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48 in. 22 HP Briggs & Stratton Hydrostatic Front-Engine Riding Mower

An ideal choice for your lawn, the John Deere 48 in. 22 HP Briggs & Stratton Hydrostatic Front-Engine Riding Mower travels at speeds of up to 5.5 MPH forward and 3.2 MPH in reverse for efficient mowing. This lawn tractor has a 22 HP Briggs & Stratton engine for high productivity and powerful cutting performance, and the tight 18 in. turn radius allows you to easily mow around obstacles. The 48 in. cutting deck mows more grass in fewer passes and less cutting time, and the 14 cutting positions to allow you to select cutting heights to suit your needs.
Overall rating:
4.889 / 5
4.9
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5
(9 reviews) 9
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100%of customersrecommend this product9 of 9reviews
Rating Breakdown 9 reviews
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100%of customersrecommend this product9 of 9reviews
Customer reviews for 48 in. 22 HP Briggs & Stratton Hydrostatic Front-Engine Riding Mower
Review 1 for 48 in. 22 HP Briggs & Stratton Hydrostatic Front-Engine Riding Mower
from Saginaw, MN

PostedMay 25, 2009
Overall rating 
5.0 out of 5.0
5 out of 5
I purchased a new home recently and wanted a new tractor to cut my 1.5 acre lawn. I spent a great deal of time shopping for tractors and was just about to purchase a Craftsman YT3000 when I decided at the last minute to check out the John Deere Offerings at Home Depot. At first I felt the JD’s were a little out of my price range but I wanted to purchase a unit that would give me years of service so I looked at this purchase as an investment. The initial quality of the JD line was better than that of Craftsman or other tractors in this price range and overall, it seemed like a well built well designed tractor.
I originally purchased the LA125 tractor which I used to cut the lawn a couple of times. I put approximately 8 hours on the tractor with no issues whatsoever. Mechanically the tractor worked fine and I would highly recommend this machine to anyone that has a flat lawn that is smaller than 1.5 acres. The issue I had with this tractor is that it seemed to work hard cutting the thick “wire grass” that I have on my country lot. I brought this machine back and exchanged it for the LA145.
Now the LA145 is two sizes bigger than what I had and also has a bigger twin cylinder engine. It may only have 1 more horsepower but it definitely has more torque than the LA125. The larger 48 inch deck is also different in that it has three small blades verses the two large mulching blades in the 42 inch. It also has 4 idler wheels instead of two. I found that this deck worked much better on my bumpy uneven lawn and it gave a better cut overall. The larger engine hardly works compared to the smaller counterpart. The larger deck also shaved about ½ hour off my cutting time which is great! At first I didn’t think that the electric PTO was that big a deal until I had a machine that had this feature. When you have to stop and pick something up all the time, the button is much easier and faster compared to moving the lever. I can’t say enough about the two pedal hydrostatic transmissions. It works perfectly and really makes the machine a pleasure to drive especially when winding around the numerous patches of trees that I have on my property. On the straight a ways, set the cruise and go! And you really cant beat a tractor that has two cup holders.
Now just a couple things that I didn’t like: First of all, the rear tires are bigger than the LA125 but they are not better. I noticed that they didn’t quite get the traction that the smaller turf savers did. Secondly, the engine is quiet but the deck is very loud. Now I don’t fault this to a poor design just simply the nature of the beast when you are spinning 3 blades at high RPM. I would recommend some hearing protection or noise canceling muffs when driving this machine for long periods of time as it will make your ears ring. Lastly, the only defect I found on the machine was they forgot a “John Deere” sticker on the hood which isn’t a huge deal but a quality control issue in general. I have also read several reviews on the 100 series that stated that the fuel fill was in a poor spot but I disagree with this. I found that it is simple to gas up and I especially like the sight gauge in the front so you always now how much fuel you have.
Synopsis:
This is a great machine for the money. I did my homework before I bought a tractor and thanks to Home Depot, I was able to get the model that fit my needs perfectly. John Deere is a name that is associated with quality and that is what I found with my LA145 tractor. My local dealer completely backs this product with great parts and service. I would highly recommend this machine to anyone that is looking for a good quality cost effective tractor that not only works good, but looks good to.
+7points
7out of 7found this review helpful.
Review 2 for 48 in. 22 HP Briggs & Stratton Hydrostatic Front-Engine Riding Mower
from Dothan, AL

John Deere 48 22

PostedApril 10, 2009
Overall rating 
5.0 out of 5.0
5 out of 5
I have been using this mower for several weeks and find the steering precise but the turning radius could be smaller. The engine is sized very well for the deck and I feel that it is powerful enough to make it up some of the steepest slopes I have.
On slopes, I never felt that I would be rolling over while the deck does a great job of staying with an even cut with enough power to continue filling up the bagger.
The speed of the mower is ok but not so much that the I have ever felt that I would bog the mower down in the tall grass.
I would definitely recommend this mower to my friends and family!
+1point
1out of 1found this review helpful.
Review 3 for 48 in. 22 HP Briggs & Stratton Hydrostatic Front-Engine Riding Mower
from Elmira Oregon

LA 145 John Deere lawn mower and Grass catcher

PostedJune 19, 2010
Overall rating 
5.0 out of 5.0
5 out of 5
To whom
I would like to thank you for selling such a great product as the John deere LA 145 lawn tractor .I've had ito about three weeks and its a dream to operate and cut it cuts like a bashee too!No Grass is to tall or thick for it to handle ,I cut from two to three acres a week and have no problem doing it with this Machine.I also would like to thank Home depot for there great help too! It's true what they say about John Deeres,Nothing runs like a Deere!
Thankls Again
R Edmiston
+1point
1out of 1found this review helpful.
Review 4 for 48 in. 22 HP Briggs & Stratton Hydrostatic Front-Engine Riding Mower
from Annapolis, MD

John Deere 48'' Tractor (22 hp)

PostedMay 15, 2010
Overall rating 
5.0 out of 5.0
5 out of 5
So far so good. Handles like a dream compared to my last tractor. Took time to get use to the foot controls (like a car). My other tractors were lever operated. Nice thing about the purchase was it was delivered to a local John Deere dealer where they put it together and tuned it up, delivered and provided instruction -- very good service.
0points
0out of 0found this review helpful.
Review 5 for 48 in. 22 HP Briggs & Stratton Hydrostatic Front-Engine Riding Mower
from Redmond, WA

Sea-Doo with a purpose!

PostedAugust 12, 2010
Overall rating 
4.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5
After owning a decent MTD tractor for about 12 years it was time to upgrade. I live in the NW where I often cut moist grass. JD still clogs up like the old one and I don’t know if there is one that doesn’t. The grass collector attachment is hard to remove and for the first few times it spew grass all over me. It works fine now that it got clogged up with some debris. This is why I give it four stars. The turn radius is excellent and with 4 wheel deck there is no more lawn scaring. Electronic blade engagement is more useful than I realized. It feels solid and it’s all about safety. Unlike the old one which bolted forward when you released the break, this one moves forward or back when you press the pedal. Despite the severe grass collector issues it still is an excellent machine.
0points
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Review 6 for 48 in. 22 HP Briggs & Stratton Hydrostatic Front-Engine Riding Mower
from Elgin, Az

Excellent Mower

PostedFebruary 14, 2010
Overall rating 
5.0 out of 5.0
5 out of 5
The LA145 is an excellect choice as a riding mower. It has the power to tackle heavy grass and some brush. It is very comfortable and easy to use. I would highly recommend this to anyone that has 1-5 acres to mow.
0points
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Review 7 for 48 in. 22 HP Briggs & Stratton Hydrostatic Front-Engine Riding Mower
from Cary, NC

Quality in every detail

PostedApril 19, 2010
Overall rating 
5.0 out of 5.0
5 out of 5
Quality at every level. I owned an MTD YardMachine for ten years, and was very pleased with the performance of it. But the difference in quality on the Deere is enormous. They've engineered quality, performance and convenience into every detail. Mower handles and cuts better than any I have driven or owned.
Conveniences on top of the superior quality just make owning it that much better. Adjustable seat, cruise control, garden hose attachment to wash mower deck, maintenance reminder, reverse foot pedal. All add to ease of use and enjoyment.
0points
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Review 8 for 48 in. 22 HP Briggs & Stratton Hydrostatic Front-Engine Riding Mower
from Gig Harbor, Washington

Top Gun!

PostedMay 17, 2010
Overall rating 
5.0 out of 5.0
5 out of 5
You've got power coming out of your ears with this machine. "Test flight" grass was 8+ inches - it's always wet here in Washington State. Cut first pass going uphill. Not even breathing hard.
Got a JD in part because Pappy got one of their lawn tractors in 1972, essentially the same cutter deck. Machine still running strong. Figured spend a little extra now, save on the price of a replacement tractor in a couple decades.
You won't be disappointed with this one.
0points
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Review 9 for 48 in. 22 HP Briggs & Stratton Hydrostatic Front-Engine Riding Mower
from Oroville Ca.

135 SERIES

PostedMay 24, 2010
Overall rating 
5.0 out of 5.0
5 out of 5
After doing much research I decided on the 135 special edition. The high back seat and extra horsepower plus the front bumber brush guard were worth the extra cost. I had two acres that I had let go. The grass and weeds were 2 feet or more. This mower had no problem with them. Some of the weeds were over 5 feet. I had to use a weed eater to knock them down to dry a little. I then hit them with the mower the next day. There are a lot of safety features to prevent me from doing somthing dumb as I know I would. The servicing of the mower looks easy and should be able to do the belts and other things myself. At 200 hours the valves will need to be adjusted. I will take it into the shop for that. The mower is very quiet even when mowing. I did use ear protection just in case but the mower does not hurt your ears.
0points
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