Overview

  • Exclusive 4-wheel steering for excellent maneuverability
  • Powered by 18.5 hp (13.8 kW)* iTorque™ Power System
  • 42-in. Accel Deep™ mower deck
  • Best-in-class 4 year/300 hour limited warranty

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Features

Modern styling with functional design enhances appearance and performance

Attractive stylingAttractive styling
 
Hood air-intake louversHood air-intake louvers

Smooth, rounded contours present a modern, styled appearance:

  • Hood styling incorporates efficient full-length air-intake louvers on each side, rather than on the top.
    • Cooler engine operation
    • Lower operator station sound levels
  • Hot air is vented out the front grille, away from the operator.
  • Molded-in-color hood material is very durable.
    • Excellent impact strength
    • Resists weathering
    • Will not rust or dent
  • Distinctive grille and large, one-piece fender deck complete the styling package.

Four-wheel steer gives superior maneuverability and trimming ability

Four-wheel steering versus two-wheel steeringFour-wheel steering versus two-wheel steering
 
Four-wheel steer maneuverabilityFour-wheel steer maneuverability

NOTE: In the schematic above, the solid line refers to a four-wheel steer tractor, and the hashed line refers to a two-wheel steer tractor.

Four-wheel steering provides very significant maneuverability and trimming advantages over that of two-wheel-steering-equipped tractors.

For example, with the X384 Select Series™ Tractor equipped with a 48-in. (122-cm) Accel Deep™ Mower (the following numbers correspond to the schematic above):

  1. Uncut circle radius is reduced from 21 in. (53 cm) for a two-wheel steer X380 to only 9 in. (23 cm), eliminating or greatly reducing the need to back up when trimming around trees, shrubs, etc. 
  2. Interference from the mower and tractor wheels is eliminated because they are several inches away from the object being trimmed around.
  3. Outside turning circle is reduced, reducing the time spent turning and increasing mowing efficiency.

Also, trimming inside curves around flower beds or other landscaping can be done more completely with a 4-wheel steer tractor.

DESIGNED FOR TIGHT TURNS

The four-wheel steering system is designed for tight turns, leading to greater mowing efficiency:

  • Caster, camber, and kingpin angles are optimized to reduce effort, especially when going from straight ahead into a turn.
  • Steering geometry has been designed with the use of 3-D modeling, so all four tires are working together.
  • Sealed ball bearings are used on the torque shaft and the rear spindles to reduce friction.
  • Small scrub radius, less than 1 in. (2.5 cm) in the rear, reduces scuffing and bump-steer.
DESIGNED FOR EASY STEERING
Four-wheel steer illustration from rearFour-wheel steer illustration from rear
 
Four-wheel steer illustration from frontFour-wheel steer illustration from front

Sealed ball bearings are used at critical all-wheel-steer joints for reduced friction, longer life, and less maintenance.

Easy steering is important for an enjoyable mowing experience:

  • Larger, 14-in. (35.6-cm) diameter steering wheel gives improved leverage for easier turns.
  • Larger sector gear gives improved (higher) steering ratio.
    • A higher ratio equals lower steering effort.
  • Dual-drag links help equalize steering loads and greatly reduce steering error.
  • Ball-joints on both ends of the steering tie rods reduce wear to maintain accurate steering. 
  • Long steering arms improve the mechanical advantage of the steering system through the full range of motion.
  • The steering shaft rotates on a sealed ball bearing at its lower end, near the pinion gear, to reduce steering effort and provide a smooth feel for the life of the tractor.
  • The sector gear pivots on a shaft rather than a bushing to ensure proper gear mesh and eliminate binding.
  • Pivoting of the upper and lower ends of the sector gear shaft on sealed ball bearings reduces steering effort and provides a smooth feel for the life of the tractor.
  • Greaseable front steering spindles reduce friction and improve wear over time.

Engine is smooth-running and reliable V-twin air-cooled design

18.5-hp (13.8-kW) V-twin engine18.5-hp (13.8-kW) V-twin engine
 
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The tractor is powered by a John Deere iTorque™ power system, a combination of engine features and an exclusive hood design that provides superior lugging ability, even cooling, and durability.

Key engine features include:

  • 18.5 hp (13.8 kW)
  • Large 603 cc displacement
  • V-twin air-cooled design that provides smooth, quiet power
  • Quality features include:
    • Cast-iron cylinder liners
    • Overhead valves
    • Full-pressure lubrication
    • Replaceable oil filter
    • Dual-stage air cleaner
  • V-twin design:
    • Excellent power and performance
    • Easy starts
    • Smooth operation
FLYWHEEL ALTERNATOR

A flywheel alternator provides plenty of capacity to quickly recharge the battery and power electrical equipment, such as lights or a sprayer:

  • 15-amp capacity
  • Regulated to keep the battery at full charge without risk of overcharging

Frame is reliable heavy-duty welded steel

Welded heavy-duty frameWelded heavy-duty frame
 
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The frame is made of heavy formed and welded steel, reinforced in critical areas for even greater strength:

  • The frame is formed from 12-gauge, 0.105-in. (2.66-mm) thick material for long life.
  • Standard front bumper and hitch plate are formed from 9-gauge, 0.15-in. (3.8-mm) steel and complete the frame assembly.
  • Rear hitch plate can support two 42-lb (19-kg) Quik-Tatch weights.
    • Weight bracket is built into the frame of two-wheel-steer models.
    • Four-wheel-steer models require the optional weight bracket.

The 42-in. (107-cm) Accel Deep™ (42A) Mower Deck cuts clean and is versatile

X370 with Accel Deep 42A MowerX370 with Accel Deep 42A Mower
 
Accel Deep 42A MowerAccel Deep 42A Mower
 
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The 42-in. (107-cm) AccelDeep mower deck is a stamped-steel, deep, flat-top design that delivers excellent cut quality, productivity, cleanliness, durability, and versatility. Optimal performance and dispersion of clippings is provided, even at faster mowing speeds:

  • 4.97-in. (12.6-cm) depth throughout the entire deck shell for optimum mowing, mulching, and bagging performance
    • Optional MulchControl™ attachment for superior mulching performance and versatility
  • Stamped-steel design eliminates sharp edges and corners where material can build up and diminish mowing performance
  • Mower deck suspended from the vehicle for a smooth and level cut
    • Adjustable mower wheels, positioned just above ground level, for reduced scalping
EXCELLENT CUT QUALITY
42A Mower42A Mower
 
42A Mower42A Mower
 
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Deep mower-deck stamping gives excellent cut quality. It allows the cut and suspended material room to exit the deck without getting recut:

  • Reducing the amount of re-cutting enables more power to be used to cut incoming grass, which greatly improves mower capacity.
    • Helps maintain excellent cut quality at faster mowing speeds
  • Clean flow of material out of discharge area prevents cut material from interfering with cutting the incoming grass, making it possible for the blades to cut incoming material cleanly.
  • Even in mulching mode, cut evenness is improved compared to other designs because the additional depth allows for continuous circulation, optimal re-cutting, and an even distribution of clippings.
PRODUCTIVITY - GETS THE JOB DONE FAST
Side-discharge chute on Accel Deep 42A Mower DeckSide-discharge chute on Accel Deep 42A Mower Deck

Deep mower-deck stamping gives high productivity, which gets the job done fast. It allows the cut and suspended material room to exit the deck quickly, reducing the amount of re-cutting so more power is available to process incoming grass:

  • Greatly improves mowers capacity to maintain excellent mowing performance in difficult mowing conditions and at higher speeds

Large discharge opening is both high and wide to handle more material:

  • Gives a smooth, even discharge of clippings at all mowing speeds
  • Reduces the chance of plugging, especially important when operating in wet, thick, or dense grass and when bagging
  • Cut-and-throw chute has a large, optimized inlet which aids in collecting material by using airflow from the large deck opening
CLEANLINESS - FOR THE MOWER AND THE OPERATOR
Accel Deep 42A Mower DeckAccel Deep 42A Mower Deck
 
Accel Deep 42A Mower DeckAccel Deep 42A Mower Deck
 
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The flat-top shape of the deck stamping is optimal for keeping itself and the operator clean:

  • There are few places to catch and hold material on top and underneath the deck.
    • Top of deck stays cleaner, reducing time and effort needed for cleaning and service
    • Underside of deck is self-cleaning to maintain optimum performance without build-up of material to interfere with the flow of air and clippings
    • Less need to clean and remove build-up of material from underside deck
  • The depth of the Accel Deep mower deck minimizes the amount of material that escapes from the front of the deck
    • Limited amount of material to drift onto the operator and mower deck
    • Even flow of material discharged out the chute, less re-cutting results in larger pieces that are less likely to end up on the operator
    • Mulching prevents the discharge of material completely and the MulchControl attachment makes mulching a practical solution for most mowing situations.

Cleaning a mower deck, both top and bottom, is one of the most frequent maintenance activities:

  • The flat-top design reduces places for material to build up and makes material that does collect easy to remove.
Mower wash portMower wash port
 
Mower wash port with hose connectorMower wash port with hose connector
 
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A wash port is provided to make cleaning the underside of the mower deck easy.

  • Hose connector is included with the mower deck.
MulchControl baffle closedMulchControl baffle closed
 
MulchControl handleMulchControl handle
 
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  • The MulchControl handle is located on top of the mower deck and used to open and close the discharge baffle.
    • The operator is required to get off of the machine in order to engage or disengage mulch mode.
  • Changing from mulching to side discharge or vice versa takes only a few seconds.

MulchControl is well-suited to the following mowing situations:

  • Usually mulch, but side discharge when grass gets too long
  • Usually side-discharge, but would like to be able to close the chute to control clippings
  • Always mulch a main lawn, but often side discharge secondary lawns
  • Bag clippings, but want to go farther before emptying bags

While in the side-discharge mode, MulchControl will still mulch about one third of the material. Therefore, the side-discharge mode is essentially a partial-mulch mode. This can be an advantage when side discharging or bagging, as it helps to reduce the amount of material being discharged. Other times this could work as a disadvantage:

  • When cutting strong southern grasses, such as Zoysia and Bermuda
  • When cutting in wet, high-growth conditions, such as those found in the Pacific Northwest United States
  • When optimum bagging and lawn clean-up is desired

 

SUPERIOR DURABILITY IS DESIGNED IN
Hinged spindle pocket cover on the 42A MowerHinged spindle pocket cover on the 42A Mower
 
Mower wheels are double-captured for durabilityMower wheels are double-captured for durability

The 42A mower deck has strong spindle pockets, to keep the blades aligned, even after years of tough service:

  • Ribs in the deck shell add strength where it is needed.
  • The 42A has a 16 percent heavier overall weight than the Edge™ Xtra 42-in. (107-cm) mower deck.

Mower wheels are double-captured:

  • Provides greater strength and durability for longer, trouble-free life.
  • Single-bolt adjustment makes setting wheels to the correct height for the cutting height quick and easy.

Low-tension belt-drive design reduces the side load on the engines lower bearing and mower deck bearings for longer life.

Rolled outer edge of the deck provides extra strength and protection.

Dual-stage E-coat and powder-paint coatings provide extra protection from rust.

VERSATILITY - EASY TO CHANGE BETWEEN SIDE DISCHARGE, MULCH, AND BAGGING MODES
Rear MulchControl baffle (A) that must be removed for baggingRear MulchControl baffle (A) that must be removed for bagging
 
Rear MulchControl baffle removed to allow for chute installationRear MulchControl baffle removed to allow for chute installation

The 42A mower is designed for maximum versatility, providing the greatest ease in changing from one mower discharge mode to another:

  • The mower's cut-and-throw design allows bagging with just the addition of the bagger chute, once the special bagging blades have been installed.
    • The 42A cut-and-throw chute is easy to install and securely held in place at the front and rear to provide a tight seal between the mower deck and the chute.
      • The rear latch is adjustable to allow for the optimum setting for easy use and a tight seal.
    • The bagging blades can be used for side discharging also.
  • With the optional MulchControl attachment installed (along with the special mulching blades), changing from side-discharge to mulching or vice versa is done with the simple flip of a lever.
  • The rear bagger can be used with the MulchControl blades installed.
  • The front baffle, either the one included with the rear bagger chute or the one included with MulchControl (B), can remain in place for side discharging.
    • For ultimate side-discharge performance this baffle can be removed.
  • The optional MulchControl attachment includes a rear MulchControl baffle (A), held in place by two carriage bolts, at the rear edge of the discharge opening. This baffle:
    • Must be removed for installation of the rear bagger chute, a 13-mm (0.51-in.) wrench is required (the bagger chute cannot be installed without removing this baffle)
    • Can remain removed for side discharging material
    • Must be re-installed for mulching
MULCHCONTROL OPTION

The MulchControl attachment for the 42A mower deck makes mulching more practical for many mowing situations because it not only does an excellent job of mulching but it also allows the mower to be easily converted for times when it is more desirable to side discharge or collect the lawn material. Advantages of mulching grass clippings include:

  • A beautiful looking lawn
  • Grass clippings not blown onto the operator, driveways, or flower beds
  • Less fertilizer use
  • Elimination of the effort needed to dispose of clippings
HOW MULCHCONTROL WORKS
MulchControl baffle openMulchControl baffle open
 
MulchControl baffle closedMulchControl baffle closed

MulchControl is an innovative, simple design that is easy to use and maintain:

  • The MulchControl attachment includes baffles to control the flow of material under the deck.
    • When the MulchControl baffle is open, most of the material passes through the discharge opening.
    • When the MulchControl baffle is closed, the material stays within the deck and gets chopped into mulch and deposited in the turf.
MOWER BLADES
Mower blades shipped with the rear bagger chuteMower blades shipped with the rear bagger chute

High-lift bagging blades are included with the chute. They provide optimum performance when bagging in difficult conditions, such as when the grass is moist, dense, or long:

  • High-lift bagging blades also work well when side discharging material.

Mulching blades are included with the MulchControl attachment. They can be used for mulching, side discharging, and bagging in most conditions.


Mower blade use chart

 Mode(s) of operation  Mower blade
 Side discharging mode only   M170639 side-discharge blade (shipped with mower) 
 Bagging mode only  GX25668 bagging blade (shipped with BG20754 rear bagger chute)
 Mulching mode only  M170642 mulching blade (shipped with BM24794 MulchControl)
 Side discharge and mulching  M170642 mulching blade (shipped with BM24794 MulchControl)
 Side discharge and bagging  GX25668 bagging blade (shipped with BG20754 rear bagger chute)
 Side discharge, mulching, and bagging  M170642 mulching blade (shipped with BM24794 MulchControl)
7-BU (247-L) REAR BAGGER
Optional rear baggerOptional rear bagger
 
Lower chute installedLower chute installed

An optional 7-bu (247-L) cut-and-throw rear bagger material collection system (MCS) is available for use with the 42-in. (107-cm) Accel Deep Mower. It provides an efficient means of collecting grass clippings and leaves.

The hopper design provides modern styling, great bagging performance, cleaner operation, and easy-to-empty bags:

  • 7-bu (247-L) capacity
  • Easy-to-attach lower chute (ordered separately)
  • Air exhaust duct
  • Convenient spring-latch
  • Airflow fill indicator
  • Quik-Tatch mounting
  • Sealed hopper top
  • Loose-knit bags available

 

Exact Adjust ports and on-board deck-leveling tools make precise deck adjustments easy

Deck-leveling gauge and hex adjusting tool stored under tractor seatDeck-leveling gauge and hex adjusting tool stored under tractor seat
 
Exact Adjust access holesExact Adjust access holes

A mower deck must be level side-to-side and properly adjusted front-to-rear to give the best cutting performance. A removable on-board deck-leveling gauge and a hex-key tool are provided to make adjustment easy. They are securely stored under the tractor seat.

Exact Adjust leveling ports are provided on each side of the operator platform above the mower-level adjusting bolts. With the hex-shaped tool, they provide convenient access to allow quick and easy adjustment of the mower for the best-cut quality of cut.

The Exact Adjust feature is standard on all Select Series™ X300 and X500 Tractors:

  • There is no need to reach under the fender deck while making the mower-level adjustment.
  • On-board deck-leveling gauge, Exact Adjust ports, and the hex tool work together.
    • Level the mower deck side to side
    • Set the correct amount of rake (front-to-back deck orientation)
    • Calibrate the cutting height to the cut-height adjusting knob setting
  • Exact Adjust simplifies leveling the mower deck if equipped with a Power-Flow™ blower.
    • To give the best cut, mower level should be adjusted if alternately mowing with and without blower installed. The Exact Adjust feature makes this easy.
Deck-leveling tool placed under deckDeck-leveling tool placed under deck
 
Using included ball-hex tool to level mower deckUsing included ball-hex tool to level mower deck

Consult the operator's manual for the correct adjusting procedures for each tractor model. Basic adjusting steps to properly level the mower deck include:

  • Park the tractor on a level surface.
  • Inflate tires to the correct pressure.
  • Consult the label for the cutting-height knob that is located on the console of the machine. This label shows deck-leveling position and location of deck-leveling adjustment points.
  • Set mower cutting-height knob to the correct deck-leveling position.
    • For X300 models, use position 2.75
    • For all other models, use position 2.5
  • Adjust mower wheels as necessary so they do not contact the ground surface.
  • Remove the onboard deck-leveling gauge that is located under the seat.
  • Using the Exact Adjust ports and tool, adjust mower deck side-to-side level so the deck-leveling gauge just slips under the left and right lower deck rim at the designated adjustment points. The location of adjustment points will vary slightly between decks.
    • Left- and right-rear adjustment points are under the deck rim near the rear mower wheels, if equipped.
  • Adjust mower deck front-to-back level, if necessary.
    • Loosen rear nuts equally on each side of front lift rod.
    • Turn front nut equally on each side clockwise to raise front of mower or counterclockwise to lower it until gauge just slips under the front adjustment point.
    • Tighten rear nuts after adjustment is complete.
  • Return the gauge to its storage position. 

NOTE: The adjusting tool supplied with the tractor is an 8-mm ball-hex key, part number M162737. The rounded end allows for some misalignment with the bolt as the deck is adjusted.

Specifications

Engine

Power 18.5 hp
13.8 kW
     
Displacement 36.8 cu in.
603 cc
     
Manufacturer/model FS600V      
Type Overhead valve, full-pressure lube, oil filter      
Cylinders V-twin, cast-iron liners      
Governor Mechanical      
Choke/speed control Separate levers, automatic choke return      
Cooling method Air      
Air cleaner Dry, replaceable with foam precleaner      
Oil drain No tools      

Fuel system

Type Gasoline      
Fuel delivery Pulse pump, carburetor      
Fuel gauge Gauge on dash      
Fuel tank location Rear      
Fuel fill opening On left fender, 3 in.
7.6 cm
     
Fuel tank capacity 3.3 U.S. gal.
12.5 L
     

Electrical system

Battery 12 V
340 CCA
     
Charging system Flywheel alternator, regulated, 15 amp      
Engine starter Bendix      
Hourmeter Yes      
Headlights Two standard, incandescent, 27 W      
Taillights or reflector No      
Backup lights No      
Rear work lights No      
12-V outlet Optional      

Transaxle

Type K46 hydrostatic integrated with transaxle      
Control Twin Touch™ pedals      
Cruise control Yes, button on dash      
Oil cooler Fins and fan on transaxle      
Oil filter Internal, not replaceable      
Differential lock No      
Forward speed 0-5.5 mph
0-8.9 km/h
     
Reverse speed 0-4 mph
0-6.4 km/h
     
Brakes Internal wet disc      

Chassis

Frame Welded heavy-duty      
Primer/paint E-coat/powder      
Weight bracket Optional front and rear      
Receiver hitch No      
Front axle Cast iron front axle, front wheel ball bearings      
Spindle bushings No      
Front tires 15x6-6      
Rear tires 20x10-10      
Hood material Molded-in color hood material reduces sound, will not rust or dent      
Fender deck material Stamped steel      
Floor mats Sure-grip rubber      
Storage On fender and under seat      
Service interval decal Yes      
Fender handles/grips No      
Cup holder Yes      
Equipment mounting Yes, heavy duty      

Steering

Type Manual, sector and pinion      
All-wheel steer Yes      
Steering wheel Large, 14 in.
35.6 cm
     
Tilt steering wheel No      
Turning radius 15 in.
38.1 cm
     
Uncut circle radius 15 in.
38.1 cm
     

Seat

Type Open-back design with grasp      
Seat back height 15 in.
38.1 cm
     
Armrests No      
Fore-aft adjustment While seated, slide rail, 14-position, 7 in.
17.8 cm
     
Seat suspension Tilt, two coil springs, three-position no-tools adjustment for operator weight      

Lift system

Type Foot pedal with optional adjustable spring assist kit      
Hydraulic outlets No      
Mower cut height 13 positions, 1-4 in.
2.5-10.2 cm
     
Cut height increments 0.25 in.
0.64 cm
     
Preset cut height Yes      

Mower deck

Type Side discharge      
Cutting width 42 in.
107 cm
     
Construction Stamped steel deck shell      
Mower deck material 12 gauge
0.105 in.
2.7 mm
     
Mower wash port Yes      
Mower drive system Electric power take-off (PTO) clutch, in-line belt      
Mower wheels Two      
Mower wheel adjustment Four-position, tool required      
Mower level adjustment Exact Adjust ports and onboard deck-leveling gauge      

Mower attachability

Type Slide under tractor      
Front draft arms Attached with spring pins at two points      
Rear draft arms Two pins and spring clips      
Mower wheels rotate No      
Drive system Single belt      

Safety

Meets ANSI standard Yes      
Meets OPEI standard Yes      
Backup protection Reverse Implement Option (RIO)      
Safety video Yes      

Buyer's notes

Notes One-piece hood for easy service access, molded-in color hood material reduces sound and will not rust or dent
4-wheel steering for unmatched maneuverability and trimming capability
Durable E-coat primer and powder-paint finish
     
Warranty 4 year/300 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.)      

Optional equipment

Mowers 42A (standard)      
Rear bagger 2-bag, 7 bu
247 L
     
Mulching system Yes, MulchControl™      
Front thatcher 38, 46, 54 in.
96.5, 116.8, 137.2 cm
     
Front blade 44 in.
111.8 cm
     
Snow blower Two-stage, 44 in.
111.8 cm
     
Sprayer Tow-behind, 15 U.S. gal.
56.8 L
Tow-behind, 25 U.S. gal.
94.6 L
Mounted, 25 U.S. gal.
     
Spreader Tow-behind, 125 lb
57.7 kg
Tow-behind, 175 lb
79.4 kg
Mounted, 125 lb
     
Front bumper Styled bumper option      
Brush guard Yes      
Weather protection Weather enclosure      
Sun canopy Yes      
Bucket holder Yes, double bucket      
Grass striping Lawn striping kit      
Tractor shovel 40 in.
101.6 cm
     
Tow-behind tools 16      

Dimensions

Height 47 in.
120 cm
     
Overall length 72 in.
182.9 cm
     
Wheelbase 49.4 in.
125.5 cm
     
Width with mower 50.5 in.
128 cm
     
Width with mower (deflector raised for storage) 50.5 in.
128 cm
     
Width without mower 41 in.
104.1 cm
     
Weight Mower, no fuel, 623 lb
283 kg
     

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