The John Deere LX176 was built out in Horicon, Wisconsin over an 8 year period, throughout the nineties from 1990 until production ceased in 1998. It is one of John Deere’s smaller models with 0.4 liter engine designed and built by Kawasaki. It’s their FC420V model that takes gasoline and was just a 1 cylinder, air cooled, naturally aspirated engine with an oil capacity of 1.6 liters. This power is transferred to the wheels via a hydrostatic transmission with infinite forward and reverse speeds. The chassis is a 4×2 2WD. The transmission requires 3.4 liters of oil to operate properly. The top speed on the LX 176 is 5.5 mph and in reverse it can manage 2.5 mph.
The capacity of the fuel tank is just 9.5 liters (2.5 US gallons) allowing for just a few hours operating time before requiring a refill. The most popular attachments for the John Deere LX 176 are snow blowers. It can take either a 38″ or 42″ snowblower attachment on the front for clearing driveways. It can also take a varying number of mowing decks. The largest is a 48″ deck, but it can also take a 44″ and 38″ one also. Obviously the larger deck will struggle more in damp and long grass. But if the grass is dry and not too long, then this mowing deck will make mince meat of it and not stall at all.
There is no cab on the JD LX 176, but there is the option of a sun umbrella. The turning radius on the lawn mower is a reasonable 0.51 meters (20 inches). This model is still used today, although many opt for a smaller 38″ mowing deck so as not to stall the engine during the summertime, while at winter it is equally useful at clearing snow.
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