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What is a hydrostat transmission?
Most John Deere mowers have one of two different transmissions. The first is what is referred to as a gear drive. On a gear drive transmission the operator pushes down the clutch pedal selects a gear and then lets the pedal up again to start the mower moving. A hydrostat transmission is simply controlled either by a lever or a pedal. The operator pushes the lever forward for forward motion or pulls it back for reverse. On pedal operated hydrostats the operator pushes the forward pedal down to start forward motion. A separate pedal is furnished for reverse.

How do I know what model tractor I have?
All tractors, riders and walk behind mowers had obvious model numbers in plain view when they were new. On tractors this number is found in the long yellow strip that runs along the side of the hood. Other equipment will have identification in various locations. Many people claim they do not know the model of the machine when in fact they see it every time they use it. If indeed your tractor is missing the model number see the section on serial number locations. Contact customer service with the serial number information and we should be able to provide the model.

Where can I find my serial number?
The serial number location will vary between different models. It is almost always a riveted on aluminum tag or a black and white sticker. Often, the tractor, engine, and mower deck will all have serial numbers. They will, of course all be different numbers. A couple of the common places on tractors are on the very back of the frame below the seat, along the right side of the frame below the engine and on the pedestal directly below the steering wheel. Mower deck serial numbers are often found near the left rear gauge wheel.

What if my mower size isn't listed?
All common mower sizes are listed with each tractor model however situations can exist in which the mower mounted on the tractor is a replacement. It would not be realistic to list every possible scenario. Therefore, if your mower model is not listed under your tractor model please contact customer service.

Can I get other parts for my mower that is not listed? was created to simplify selection and ordering of common wear items. is part of a full line John Deere consumer products dealership. We will gladly quote prices and part numbers for all your needs via email.

Will the parts I receive be genuine John Deere replacement parts?
All parts are genuine John Deere replacement parts unless otherwise noted. All Parts are covered by the manufacturers warranty.

Should I use a high lift or low lift blade?
We suggest not changing the type of blade you are using unless you are after a different result. High lift blades generally do a better job of lifting the grass and cutting it off smoothly but can stir up a lot of dirt and dust making your operating environment uncomfortable. High lift blades are commonly used with bagging systems to provide extra discharge lift. Low lift blades have less "drag" resulting in minor fuel saving and less wear and tear on mower and engine components.

Should I use a mulching system?
Mulching systems work very well. They cut the grass clippings over and over until they dissipate into the turf. A general rule for mulching is to never cut more than 1/3 of the grass height off at a time. Failure to follow this guideline will result in unsightly clumps of grass left behind. Therefore in our Midwest region we find that in order to mulch properly users need to mow about twice a week or more. Consider using a Gator or Predator blade if you cannot devote the time to mulch properly.

What is a Gator or Predator blade?
Gator and Predator blades are designed to re-cut grass clippings as they are discharged. They use angled teeth at the rear of the blade to provide lift and cut the clippings into finer pieces. We recommend these blades if mulching is desired but the user is not capable of following the guidelines of mulching.

What type of engine oil should I use?
Engine oil weights are listed and recommended for the Midwestern United States region. Always consult your owner's manual for proper oil viscosity for your conditions.

What is the difference between a 48 and 48C mower? (Or 54 verses 54C)
These mower decks are similar and often confused with one another. The easiest way to distinguish between the two is check the decal on top of the mower. The 48 and 54 will read “Mulch Compatible”. The 48C and 54C will read “Mulch Convertible”. The 48C replaced the 48 in 1999 on all models except the 400 series. The 54C replaced the 54 in 2002.

Where can I find parts exploded views of my equipment?
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