John Deere E100
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  • Two-year or 120-hour bumper-to-bumper warranty is standard

    An exclusive 2-year or 120-hour (whichever comes first), single-source, bumper-to-bumper warranty* is standard for all John Deere 100 Series Tractors.

    • The warranty is hassle free, with one company handling all of the paperwork.
    • Premium features of 100 Series Tractors allow for this longer warranty period, with more coverage than comparable tractors.

    *Term limited to years or hours used, whichever comes first, and varies by model. See the LIMITED WARRANTY FOR NEW JOHN DEERE TURF AND UTILITY EQUIPMENT at or for details.

  • Serviceability is convenient with an easy-open hood
    One-piece hood is easy to openOne-piece hood is easy to open
    Service interval decal located under hoodService interval decal located under hood

    The one-piece hood opens easily to permit checking and servicing the engine:

    • Important service points are located within easy reach.
    • A service interval decal is provided inside the tractor hood for convenience when servicing the tractor.
    • Hourmeter includes a service reminder feature that flashes for two hours when a lubrication or mower/engine service interval has been reached.
    Easy-to-service engine fuel and oil filtersEasy-to-service engine fuel and oil filters
    Seat tilted up for easy access to fuel-fill openingSeat tilted up for easy access to fuel-fill opening

    The engine fuel and oil filters, the oil check/fill tube, and the oil drain tube are exposed for serviceability when the hood is opened.

    The seat tilts up and out of the way to make adding fuel easy.

    The 100 Series Tractors are covered by a 2-year/120-hour bumper-to-bumper warranty*:

    • Premium features of 100 Series Tractors allow for this long warranty period.

    *Term limited to years or hours used, whichever comes first, and varies by model. See the LIMITED WARRANTY FOR NEW JOHN DEERE TURF AND UTILITY EQUIPMENT at or for details.

  • Instruments and controls are easy to find and convenient to use
    E100 Tractor mowingE100 Tractor mowing
    Steering wheel and controlsSteering wheel and controls
    Instruments and controls

    The contoured dash has clean, attractive styling:

    • Controls are color-coded and labeled for easy identification by the operator.
    • Controls are logically placed and easy to reach.
    • The hourmeter makes it easy to tell when oil changes and other maintenance should be performed.
      • The service reminder feature will indicate that a general lubrication or mower/engine service interval has been reached.
      • When service is required, arrows will periodically flash for two hours.
    • Functional design of the controls provides good appearance and a comfortable feel.
    Mower deck height adjustment
    Mower deck height adjustment leverMower deck height adjustment lever

    A spring-assisted, low-effort lift lever simplifies setting and adjusting the mower cut height:

    • Increments of 0.25-in. (0.64-cm) allow for fine-tuning the cut height.
    • Cut height is adjustable from 1-in. (2.5 cm) to 4 in. (10.2 cm).
    Parking brake control
    Parking brake leverParking brake lever
    Brake/parking brake pedalBrake/parking brake pedal

    The parking brake control is conveniently located on the tractor pedestal for easy access. It holds the brake pedal securely in the locked position.

    Manual power take-off (PTO)
    PTO engagement leverPTO engagement lever

    The mower deck is engaged with the easy-to-see and easy-to-use yellow lever above the dashboard. Its placement on the right side leaves a lot of room on the left, the entry side of the tractor, for the operator to get on and off the tractor.

  • CargO Mount™ system makes installation of rear bagger and other attachments easy
    Rear CargO Mount pointsRear CargO Mount points
    Front CargO Mount pointsFront CargO Mount points
    Rear bagger is mounted with CargO Mount pointsRear bagger is mounted with CargO Mount points
    Rear bagger is mounted with CargO Mount pointsRear bagger is mounted with CargO Mount points

    The CargO Mount system is a combination of front- and rear-mounting points providing convenient and easy installation of the sun canopy, rear bagger, and other attachments.

  • Cast-iron front axle will not bend
    Front axle and wheel spindleFront axle and wheel spindle

    The front axle is constructed of solid cast iron that will not bend:

    • Automotive-like steering system with sector and pinion steering gears and single drag link with a tie rod provides a very strong, low-effort, and tight-turning system.
    • Three grease fittings, on both steering spindles and center pivot, allow for regular lubrication to help maintain easy steering and minimize wear.
    • Large, 0.75-in. (1.9-cm) diameter wheel spindles provide excellent durability.
  • The Edge™ cutting system gives superior performance
    Mowing with 42-in. (107-cm) mower deckMowing with 42-in. (107-cm) mower deck
    42-in. (107-cm) mower deck42-in. (107-cm) mower deck

    The Edge cutting system has been trademarked to emphasize the advantages of the John Deere mower deck designs. They give the mower superior convenience, performance, and reliability.

    The 42-in. (107-cm) two-spindle, three-in-one mower is constructed of 13-gauge, 0.090-in. (2.3-mm) steel for long life:

    • The mower deck has a rolled lip to provide greater strength and protection.
    • The deep-deck mower design lifts grass for a clean, even cut.
    • The smooth underside of the mower prevents grass buildup and evenly disperses grass clippings.
    • The rolled outer edge of the deck provides extra strength and protection.
    • Dual-stage E-coat and powder paint coatings provide extra protection from rust.
    • No tools are required to go from mulching to side discharge to rear bagging.
    • The blade-to-spindle design provides a unique mounting system for the mower blade that provides extra safety and convenience.
    • A mulch cover is an optional attachment that can be installed without tools to allow mulching with the standard mower blades.   
    • A high-performance mulch plug is an optional attachment that includes a mulch plug and special mulching blades for excellent performance.
    • cut-and-throw, 6.5-bu (229-L) rear bagger is sold separately.
    Mower wash port
    Mower wash portMower wash port
    Mower wash port with hose connectorMower wash port with hose connector

    A wash port is provided to make cleaning the underside of the mower deck easy:

    • A hose connector is included with mower deck.
    StarLock™ blade design
    StarLock blade designStarLock blade design

    The StarLock blade design keeps the blade bolt at the correct torque for easy removal.

    Optional blades for difficult mulching or bagging conditions are available.

    Mower deck height adjustment
    Mower deck height adjustment leverMower deck height adjustment lever

    A spring-assisted, low-effort, ergonomically-designed lift lever simplifies setting and adjusting the mower cut height:

    • Increments of 0.25 in. (0.64 cm) allow the operator to fine-tune the cut height from 1 in. (2.5 cm) to 4 in. (10.2 cm). 
    • The lift handle is shaped and located for easy use, and is out of the way of entering or exiting operators.
  • Operator station designed for comfortable operation
    Comfortable operator station, right sideComfortable operator station, right side
    Comfortable operator station, left sideComfortable operator station, left side

    The operator station is designed for operator comfort and easy operation:

    • Controls are positioned where they are easy to reach and easy to use to control the tractor.
    • Steering wheel is positioned and angled to give the operator plenty of room and steering comfort.
    • Seat is tilted back at the optimum angle to provide the most comfortable operator position.
    Steering wheel and dashSteering wheel and dash
    Wide footrest with debris channelsWide footrest with debris channels

    Controls are easy to see and use:

    • Large, three-spoke steering wheel for greater operator comfort and control
    • Ignition switch is on the dash for starting ease

    Wide footrest areas with non-slip, anti-vibration floor mats are provided for operator comfort:

    • Footrest area is designed for optimum operator comfort
    • Debris-removing channels help keep the footrest area clean and dry
    Comfortable seatComfortable seat
    Easily-adjusted seat and beverage holderEasily-adjusted seat and beverage holder

    The operator seat has an 11-in. (27.9-cm) back height for good support. It can be easily adjusted forward or rearward while the operator is in the seat, with seat travel of 5.5 in. (14 cm) and 10 different positions.

    A beverage holder is located on the right-side fender for operator convenience.

    Seat springs give a smoother rideSeat springs give a smoother ride
    Seat tilted forward (shown on E180 Tractor)Seat tilted forward (shown on E180 Tractor)

    Two long seat springs give plenty of seat travel to smooth out the ride, keeping the operator comfortable while operating the tractor.

    Seat can be tilted forward for protection from the elements and to provide easy access to the fuel tank.

  • Automatic transmission makes it easy to choose the exact travel speed for each operating condition
    E100 TractorE100 Tractor

    The automatic transmission allows the operator to easily choose the desired forward or reverse travel speed by simply depressing a single foot pedal; this is similar to the way the driver of an automobile with automatic transmission changes speed when depressing the accelerator.

    Whether a slow speed for trimming or faster speed for open-area mowing is desired, the operator can easily adjust by how far the foot pedal is depressed.

    Brake pedalBrake pedal
    Automatic transmission forward/reverse shift leverAutomatic transmission forward/reverse shift lever

    With the brake pedal depressed and the forward/reverse lever in the center position, the engine can be started. Once the engine is started, it is not necessary to use the brake pedal when selecting forward or reverse. Simply move the forward/reverse lever to select travel direction, and then press the automatic foot pedal to choose from an infinite number of travel speeds.

    Speed control pedalSpeed control pedal
    Operator foot depressing speed control pedalOperator foot depressing speed control pedal

    With the automatic speed control pedal, the operator can choose from an infinite number of speeds forward or reverse:

    • Forward: 0 to 5.5 mph (0 to 8.9 km/h)
    • Reverse: 0 to 3.2 mph (0 to 5.1 km/h)
  • Powerful engine features full-pressure lubrication for long life
    17.5-hp (13.0-kW) engine17.5-hp (13.0-kW) engine
    Engine oil filter and fuel filterEngine oil filter and fuel filter

    A 17.5-hp (13.0-kW), single-cylinder engine has plenty of power and torque to handle tough mowing, mulching, and bagging conditions:

    • Electronic ignition for fast starts
    • Spring-return feature to ensure the operator will not mistakenly leave the throttle lever in the choke position
    • Cast-iron cylinder liner for long engine life
    • Overhead valves for excellent power and fuel economy
    • Anti-vibration system
    • Full-pressure lubrication and oil filter for cleaner oil, prolonging engine life, and extending the time between oil changes
      • More effective when operating the tractor on an incline
    • Large fuel filter for trouble-free operation
    No-tools oil drain valveNo-tools oil drain valve

    The no-tools oil drain valve is easy to access when changing engine oil.

  • Frame made of full-length welded steel for reliability
    Solid one-piece frame Solid one-piece frame
    Solid one-piece frame Solid one-piece frame

    The solid one-piece frame is constructed of 12-gauge, 0.105-in. (2.66-mm) steel:

    • Full-length, robotically-welded frame design has high-strength steel rails for added strength and long life.
    • One-piece, steel fender deck is bolted to the frame.

Buyer's notes

Notes JD Loy hood resists fading, won't rust or dent
Durable primer and powder paint finish
Full-length welded steel frame
Warranty 2 year/120 hour bumper-to-bumper* (*Term limited to years or hours used, whichever comes first, and varies by model. See the LIMITED WARRANTY FOR NEW JOHN DEERE TURF AND UTILITY EQUIPMENT at or for details.)


9 Reviews
May 19, 2018

Stay away from this model.


My first John Deere was a model 110 that I bought new in 1975. It was an outstanding performer and I passed it down to my son when we sold our home on a one acre lot. I bought an E100 machine for our smaller lot, to replace my 10 year old Yard Machine (Cost half as much as the Deere) and did a great job. The E100 looked like a good deal except you can't change direction without a lot of playing with the shifter. I now have 4.7 hours on the meter and have only cut the grass twice. Normal time on the old Yard Machine was 45 minutes. I bought the E100 on line from Home Depot for the free delivery and "White Glove Treatment". The transmission hasn't worked easily since day one. I contacted the local dealer and was told they don't sell that model and could not demonstrate shifting from forward to reverse. He suggested going to Home Depot for service. I bought the machine on line so who will fix my problem. Sorry, it' a pretty machine and that's all I can say.


  • From: Macungie, PA 18062, USA
  • Usage Frequency: Weekly
  • Level of Experience: Expert
Jun 09, 2018

Does not mow bermuda or fescue


It does not matter which of the three blades you use, the mower apparently is just worthless. Using a bagging blade leaves with the bagger just leaves the grass on the ground in dry clumps that have to be raked and bagged manually. Three passes minimum. Using the original blade, takes more passes than I am willing to try, not sure it is for. I do not know what the mulching blade would do differently, it appears exactly the same as the bagging blade. I am trying to dispose of this thing, just 1500 bucks thrown in the waste basket.


  • From: Marietta GA
  • Usage Frequency: Weekly
  • Level of Experience: Intermediate
Oct 24, 2018

Great Mower


Bought my John Deere E100 in this summer 2018. I have been very impressed with this mower. It starts right up is very quite while mowing. Its comfortable to sit in and the controls are easy to use. This mower is also a sharp looking mower with great styling. Love John Deere, only mower I will buy.


  • From: PA
  • Usage Frequency: Weekly
  • Level of Experience: Intermediate
Aug 21, 2018

Perfect little machine


We purchased his little tractor when we bought our new house to maintain an acre of lawn/garden. It works like a charm, easy to operate and loads of fun! Since this is my first riding mower (at age 60) I have nothing to compare it to, but when I asked around, John Deere is the go-to out here.


  • From: Springfield, VT
  • Usage Frequency: Weekly
  • Level of Experience: Beginner
Aug 30, 2018

Not your fathers John Deere


I recently purchased the E100 from my local Lowe's, got the free delivery and 6 months interest free to complete the payment. I got my new machine, filled the gas tank, connected up the battery and turned the key. The engine cranked for a few seconds and I let off the key, immediately there was a loud buzzing sound from under the hood. I turned the key again but nothing only the buzzing sound. So I disconnected the negative lead on the battery and the noise stopped but the second I touched the lead to the battery again the engine cranked! My guess is the starter solenoid got stuck in the on position. So Lowe's said they had another E100 and that we could do a swap. The next day they arrived but the "new" machine didn't have any paperwork or key but had a full tank of gas and the battery was hooked up. So obviously this machine had been a return. There was no time on the hour meter so it was "new". Well I accepted it (I kept the key and paperwork from the first one) but this one wouldn't even crank when I turned the key. I called the place the does the set up for Lowe's and thankfully spoke to the right person, he said sometimes the safety switch for the power takeoff (blade engagement) comes off it's mount and sure enough that was it. I snapped that plunger switch back into the slot and it then started right up. I've mowed my half acre lot twice now and everything works fine. This is my first John Deere and initially it was a rough start but hopefully that's behind me (Lowe's is also to blame for sending out that second faulty machine). It's a nice mower once you get it running.


  • From: Wisconsin, USA
  • Usage Frequency: Weekly
  • Level of Experience: Intermediate