The John Deere D140 lawn tractor is in the middle of the lineup of John Deere's entry-level series with cruise control and a 22-horsepower Briggs & Stratton V-twin engine. Reviews recommend it for lawns up to about 2 acres in size and say it's capable of using quite a few attachments. Tests show that the 48-inch deck on the D140 (as with most wide three-bladed decks) doesn't cut as evenly as the 42-inch twin-bladed deck on the less expensive John Deere D120 (*Est. $1,800), which still has cruise control.
We found the best review of the John Deere D140 at ConsumerReports.org, where it's put through weeks of objective mowing tests, then rated and ranked in comparison with 10 other lawn tractors with wide decks plus 43 other tractors and riding mowers of different sizes and types. Owners weigh in with their own ratings and reviews at two retail sites: Lowes.com and HomeDepot.com, as well as John Deere's own site. Landscape pro Paul Sikkema, who has previously reviewed mostly Craftsman models, reviews the D140 at his site, TodaysMower.com, and the D140 is discussed in comparison with preceding entry-level John Deere models at MyTractorForum.com.
This review compares the John Deere D140 lawn tractor with 10 other wide-deck lawn tractors as well as 27 narrower lawn tractors, 12 zero-turn mowers and four rear-end riders. All the models are ranked based on specific ratings for handling and ease of use as well as performance in each cutting mode after weeks of objective mowing tests. A handful of owners also review the D140 here.
Review: Tractors and Riders, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
More than 80 owners review the John Deere D140 here making it one of the top-rated lawn tractors at this big retail site. Nearly all the owners say they'd recommend this tractor to a friend. Many report that cut quality is excellent if you adjust the deck properly. One disappointed owner needed a tractor that could handle steeper slopes and also pull more weight in the optional cart.
Review: John Deere D140 22-HP V-Twin Hydrostatic 48" Riding Lawn Mower, Contributors to Lowes.com
More than three dozen owners review the John Deere D140 here. Most of these reviews are very enthusiastic. One says it cuts well even on uneven ground; another praises the convenience of the cruise control.
Review: John Deere D140 48 in. 22 HP Hydrostatic Front-Engine Riding Mower, Contributors to HomeDepot.com
Landscape professional Paul Sikkema reviews the John Deere D140 in 2011 (with no update for 2012), finding it overpriced compared to the 46-inch Craftsman 28857 Yard Tractor (*Est. $1,800), which features an 8-inch turning radius. He does like the D140 in the John Deere lineup, though, saying it's capable of handling ground-engaging attachments as well as a snow thrower and does a good job mowing lawns up to about 2 acres in size.
Review: 2011 John Deere 48 in 22 HP Riding Mower Model D140 Review, Paul Sikkema, Feb. 14, 2011
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The dozen or so owners reviewing the John Deere D140 here are enthusiastic about it giving it near-perfect ratings for value, quality and ease of use. One owner uses it to mow "several semi-hilly acres with ease." Owners praise the cut quality. The main drawback noted is that it can be hard to clean underneath.
Review: D140 Lawn Tractor, Contributors to JohnDeere.com, Feb. 2011
Several forum contributors familiar with entry-level John Deere lawn tractors over the years have mostly positive, encouraging comments about buying the D140. Some advise stepping up a notch to the D160 (*Est. $2,600) to use with a snow blower.
Review: D140 Quality?, Contributors to MyTractorForum.com