John Deere Walk Behind Mower: Review of the Hydro-Drive Mower

The John Deere walk behind mower was compared to the other top brands in the following categories...

Walk Behind Mower Cut Durability Handling Maintenance
  Quality   & Balance & Ingenuity
Bobcat Hydro B+ B+ B+ B+
Exmark Turf Tracer A B+ A A
Hustler Super WalkBehind B B+ B+ B+
John Deere Hydro-Drive A B+ B B+
Lesco/Cub Cadet B A B B+
Scag Hydro Walkbehind B+ A B B+

Cut: Rating A

The 7-Iron II deck cut is second to none. Cuts clean and discharges well. This deck is especially impressive in tough overgrown turf or weeds.

Durability: Rating B+

A very solid machine backed by a reputable company. This mower holds up well and can take the commercial licks of daily use.

Handling and Balance: Rating B

Handles well. The oversized rear tires give a smooth walk/ride. However, the pistol grip controls are a bit outdated. They need to keep up with Exmark and Hustlers’ impressive steering system.

Maintenance and Ingenuity: Rating B+

Maintenance is minimized with spring loaded pulleys. A simple, well designed machine. The floating deck contours the ground very well.

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