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John Deere Jx85

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by cleancutdude, Aug 9, 2001.

  1. cleancutdude

    cleancutdude LawnSite Member
    Messages: 30

    HI I'M LOOKING TO BUY GOOD 21" BAGING MOWER
    HAS ANYONE ANY COMENTENTS ON THE JD JX85 HONDA HYDROSTATIC PRO.
     
  2. joed

    joed LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    I have had the John Deere JX85 for two years and I am very pleased with it. The Kawaski 6 hp motor is marvelous. It is very powerful yet quiet and consumes precious little fuel. The machine leaves probably the nicest cut I have seen from 21" machines (compared to Toro and Lawn Boy which I have used) and is quite quick. It also mulches quite well but will leave annoying little clumps if the grass is real wet and thick. Finally, I really enjoy the BBC and I also attached a dethatcher to it which works very well in the spring. The only drawback I have with the machine is its bag. It's too small and gets filled up quickly. Toro's bag is much larger. In summary, it has been a great machine. You can't go wrong with it nor will you go wrong with the Honda. Both are super. It's a matter of personal choice. I think the Honda is more expensive and a little slower.
     
  3. cleancutdude

    cleancutdude LawnSite Member
    Messages: 30

    MANY THANKS JOED I THINK YOU'VE MADE MY MIND UP :D
     
  4. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Messages: 4,830

    Welcome to Lawnsite Cleancutdude. :)

    You mean you can get these mowers over there in Ireland? ;)

    I have the 14 SE JD which is the model before the JX85. I have had it for around 6 years and the Kaw motor has been great. The only problem was the starter went out within a year while under warranty and again after the warranty ran out. I went to pick up a starter to put on it and it was $190, cash and carry, so I just pull start it since it starts on the first pull everytime. :)
     
  5. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    I too have the JX85 with the kw engine. An excellent motor. I have had it 3 years and pulls the first time everytime. I think it was in a recent consumer reports rated #1. Actually I think it was the JX75, but no difference.
     
  6. LeoS818

    LeoS818 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 122

    We have a jx75. Good mower, starts frist pull every time. My dealer only carries the jx 75. He told me the only differance is it has plastic tires , no oil filter ,and a little cheaper. For bout 35 bucks he put the filter on ours.
     
  7. GLS

    GLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,185

    one other difference, reinforced height adjustment :)
     
  8. Albemarle Lawn

    Albemarle Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,544

    Had JX85 for 5 years.

    Motor is spledid.

    Complaints: Weak handle and fragile controls.

    All in all good machine.

    Ken
     

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