The John Deere SST16 lawnmower has both a bigger and a smaller brother. It’s bigger brother is the John Deere SST18 lawnmower while the John Deere SST15 is the smaller brother of the SST16. The JD SST16 is best known for the fact that it uses differential steering technology to turn 180 degrees on a dime. Even though it has the appearance of a regular ride on lawnmower, it actually has a zero turn radius when you aren’t traveling very fast. The engine powering this John Deere lawn mower is a Briggs and Stratton V twin cylinder engine that is air cooled. It provides that lawnmower with 16 hp.
Thanks to it’s Twin Touch pedal and transmission system, the John Deere SST16 is an automatic with a top speed of 8.8 kph (5.5 mph) and is very easy to drive. The JD SST16 comes with a 42 inch mower deck as standard but has the option of mulching the grass clippings or discharging them out the side of the mowing deck. You can also attach a 7 bushel bagger to the back of the machine to collect the grass clippings. Besides just mowing your lawn, this mover can also accommodate a huge range of implements, from snow throwers to front blades to utility carts as well as scrapers and harrows.
The weight of the John Deere SST16 comes in at a pretty hefty 290 kg (640 lbs). It’s minimum turning radius however is 0 m (0 inches). The JD SST16 enjoyed a production run that lasted 3 years from 2000 until production finished in 2003. This would indicate that while SST technology is certainly useful among standard lawnmowers, it has yet to catch on and be implemented in all lawnmowers.
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