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John Deere Lawn Mower JS36

The John Deere self propelled Lawn Mower JS36 comes with a 190 cc Briggs and Stratton engine, the work horse of the small engine industry. The engine is equipped with zone start recoil rope starting system which is one of the many John deere Self Propelled lawn mower JS36safety features on this self propelled lawn mower. Operators must be standing behind the lawn mower with the zone lever depressed in order to start the engine. While the engine is running,  the zone lever is released the engine will automatically stop, protecting the operator from accidentally getting in the way of the cutting blades of the lawn mower.

The carburetor is designed to start without the need for priming or choking and a fresh start fuel cap can be filled with fuel stabilizer to ensure that the gasoline is always fresh for easier starting and smoother running. The engine is designed to meet all California Air Resources Board ( CARB) requirements.  The engine also uses a dependable splash lubrication system to protect all of the engines parts from wear.

The momentum drive system is another excellent feature of the John Deere self propelled Lawn Mower JS36. The pivoting handle  controls how fast the self propelled lawn mower will go based on the angle of the handle. The speed varies from zero to 3.8 miles per hour. If you prefer a constant speed you can also lock in the speed with a a drive lock key, located on the MowMentum drive handle.

The 22 inch steel deck comes with a 3 in one blade allowing the operator to chose between mulching, side discharge or rear bagging.  The rear bag, the mulch cover and the side discharge deflector are all standard on the John Deere self propelled Lawn Mower JS36. The 22 inch deck is stamped from 14 gauge steel making it strong and reliable for many years.

Specifications:

190 cc or 11.6 cubic inch displacement

7 pound foot of torque Briggs and Stratton Engine

4 cycle side valve

22 inch steel deck

3 in 1 discharge

8 inch by 2 inch front , 9 inch by 2 inch back wheels

Engine: 190 cc or 11.6 cubic inch displacement,4 cycle side valve,Briggs and Stratton Engine

Propulsion: Variable speed , rear wheel drive

Warranty: 2 year warranty

Features:

Throttle control is fixed speed

Operator presence

Zone control

Side discharge, mulch, rear bag 2.5 bushels

One lever adjusts all four wheels

Description of the John Deere Lawn Mower JS36

The side discharge on the John Deere self propelled Lawn Mower JS36 is esy to install. Just flip up the cover on the side of the deck to install the deflector and distribute the grass on the lawn. Due to the low angle of the deflector, it will prevent projectiles from being flung any distance from the lawn mower.

Changing from one mode to another is easy, can be done in minutes and without tools. The rear bag grass catcher  holds 2.5 bushels  and attaches easily at the back of the self propelled lawn mower.

Adjusting the height of the cut is easily done by adjusting one lever to adjust all wheels . Choose from  cut heights from 1.2 inches to 4.2 inches. If you plan on mulching, the longer the grass the better since it conceals cut grass until it degrades and returns the nutrients to the lawn.  John Deere feels that a cut height of 3 to 4 inches is the best height for mulching.

The handle bar is wide for comfort. The zone control is easily depressed for starting and continuous running. The engine speed is fixed at a speed of 3350 rpm to ensure smooth operation and the best quality cut. The handle bar also has 3 height adjustments to match your comfort level. No tools are needed to adjust the height. Also the handle can be folded down for compact storage and also for transport in your vehicle or trailer.

The price of the John Deere self propelled Lawn Mower JS36 was $399 US at the time of this review.

Delivery: The John Deere self propelled Lawn Mower JS36 can be purchased at John Deere dealers through the US and customers can arrange for in store pickup or they can arrange for delivery. Delivery will be at an extra charge and customers may want to make alternate arrangements for delivery.

Safety & Operation

Operation of the John Deere self propelled Lawn Mower JS36 is pretty straight forward. Always start the engine using the zone control and never circumvent this control to prevent accidents.  This is one of the most significant safety additions to lawn mowers  to prevent unneeded accidents.

Read the manual before you operate the John Deere self propelled Lawn Mower JS36 for the first time to become familiar with all of the controls and general operation. Check the oil each time you use the mower and top up if needed. Fill the fuel tank while the engine is cold and avoid starting the engine if fuel is spilled. Wait until it has evaporated before you start the engine to avoid the possibility of fire.

Once you are finished for the day, clean off the deck on the upper side as well as the lower side to remove any debris and grass clippings. A clean deck will ensure that your deck lasts for many years and does not corrode over time.

Maintenance:

Maintenance of the John Deere self propelled Lawn Mower JS36 consists of changing the oil at regular intervals, following the guidelines in the manual. Keep the deck clean at all times, and arrange to sharpen the blade at least once per year.


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18 Responses to “John Deere Lawn Mower JS36”

  1. Reynaldo Drzewiecki Says:

    I came across your site while searching for more information about my John Deere tractor. Although the post wasn’t exactly what I was looking for (and no idea why Google sent me to this article), it’s nice to find a website with good info.

  2. The worst John Deere lawnmower I have ever owned. It will not bag even remotely thick grass. Do not spend your money on this. I thought maybe a different pitch on the blade might help with bagging but John Deere uses proprietary blades with no other options. This lawnmower is not a good deal at any price because of this. I have resorted to calling it my Don Jeere because of it generic nature. Way to go Don Jeere!

  3. This is a terrible machine! I have owned my JS 36 just under a year. My mower was hard starting just after 2 months and had to take it back to the dealer. They did fix the mower and replace the choke part. They then charged me an additional 20 dollars because they had to dump the fuel out to make sure it wasn’t my fault. I then get the machine back and then the drive belt breaks. I take the mower back to the dealership and after 4 weeks it was ready for pickup. I go to pick the mower up and they want to charge me 120 dollars. I then explained that it had a two year warranty and they finally dropped the charge. They then said the mower is hard starting and should start on the 1st or 2nd pull which never has since the 1st day of purchase. They wanted me to pay 20 dollars again, because they had to dump the fuel out and put more in it. I said no! I am not paying for that and that the mower will not start on the 1st or 2nd pull with their gas. They doubted me, so we walked over and I watched the man pull the cord 4 times to get it to start. They then tried to tell me that the idle just needed adjusted which has nothing to do with the choke!I finally got all my charges dropped and am stuck with a 400 dollar piece of crap.

  4. This John Deere lawn Mower js36 is without a doubt the worst mower I have ever purchased (from Lowe’s by the way). I could tolerate a bit of hard starting, but I have had this less than three months of this season and am ready to trash it literally. $450 down the drain. Idle speed (which I can’t adjust) quit working so that the whole thing shakes and I can’t tell you how may bolts have come loose and I have had to replace. Wheel levels malfunctioned because bolts came out. DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT!

  5. Engine on the John Deere lawn mower js36 is very unreliable. I’ve had the mower in the shop 4 times since buyinger Spring 2010 all because the engine stopped running. They replaced the choke mechanism once and also the entire carburetor another. I continue to have issues where the engine just dies and has to set before it will restart. I’ve owned numerous push and riding mowers over the years and this has been the least reliable. My wife and I joke, “nothing doesn’t run like a Deere”

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  7. This is the worse lawn mower i have ever owned. Same as the hundreds of posted i am finding now, it takes 20-30 pulls to get it to start when cold. John Deere customer service is useless. Why would a company with such a good rep put their name on something that is junk
    JS36

  8. This lawnmower is horrible. Mine won’t start and it is less than a year old. I thought by something with a good name it would work, it doesn’t. I will look elsewhere for a riding mower now that we are moving to the country. I will avoid anything green.

  9. sure glad I don’t have THESE guy’s luck!!! I’ve had mine now since 2009 and have had nothing but good things to say.. I live in FL and have to cut every 5 or 6 days in summer and once a month in winter.. NEVER have had a problem.. Even if I have to pull start when I run the battery down.. fist pull and off it goes.. Got mine at Lowe’s also.. I’d buy another in a heartbeat!!!

  10. I am a small engine mechanic. I was given a two year old JS36 for free. previous owner said the motor was bad. I ran it and within a short while of knocking the motor self destructed. i took the motor apart only to find the piston had cracked and the ring gouged the cylinder wall. After fully dissasembling the now trashed motor i discovered that it was overheated, the crankshaft was bent, and ran with low oil that had water in it. OWNER ABUSE was the cause of death. If the oil had ever been changed, and this motor taken care of it it wouldnt have blown up, but then again i wouldnt have wound up with a good mower chassis so it all works out for me.

    Briggs and Stratton has manufactured he same 190CC motor for over a decade now, so i removed the 190CC motor from my 2002 craftsman pushmower (non self propelled) and installed it on the JDeere with the Deere carb, magneto, shrouds, choke, etc. starts first pull now, and so far i have had no trouble.

  11. Wow, I love mine and haven’t had an ounce of trouble after 2 years. I have over 2 acres of lawn and use this on the hard areas, slopes that make me uncomfortable on a my tractor, and probably still equates to more then most use theirs on their lawns. My son even used it to cut lawns in another neighborhood to raise money and the nly thing it cost was gas, oil and time to sharpen the blades. Sorry others are having prblems, but considering this was a successful selling model I imagine others are pleased with it as well.

  12. My deere js36 is a bit hard to start, but it has more to do with my arm more than the mower. I just roll it away from me while I pull the cord. It usually starts 2nd or 3rd pull. It is a long pull cord. I do like the 7 Hp. The drive cable broke due to a crimp in the cable when it was in the box. The one lever height adjuster is a great idea. I wondered why I didn’t think of it. The MowMentum gizmo to drive it with the handle moving upward is weird. It’s too fancy by half. It should just be another bar under the handle, that’s an elegant design. Not theirs. Over all, I give it a B-.

  13. Wow, I don’t think it’s THAT bad of a mower – my more expensive Craftsman was WAY worse than this JS36. WAAAAAY worse. I’ve had the JS36 for two summers now to mow a rather hilly 1/4 acre yard. It is a little hard to start but no other complaints.

  14. Purchased this green boat anchor in the fall 2010. Have had nothing but hard starting/stalling out problems ever since. Once started, maybe after 75 pulls, it runs, but rough, and if I’m lucky, I can get 1/2 of my front lawn mowed (120 x 30 ft) before it dies out. Plan on having shoulder surgery to try to start this thing if you buy this piece of garbage.

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  16. Will not start. Dealer ship in HOuston will not work with me on the phone. Service takes 4 weeks. Expensive lawnmower but poor quality. Have to use starter fluid to start ever since I bought it.

  17. I had the same problem with my snow blower. Old gas from last season caused the problem. Once I cleaned the carb, it started fine.

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