John Deere X500

The John Deere X500 garden tractor lawn mower is the first in the JD X500 series of lawnmowers that debuted in 2006 and as of 2010 are still in production. The JD X500 is built and manufactured in the Horicon JD plant in Horicon, Wisconsin. This tractor is powered by a Kawasaki FH721V, V twin gasoline engine. This 2 cylinder, natural aspiration engine has a displacement of 0.7 liters which gives the tractor a maximum power output of 25 hp, easily enough power for most mowing jobs the JD X500 will come up against. The engine needs to be constantly checked to make sure that it is filled with approximately 1.9 liters of oil to keep it well lubricated and to prevent early wear.

There are other models in the X500 series of garden tractor lawnmowers that include the John Deere X540 lawn mower and John Deere X585 garden tractor. All these lawn mowers share a set of common traits: All of the JD X500 series ride on lawn mowers come with TwinTouch pedals that help to vastly reduce driver effort when it comes to speeding up, slowing down and braking. Although each model comes with a different sized mower deck as standard, all of these mower decks feature John Deere’s Edge Xtra cutting system to ensure more accurate, even cuts, unlike some tractor mowers that give that horrible half cut look to lawns.

The John Deere X500 tractor lawn mower can be purchased with either a 48 inch mower deck as standard or a 54 inch mowing deck as standard. The operating weight of the vehicle as a whole with the 48 inch mower deck attached is 367 kg (809 lbs). It measures 2.01 m (79 inches) in length, while it’s 1.04 m (41 inches) wide without any mower deck attached. Obviously this will increase depending on which size mowing deck you attach. For more information on this model, you can check it out on the official JD site by clicking here.

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3 Reviews of the “John Deere X500”

  1. Donald Shepherd says:

    The X500 was a cheap alternative to the 345, which was one of the finest lawn tractors I have ever owned. By the way, I bought this particular machine at Tri-Green Equipment in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, which is one of the busiest businesses in the area. they have a 2-3 MONTH waiting list for lawn mower services even though they claim to do it in a week or two…….I use to have my John Deere equipment serviced at Rowlands Implement in Lebanon, but unfortunately, they went out of service…………now I have to travel 80 miles round-trip to get service parts.

    Year of Manufacture: 2008
    Pros: Looks good brand new………….but not the best of John Deeres line of products………
    Cons: I have a few issues with this particular mower. with 375 hours on it, I have replaced the hood and the seat before the warranty expired and shortly after it expired, I am now faced with having to replace both the hood and seat again…….cheap materials…….the deck is good but very difficult to remove because of the U-bolts that hold the arms into the rear of the mower. I would advise anyone against buying this particular mower. The engine is nice and when it cuts, it cuts good……..but what good is a mower without a seat to sit on or a hood to open and close. DO NOT EVER PULL ON THE HOOD FROM THE MIDDLE OF THE TOP………….it will snap it……..I simply gave up and drilled and pop-riveted a brace under the center of the hood….looks ugly……but holds even when I open it….The seat is nothing but cheap plastic and I bought this mower at a dealership as opposed to Lowes/Home Depot
    Attachments: The deck is one of the most difficult 54″ decks that I have ever had the opportunity to work with…….As I said the U-bolts that the idler arms sit on require superhuman strength to remove…..it is suppose to be a simply “grab/pull technique but I find myself using come alongs, crow bars, vise grips…………..frustrated with this feature……..
    Modifications: I place a bracket in the center of the top of the hood to reinforce the thinnest part of the mower……John Deere has the liberty to use my modification to strengthen the hood and I won’t expect any royalties, but I have never had to replace 2 hoods and 2 seats with less than 400 total hours on the mower……….

  2. jerrid myers says:

    Good except see below note

    Year of Manufacture: 2008
    Pros: Has been a good tractor except for the SAFETY ISSUE that is stated below.
    Cons: Forward travel pedal sticks-twice in the last 4 months. I have sent a SAFETY ISSUE email to JD but I wonder if they respond to unhappy owners or to safety issues.

    This sticking FORWARD TRAVEL PEDAL is an extremely dangerous issue.
    I intend to send copies of the email to all government agencies that are concerned with Farm/Home Equiptment safety issues.
    I do not want to put this issue on the general internet unless JD does not repair my tractor and assures me that it is absolutely safe to use.
    It is just TOO DAM DANGEROUS when the forward pedal sticks now and then.
    I have spoken with my local dealer. He has never heard of the pedals sticking as mine does. I will take the tractor to SCHMIDT IMPLEMENT today hopefully.

    Attachments: snow blower with canvas hood&48″ mower
    Modifications: none

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