2011 John Deere 42 in 17.5 HP Riding Mower Model D100 Review

The D100 gear drive is no longer made. Go here to read the review of it’s replacement 2014 John Deere Model 42 inch D105 Review 

Here is the 2011 John Deere 42 in 21 HP Riding Mower Model D100 available at Lowes.  This tractor sports a new hood and a free 10-point delivery inspection by certified John Deere technician.  This new inspection program insures your new mower was assembled properly at the factory and the mower is ready to mow.  Be assured this new mower is ready to run!  This riding mower is sized for your suburban lawn.

It’s Not The Best Lawn Tractor….It’s The Best Lawn Tractor For You!

My Rating of this John Deere Riding Lawn Mower:

2011 John Deere D100 Lawn Tractor

My Value/Cost Rating: Lawn Tractor,  Mows Lawn Well, Mulches, Gets Through Tight Spaces Well.  Works fine for 1/2 to 2  Acre Lawns, Light Hauling, Light Snow Removal. Accepts Light Duty Attachments & Bagger.
Type: Lawn Tractor.
Engine Type: Good.  Full Pressure Lube.
Transmission Type: Gear.
Speed Control: Fender Mount Gear Shift, Foot Clutch
Accepts Light Duty Attachments: 

What I Like!

This Lawn Tractor is Deere’s bottom of the line. It is a good, simple lawn tractor.  The only downfall I have with this mower is the $1499 average price.  There are a lot of comparable mowers for a lot less money.

John Deere 42 in 17.5 HP Riding Mower Model D100

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My Review:

Priced at about $300 to $500 more than the comparable Craftsman, Cub Cadet and Ariens models, this John Deere lawn tractor is a good mower for the normal suburban yard.  This model features the new John Deere design,  step through operator’s platform, presurized lube engine with oil filter, and a 42 inch deck.

The D100 has manual gear drive transmission.  This transmission is easy to use and will perform well for mowing and light duty yard tasks.

This lawn tractor will work well for 1/2 to 2 acres lawns, handle a snow blade, and light duty non-ground engaging attachments.  This tractor is nice, but I would only recommend it for flat, smooth lawns.  There are other mowers that will mow faster, or pull more.

I think this machine does represent a good value, but is overpriced.  This is John Deere’s economy line and you should not compare these tractors to the ones your father had.  If you take care of of this lawn tractor properly it will last you a long time.

This yard tractor is capable of using all the light duty non-ground engaging attachments John Deere offers including a snow blade. You can find a complete list of what they recommend at Johndeere.com


Craftsman really up’d the ante this year with the introduction of the Turn Tight on their YT 3000,  YT 4000 and GT 6000 series mowers.  The new Craftsman’s 8 inch turning radius is so much better than Deere’s 18 inch turning radius that it would be hard for me to go buy this Deere.   The D100 John Deere is a good basic riding tractor though and is a good choice if you want “green” on your lawn.

The D100  is heavy enough, but I recommend going to a twin cylinder motor (D 130)  if you want to attach a  snow thrower.   You will wish you had bought a larger engine for snow throwing.

Final Thoughts:

John Deere is a great company and they are one of the largest manufactures of farm equipment in the world.  They have had a great reputation for good quality lawn tractors.  The dealer network is good, though mainly located in rural areas.  If you buy one from Home Depot be sure you understand the service options available including extended warranties and local service options.  If you end up buying a Deere from them and then finding out that you have to haul your lawn tractor 40 miles to get it serviced or repaired …. the John Deere D 100 may not be the best choice for you.  Seriously look at the Deere extended warranty if you don’t have a local dealer.  The extended warranty includes them hauling your mower to a repair shop to work on it.

There are very few negatives with this mower as long as you understand that it is a good quality entry level mower.  Take care of it (do the normal maintenance all lawn mowers need) and it will last you a long time.  I like this lawn mower for what it is designed for.

Product Description From:

The John Deere 42 in. 17.5 HP Front-Engine Riding Mower has a cast iron front axle for added durability and a full-length welded steel frame to enhance operator comfort. The overhead valve design engine offers superior power and efficient fuel economy. 5-speed gear drive transmission allows the operator to determine most comfortable speed. The tight 18 in. turning radius allows for superb maneuverability. Wide step-through frame allows access from either side of tractor.

  • 17.5 HP Briggs & Stratton single-cylinder engine offers powerful performance
  • Gear drive transmission so you can set your own pace while mowing
  • 2-blade edge cutting system provides a precise cut
  • 18 in. turning radius allows maneuverability
  • Wide, step-through frame allows easy access on and off the tractor
  • Controls are color coded and at your fingertips
  • Rear wheel drive on wide 20 in. tires provides extra traction
  • 16 positions allow cutting heights from 1 – 4 in.
  • Can travel at speeds up to 5 MPH for efficient mowing
  • Hour meter helps monitor usage for proper maintenance intervals
  • MFG Brand Name : John Deere
  • MFG Model # : D100 BG20540
  • MFG Part # : D100 BG20540
  • Number of Cylinders : Single Cylinder

Extended Warranty:

I am having difficulty establishing just what extended warranties are available for this tractor through Home Depot.  I went through the check out process but at no time could I find the option to get an extended warranty.

John Deere does offer a plan that extends the normal 2 year warranty by one or two years (defects, not wear & tear.)  Their best maintenance plan (wear & tear)  is not offered on this mower.


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