2014 John Deere Model 42 inch D105 Review – Is this mower for you?

It’s Not What’s Best, It What’s Best For You! This John Deere mower drives just like your car!

The 2014 John Deere D105 is unchanged from the 2013 model.  This lawn tractor is very easy to use. Just put the lever on the right fender into F or R and push on the right floor pedal. (Just like your car) The solid one-piece frame is constructed of 12-gauge steel. If all your neighbors are driving tractors from other brands this John Deere D105 will make them jealous! Legendary John Deere durability is here on the 105 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 105 Series tractor than meets the eye.

D105 Trimming

Is this mower for you?

  • It will mow about 1 acre an hour
  • Terrain: I don’t recommend this tractor for slopes or pulling heavy loads. The automatic transmission works best for flat and gently sloping lawns.
  • Standard Low Back Seat
  • Cast Iron front axle. This is axle better than the welded tube axle on other automatic transmission lawn tractors.
  • Turning Radius similar to the Craftsman, Troy-Bilt, Ariens or Husqvarna lawn tractors. If you don’t have a lot of small landscaping features and trees to mow around the 18 inch turning radius is fine.
  • It has the same quality engine as the Craftsman, Troy-Bilt, Ariens or Husqvarna
  • It is easy to shift, operates like an automatic in a car. Just put it in F or R and press the right foot pedal. To stop just lift your foot. A parking brake is on the left.
  • It is priced at $1499. It is the least expensive John Deere.
  • If you just want to mow your lawn, use a bagger to collect the clippings, and pull a small yard cart this mower will work well for you.
  • If you want a better engine than the one in your old John Deere but don’t mow steep slopes or ditches. Upgrade to a John Deere Riding Lawn Mower. D125 42 in. 20 HP Hydrostatic Front-Engine BG20709 if you mow steeper slopes.
  • 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
  • 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.

 Recommended Attachments:

John Deere Garden Cart. 650 lb. 10 cu. ft. Tow-Behind Poly Utility Cart
John Deere 100 Series 42 in. Twin Bagger for Tractor
John Deere 100 Series 2-Bar Bumper for Lawn Tractor
42 in. Mower Blades for John Deere (2-Pack)
John Deere 42 in. xtreme Mulching Blade for Tractor
John Deere Landscaping Supplies. 42 in. Mulch Cover

D105 Direction Lever There is an available snow blade, but I don’t recommend it with the automatic transmission.

Complete Product Description: John Deere Riding Lawn Mower. D105 42 in. 17.5 HP Automatic Gas Front-Engine BG20699

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2014 John Deere Lawn Tractors.

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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  1. Hello Paul,
    I am a city girl(NYC) and this is my first riding lawn mower. When I went to HomeDepot they had a JD-D140 that was refurbished for $1300 but it had 52hrs on it and about 2yrs 8mths manufactures warranty. It seemed to have a little rust on the metal rod for the steering wheel. They also had the JD-D105 brand new for $1500. Which one is the better buy? Does the 52hrs really matter?
    BTW we live in Atlanta GA, have about a 1 Acre lot thats pretty flat, very mild slop in back yard.

    • @Laquana, On your 1 acre 52 hours is about one year’s worth of use. It’s not a big deal but I would change the oil as soon as you get it. (get HD to throw in a filter and 2 quarts of 10w30 oil) You should cange the oil and filter every 50 hours.

      The rust is normal on lawn tractors. Functional parts like the steering rod usually don’t get painted and when they rust it’s a surface rust (oxidation) that actually protects the metal.

      The D140 is a better buy. My personal opinion the D105 is an overpriced economy mower. You can get the same features from other brands for over $400 less.

      • Thanks for your reply. It was really helpful. But the 52hrs was done in less than 3 months. And I guess something went wrong with it and HD had it refurbished. Would you still get it?

        • @Laquana, Yes, it still has the factory warranty so if they didn’t get the issue completely fixed, it’s still covered.

  2. I’m looking at getting the JD D105, but i noticed the comparable Airens 17/42 mower. I didn’t see a review on the Airen’s so I’m wondering if saving the $500 with the Airens is worth it in the long run.


    • @Mike, They are about the same. The D105 has a smaller engine. The T1400 does not have a cast iron axle. They both have the same quality motor. They both have an automatic transmission. With this trans you put a lever in “F” and then push on the floor pedal on the right side of the tractor. The more you push, the faster you go. There is no cruise control so mowing large areas can be tiresome. To reverse, put the selector in “r” and step on the pedal.

      For the price of the D105 you can get the Craftsman T2200. Read my review here: T2200 Review

  4. Hi Paul, I just bought a John Deere D125. Will I be able to use the snow thrower attachment with it. Is the transmission strong enough for it?

  5. We have a little over an acre and some step hills to maneuver. Can this model do the job?
    Weaverville, NC

    • @Kathy, The lawn tractor deck is the right size for one acre, but I feel the tractor is a little under-powered and the transmission is not designed for hills. If you would like to stick with a Deere, please look at the John Deere D125. It has the larger engine and a more durable transmission.

      • Paul,
        Thanks for your reply. I don’t have to stay with a Deer. Could you recommend a riding mower that has the power to handle hills and is less than $2,000?

        • @Kathy, My favorite lawn tractor this year for one acre lawns is the Craftsman Model 20390 Review. It has a stronger transmission than the K40 in the 2 Deere’s you are looking at, 6 inch turn-tight steering so it is much more maneuverable and the 42 inch deck is one of the best rated decks available.

          With the extra deals online right now you can get this tractor delivered to your home for about $200 less than the D125 Deere. In addition, Sears is offering 15% off (in rewards points) on accessories like a bagger (Search 24891 at Sears.com), mulch kit (search 33742), and yard cart if you need those also. (until 5/2/14)

          See All Buying Options and Online Only Deals Here:  Craftsman 22HP 42 Turn Tight Fast Yard Tractor 49 States 1 Acre and Above Buy Online 24/7, Pickup At Your Local Sears at your convenience, or have it delivered to your home.

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