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Hello Everyone!

I just discovered this awesome site! So I wanted to share my Journey with my first John Deere Tractor.

Back in July, After deciding that I was sick of using a push mower to mow 1.3 acres. It took me around 4 hours to mow and it was wasting my life. So after that, I decided it was time to get a lawn tractor to do the job. After some research I decided to Go with a Brand New 2018 S240 with a rear bagger.



I had to wait a month to get one, my local JD Dealer couldn't keep them in stock! When it arrived I wasted no time putting her to the test! What took me 4 hours before now took me 1:15! And if I remove the rear bagger I can get it done in about 50 minutes!!

I'm in love with this tractor, I have big plans for it. But I do have some questions,
I'm at 11.1 hours so far and haven't done anything, I think I'm supposed to grease something and I read somewhere that around 5 hours I need to do a oil change??

1. Is there a maintenance list that I can follow for a new tractor? (like what to do at different hour marks?)
2. I was thinking about next year getting a 17P cart, would the S240 be able to pull it when loaded? (I'm not going to put 1000lbs in, just branches/mulch/stone)


As for plans, I plan on getting a Snowblower at the end of this month/early next month. Maybe a plow as well.
I also plan on either getting the enclose cab or just make a metal arch and put some LED lights and a amber beacon on it.

Next year I want to get a poly cart and a proper trailer so I can go over to my dad's and mow for him

I'm in love with my tractor and can't wait to spend more time in it, I'll post some more pics when I get me Snowblower!
 

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Hello Everyone!

I just discovered this awesome site! So I wanted to share my Journey with my first John Deere Tractor.

Back in July, After deciding that I was sick of using a push mower to mow 1.3 acres. It took me around 4 hours to mow and it was wasting my life. So after that, I decided it was time to get a lawn tractor to do the job. After some research I decided to Go with a Brand New 2018 S240 with a rear bagger.



I had to wait a month to get one, my local JD Dealer couldn't keep them in stock! When it arrived I wasted no time putting her to the test! What took me 4 hours before now took me 1:15! And if I remove the rear bagger I can get it done in about 50 minutes!!

I'm in love with this tractor, I have big plans for it. But I do have some questions,
I'm at 11.1 hours so far and haven't done anything, I think I'm supposed to grease something and I read somewhere that around 5 hours I need to do a oil change??

1. Is there a maintenance list that I can follow for a new tractor? (like what to do at different hour marks?)
2. I was thinking about next year getting a 17P cart, would the S240 be able to pull it when loaded? (I'm not going to put 1000lbs in, just branches/mulch/stone)


As for plans, I plan on getting a Snowblower at the end of this month/early next month. Maybe a plow as well.
I also plan on either getting the enclose cab or just make a metal arch and put some LED lights and a amber beacon on it.

Next year I want to get a poly cart and a proper trailer so I can go over to my dad's and mow for him

I'm in love with my tractor and can't wait to spend more time in it, I'll post some more pics when I get me Snowblower!
BTW Welcome to the Forum:MTF_wel:
Invest In the electric Lift for the snow Blower https://www.greenpartstore.com/John-Deere-Electric-Lift-Kit-700AM-Snow-Blower-LP68150.html It is well worth the Investment. Save your arm now so your not paying for it later In life:thThumbsU
 

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your owners manual will have all the service info. best to keep it as clean as possible removing grass and dirt build up especially on engine and the top of the deck. watch seat time you tube made by roy rector to appreciate all the equipment he uses. Congratulations, Welcome to the site.
 

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Congrats on the new S240.

To echo Jerryh20, with your shiny new tractor beside you, sit down and give the owner’s manual a thorough reading. It will eliminate a lot of questions.

As far as the cart goes, the consensus is usually ‘bigger is better”’ however you may also consider a 10P cart with side racks. The smaller cart is easier on the tractor, and side racks will allow for more capacity with light brush loads.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/NOS-Brinly-10-17-cu-ft-Tow-Behind-Poly-Cart-WOOD-STAKES-SIDE-KIT-Cub-Cadet-JD-/332804184137?hash=item4d7cacd849
 

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Congrats and welcome! A snowthrower is a great investment as is a plow, depending on your needs might only need one! I love my JD with blower!
 

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I'd suggest a nice Ariens snowblower instead of the JD one. I think that is going to disappoint you in snow depending on how much snow you get. If you do get it make sure to get all the wheel weights.
 

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Thanks for all the replies and info, I might look into getting a electric lift kit but I have to see about funds due to the holidays.

i was thinking about the 10p cart, does anyone have any pics of the size of it?
 

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I took an old 4x8 trailer frame and made a yard trailer from it. You don't have to spend the money for a JD specific yard trailer if you don't want to. Or you can give JD your paychecks and buy all their branded extras. Up to you.

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I recently came across the maintenance reminder sheets that Deere has and think it's a great way to keep it all together in case you don't keep the manual handy. Easy enough to print one sheet hand keep it near tractor or as a bookmark on the pc.

https://jdparts.deere.com/partsmkt/document/english/featbene/fb_MaintSheet_S240_42deckLawnTractor.pdf

Me personally, I'd do an oil change probably after the first 5 or 10 hours. That's me though. After that I know I don't put 100/200 hours on the mower per year, but it gets at least one oil change per year.
 

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I recently came across the maintenance reminder sheets that Deere has and think it's a great way to keep it all together in case you don't keep the manual handy. Easy enough to print one sheet hand keep it near tractor or as a bookmark on the pc.

https://jdparts.deere.com/partsmkt/document/english/featbene/fb_MaintSheet_S240_42deckLawnTractor.pdf

Me personally, I'd do an oil change probably after the first 5 or 10 hours. That's me though. After that I know I don't put 100/200 hours on the mower per year, but it gets at least one oil change per year.
Thanks for the sheet!

I'll be sure to use it
 

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Another Question

I was moving last wednesday trying to due a last mow before the snow we got (didn't finish :( ) and I had to mow in the dark at 6pm (daylight saving time) and while the lights are nice and I was able to mow in the dark. I was thinking about upgrading them to LEDs

1. If I upgrade to LEDs do I need to do anything special to covert over to LEDs?
2. Who sells LED bulbs for the S240?
3. I read the LEDs don't really improve that much due to the way the headlights are, the just shine out more instead of farther away. is this true?
 

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BTW Welcome to the Forum:MTF_wel:
Invest In the electric Lift for the snow Blower https://www.greenpartstore.com/John-Deere-Electric-Lift-Kit-700AM-Snow-Blower-LP68150.html It is well worth the Investment. Save your arm now so your not paying for it later In life:thThumbsU
X2!!!!! I waited 6 years before getting it. Priceless! Not only does it save your arm but it lifts the blower higher which is helpful if your driveway has any dips in it. The extra height is also helpful for cutting back snowbanks at the road.
 

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On the oil changes, especially the first one. Oil changes are perhaps the cheapest and most valuable thing you can do to protect your engine. With new engines, I would change oil before the tenth hour. With breaking in, fine particles will be circulating. I know that some folk will go a season or 100 hours between changes, but on an air-cooled engine I like to change @ 25 hours.......50 hours maximum. @ 100 hours, I switch to FULL synthetic oil. Do not start out or switch to synthetic too soon. Regular oil is not as slick and aids in the break-in process.
Find all your zirk fittings and USE them. Then you'll never have to buy bearings. Good luck to you with all your machines!
 

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Congrats on your S240. It is a nice upgrade to the E100 series. I had a S240 with a bagger but ended up selling it and bought a X370. The S240 was a great mower and served me well for 2 years but I decided I wanted power steering and the ability to mount the 25 Gal sprayer. The S240 is limited to the 15 Gal mounted sprayer. I like to mow in rows using 3 point turns and the power steering really helped with that plus I'm not getting any younger. With the bagger I got a lot of blowout from the left and front of the deck when using the bagger for leaves. I got the blowout baffle (BM20505) that stopped the blowout. Attaches easily to the front lip of the deck.
 

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On the oil changes, especially the first one. Oil changes are perhaps the cheapest and most valuable thing you can do to protect your engine. With new engines, I would change oil before the tenth hour. With breaking in, fine particles will be circulating. I know that some folk will go a season or 100 hours between changes, but on an air-cooled engine I like to change @ 25 hours.......50 hours maximum. @ 100 hours, I switch to FULL synthetic oil. Do not start out or switch to synthetic too soon. Regular oil is not as slick and aids in the break-in process.
Find all your zirk fittings and USE them. Then you'll never have to buy bearings. Good luck to you with all your machines!
For the switch over do I just drain all the oil and switch to the Full synthetic?
Also what is this "zirk fittings"?
 

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Yeah, you don't really have to do anything special when switching. There's no problem with mixing regular and synthetic oil (unlike engine coolant, where you don't want to mix different types, as depending on the types, very bad things can happen).
zirk fittings are another name for grease fittings. Find where they all are, and regularly grease them. The user manual should indicate where they are and what grease to you.
 
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