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John Deere Lawn Tractors: Should You Choose Gas or Diesel?

John Deere Lawn Tractors: Should You Choose Gas or Diesel?

  • Why should I invest in a diesel garden tractor versus a gas-powered mower?
  • What benefits does a diesel lawn tractor have that a gasoline one doesn’t?
  • Can a really expect greater longevity/reliability with a diesel tractor?

We hear questions like these often. My personal choice is almost always diesel.

Why? Here are 3 top reasons:

1) John Deere diesel lawn tractors are robust, powerful machines.John Deere 430 for sale

If you have a larger area to mow, till, plow, etc., a diesel like the John Deere 430 can be a smart choice. These tend to embody the “Nothing runs like a Deere” slogan, with the muscle you need to get the job done.

Powerful and efficient, diesel lawn tractors are well-suited in applications where you’re cutting through high grassy and/or wet areas. Most people find that they’re able to accomplish the job more quickly and effectively than a gas-powered counterpart.

When you’re talking diesel engines, a discussion of torque and horsepower almost always pops up. For instance, a 16HP diesel engine will have more torque than a gas-powered lawn tractor that has a higher horsepower rating.

2) A diesel lawn tractor is fuel efficient…

…especially if you’re using the tractor on a regular basis. While gas and diesel are both petroleum products, diesel has up to 12% more energy by volume versus gas. John Deere 455

What does this mean for you? You get up to 12% more output from the engine for each gallon of diesel burned as compared to consuming a gallon of gas. For those of you using your lawn tractor with regularity, this can result in an appreciable difference in fuel usage over a period of time.

Adapted from a post on Weekend Freedom Machines, here are some numbers for you that show how a John Deere diesel lawn tractor uses up to half the fuel when compared to a gas machine.

Just remember that actual fuel consumption will depend upon the conditions you’re using the tractor in, as well as the tractor itself (transmission type, hours, how well it’s maintained, etc.):

John Deere Tractor ModelConsumption at Half LoadConsumption at Full Load
316 (Serial # -285001)0.9 GPH / 3.4 LPH1.4 GPH / 5.3 LPH
3180.9 GPH / 3.4 LPH1.4 GPH / 5.3 LPH
3220.9 GPH / 3.4 LPH1.5 GPH / 5.7 LPH
3250.75 GPH / 2.8 LPH1.25 GPH / 4.5 LPH
3300.4 GPH / 1.5 LPH0.8 GPH / 3 LPH
3320.4 GPH / 1.5 LPH0.8 GPH / 3 LPH
3450.8 GPH / 3 LPH1.3 GPH / 4.9 LPH
4201 GPH / 3.8 LPH2 GPH / 7.6 LPH
4300.4 GPH / 1.5 LPH0.9 GPH / 3.4 LPH
4250.94 GPH / 3.6 LPH1.57 GPH / 5.9 LPH
4450.98 GPH / 3.7 LPH1.64 GPH / 6.2 LPH
4550.79 GPH / 3 LPH1.32 GPH / 5 LPH

3) Diesel garden tractors are built to last.John Deere 430 for sale

Will a diesel really last longer than a gas garden tractor? That’s the question everyone wants to know. The short answer is yes, provided you perform appropriate maintenance activities.

Consider that a typical John Deere gas-powered garden tractor has parts that can (and do) go bad. These include:

  • Carburetor
  • Spark plugs
  • Points

A lawn tractor with a diesel powered engine does not have these parts to break down or require replacement. In many cases, you can store a diesel garden tractor for extended periods of time and start it right up – try doing that with a gas mower.

Another advantage is that many diesel engines can run for thousands of hours before needing an overhaul. Liquid cooled diesel engines, such as the Yanmar 3TNA72UJ 3-cylinder found in John Deere 430 garden tractors, give the engine a more consistent operating temperature which can increase engine longevity.

Want to learn more about classic John Deere diesel lawn tractors? You may find these articles helpful:

 

The Later Generation of John Deere Lawn Tractors: The 425, 445, 455

The Later Generation of John Deere Lawn Tractors: The 425, 445, 455

✪To see if we have a John Deere 425, 445 or 455 available, click here.

From 1993-2001, the John Deere 425, 445 and 455 Took Over as Kings of the Turf

The John Deere 420 (released in 1983), 430 (introduced 1984) and now infamous Deere 318 ruled the turf until the next generation of lawn and garden tractors were rolled out in 1993.

From 1993-2001, John Deere produced a new series of lawn and garden tractors: the 425, 445, and 455. While these are all solid tractors that enjoyed a long, successful sales run, they’re not nearly as well-remembered as some of John Deere’s more popular earlier models like the 318.

One of the key advantages to these later tractors is that they have a foot controlled hydrostatic transmission versus the earlier series such as the 318 that had a hand control on the dash. Many people appreciate the more “modern” conveniences offered on these tractors.

From a body perspective, John Deere got away from using as much metal on these later series versus the earlier models. Some body panels were actually plastic versus metal, so they don’t feel quite as heavy duty as previous models.

Want to know what year your 425, 445, or 455 was made?  Scroll to page 7 on this handy chart.

John Deere 425 Tractor Details425 John Deere

The John Deere 425 boasted a 20HP Kawasaki FD620D 2-cylinder, liquid-cooled V-twin engine. This was a 2WD tractor with power steering and a hydrostatic Tuff Torq K91 transmission.  Buyers could also opt for four-wheel steering.

Mower deck size options included 48”, 54”, and 60” widths, all 3-blade with hydraulic lift. Plenty of useful attachments were offered, including a 54” front mounted blade, 46” single-stage snow blower or 47” dual-stage blower, and a Model 40 loader.

Here’s a link covering the 425 and 445 on Deere.com that you may find useful.

Production on the successful John Deere 425 ended in 2001.

445 John Deere lawn tractor

Specs on the John Deere 445

Part of the successful 400 Series of lawn and garden tractors, the John Deere 445 was a step up from the 425. It offered owners a 22HP liquid-cooled V-twin 2-cyl Kawasaki engine with a shaft-driven hydrostatic transmission.

As with the 425 model, the 445 was a 2WD machine with power steering, though buyers could choose four-wheel steering if desired. 48”, 54”, and 60” width hydraulic lift mower decks were available on this model.

Other attachments included the 54” (front-mounted) hydraulic lift blade, a 46” (single-stage) or 47” (dual-stage) snow blower, and the Model 40 loader.

Here’s a link covering the 425 and 445 on Deere.com that you may find useful.

The last John Deere 445 rolled off the assembly line in 2001.

About the John Deere 455

Another member of the John Deere 400 family of lawn tractors, the 455 offered up a Yanmar 22HP 3-cylinder, liquid-cooled OHV diesel engine with a shaft-driven hydrostatic tranny. Like other members of the 400 series, the Deere 455 was a 2WD tractor with power steering (four-wheel steering was offered as an option).

The same 48”, 54” and 60” mower shaft-driven mower decks were also offered on the 455, as was the 54” blade and the 46” and 47” blowers (single- and dual-stage, respectively). Although the Model 40 loader was an available attachment, it was compatible with two-wheel steering models only.

This model isn’t as common as the 425 or 445, but it remains an excellent tractor that stays true to the John Deere legacy of quality lawn tractors.

As with the 425 and 445, manufacturing on the 455 took place at Deere’s Horicon WI plant and ceased in 2001.

History of John Deere lawn tractorsGoodbye 80s…Hello, Y2K!

By the time the first of these tractors were produced, people had long said goodbye to the “decade of decadence” as the 1980s is sometimes humorously referred to. The 90s were now in full swing, and in 1993, the first episode of the enormously popular TV show The X-Files aired on September 10th of that year.  Remember the famous tagline from that series?  The truth is out there.

And who can forget Whitney Houston famous hit song, “I Will Always Love You,” or “That’s the Way Love Goes,” by Janet Jackson. If the music wasn’t playing, tv was, and the most popular show in 1993 was 60 Minutes, followed by Home Improvement and Seinfeld.  Cheers aired its season finale while Hollywood super couple Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger tied the knot.

Seems like yesterday, doesn’t it?

To view any available tractors we may have in the 425, 445, and 455 series of John Deere garden tractors, click here.

Compare John Deere Lawn & Garden Tractor Models: Quick Chart

Compare John Deere Lawn & Garden Tractor Models: Quick Chart

What sets the John Deere 318 apart from the 316 lawn and garden tractor? Which models were diesel? Gas-powered? We hear these questions frequently, so here’s an easy comparison chart for you to reference.

If you want to learn more about any John Deere model listed in the table below, simply click the model name, such as “John Deere 430.” This will take you to a more comprehensive article on each model.

Some John Deere trivia for you: which model represented the company’s first diesel lawn tractor? Many people assume it was the 330, which was later replaced by the 332. However, the diesel powered John Deere 430 garden tractor pre-dated the 330. 

The Deere 332 eventually became known as the diesel version of the beloved John Deere 318…

ModelEngineTransmissionSteeringDeck Size Options
John Deere 316
Years: 1984-1992
-Onan B43E 16HP 2-cyl gas (thru 1986)
-Onan P218G 18HP 2-cyl gas (1987 onward)
Hydrostatic (hand-controlled)Manual38", 46", or 50"
John Deere 318
Years: 1983-1992
-Onan B43G 18HP 2-cyl air-cooled gas (thru 1986)
-Onan P218 18HP 2-cyl air-cooled gas (1987 onward)
Hydrostatic (hand-controlled)Power38", 46", or 50"
John Deere 322
Years: 1988-1992
Yanmar 3TG66UJ 18HP 3-cyl liquid-cooled gasHydrostatic (hand-controlled)Power38", 46", or 50"
John Deere 330
Year: 1986
Yanmar 3TN66UJ 16HP 3-cyl liquid cooled DIESELHydrostatic (hand-controlled)Manual38", 46", or 50"
John Deere 332
Years: 1987-1992
Yanmar 3TN66UJ 16HP 3-cyl liquid cooled DIESELHydrostatic (hand-controlled)Power38", 46", or 50"
John Deere 420 John Deere 420 for sale
Years: 1983-1992
-Onan B48G 20HP 2-cyl air cooled gas (thru 1986)

-Onan P220G 20HP 2-cyl air cooled gas (1987 onward)
Hydrostatic (hand-controlled) with 2-speed locking differentialPowerShaft-driven 50" or 60"
John Deere 430
Years: 1984-1992
Yanmar 3TNA72UJ 20HP 3-cyl liquid-cooled DIESELHydrostatic (hand-controlled) with 2-speed locking differentialPowerShaft-driven 50" or 60"
John Deere 425 John Deere 425 for sale
Years: 1993-2001
Kawasaki FD620D 20HP 2-cyl liquid-cooled gasHydrostatic (foot-controlled) with locking differentialPower (Optional 4-wheel steering)Shaft-driven 48", 54", or 60"
John Deere 445 John Deere 445 AWS for sale
Years: 1993-2001
Kawasaki FD620D 22HP 2-cyl liquid-cooled, fuel injected gasHydrostatic (foot-controlled) with locking differentialPower (Optional 4-wheel steering)Shaft-driven 48", 54", or 60"
John Deere 455 John Deere 455 Years: 1993-2001Yanmar 3TNA72UJ3 22HP 3-cyl liquid-cooled DIESELHydrostatic (foot-controlled) with locking differentialPower (Optional 4-wheel steering)Shaft-driven 48", 54", or 60"
Your Go-To Reference of Classic John Deere Lawn & Garden Tractor Resources

Your Go-To Reference of Classic John Deere Lawn & Garden Tractor Resources

One of the most common questions we’re asked is about owner’s manuals and routine maintenance for classic John Deere lawn and garden tractor models. We’ve put together this post as a resource that we’ll be adding to as we come across additional information that you may find helpful.

Given the age of these machines, it isn’t always easy to find manuals and/or parts. In most cases, you can at least obtain an operator’s manual as a basic resource. If you’re looking for an obscure part that your local Deere dealer or parts supplier doesn’t stock, you can always try searching eBay, where the inventory is continually changing, or Craigslist.

For a wealth of general info and support, we continue to recommend these sites if you’re interested:

Weekend Freedom Machines Forum
DescThe Lawn and Garden Tractor site for John Deere Lawn and Garden tractor discussion groups, Tractor information, Parts information, and more.

TractorHouse.com
DescYour source for used tractors, combines, and all makes of used farm equipment and implements.

TractorData.com
DescInformation, data, and photos on all makes and models of farm tractors.

If you have one of the following models, use any of the links below to access the manual you’ll need:

  • John Deere 316
  • John Deere 318
  • John Deere 420

Access at MANUALSDIR.COM > 316, 318 & 420 Lawn & Garden Tractors

Alternative access link at SlideShare > 316, 318 & 420 Lawn & Garden Tractors

Alternative access link at Weekend Freedom Machines > 316, 318 & 420 Lawn & Garden Tractors

If you have one of the following models, use any of the links below to access the manual you’ll need:

  • John Deere 425
  • John Deere 445

Access at SCRIBED.com > John Deere 425, 445 Operator’s Manual

Alternative access link at John Deere > John Deere 425, 445 Operator’s Manual

Access Tech Service Manual at SlideShare > John Deere 425 Lawn Tractor Service Repair Manual

 

If you have one of the following models, use any of the links below to access the manual you’ll need:

  • John Deere 322
  • John Deere 330
  • John Deere 332
  • John Deere 430

Access link at SlideShare > 322, 330, 332 & 430 Lawn & Garden Tractors

Alternative access link at Weekend Freedom Machines > 322, 330, 332 & 430 Lawn & Garden Tractors

 

Looking for a different model? If yours is a John Deere 455:

Access at John Deere > John Deere 455 Operator’s Manual

Access the technical manual at SlideShare > 415 and 455 Lawn & Garden Tractors | Technical Manual

Because you can never have too many references for your classic Deere, here are a few more we found that you may find useful:

 

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