The John Deere Sabre line of lawn mowers very often causes confusion and consternation among both lawnmower enthusiasts and among John Deere fans who don’t like the Sabre range of mowers manufactured and produced by JD. Not only were these mowers confusingly painted with a shade of green that is not quite the same as the regular green of John Deere, they were also called Sabre, which is not something that you would expect from JD. There are actually a surprising number of different Sabre models available. There are five walk behind mowers, the 14PS, 14SS, M10, M21 andM23, all of which have now ceased production.
But there are far more sit on lawnmower models in the John Deere Sabre range. They are the 1338GS, 15.538GS, 15.538HS, 1538GS, 1538HS, 1546G, 1638HS, 1642HS, 1646GS, 1646HS, 17.542HS, 1742GS, 1842GV, 1842HV,1846HMS, 1846HV, 1846GV, 1848GV, 1848HV, 1948HV, 1948GV, 2046HV, 2048HV, 2148HV, 2254HV, 2354HV and the 2554HV. Like the walk behind mowers, these too have all ceased production.
These models were never that popular with consumers as most were confused as to exactly who made these tractors. They were hearing John Deere, but when they looked at the actual logo, it said “Sabre by John Deere”. The problem was that “Sabre” was in a very large size font, but “by John Deere” was much smaller. Consumers didn’t know what to think. Many actually thought that they were cheap (and sometimes even illegal) knock offs of real John Deere tractors, when in actual fact all John Deere Sabres were manufactured by John Deere. The whole idea behind making them was that John Deere thought they would compete with the cheaper tractors being sold by their competitors. They obviously didn’t want to sell ‘true’ John Deere tractors at a lower price than the premium people usually pay, so they made a ‘semi-new’ brand. Unfortunately though, the only thing the JD Sabre brand of tractors did was confuse people. Luckily for John Deere diehards, who don’t want to see the brand of John Deere diluted, the Sabre range has been discontinued, much like the Scotts range of lawn mowers that John Deere produced briefly.
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