John Deere LX176

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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2 Reviews of the “John Deere LX176”

  1. Simon paternoster says:


    Year of Manufacture: 0
    Pros: Fantastic mower best of my collection I’ve two I think of all the mowers I’ve used the best .ive a 178 I’m restoring with the liquid cooled engine can’t wait to use that one over all I’ve cut loads of grass over years and this lx176 is the ultimate mower , I’ve a bagger unit I’m pleased with that , I’ve 4 John deeres two lx 176 s 1 lx178 and a 165 why did Mr John Deere stop such a amazing machine well done Mr John Deere .
    Cons: None
    Attachments: Bagger

  2. Dan says:

    Very expensive LUXURY, but cuts 4 acres and has been running for 15 years, with loads of repairs. Again REPAIR PARTS ARE VERY EXTREMELY HIGH>

    Year of Manufacture: 1991
    Pros: easy 38″ deck to put on or take off—-engine very smooth and quiet.
    Very responsive steering. small enough for a 2 acre yard and turing radius very good. Hyd drive works well.
    Very comfortable ride.. Best lawn mower made by John Deere. Do not see why they stopped making it.
    Now own a x500 with 48″ deck- very good , but no match for lx176.
    Cons: Repair parts are TOO high priced. Deck needed more grease fitting on idler pulleys. Wheels on deck need grease fittings.
    All Plastic housing falls apart.. Very cheap made.
    Attachments: 38″ deck—leaf catching attachment –high lift blades
    Modifications: Rear end supports had to be rebuilt–home made(stronger) Took off nearly all of housing. Grass catcher to much trouble.—waste of money.
    High lift blades very noisy, do not use.

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