The John Deere LX173 garden tractor lawn mower had a production run that lasted only 2 years from 1996 until 1998. During this 2 year production period, all manufacture of the JD LX173 took place in the Horicon plant in Wisconsin. This is where practically every single John Deere mower has been built in recent memory. The LX173 uses a Kohler CV15S, gasoline engine to power the mower deck and the wheels. This engine is built into the 4×2 2WD chassis and produces a reasonable 15 hp. The engine is key started using a 12 volt battery.
The John Deere LX173 lawn mower is in the same class as the likes of the John Deere LX172 and the John Deere LX176 garden tractor lawn mowers. It uses a hydrostatic transmission which gives it unlimited gears when traveling forwards as well as when it’s reversing. The JD LX173 lawn tractor can accommodate 2 different sized mower decks. The first is mower deck with a 38 inch cutting width. The other mower deck is much larger with a cutting width of 48 inches. Do keep in mind that the total width of the mower decks will be approximately 10 inches larger than their cutting widths due to the fact that the discharge chute on each of them protrudes from the side.
When cutting grass with the John Deere LX173, you have a choice to either let the grass get expelled from the discharge chute out the side of the mower deck or you can attach a bagger to the back of the mower to collect the grass clippings. Just remember to add front weight plates to the JD LX173 to keep it balanced with the bagger attached at the rear. This lawnmower can also take a snow blower or front blade attachment as well as other attachments on the rear.
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