John Deere D105 Mower Review & Specs

As part of the John Deere D100 series, the D105 tractor makes its mark as a lawn tractor. It comes with a 4×2 2WD tractor equipped with a Briggs and Stratton 31G777 engine. This John Deere Tractor was first produced in its factory in Greenville, Tennessee, USA, in 2013.

A lawn and garden tractor that can handle around an acre work easily with its 17.5 horsepower engine. This tractor is smaller than the average tractor and is built with a front frame for reliability. It, however, sports an open cabin area which may leave the area a little less protected.

If you’re looking for a concise guide about the D105 tractor that will make everything clear and make it easier for you to make a buying decision, this article will do justice to this.

John Deere D105 Specs

ModelJohn Deere D105
TypeLawn Tractor
ManufacturerJohn Deere
General Specifications
Length1,750 mm (68.9 in)
Width1,080 mm (42.5 in)
Height1,310 mm (51.6 in)
Wheelbase1,240 mm (48.8 in)
Weight200 kg (440 lbs)
Fuel tank capacity9.0 litres (2.4 US gal.; 2 Imp. gal)
Battery12V Type BCI Group U1
BatteryOpen operator station
Engine modelBriggs & Stratton 31G777
Engine typeFour-stroke, air-cooled, inline
Fuel typeGasoline
Displacement0.5 L, 500 cm2, (30.5 cu·in)
Bore and stroke90.7 mm X 77.7 mm (3.57 in X 3.06 in)
Horsepower17.7 PS (13.0 kW; 17.4 HP) at rpm
Oil typeSAE 10W-30
Oil capacity:1.4 L (1.48 US. qt, 1.23 Imp. qt.)
Spark plugChampion RC12YC
Air cleanerOne lever
Speed controlCartridge
Chassis4×2 2WD
Steering typeManual
BrakesDisc brake
Transmission modelGeneral Transmission RT400
Transmission typeBelt-driven mechanical CVT
GearsInfinite forward and reverse
SpeedForward: 8.0 km h (5 mph) Reverse: 3.7 (2.3 mph)
ControlHydrostatic two-pedal foot-controlled
Oil coolerFins and fan on transaxle
Mower deckMid-mount John Deere 42” (1070 mm) 2-blade mower deck
BladeFront-mount John Deere 46” (1160 mm)
SnowblowerFront-mount John Deere 44” (1110 mm)

Features of John Deere D105 Tractor

There are so many reasons why you may want to get the D105 tractor. These reasons are often tied to the features put in by the manufacturers. We want to look at the features of this tractor that sets it apart from others.

Physical Specifications

Physical Features of John Deere D105 Tractor

John Deere D105 is a small lawn and garden tractor that should maneuver easily in your yard and around tight edges. It weighs 200kg and is 68.9 inches long. It is 51.6 inches high, 42.5 inches wide, and has a wheelbase of 48.8 inches.

The operator station is open with little or no protection for the user in case of a turnover. You’ll also have to contend with the elements when using the tractor. Its clean design and compact look make it an appealing tractor in your garden.

It has a 9.0 L fuel tank located under the seat with properly sealed covers to prevent evaporation or spillage of fuel. The battery it uses is the standard 12V battery most tractors sport. The seatback is 28 cm long for an extra bit of comfort, and it is also adjustable by 14 cm.


John Deere D105 Engine

The engine fitted in the D105 tractor is a Briggs and Stratton 31G777 engine. The tractor has 17.5 horsepower that it uses for mowing, bagging of the grass clippings, and more. The horsepower here may not be the strongest, but for a lawn tractor, it is decent enough to carry out several activities. The engine sports an overhead-valve, full-pressure lube, and oil filter. The overhead-valve is often associated with high-end tractors as it enables the proper utilization of energy and fuel consumption. 

It is a vertical shaft engine that is air-cooled. A downside is that it has only a single cylinder which puts so much pressure on its parts. It uses an electric starter which is the way to go for modern tractors like the D105. The electric starter makes starting the engine throughout the year and in harsh weather conditions easy. It reduces issues of bad lawn mower starters significantly.

The engine is fitted with a cast iron sleeve which will ensure the engine lasts longer. There’s also an anti-vibration system that reduces the engine’s vibration when in use to the barest minimum, thereby making its use smooth and peaceful.

It uses gasoline as fuel for the engine and has a displacement of 0.5 L. The bore and stroke in use here are 90.7 mm × 77.7 mm. The oil type it uses is SAE 10W-30, while it has an oil capacity of 1.4 L.

Transmission and Chassis

Transmission and Chassis of john deere 105

The chassis of a tractor is an essential part that carries a lot of loads. It is the frame of the tractor that connects the front and rear tires; it also consists of some crucial parts like engine, transmission, and so much more. For the D105 tractor, the chassis is 4×2 2WD while it uses manual steering and disc brake. The frame is full length welded steel for added protection.

The transmission of a tractor is in charge of transferring the power in the engine to the tires that ensure it can move around while working. The transmission model used in the D105 tractor is general transmission RT400, while the transmission type is belt-driven mechanical CVT.

There is a two-pedal foot-controlled mechanical control to make the control feel like an automatic car. While there are infinite forward and reverse gears in this tractor, the maximum forward speed you can attain is 8.0 km h, and the maximum reverse speed is 3.7 km h.


John Deere D105 Tractor Attachments

Do you know you can fix a snowblower attachment to the PTO of the D105 tractor and have a John Deere snowblower for clearing snow from your area? There are at least three significant attachments that suit the D105 tractor and will help you do more than the basic tractor activities.

The mower deck that enables you to mow your lawn into great patterns is an attachment you can use here. It fits the mid-mount of the PTO, and a size of 42 inches is the most suitable. 

A 46 inches blade can be mounted on the front PTO without stress, while a 44 inches snowblower can also fit the front PTO and help you clear a decent snow height from your front yard.

Pros and Cons of John Deere D105 Tractor

This tractor has several advantages, which have been pulling many lawn owners towards it. We’re going to see these pros and the cons that may prevent you from buying it.


  • UV resistant hood material so the painting don the hood does not lose its shine after being exposed to UV light
  • Available storage tray and cup holder
  • 28 cm seat back and 14 cm seat adjustment available
  • Two-pedal, foot-controlled hydrostatic
  • Overhead valve for better power and fuel utilization
  • Anti-vibration system


  • One cylinder engine which makes its parts less durable
  • Lack of operator station cover/protection

Price of John Deere D105 Tractor

The price of a new John Deere D105 tractor in 2013 was $1,499. Today, a used D105 can go for anything between $500 to $1,300 depending on its year of manufacture, present condition, and attachments you’ll be getting with it.


John Deere is the largest tractor manufacturer for a reason; they have made a tractor for almost every situation. However, their diversity has nearly become a curse as people struggle to choose between the tractors. This article has focused on shining a bright light on one of John Deere’s lawn tractors, D105.

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