John Deere LT133

The John Deere LT133 is a ride on lawnmower designed and built in Horicon, Wisconsin during the late nineties and early noughties. It’s production run lasted 3 years before ending in 2001. It’s 1 cylinder, Kohler, gasoline engine is air cooled and pumps out 13hp. This then transmitted it’s power into it’s 4×2 2WD chassis through 5 gears. The JD LT133 is on the smaller side when compared to other John Deere sit on lawnmowers built around this time.

However, one of the advantages of this model was that it was relatively light, weighing just 208 kg (460 lbs). It also had a nice small turning radius of just 15 inches. It’s popular, adjustable seat has been specifically designed to offer the operator maximum comfort so that even when it’s being operated over very long periods, it doesn’t get too uncomfortable.

The mower deck on the John Deere LT 133 is 38 inches wide meaning that it will cut a lot of grass. The only problem that some people have found is that when the grass is very long or damp, the 13 hp provided by it’s Kohler engine is not enough to prevent it from stalling and cutting out. Like most lawnmowers though, the height of the cutting deck is completely adjustable (in quarter inch increments) so that if you are faced with particularly long or wet grass, you can just raise the height of the blade. All in all, the LT133 is quite a popular mower that despite it’s short production run is still sought out today by individuals with medium sized gardens as well as garden contractors.

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3 Reviews of the “John Deere LT133”

  1. Mark F says:

    Love it. For a acre +- yard, this is all you need. I love the gas mileage this Kohler engine provides. This is a simple lawn tractor with simple maintenance requirements which means simple repairs because this is a tough well built machine.The customers that opt for the larger engines will be buying much more gas over the season than the LT133 owners.

    Year of Manufacture: 2001
    Pros: This mower is tough, requires no babying, mow the leaves in the fall ,pull it in the garage ,leave all winter crank it up in the spring and do it all over again ,season after season. Minor maintenance is all that is required. The 5 speed is very popular as some folks do not want the hydrostatic and there are not many alternatives.
    Cons: Deck bracket with wheel did fall off and had to be welded and fell off again. I have set the wheel and bracket aside and continue to mow with no problems for years. The wheels rarely touch the ground, unless you are mowing a steep side hill or a bumpy field. My experience is that I only mow my residential yard/ not for hire or loaned out.

  2. B.A. Boger says:

    Just wish I could buy a larger JD that would be this good. Great little machine.

    Year of Manufacture: 0
    Pros: If your ready to mow, It is ready to go. Got this little mower Christmas of 2000. I put a battery in it in 2007 and a spark plug in it in 2011. Has been serviced and I have always used High Test fuel. I could not say anything bad about it. I have other mowers but this one is by far the most comfortable to use. It also has the best brakes I have ever had on a mower. Stopping on a hill with a 250 pound man on it is no problem.
    Cons: NONE
    Attachments: 38 inch deck
    Modifications: Crossed out back up switch.

  3. d.miller says:

    generally happy

    Year of Manufacture: 1998
    Pros: great machine for money
    Cons: has anyone else had probelm with welds breaking where deck wheel bracket attaches to deck? seen pictures of mowers for sale and many have evidence of being weld repaired. Poor design. Should have been heavier gauge or reinforced.
    Attachments: n/an/a

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