2014 John Deere 48 inch Model D140 Review – Is this mower for you?

It’s Not What’s Best, It What’s Best For You! 

The 2014 John Deere D140 is one of the standards for lawn tractors. The D140 has been around now for a few years, but John Deere keeps improving it every year without raising the price. It compares very favorably to the identically priced  48 inch Husqvarna, Craftsman and Cub Cadet.  Yes, when you go to the John Deere dealer he will tell you the X300 series is better, and it is if you want to spend another $2000. For the money the D140 continues to be one of the best values for a 48 inch cut lawn tractor.

D140 I want to be clear. This is a great mower for your suburban yard but John Deere does not recommend installing a snow blower on it. If your driveways are large enough for a tractor mounted snow blower I suggest going with the X300 series John Deere’s or a Craftsman Garden Tractor. That is the only negative I have on this lawn tractor. This lawn tractor mows great for a 48 inch deck.  The foot pedal hydrostatic transmission is very easy to use and has cruise control. This is a great choice for your 1 to 3 acre yard. The 18 inch turning radius is not the best in the industry but if you don’t have a lot of small obstructions to mow around it is just fine. I can recommend this tractor for most attachments including a bagger, lawn sweeper and yard cart.

Legendary John Deere durability is here on the D140, thanks to a solid, one-piece, 12-gauge frame, along a cast-iron front axle, and a high capacity engine filter – all proof that a lot more goes into a John Deere 100 Series tractor than meets the eye.

Is this mower for you?

  • It will mow about 2 acres an hour
  • Terrain: Flat, Slopes
  • Standard High Back Seat
  • Cast Iron front axle. This is axle won’t bend or break.
  • Turning Radius similar to the Troy-Bilt, Ariens or Husqvarna lawn tractors, but is not as good as the Craftsman Yard Tractors or Cub Cadet 100 Series. If you don’t have a lot of small landscaping features and trees to mow around the 18 inch turning radius is fine.
  • Tuff Torq® T40 hydro transmission gives an infinite choice of speeds and makes changing the direction of travel easy: Automotive-type accelerator provides infinite speed selection for the ultimate in operator comfort and convenience. The trans is heavy enough for all your yard work except ground engaging and snow blowing.
  • I do like the 13 position cutting height control. You can fine tune your cut to easily match other mowers (your neighbors edge of the yard)
  • It is easy to operate, push the large pedal on the right to go forward, push the small pedal to go back. A parking brake is on the left. Yes, it has cruise control
  • It is priced competively at $1999.
  • If you just want to mow your lawn, use a bagger to collect the clippings, and pull a yard cart this mower will work well for you. This tractor will handle a snow blade.
  • Some John Deere dealers have on-site service or will pick up your tractor but you are responsible for the trip charge or for getting your tractor to the dealer for service
  • You can purchase this tractor through The Home Depot and John Deere will set up this tractor and deliver it within 7-14 days by a local John Deere representative. At Delivery the customer will be taught by John Deere how to operate and maintain the mower.
  • Standard 2 year/120 hour warranty on the tractor.

 Included RIO Switch

RIO (From John Deere) Mowing while backing up is strongly discouraged. The operator who deems it necessary to keep the mower (or other implement) engaged while backing up should first bring the tractor to a stop and look behind the tractor to be sure there are no bystanders. Then actuate (push in) the RIO button. The RIO button must be held down in the reverse implement position as the shift lever is moved into reverse (reverse foot pedal is depressed on automatic drive models). The operator may then release the button and the mower will continue to operate while backing up and also when resuming forward operation. This procedure must be repeated the next time the operator chooses to keep the mower engaged while backing up. If the mower (PTO) is engaged and the operator shifts into reverse or depresses the reverse pedal prior to pressing the RIO button, ignition to the engine will be shut off. The engine will stop unless the operator either pushes on the RIO switch or shifts out of reverse. If the engine does stop, the operator must return the mower engagement (PTO) switch or lever to the ”off” position, depress the brake pedal, and then turn the ignition switch to restart the engine. 

 Recommended Attachments:

John Deere Garden Cart. 650 lb. 10 cu. ft. Tow-Behind Poly Utility Cart
John Deere 100 Series 48 in. Bagger for Tractor
John Deere 100 Series 2-Bar Bumper for Lawn Tractor
John Deere 48 in. Mower Blades (3-Pack)
John Deere Landscaping Supplies. 48 in. Mulch Cover
John Deere 46 in. Front Blade Attachment for Tractors

Complete Product Description: John Deere Riding Lawn Mower. D140 48 in. 22 HP Hydrostatic Gas Front-Engine BG20730

See All Buying Options, Special Offers: John Deere Riding Lawn Mower. D140 48 in. 22 HP Hydrostatic Gas Front-Engine BG20730

See All Pickup and Delivery Options: John Deere Riding Lawn Mower. D140 48 in. 22 HP Hydrostatic Gas Front-Engine BG20730

See All Financing Options: Credit, Special Financing  John Deere Riding Lawn Mower. D140 48 in. 22 HP Hydrostatic Gas Front-Engine BG20730

California Model: John Deere Riding Lawn Mower. D140 48 in. 22 HP Hydrostatic Gas Front-Engine – California Only BG20737

2014 John Deere 48 inch Model D140 Review

D125 cart From the beginning, every 100 Series Tractor is made right. With The Edge™ Cutting System, a 3-in-1 deck, you can choose between mulching, bagging, and side-discharging. The stamped deck design completely lifts grass for a precise, even cut. And you can find the precise mowing height every time, thanks to the ¼-inch height of cut adjustment. Legendary John Deere durability is also found on the 100 Series, thanks to a solid, one-piece, 12-gauge frame, along with heavy-duty crankshaft, a cast-iron front axle, and a high capacity engine filter – all proof that a lot more goes into a 100 Series tractor than meets the eye.

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Rose Wald

Can you tell me if the snow blower attachment for the Craftsmen Pro Series 54″ will handle 2 feet of snow and do you need chains and weights?


I still like my Raven 3 years not a belt problems my be dirty and may soon need a bath but see’s sweet and keeps running

Paul, I bought a D140 last fall in October. Used it twice and then stored in my garage for the winter with very little gas in it. Even added fuel stabilizer to the gas that was in it. Ran it about 3 more times in the spring. Last mow the idle starting fluctuating from normal idle to almost stalling out. No matter where I set the throttle, fast or slow, it kept doing it. 9 hours on the mower. Had the dealer pick it up to take to the shop to fix it. They had to replace the intake manifold… Read more »

Awesome. Thanks again for the info and sorry for the newbie question!

After reading more of your site I’m now thinking I’ll ditch the JD and get a Craftsman Pro 20442 or 20440. Seems like a better mower for less and the attachments cost less too!

Thanks again,

Hi Paul, Godsend of a website you have with all this info. You mentioned that this mower (D140) is good for mowing etc. What about aerating and dethatching a lawn? I have somewhere between 0.5-0.75 of an acre, with a good chunk of it on a 5-6 degree slope, which someone has mowed to death over the past couple of years. Now I’m looking to take over and see if I can bring it back to life. I was thinking of getting the D130, 140 or 155 to help with this. After spending a couple of days manually dethatching my… Read more »
Hi Paul, Thanks for all the detailed and common sense information you share with all of us. It’s appreciated. After 6 years I am jumping back into mowing my 2 acre cow pasture. There are some small hills, but I generally cut them going downhill. Also some rocks , but I know where they are. I’m looking at the John Deere D140 vs Club Cadet LT46 vs Club Cadet LX46. I had a JD 176 that I bought in 1998 and retired 12 years later, so I do have a bias. Also the Cub Cadet, which does have some additional… Read more »
marcus welch
Hello Paul, I have been reading many of your post and reviews with much interest, however I would still like to ask you for some guidance on picking out a mower. I oversee the landscaping here in Eugene at a church with about 15 acres of smooth to rough lawns to mow with very little slopes. We spend about eight to ten hours a week mowing during peak season. We have a Ex-mark 72″ diesel that mow’s the larger fields, but this year I have been using a MTD riding mower with 46″ deck on about 2 acres of lawns… Read more »
Prentice Smith
I have a John Deere X300 and its about 8 years old. The deck is worn out (from bumping the concrete sidewalks and mowing the edges letting the deck ride on the cement). A new deck is $800+ for the 38″, or I could replace the whole shebang for $3600.00 plus a new bagger for another $800.. With tax I would be pushing $4800. ! I stopped by Home Depot and looked at the 140’s. Seems like a fine machine. $1999.00 with a free JD yard cart to tow and 10% off. And it had a 48″ deck and they… Read more »
Tallahassee, FL Thanks for the response, Paul. I appreciate it. I did visit both the Husqvarna and the John Deere dealer earlier in the week and talked to some others about the reputations of both. You are right about the upsell on the x300, but from what I’ve been able to discern, it doesn’t make much sense to move up to the 300 series unless I move up to the 320. As for the Raven, my local Lowes had two on the floor, but I just don’t know where I’d be able to get them serviced. Thanks for the help,… Read more »
Tallahassee, Florida Paul, I appreciate your website. The amount of information you provide is invaluable. I just recently purchased a home with 2 acres–about 1.5-1.7 of which is mowable. The property is flat and does have some trees mostly around the periphery of the property. I moved from a much smaller piece of property so this is the first time I will have purchased anything other than a push mower. The number of options available and the amount of information and opinions about each of those options is a bit overwhelming. I’ve looked at everything from a lawn tractor to… Read more »

I am picking one of these up from a local tommorrow for dirt cheap because the guy is going to a zero turn next season ( though it is a 2012 model).
I figured it would make a good companion to my craftsman 20383 i bought new this year.
My question is how will it compare to my craftsman?
Is it basically the same thing though different brand?
Unfortunatly i wont be able to actually mow with it till next season


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crawford overton

dandridge,tn John Deere model BG20739 the other BG2073 specs seem about the same no difference but when I read reviews the BG20732 is the best the other looks like junk. But like I said side by side listed the same like motor.transmission,cut size heck everything looks the same? So what’s up with these unit any Ideas?

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