the right thing and replace the transmission.

  2. Keith Henson says:

    Will NEVER buy another hydrostat!

    Year of Manufacture: 2010
    Pros: Sold deck, sound engine
    Cons: Hydrostatic transmission is worthless! Same one that is put in the smaller riders. Sort of like a 3/4 pickup with a 4 cylinder in it! 100 hours, transmission failed. Richie Tractor told me that it was not designed to be used on a hill. I suggested that they move their East TN business to Florida! My 35 year old Murray will pull it up the hill faster than it will go on its own! John Deere simply ruined their name! Plan to put $50 in the old Murray and haul the John Deere to the dump!

    Tuff Torq, manufacturer of the transmission told me the same thing. Will NOT work on a hill!

  3. James says:

    Runs great, pulls hills, starts every time, only problem is the new gas tank won’t fit.

    Year of Manufacture: 2009
    Pros: Pulls hills just fine, even after years
    Cons: poor design with the gas tank, it developed a leak, pulled the tank and bought a replacement tank for $96.32, the new tank looks nothing like the original one, and will not fit properly, the linkage for the lever that raises the deck hits the new tank, ………the problem with the old tank was, the fan on the top of the transaxle cut a hole in the bottom of the plastic tank, Now I have a new gas tank, but can’t raise the deck. Not Happy……..the dealer I got the replacement tank says: GY21876 is the correct replacement tank, ITS NOT

  4. Travis says:

    My experience has been down right miserable with this piece of junk!

    Year of Manufacture: 2010
    Pros: none
    Cons: After 100 hrs of runnig time the rear transaxle took a big DUMP. It will not pull itself out of its own shadow. I would highly recomend NOT buying anything from the box stores! I purchased my LA 175 J.D. at Lowe’s. It is out of warranty and we were told the transaxle rear end could be replaced but would cost 600.00 plus. This problem should be corrected on there mowers if J.D. expects return customers……….Very dissatisfied!
    Attachments: 54 mower deck
    Modifications: none

  5. Jon L. says:

    It sucks

    Year of Manufacture: 2009
    Pros: Lets see it is Green, I think that is all.
    Cons: This lawn tractor so it is called will mow for about 10-15 minutes and then it will not even pull out of its own tracts. After the warr. ran out I had called John Deere, Lowes and Tuff Torq, with no help in replacing the sealed transmission. The only help that was given to me from Tuff Torq was I could replace it with the same k-46 for about $600 or upgraded to a real John Deere transmission for about $1200, or open unit up clean it out and replace it with 2qt of fully syn. oil. guess what still does the same thing.

    I have had to replace the fuel pump, two of the spindleson the deck and part of the front end was replaced before the warr. ran out ( got lucky on that). When you engage the mower now it is very loud compared to the first year we had it.

  6. ED says:

    Not good.

    Year of Manufacture: 2010
    Pros: Can’t think of any.
    Cons: Bought at Lowes, and STUCK with a POS. After 100 hours, as everyone has already noted, tractor won’t climb an anthill. Sealed transmission is junk. Cost to fix, $1000. JD dealer said “we build these to Lowes specs, it’s not really a JD”.WTF. Says JD on the side, its JD Green. Lowes basically said sorry for your luck. .

    I see they changed model numbers now, but beware any tractor at box store with a sealed transmission.

    Attachments: None
    Modifications: None

  7. Fred says:

    LA175 or D170 are not for any type of hills stay away from these machines

    Year of Manufacture: 2010
    Pros: None
    Cons: LA 175 Would not go up hill 14 hrs engine blew up-Traded for a D170 2011 model would not go up a hill 20-30 ft the machine would just sit there and shudder this one had 3 hours on it > I would not recommend this residential JD to anyone unless they are on flat lands with not even a small hill. Seems JD does not want to fix this problem. Also the lawn cutting adjustment handle is in the way soon as you try to get off the machine the stick is up your butt

  8. Donna says:

    problem, problem problem

    Year of Manufacture: 0
    Pros: This is the second John Deere riding mower we have owned and have experienced the same problem with both mowers. After a while (of course after the warranty) the mower will not pull up the hill. This is ridiculous. We paid way too much money for these mowers to be experiencing this type of problem. It appears many others have experienced this same issue. One would think you would get the drift and take care of this situation.
    Cons: POOR QUALITY PRODUCT

  9. Harvey Carson says:

    Big mistake.

    Year of Manufacture: 2008
    Pros: Color
    Cons: With less than 100 hours, transmission will not climb a mole hill. Works great on flat land. After doing some research, seems anyone trying to use this tractor with grass on hills to cut, is SOL after about 2 years, when warranty ends. At least $1000 to replace transmission.

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