John Deere 240

The John Deere 240 lawnmower is a reasonably old ride on lawn mower that was produced at the Horicon plant in Wisconsin over a period of 5 years from 1987 when it first starting coming off the assembly line until 1992 when production on it finished. As ride on John Deere mowers weren’t particularly powerful back then, the JD 240 had a 14 hp engine to power the blade and drive it forward. This engine is a Kawasaki FC420V, gasoline model with natural aspiration. The one cylinder engine has a displacement of 0.4 liters (26 cubic inches). The engine is prevented from overheating using an air cooling system. The engine uses a 12 volt battery-key-start system to get going. Once the engine is running, a 13 amp alternator recharges the battery.

The transmission on the John Deere 240 guiding power to the wheels is a Kanzaki gear shift transmission. This gives the JD 240 6 gears for when it’s traveling forwards and 1 gear for reversing. It has a top speed of 11.3 kph (7 mph). The fuel capacity of the gas tank comes to 11.4 liters (3 US gallons) which is enough to power to give it over 2 hours of continuous operation without needing to be refilled. This lawn mower is first and foremost built for cutting lawns and as such can accommodate either a 38 inch mower deck or a 46 inch mower deck. Do keep in mind that the overall width of the mower with these mowing decks attached will be much greater than their cutting width due to their discharge flaps.

There are also a number of other implements that can be attached to the John Deere 240. These include a 42 inch snow blower and a 46 inch front blade. If you are looking for a bigger version of this lawn mower, then you may be interested in the John Deere 260. If you own a JD 240, please leave a review below to let others know what you like and dislike about it.

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14 Reviews of the “John Deere 240”

  1. Lon Allan says:

    It did my father an excellent job year around. He passed on so I need to find out the value. Will sell tiller seperately. The hood looks like new.Very well kept & did a very good job mowing and moving snow in Iowa, never set out side. Changed carborator and runs excellent.

    Year of Manufacture: 1989
    Pros: My father’s mower’ excellent

    Cons: work to trade attachments
    Attachments: 38″ mower deck,37″ snower, NEW 30″ tiller
    Modifications: Rear fullsize wheel weights & chains

  2. Keith says:

    Had machine 20 plus years, kids mowed 20 plus lawns and two cemeteries for years. Machine finally got tired and bought a zero turn. Trading zero turn in for another JD lawn tractor

    Year of Manufacture: 19910
    Pros: Best mower I have owned
    Cons: NA
    Attachments: 46 inch deck and 42 Blade and chains
    Modifications: None

  3. Mark Vincent says:

    This is one great tractor. I used to swear by the old cub cadet tractors (I still have 3 of them), but this tractor is much better. The steering is still tight and the motor still going strong.

    Year of Manufacture: 0
    Pros: I bought this used in 2001 and have only had to replace belts. The motor runs strong. I mow a very rough hilly yard and it does it with ease. The 3 gallon fuel tank is appreciated.
    Cons: The same as the rest; peeling paint. I repainted the sheet metal in 2004 and purchased new decall so it now looks as good as new.
    Attachments: Just the 46 inch deck.
    Modifications: None

  4. Michael Jedd says:

    Best tractor I’ve ever owned. I started mowing lawns with my dad’s two Wheel Horses. I spent more time fixing those than I did mowing. When it was time for me to purchase a tractor, the only tractor I would consider was John Deere. Never regretted my decision.

    Year of Manufacture: 1988
    Pros: Tractor is solidly built with an extremely reliable 14hp Kawasaki engine.
    The tractor is bullet proof. John Deere does not make them like this anymore. It’s never had to be serviced.
    Cons: None
    Attachments: 38″ Mower Deck w/Bagger. Only items replaced in 26 years of service were the mower wheels, bags & chute. Nice thing about JD is after 26 years parts are still available.
    Modifications: None

  5. Todd says:

    Bought it new in 89 and have used it every day since. It still looks good except for the peeling paint. It has always been garage kept and still runs and cuts just like it always has. I hope to get another 20 years out of it. I have no plans to replace it.

    Year of Manufacture: 0
    Pros: Reliable, dependable. Not hard on gas. Steering still tight.
    Cons: Paint is lifting from various metal parts. I have seen many other 200 series of the same vintage doing the same thing when I’ve seen them for sale on ebay. Must have something to do with their paint process at the time.
    Attachments: Only used it with the 46″ deck.
    Modifications: We had the dealer ad lug tires and rear wheel weights when we bought it.

  6. Jesse says:

    Very great mower, tough, works great for such an old model.

    Pros: Runs well, Cuts great even in higher grass, and holds a nice amount of gas. Easy to use, and fun to drive.
    Cons: Having problems with it dying, last time I tried the light switch it killed the engine, but other than the engine dying a couple times it’s been good.
    Attachments: None
    Modifications: None

  7. Russell says:

    Nothing but great times on this mower and plan to use it indefinitely, may just change motors when mine finally gives out, but no signs yet.

    Year of Manufacture: 1990
    Pros: Rugged, virtually indestructible mower. Steering, being U joint, etc. is far better than its successor, the GT242, GT262. I have mowed 2-5 acres for about 20 years with this mower and had to replace the belts, spindles and PTO clutch once. I have mulched up sticks, brush and about anything else in my way with no issues. Mine was also dropped off of a pickup truck while backing down the ramps and hit the ground, turned over and was still running. Flipped it over and runs/mows just like brand new. Unbelievable how tough these mowers are. Gear transmission is also far superior to the hydrostatic models (245, 265, 285) in the same series as they tend to wear out far in advance of the gear tractors.
    Cons: Deck lift (‘tree grabber’). The arm is in a bad location when floating the deck of driving with deck raised. Tends to grab anything in its path and usually whips back on the operator.
    Attachments: 38″ mower deck

  8. dan says:

    Tough as hell. Is a very good running machine. I use it alot to haul wood out of the woods durning the winter. Doesn’t show any sighns what so ever of slowing down. Good quality machine compared to the new ones today with their thin cheap metal and plastic. Doesn’t owe me a dime.

    Year of Manufacture: 1989
    Pros: Very dependable, bulletproof motor, tough frame, really simple and basic machine. Easy to maintain.
    Cons: Paint flakes.
    Attachments: Snow blade and trailer.
    Modifications: None.

  9. jim Betancourt / Michigan says:

    Just replaced mower drive belt for first time last summer,I go thru a set of blades a year, but use it like a brush hog some times. cutting sumac and what ever gets in my way. looks and runs like new. I cut 4 acres of grass( not lawn) only proplem I have had Is dirt got in gas tank and it was a major pain to remove tank to completely clean it out. all in all its great machine……
    when it was new my uncle purchased a 18hp yardman we hooked them together back to back and had a pull off. I drug him across the field. yes I was 50 and boys will be boys… LOL he has since had 5 different mowers and I am still mowing away with mine.

    Year of Manufacture: 1990
    Pros: built iron tough,
    Cons: love it, no complaints
    Attachments: 46 in mower deck, wished I had blade , blower and tire chains
    Modifications: none

  10. Mark Duncan says:

    Allways has worked well

    Year of Manufacture: 0
    Pros: Good strong mower/garden tractor. Very solid. Cuts and runs attachments without problems.
    Cons: Paint flakes
    Attachments: 46″ mower deck, PTO tiller, Rear hitch and scrape blade
    Modifications: none

  11. Phil says:

    I mow a very rough and hilly yard with mine. It drives right through the rough wash outs with no problem. It has a good built front end and steering components that have never failed me. It climbs the hills with plenty of power for a small tractor..

    Year of Manufacture: 1990
    Pros: Good quality built mower for its size.
    Cons: The only thing I don’t like about it is there’s one John Deere dealer around me and they are kind of expensive when something does break. I have had some minor issues with mine but I bought it used so I expected them.

  12. Roger says:

    Runs like a sewing machine. 24 years old and shows no signs
    whatsoever of slowing down. If anyone is lookiing for a great
    used mower for a reasonable price that was built to last, I highly
    recommend a 240.

    Year of Manufacture: 1987
    Pros: Amazing, outstanding mower. Runs today just like a brand new one.
    Built solid, none of that cheap metal junk a lot of today’s mowers are
    made of. Powerful frame. Great engine, none of the second-rate
    stuff of today.
    Cons: None, except I wish that the attachments (such as bagging systems)
    were easier to come by today for this mower.
    Attachments: When I purchase a power flow, I will have a bagging system.
    Modifications: None.

  13. Jack says:

    I have been very well satisfied with this equipment.

    Year of Manufacture: 1988
    Pros: Reliability-Have only replaced belts and 1 set of blades
    Cons: NONE
    Attachments: Snow blade and mower deck with grass catcher
    Modifications: NONE

  14. Joe says:

    Good, just purchased an EZ turn model

    Year of Manufacture: 1991
    Pros: Nice tall tractor/mower, Ok power and speed during mowing activities. Good turning.
    Cons: Problems with mixture, backfires can’t figure what the problem is (neither the John Deere dealer) Poor quality Deere mower belts.
    Attachments: Non
    Modifications: Non

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