John Deere E160
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  • 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.
  • Operator station designed for comfortable operation
    Operator station is designed for comfort (E160 shown)Operator station is designed for comfort (E160 shown)
    Comfortable operator station, left side (E170 shown)Comfortable operator station, left side (E170 shown)

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

    • Controls are positioned where they are easy to reach and use to control the tractor.
    • The steering wheel is positioned and angled to give the operator plenty of room and steering comfort.
    • The 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:

    • A deluxe, 14-in. (35.6-cm) steering wheel provides greater operator comfort and control.
    • Ignition switch is on the dash for starting ease.

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

    • Debris removing channels help keep the footrest area clean and dry.
    • The wide footrest makes it easier to step over the mower deck while entering or exiting the seat.
    Comfort Plus lumbar seatComfort Plus lumbar seat
    Comfort Plus lumbar seatComfort Plus lumbar seat
    Lumbar seat adjustment knobLumbar seat adjustment knob
    Easy-to-adjust seatEasy-to-adjust seat

    A 15-in. (38.1-cm), high-back, deluxe operator seat provides good support and lumbar adjustment for extra operator comfort. It is especially helpful when operating the tractor for extended periods of time.

    The seat can be easily adjusted forward or rearward while in it, with seat travel of 5.5 in. (14 cm) and 10 different positions.

    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.

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

    Beverage holderBeverage holder
    Storage compartmentStorage compartment

    A beverage holder and storage compartment, located on the right fender, are conveniently located and easy to use.

    Handgrip on fenderHandgrip on fender

    Handgrips give extra comfort for the operator, especially when operating on hillsides. Reflectors make the tractor more visible.

  • The Edge™ cutting system gives superior performance
    E160 Tractor with 48-in. (122-cm) Edge cutting systemE160 Tractor with 48-in. (122-cm) Edge cutting system
    48-in. (122-cm) Edge cutting system48-in. (122-cm) Edge cutting system
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    The Edge cutting system has been trademarked to emphasize the advantages of the John Deere mower deck designs. They give superior convenience, performance, and reliability:

    • Deep-deck mower design lifts grass for a clean, even cut.
    • Smooth underside of 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.

    The 48-in. (121.9-cm) Edge mower deck is a three-spindle design with heavy-duty characteristics:

    • Four mower wheels are standard equipment for a smooth mowing job, even in rolling terrain.
    • Flexible discharge chute minimizes property and mower deck damage.
    • No tools are required to go from mulching (with mulch cover) to side discharge to rear bagging.
    • A mulch cover is an optional attachment that can be installed without the use of tools.
    • A high-performance mulching blade (GX21786) is available to enhance mulching performance.
    • Bagging blades are available to improve bagging performance.

    The mower deck has a rolled lip to provide greater strength and protection. The rugged 12-gauge, 0.105-in. (2.7-mm) steel-deck mower will provide years of dependable mowing.

    The blade-to-spindle design provides a unique mounting system for the mower blade that gives extra safety and convenience.

    A cut-and-throw, 6.5-bu (229-L) rear bagger is sold separately and comes with bagging blades.

    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
    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 the operator to fine-tune the cut height.
    • Cut height is adjustable 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.
  • Instruments and controls are easy to find and convenient to use
    E160 Tractor mowingE160 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.
      • A 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.
    Side-by-side transmission control pedals
    Two-pedal speed/direction controlsTwo-pedal speed/direction controls
    Side-by-side foot pedals and cruise control leverSide-by-side foot pedals and cruise control lever

    Side-by-side foot pedals control the speed and direction of travel:

    • Automotive-type accelerator controls ensure easy operation.
    • Operator can change direction without lifting foot off the platform.
    • Large pedal surface gives superior operator comfort.
    Cruise control (E120, E130, E150, E160, E170, and E180)
    Cruise control leverCruise control lever

    Cruise control is available on the E120, E130, E150, E160, E170, and the E180:

    • To engage, lift up on the cruise lever and hold until the foot is removed from the forward pedal.
    • For emergency stop, the cruise control can be released by pushing on the brake pedal or the forward pedal.
    Mower deck height adjustment
    Mower deck height adjustment leverMower deck height adjustment lever
    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 fine-tuning the cut height.
    • Cut height is adjustable from 1 in. (2.5 cm) to 4 in. (10.2 cm).
    Parking brake control
    Brake/parking brake pedalBrake/parking brake pedal
    Parking brake leverParking brake lever

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

    Electric power take-off (PTO) clutch is easy and convenient to use
    Electric PTO engagement switchElectric PTO engagement switch
    RIO switchRIO switch

    The heavy-duty electric PTO clutch is operated with a convenient dash-mounted switch.

    A large, easy-to-see reverse implement option (RIO) button is convenient to use when mowing in reverse is desired.

  • 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 JohnDeere.com or JohnDeere.ca/TUWarranty for details.

  • Serviceability is convenient with 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.
    John Deere Easy Change™ 30-second oil change systemJohn Deere Easy Change™ 30-second oil change system
    Seat tilted up for easy access to fuel-fill openingSeat tilted up for easy access to fuel-fill opening

    The John Deere Easy Change 30-second oil change system makes changing the engine oil easy, quick, and clean. Changing the oil is as easy as removing the old oil-filled filter and twisting on a new oil-filled filter. Oil does not need to be drained from the engine. The removed filter contains the captured contaminants and a portion of the engine oil.

    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 JohnDeere.com or JohnDeere.ca/TUWarranty for details.

  • Full-featured engine is more reliable and lasts longer
    24-hp (17.9-kW) engine shown24-hp (17.9-kW) engine shown
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    This full-featured engine is engineered to deliver world-class endurance and power. A step above the competition, it is designed to be more dependable and longer lasting, saving time and money over the long run.

    Built to exceed demanding needs by incorporating premium features and innovative designs:

    • Overheadvalve (OHV) design for cooler operation and longer valve life
    • Contains an advanced debris management system that directs cooling air through the rotating screen to the air cleaner compartment, where large debris is pre-filtered through ejector slots
      • Keeps unfiltered air out of the engine through a large, dual-sealed, premium oval-shaped cartridge-style filter
      • Ensures maximum protection for extended engine life with the premium air cleaner, a pleated paper filter with a foam precleaner
      • Captures fine particles for maximum protection and extended maintenance
    • Provides maximum protection with full-pressure lubrication system
      • Pumps oil by a mechanical gerotor-style pump to all critical engine components
      • Enhances the system through a premium automotive-style oil filter, which removes over 95 percent of oil contaminates
    • A premium bearing package for improved durability; includes a super-finished crank pin bearing with a 50 percent smoother surface to increase load capacity by 35 percent
      • Uses a premium DU Teflon®-coated bearing
      • Helps resist wear and increases durability through self-lubricating bronze bearing
    • Wear-resistant, chrome-plated valve stems for long-life valves
      • 44 percent smoother for longer life
    • Cast-iron cylinder sleeve for extended life
    • Dependable float-feed type carburetor with integral fuel pump
    • High-capacity fuel filter for dependable operation
    • Includes John Deere Easy Change™ 30-second oil change system for making it easy, quick, and clean to change the oil
    • Maintenance-free electronic ignition for quick, dependable starts
    • Platinum spark plugs for extended life

    Teflon is a trademark of The Chemours Company.

  • John Deere Easy Change™ 30-second oil change system
    John Deere Easy Change 30-second oil change systemJohn Deere Easy Change 30-second oil change system

    The John Deere Easy Change 30-second oil change system makes changing the engine oil easy, quick, and clean. Changing the oil is as easy as twisting on a new oil-filled filter. Oil does not need to be drained from the engine.

    The John Deere Easy Change filter is an additional engine oil reservoir. Changing the filter removes the captured contaminants and replaces about 0.8 qt (0.76 L) of the engine oil.

    The functionality does not stop with ease of use. The Easy Change oil system has several meaningful benefits over the traditional oil filter system of the 100 Series:

    • Uses a synthetic filter material
    • Has more filtering capacity
    • Has more filter surface area
    • Has more oil flow capacity
    • Has 40 percent more oil volume
    • Engine system runs 22°F (12.2°C) cooler
    • Risk of spilling during oil service is greatly reduced
    • Waste oil per service interval is reduced by 60 percent (approximately 21 tanker-truck loads of waste oil each year) and the need for new oil production is reduced by the same amount

    Partly due to these improvements, it is not necessary to remove and dispose of all the oil in the engine during service.

    Everyone who uses the John Deere Easy Change system saves time and avoids the mess of a traditional oil change. In the past, many 100 Series Lawn Tractor owners rarely or never got around to changing their engine oil. With John Deere Easy Change, even owners who previously would not consider changing the oil themselves can easily do it now. The Easy Change 30-second oil change system is a no-mess, no-fuss solution the competition cannot match.

    Installation instructions are in the Operator’s Manual and in the John Deere Easy Change service part box.

    Please recycle. Many local government recycling programs, authorized retailers, auto-service centers, and auto-parts stores will puncture and recycle used oil filters and oil.

  • Engine is powerful and smooth-running V-twin design
    24-hp (17.9-kW) engine24-hp (17.9-kW) engine

    A 24-hp (17.9-kW) V-twin extended-life series (ELS) engine provides plenty of power and torque to handle tough mulching, mowing, and bagging conditions:

    • V-twin cylinder design for greater torque, lower vibration, and improved sound quality
    • Auto choke to allow operators to start the engine without needing the choke unless air temperatures are near or below freezing
    • 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 liners for longer engine life
    • Overhead valves for excellent power and fuel economy
    • 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
    • Includes extended-life series (ELS) engine features for enhanced performance and longer life
    • John Deere Easy Change™ 30-second oil change system makes changing the engine oil easy, quick, and clean.
    John Deere Easy Change 30-second oil change system
    John Deere Easy Change 30-second oil change systemJohn Deere Easy Change 30-second oil change system

    The John Deere Easy Change 30-second oil change system makes changing the engine oil easy, quick, and clean. Changing the oil is as easy as removing the old oil-filled filter and twisting on a new oil-filled filter. Oil does not need to be drained from the engine. The removed filter contains the captured contaminants and a portion of the engine oil. Easy Change is standard equipment on the E120, E130, E150, E160, E170, and E180.

  • Hydrostatic transmission gives an infinite choice of ground speeds
    Two-pedal speed/direction controlsTwo-pedal speed/direction controls
    Forward speed control pedal in useForward speed control pedal in use

    A Kanzaki® Tuff Torq® hydrostatic transmission gives an infinite choice of speeds and makes changing the direction of travel easy. Side-by-side foot pedals control the speed and direction of travel:

    • Automotive-type accelerator controls ensure easy operation.
    • Operator can change direction without lifting foot off the platform.
    • Large pedal surface gives superior operator comfort.
    Hydrostatic transmissionHydrostatic transmission

    Appropriate transmissions are used in each model, depending on rear tire size and tractor performance requirements, to ensure excellent performance and reliability:

    • Tuff Torq TLT200A - E110, E120, E130
    • Tuff Torq TLT200B - E140, E150, E160
    • Tuff Torq K46AC - E170, E180
    Standard cruise control (E120, E130, E150, E160, E170, and E180)
    Cruise control leverCruise control lever

    An easy-to-use cruise control option maintains the tractor's speed for mowing larger areas:

    • To engage, lift up on the cruise lever and hold it until the foot is removed from the forward pedal.
    • To disengage, lightly press and then release the forward pedal.
    • For emergency stops, cruise can be released by pushing on the brake pedal or pushing down on the cruise control lever.

    NOTE: Cruise control is available on all models except the E100, E110, and E140.

    Kanzaki and Tuff Torq are trademarks of Kanzaki Kokyukoki Manufacturing Company.

Buyer's notes

Notes JD Loy hood resists fading, won't rust or dent<br/>Durable primer and powder paint finish<br/>Large, 14-in. (36-cm) steering wheel for more comfortable operation<br/>John Deere Easy Change 30-second oil change system
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 JohnDeere.com or JohnDeere.ca/TUWarranty for details.)

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4.5
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May 20, 2018

Extended lifelong deer e mower

2/5

Bought ELS 160 3 years ago. This year mower leaked oil from motor while mowing and blew motor. Found out only 2 year warranty after much research on my part. Customer service rep had no idea what I was talking about when I asked length of time of JD warranty and then stated that JD warrants nothing. Not happy with this situation. Purchased from Lowe's and their salesman told me the other day JD warrants for 5 years. Not true. Had to pay extra for this motor on mower and had to be a special order. Get U never go for J D again.

Sissy

  • From: Fl
  • Usage Frequency: Weekly
  • Level of Experience: Expert
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Jun 03, 2018

engine make

4/5

Did not realize that the john deere 160 had a briggs and Stratton engine in it until I removed the battery to charge it. Had I known I don't think that I would have purchased it. I compared three mowers

eggman

  • From: Fieldon, IL 62031, USA
  • Usage Frequency: Weekly
  • Level of Experience: Expert
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Jun 03, 2018

E160

5/5

So far this is my third lawn tractor and my first John Deere. I decided to go for quality instead of cheap price. My tractors have taken a lot of abuse over the years and I'll revisit this review to let folks know how my E160 is holding up. I like the fact that I can purchase add on attachments to make my life easier. The new features on this law tractor were already a selling point before I made my purchase.

Lawa

  • From: Allegan, MI
  • Usage Frequency: Weekly
  • Level of Experience: Expert
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