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. Hi Paul I am also looking at a new tractor. Cub Cadet XT 2 22 horse 42 deck. John Deere D125. Simplicity Regent and Husqvarna.

    I am worried about the transmissions being the weak link. I don’t need or want bigger than 42 deck but want a v-twin. I figure the most I will pull will be a 5×8 utility trailer with a yard and a half of mulch weight wise otherwise just a small 10 c f yard cart. My yard has a slope of about 4 feet drop in 20 feet to my back yard otherwise flat. The deere has I think a t40 hydro the others I believe all use the k46 hydro. As a worried buyer ( due to transmission failure ) is the k46 better than the t40? Can you kinda give me a lesson on this subject the dealers I talk to don’t seem to want to address it they all say these tractors are built for 8 to 10 year life. I don’t want to drop 4 to 6 thousand for a bigger tractor but feels like I need to. Last thing I would like the Cub or the Deere do you have a preference thanks

    • Hi Jon, The Craftsman 20390 has the CVT that will handle the slope. Here is my review: 20390 Review. Use that review to compare the rest of the tractors.

      You have to go to a D140 Deere to get the K46 trans. The T40 is a smaller trans.

      Simplicity you have to go to the 23/42 to get the K46.

      Most of the Husqvarna V-Twins use the K46.

      I don’t have a preference on a Cub Cadet or John Deere. I feel it has more to do with the service and the dealer than with the actual machine itself. If you buy one and the dealer is horrible to work with you will hate your mower. If you have a great dealer you will like the product. If you buy one from Home Depot find out who the local servicing dealer is and go visit them. Tell them you have a Home Depot Deere or Cub Cadet and watch their reaction. Some dealers say, “Great, we’ll be glad to get you parts and service” Other dealers say, “That’s too bad. Go to the end of the line for service here.”

      My view point on the K46. It’s the most popular transmission installed in lawn tractors. John Deere uses it on all of the D140, D150, D160, D170, X300 and X304. Cub Cadet is using it on all of the 2015 Enduro series and Troy-Bilt lawn tractors. Craftsman uses it in the 20401 tractor and the new 2015 Pro series. It holds up well for lawn mowing and normal yard duties like pulling a yard cart, sweeper, snow blade, etc.

      If your yard is all hills or you regularly pull 500 lb loads uphill then it does have a history of needing repair around 300-400 hours. For most people that’s 8 to 10 years of use. I have one here in an old Yard Man that’s almost 20 years old. It’s working even though the tractor has fallen apart.

      Also take into consideration – You can find people who have problems with anything – particularly if you read the tractor forums. You can find people who have had problems with the K46 in the heavier D160, D170 Deere’s and the LGT Husqvarna tractors. But also remember there are about 1,000,000 million of these transmissions sold EACH year. All the complaints you read don’t add up to a “recall” problem with the trans.

      The GT Element V has an edge for working hills. It will take more abuse. But I also have people who don’t like the high foot control and the slow reverse in the Element V on the Craftsman 20390.

      So I recommend the K46 if you mow lawn and do light yard work. If you burnt up the transmission in your last two yard tractors then the CVT is a better choice.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  5. 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?

  6. 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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