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post #1 of 88 Old 05-01-2013, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
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2013 John Deere D105

Ordered this John Deere D105April 12th , total cost was $1588.00 which included WV. tax and had to order it, dealer did not have any in stock, but it came in last week and he delivered it last Wed.



I cut with it for the first time yesterday and overall after finishing in about an hour, I have to give the overall satisfaction with the machine a 7 out of 10. There was a learning curve for me in trying to get used to the new belt-driven mechanical CVT RT400 transmission, made by General Transmission. I found in mowing my slopes that this transmission does not act like a hydrostatic transmission in that if you stop on a grade, you better be quick on the brake pedal as soon as you let off the go pedal as it will begin immediately coasting backwards

I meant to get a picture of the shift lever, but forgot, sorry . But anyway it has a Forward - Neutral - Reverse. Operation is simply moving the lever from neutral to forward and pushing down on the GO pedal on the right side of the machine, (same as a foot operated hydro) and to go in reverse, slip the lever into the reverse slot and push the go pedal again.

The brake pedal is on the left side of the machine.

You can lock the parking brake down and get off the machine to move branches, etc. and the engine will continue to run. You do have to shut of the mower deck however to do so, which makes sense.

The RIO button is easy to use, if you want to back up with the cutting blades still engaged, all you have to do is push the button while you shift into reverse and release it. No having to hold it down at all while backing up.

I had ordered new JD mulching blades and a mulch cover prior to its arrival. Installed the mulch cover and when the salesman delivered it I asked him if it had mulching blades installed already to which he said it actually has blades installed that serve all three capabilties the Edge Cutting System but dedicated mulching blades would be a better choice in his opinion. I decided to forestall installing the mulch blades right now and go ahead and give the blades that came on it a tryout. Must say after finishing, I was really pleased with the look of the lawn, and there was no wind rowing left from mulching.

I really liked the increments choice on the deck height selector as well, much better choices than my old L120


The 17.5 HP B&S engine did well going through thick grass with no bog down at all, and I also like that it is overhead valve, full-pressure lube, with oil filter. That was important to me in choosing this machine for cutting my sloping lawn in the rear of the house. The fuel gauge is different from my L120 in that it is mechanical instead of a see through window.


Choke and Throttle are one lever. To start it on choke the lever is placed to the top and then moved down after start to run.


Probably would have given this machine a 10 if I was mowing a flat lawn with no grades to contend with or obstacles.

The small seat is not very comfortable. Will consider upgrading that.

The transmission is light, IE: that results in alot of wheel spin on my sloping lawn when attempting a turn uphill. Perhaps a set of chains would help, another thing to consider.

I bought this machine in hopes that the new CVT transmission will do better in withstanding the cutting of my sloped rear lawn better than the K-46 transmission did in my old L120. As in anything only time will tell .
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Jim nice looking machine. Hope you will update throughout the summer as you get a little more used to it.

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Nice review! Drop your tire pressure to get more traction on the uphill turns. Or add the two suitcase weights.


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Thanks for the review and pics.

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I'm also interested in this model. Would sure be like to here more of your experence with the D105 as you use it more. Nice pictures.
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Thanks guys, I'll be sure to relay any update on it as the summer usage progress's .

Displaced Hokie, good idea on the tire pressure drop , forgot about that one and I even did that on my old L120 when I got it ! .
I gotta think about using the suitcase weights with this light transmission though, it concerns me somewhat that it could be an extra strain. I'll check out JD Parts though and see if they even have these for this model and keep it on the back burner in case .
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i'm looking at picking one of these up. something i'm curious about though is the transmission. i've seen it listed as the rt400, but in the following quote, sergeant states that it uses a dana 4360-134...
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Half the stuff On that website is Not always accurate Deere Part Number AM134770 which is what is in the D105 = Dana 4360-134
But Deere does Have two separate Part Numbers for the transmission
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Agent Smith, I saw the Sarges post on it from another thread. All I can say is I have a tag on the transmission that says it is made by General Transmissions, along with the serial and a JD part number which is listed as MIA12025 .

I did check that out in the JD parts catalog with that PN and it just shows it as a CVT transmission, which incidentally only weighs a little over 14 lbs. So at least I understand now why it is so light in the rear end .
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Nice looking rig Jim, hope it serves you well!

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Agent Smith, I saw the Sarges post on it from another thread. All I can say is I have a tag on the transmission that says it is made by General Transmissions, along with the serial and a JD part number which is listed as MIA12025 .

I did check that out in the JD parts catalog with that PN and it just shows it as a CVT transmission, which incidentally only weighs a little over 14 lbs. So at least I understand now why it is so light in the rear end .
i picked one up this morning after i got off work. i'm working this weekend 7p to 7a all three days, so i didn't get much time to play around with it. does yours not run quite as smooth when you have the throttle lever in the little groove? if i bump it down just a hair below the groove it seems to run smoother. by groove, i mean the spot right below the choke area.
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i picked one up this morning after i got off work. i'm working this weekend 7p to 7a all three days, so i didn't get much time to play around with it. does yours not run quite as smooth when you have the throttle lever in the little groove? if i bump it down just a hair below the groove it seems to run smoother. by groove, i mean the spot right below the choke area.
I wonder if your choke plate is just slightly closed at full throttle? A small adjustment to make sure it's fully open in that full throttle detent should be a quick fix. Good luck with the new machine!

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i picked one up this morning after i got off work. i'm working this weekend 7p to 7a all three days, so i didn't get much time to play around with it. does yours not run quite as smooth when you have the throttle lever in the little groove? if i bump it down just a hair below the groove it seems to run smoother. by groove, i mean the spot right below the choke area.
Yep, mine does the same, and again same as you moved the lever down a hair and it is fine. It just seems to do this during a cold start. No big deal .
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I wonder if your choke plate is just slightly closed at full throttle? A small adjustment to make sure it's fully open in that full throttle detent should be a quick fix. Good luck with the new machine!
I think it's just really sensitive Mike when you go to start it up and have the lever at choke full up and then when started as you lower the lever down to run you can feel the indent there sort of to discern the line between choke and run. By moving it just a hair more down the engine smooths out .
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Nice to have another D series member out there! Enjoy your machine and I wish you many a smooth and happy mow with it.
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Hey thanks Chris, I'm anxious to mow with it again this coming week .

I'm actually keeping my old 2003 L120 as it's still a good snow moving machine, so in effect this new is my second entry level machine .

You got a sharp D160 there as well, thanks for the pic .
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