John Deere L130 Lawn Tractor

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  • JOHN DEERE L130 LAWN TRACTOR

    Aug 9, 2005 by ddustyrose is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Home and Garden
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Easy steering, automatic transmission, smooth cut, comfortable chair
    Cons: Better warranty with quality parts

    Summary: We bought our first John Deere lawn tractor from our local dealership and used it for many, many years with only the odd repair needed. It was an excellent machine but even the best of them will, at some point, begin to age, have serious problems, and ... read more

  • L130 When a Deere is NOT a Deere

    Apr 17, 2012 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: tight turning radius
    Realiable to a point (<300hrs)
     Kohler motor AWESOME! 
    Parts are easy to get
    Cons: Poor durablity
    Expensive
    bagger cheap and clogs
    PTO wires exposed, fatigue, & fail
    Steering wears quickly

    Summary: I have a 2004, L130 now with 650 hrs. 1st of all, everyone says I'm really lucky as these mowers aren't designed to go beyond 500 hrs of service. Maybe that's fine for most homeowners, but I mow 1.7 acres and (in theory) this mower is rated for a ... read more

  • L130 John Deere Transmission is junk dont buy the tractor!

    May 26, 2011 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Cheap, cuts well, cigerette lighter power port, cup holders.
    Cons: Lights, mower deck grass exhaust port, transmission, JD customer service, service cost.

    Summary: I own the John Deere L130 that I got from a big box store.  The mower works great.  I do all the maintenance on it and it works flawlessly.  It has a few technical problems but nothing too serious.  Its main problems are a badly ... read more

  • Just an OK mower, Nothing Special

    Jul 3, 2010 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: Price at the time of purchase. Still  have the original OEM battery. Starts every time.
    Cons: Needs constant maintenance. JD parts pricey. Use Kohler OEM at tractor supply. Look around. 

    Summary: Bought in "04" in service for 6 years. First,Let me prefice this with the fact that I'm anal about maintenance. I have a total of 250 hrs. on this unit. the only problem was a deck belt getting shredded up a few times. I do occasionally get the smoke on ... read more

  • John Deere L130 surpasses old Mower

    Nov 1, 2009 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: It is a good mower and does a good job,
    Cons: It a little hard to get off unless the deck is in the top setting

    Summary: I have wanted a John Deere riding mower for a long time. I used a chain store riding Mower for 16 yrs and I had to be able to repair it myself for it to be affordable. I got my 130 and all that has changed. I change the oil and clean the ... read more

  • Want to shoot this Deere!

    Sep 30, 2009 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: Nice Colors: Bright and shiny when new. Great for one year!
    Cons: Poor construction, intentional inadequate engineering, insulting service, Consumer Fraud.

    Summary: Where to begin... Bought the L130, warrantee. The second year in, the mower belt wore or broke regularly, Belt pulley poorly mounted on thin sheet metal bent it, have had to weld on mower deck wheels. Year three: more broken belts, pulleys, front J-bolt ... read more

  • John Deere L130-It's been great!

    Mar 16, 2009 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Comfortable-bigger chassis then others in the price range.  Tight turning radius, reliable.  Deck cuts close.
    Cons: The deck suporting hardware and deck guide wheels could be stronger.

    Summary: I bought the L130 4 years ago.  I decided to purchase from the dealer as opposed to Home Depot.  When the dealer delivered it he took one look at my Lakeside hilly lot  (~1 acre) and said there is no way this mower can handle this ... read more

  • A Bunch Of Problems

    Mar 13, 2009 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Kohlor motor is great. Seat adjustment is good. Seat is comfortable.
    Cons: Weak steel materials used. Poor design for maintenance. Most parts seem to be MTD.

    Summary: My L130 has about 225 hours. My Father bought it from Home Depot. I have repaired the fuel tank on his Gravely and it is what we are using again at his house. On the John Deere I have replaced the electric clutch, the bracket is poorly designed, ... read more

  • OK Tractor

    Jul 28, 2008 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: Good power, nice cut when deck is level, large tires, pedal drive
    Cons: Hard to keep deck leveled, not built strong, cheap cruise control

    Summary: I bought this tractor at Home Depot in 2003. This was my first tractor, and I was happy with it for the first 100 or so hours. I'm now at 200 hours, below is a list of issues: Broken Front Cast Iron Axle - 180 hours Broken tie rod - 195 hours ... read more

  • Nothing costs like a Deere

    Jul 15, 2008 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: I'll let you know when I find one.
    Cons: Sorry, I can't do this justice with a 15 word maximum.

    Summary: I have about 135 hours on my L130 (Home Depot version--I didn't know any better), and so far I have replaced the traction drive belt, blade clutch (not to mention two blade engagement switches before it was clear that the bad blade clutch was frying the ... read more

  • Good mower, just not fast enough

    Jul 12, 2008 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: Cuts nicely, starts & runs good, easy to use and maintain. Cup holder handy.
    Cons: Chute clogs if grass is wet or thick. Blade spindles wear prematurely.

    Summary: Bought L130 from a big box store in 2004. Worked great from day one, and has never failed to do the job. I mow two and a half level acres from early April through October each year. Had to replace blades before the end of the first season, and typically ... read more

  • John Deere L130 and L series, Green Junk!!!!! DO NOT BUY

    Jun 4, 2008 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: I have nothing good to say about these mowers,never have I been more disappointed.
    Cons: Somewhere an original John Deere family member is turning over in their grave!

    Summary: I was shocked at the number of complaints about the L130 garbage tractor built by John Deere. We have been duped, all of us thinking that a $2,500 lawn tractor built by a reputable dealer such as John Deere meant that we were purchasing a good product. ... read more

  • I'm not alone (my L130 is a P.O.S. too)

    May 24, 2008 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: I would add one if I could, maybe the fact it has a yellow seat?
    Cons: MONEY PIT! MONEY PIT!

    Summary: Back in the summer of '03 I felt the need to broaden my grass cutting capablities. It was father's day weekend and wife said why don't you buy a new lawn mower. Ummm, a new toy. OK, see you when I get back. If only I knew then what I know now. I know ... read more

  • L130 True nickel and dime job!!!

    May 12, 2008 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: It's Green
    Cons: Deck engineering, way sub-par tranny, dependability (NOT!)

    Summary: I keep telling myself "It's a Deere!" but it's just not working anymore. 108 hours and I've replaced the mower deck belt, Idlers and pulleys, drive belt and idlers now it's the tranny going out! No way would I recommend any of the L series lawn ... read more

  • A collection of green junk driving in loose formation

    Apr 18, 2008 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: Good turning radius and its green.
    Cons: Poorly designed and constructed. Junk

    Summary: When the time came to replace my ancient YTD garden tractor, I decided to upgrade to something I could keep for a long time. I chose John Deere because of the name and bought an L-130 which has about 30% more horsepower than my old tractor. I ... read more

  • GREEN AND YELLOW GARBAGE

    Oct 9, 2007 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: No pros piece of junk, I should of known better
    Cons: Junk, Crap Garbage

    Summary: I have a L130 that is four years old. The transmission went out in the first fifty hours. The engine smokes everytime I start it. If I dont use it for two weeks the battery goes dead. The latest the PTO would not work, local John Deere dealer diagnosis ... read more

  • Better choices that a John Deere for lawn tractors.

    Sep 9, 2007 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Love the hydromatic transmission, turning radius, power.
    Cons: John Deere company---can not fix the problems. If you can't fix a product--don't sell it!!

    Summary: I have spent over $400 in approx. 4 years on repairs (less than 200 hours of use)---not including maintenance. I replaced the blade spindles do to excess noise. The new ones were supposed to be improved--have grease fittings. After a year the new ... read more

  • John Deere Junk Sale - cheap but don't buy it.

    Aug 7, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Automatic , high back seat , gas tank under seat , good sized gas tank.
    Cons: Bagger no hard side bags motor smokes nongreasable blade shafts subquality replacement parts.

    Summary: I was anticipating the L130 by John Deere to be a quality product like my previous Deere products. Instead this one is a cheaply made piece of junk with a name brand stuck on it. The motor smokes on startup , the deck is a pain to level and keep level , ... read more

  • Runs like a Deere

    Apr 11, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Power, cut quality, comfort, throaty exhaust reminds me of a Harley without the hearing loss.
    Cons: A little slower than I would like.

    Summary: I bought this mower last year, and even though did not find many good reviews on it, purchased from a local dealer(hate the big box know nothings) and put over 200 hours on her. I own a commercial lawn business, and wanted something lower end for a test ... read more

  • Average feedback for my first JD riding mower

    Jun 28, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Clean cut, comfort, Kohler engine
    Cons: Blue smoke worrisome, JD bagger attachment, not sure value equals cost

    Summary: I got sticker shock when I first looked at JD riding mowers. I still don't think a mower should cost as much as a decent used car, but I spent my hard-earned $2600 for the JD L130. I can't stand cheap power equipment, and I think you generally get what ... read more

  • Looks like a Deere, Kohler 23HP Dual Overhead,Large Rear Tires, comfortable, mows even

    Jun 20, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Easy steering, Big Rear tires. Poweful Kohler 23HP Nice paint bright headlights. Comfortable seat.
    Cons: Grass doesn't grow fast enough for me to operate the L130 everyday.

    Summary: I bought my John Deere L130A used but in new condition. The previous owner was happy with it but bought a Zero Radius turn tractor. He kept up with the filter and oil changes and other general service. I was brought up on a large working farm and ... read more

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