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The manual is valid for the following models: 130, 160, 165, 175, 180, 185, Late 100 Lawn Series / John Deere (Horicon, Wisconsin, USA)
John Deere 130: Introduced in 1986. - Variants: 130 (Gear), 130H (Hydro).
John Deere 160: Introduced in 1986. Variants: 160 (Gear), 165 (Hydro).
John Deere 165: Introduced in 1986. Variants: 165 (Gear), 165H (Hydro).
John Deere 175: Introduced in 1987. Variants: 175 (Gear), 175H (Hydro).
John Deere 180: Introduced in 1986. Variants: 180 (Gear), 185 (Hydro).
John Deere 185: Introduced in 1986. Variants: 185 (Gear), 185H (Hydro).
John Deere 130: 100001-130000
John Deere 160: 130001-160000
John Deere 165: 130001-180000
John Deere 175: 130001-200000
John Deere 180: 130001-225000
John Deere 185: 130001-250000
Engine 130: Kawasaki FC290V, gasoline, 1-cylinder, air-cooled, vertical-shaft, 286 cc, 17.5 ci, 3.07x2.36 inches, 78 mm x 60 mm, 9 hp, 6.7 kW,
Production year(s): 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1988, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98
Engine 160: Kawasaki FB460V, gasoline, 1-cylinder, air-cooled, vertical-shaft, 460 cc, 28.1 ci, 3.50x2.91 inches, 89 mm x 74 mm, 12.5 hp, 9.3 kW.
Engine 165: Kawasaki FB460V, gasoline, 1-cylinder, air-cooled, vertical-shaft, 460 cc, see above....
Engine 175: Kawasaki FC420V, gasoline, 1-cylinder, air-cooled, vertical-shaft, 422 cc, 25.8 ci, 3.50x2.68 inches, 89 mm x 68 mm, 14 hp, 10.4 kW.0
Engine 180: Kawasaki FC540V, gasoline, 1-cylinder, air-cooled, vertical-shaft, 534 cc, 32.64 ci, 3.50x3.38 inches, 89 x 86 mm, 17 hp, 12.7 kW.
Engine 185: Kawasaki FC540V, see above...
Production year(s): 1986, 1987, 1988.
Publication number: TM1351
292 Pages in .PDF format
Manual Language: English
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"Download the Original Lawn Tractor Parts List and Manual: Explore Technical Data, Maintenance Tips, and Accessories for John Deere 130, 160, 165, 175, 180, 185 Models!"
Welcome to the ultimate resource for John Deere lawn tractor enthusiasts! In this comprehensive guide, you'll find everything you need to know about the iconic John Deere 130, 160, 165, 175, 180, and 185 models. From detailed engine specifications and maintenance intervals to popular tuning tips and compatible accessories, we've got you covered. Don't miss out on downloading the original parts list and manual, and let's dive into the world of John Deere lawn tractors!
Technical Data - Engine Specifications:
• John Deere 130: 9HP Kohler single-cylinder engine, displacement: 23.5 cu.in, air-cooled.
• John Deere 160: 12.5HP Kohler single-cylinder engine, displacement: 29.5 cu.in, air-cooled.
• John Deere 165: 12.5HP Briggs & Stratton single-cylinder engine, displacement: 29.4 cu.in, air-cooled.
• John Deere 175: 14HP Kohler single-cylinder engine, displacement: 34.3 cu.in, air-cooled.
• John Deere 180: 17HP Kawasaki single-cylinder engine, displacement: 34.5 cu.in, air-cooled.
• John Deere 185: 17HP Kawasaki single-cylinder engine, displacement: 34.5 cu.in, air-cooled.
• Fuel Capacity: Ranging from 2.2 to 3.5 gallons depending on the model.
• Transmission: Peerless 4-speed manual or hydrostatic, depending on the model.
• Cutting Width: Varies from 38 to 48 inches based on the deck installed.
• Turning Radius: Approximately 18 inches for excellent maneuverability.
• Weight: Ranges from 450 to 530 pounds, model-dependent.
• Tires: Front tires - 15x6.00-6, Rear tires - 20x8.00-8.
• Drive System: Belt-driven with a manual PTO (Power Take-Off).
• Steering: Manual sector and pinion with adjustable gears.
• Electrical System: 12V battery and alternator charging system.
• Ground Speed: Up to 5.5 mph forward and 2.5 mph reverse.
Facts and Details:
- The John Deere 130, 160, 165, 175, 180, and 185 models were part of the John Deere 100 series, known for their reliability and durability.
- These lawn tractors were produced from the late 1980s to the mid-1990s, becoming sought-after classics among collectors and homeowners alike.
- The hydrostatic transmission on some models offered smooth and effortless control for mowing and other tasks.
- The 38-inch mower deck was popular for its ability to maneuver easily around landscaping obstacles.
- The engines featured cast-iron sleeves for improved longevity and performance.
- The manual PTO engaged the mower blades, enabling efficient cutting of grass.
- The John Deere 130, 160, and 165 models were particularly favored for their compact size and ease of storage.
- These lawn tractors were praised for their comfortable seating and ergonomic design, reducing operator fatigue.
- The 175, 180, and 185 models had a slightly larger turning radius, making them suitable for more extensive lawn areas.
- The durable construction and high-quality materials used in manufacturing contributed to their lasting value.
Maintenance Intervals and General Tips:
► Oil Change: Replace engine oil and oil filter every 50 hours or once a season.
► Air Filter: Clean or replace the air filter every 25 hours or as needed.
► Spark Plugs: Check and replace spark plugs every 100 hours or once a season.
► Fuel Filter: Replace the fuel filter annually or every 200 hours.
► Mower Blades: Sharpen or replace mower blades every 25 hours or as needed.
► Tire Pressure: Check and adjust tire pressure regularly to ensure even cutting and traction.
► Deck Cleaning: Clean the mower deck regularly to prevent grass buildup and rust.
► Belt Inspection: Check the drive belts for wear and tension every 50 hours.
Common Issues and Solutions:
* Engine Troubles: If the engine runs rough or stalls, check the spark plugs, air filter, and fuel system for blockages or debris.
* Uneven Cutting: Ensure the mower deck is level and the blades are sharp for consistent cutting.
* Hydrostatic Transmission Problems: If the tractor doesn't move smoothly, check the transmission fluid level and consider a fluid replacement if necessary.
* Battery Issues: Clean battery terminals and keep the battery charged during storage to prevent starting problems.
* Steering Difficulties: Lubricate the steering components regularly and adjust the gears as needed.
Five Tips for Effective Maintenance:
1. Keep It Clean: Regularly wash your lawn tractor to prevent dirt and debris from damaging sensitive parts.
2. Storage: Store the tractor in a dry and covered area to protect it from the elements.
3. Grease Moving Parts: Lubricate moving parts, such as the steering system and deck hinges, to reduce friction and wear.
4. Follow the Manual: Adhere to the manufacturer's maintenance schedule and guidelines for optimal performance.
5. Inspect Belts and Hoses: Check belts and hoses regularly for signs of wear and replace them if needed.
Tuning Tips and Modifications:
■ Upgrading to a high-performance air filter and exhaust system can improve engine airflow and horsepower.
■ Installing a larger mower deck can enhance cutting efficiency for larger properties.
■ Adding wheel weights or chains can increase traction and stability on hilly terrain.
■ Consider adding a front-end loader attachment for light hauling and gardening tasks.
■ Upgrading to LED headlights improves visibility during early morning or late evening use.
Accessories and Attachments:
+ Baggers and Bagger Kits for collecting grass clippings and leaves.
+ Snow Blower Attachments for clearing driveways and pathways during winter.
+ Front Blades for pushing light snow or leveling loose material.
+ Sun Canopies to provide shade during hot summer days.
+ Carts and Hauling Attachments for transporting materials around the yard.
+ Mulching Kits for finely chopping grass clippings and returning them to the lawn.
+ Front End Loaders for carrying heavy loads or performing light digging tasks.
Owner Reviews and Opinions:
Many owners appreciate the John Deere 130, 160, 165, 175, 180, and 185 models for their reliability and ease of use. Users have praised the comfortable seating and smooth steering, making long mowing sessions more enjoyable. Additionally, the availability of various attachments allows these tractors to perform multiple tasks around the yard. However, some users have mentioned that finding certain replacement parts can be challenging due to the age of the machines. Despite this, many owners find these lawn tractors to be a worthwhile investment, especially for those with smaller to medium-sized properties.
The John Deere 130, 160, 165, 175, 180, and 185 lawn tractors have left a lasting legacy in the world of lawn care. Their reliable engines, comfortable design, and versatile attachments have made them popular among homeowners and collectors alike. By adhering to regular maintenance and following the provided tips, you can keep your lawn tractor in excellent condition for many years to come. Whether you're a seasoned John Deere enthusiast or a new owner, these models offer an exceptional mowing experience that continues to stand the test of time.
Frequently Needed Repairs and Commonly Broken Parts:
→ Belt replacements due to wear and tear from regular use.
→ Carburetor adjustments to maintain optimal engine performance.
→ Battery replacements to ensure reliable starting.
→ Ignition system maintenance, such as spark plug and ignition coil replacements.
→ Steering system adjustments to address wear on components.
→ Brake repairs to maintain safe operation.
→ Tire replacements due to normal wear or punctures.
Commonly Broken Parts:
→ Mower blades may break or become dull over time.
→ Drive belts are susceptible to wear and may snap or become damaged.
→ Fuel filters can clog, leading to engine performance issues.
→ Starter motors may fail, especially in older models.
→ Hydraulic hoses might develop leaks or cracks.
→ PTO switches can malfunction, affecting the mower deck engagement.
→ Steering wheel components, such as the steering wheel cap, may break.
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