X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (2023)

Engine is smooth-running and reliable V-twin air-cooled design

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (1) 21.5-hp (16.0-kW) V-twin engine

The tractor is powered by a John Deere iTorque power system, a combination of engine features and an exclusive hood design that provides superior lugging ability, even cooling, and durability.

Key engine features include:

  • 21.5 hp (16.0 kW)
  • Large 44.3 cu in. (726-cc) displacement
  • V-twin air-cooled design that provides smooth, quiet power
  • Quality features include:
    • Cast-iron cylinder liners
    • Overhead valves
    • Full-pressure lubrication
    • Replaceable oil filter
    • Dual-stage air cleaner
  • V-twin design:
    • Excellent power and performance
    • Easy starts
    • Smooth operation
Flywheel alternator

A flywheel alternator provides plenty of capacity to quickly recharge the battery and power electrical equipment, such as lights or a sprayer:

  • 12-amp charging capacity
  • Regulated to keep the battery at full charge without risk of overcharging
Fuel tank has large, 3.3-U.S. gal. (12.5-L) capacity

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (2) Fuel tank

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (3) Electronic fuel gauge

Large fuel tank and convenient fuel gauge minimize the number of stops for fuel and chance of running out of fuel:

  • Fuel tank has a large, 3.3-U.S. gal. (12.5-L) capacity for more hours of operation between refills.
  • Large, 3-in. (7.6-cm) diameter fuel tank filler opening makes adding fuel easy.
    • Located on the left fender
    • Helps eliminate spillage
  • Electronic fuel gauge on the dash display allows the operator to easily monitor the amount of fuel in the tank.

42-in. (107-cm) Accel Deep™ (42A) Mower Deck cuts clean and is versatile

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (4) X354 with Accel Deep 42A Mower Deck

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (5) Accel Deep 42A Mower Deck

The 42-in. (107-cm) Accel Deep Mower Deck is a stamped-steel, deep, flat-top design that delivers excellent cut quality, productivity, cleanliness, durability, and versatility.Optimal performance and dispersion of clippings is provided, even at faster mowing speedsor in tall grass:

  • 4.97-in. (12.6-cm) depth throughout the entire deckshell for optimum mowing, mulching, and bagging performance
    • Optional lever-action or electric one-touch MulchControl™ system for superior mulching performance and versatility
  • Stamped-steel design eliminates sharp edges and corners where material can build up and diminishmowingperformance
  • Mower deck suspended from the vehiclefor a smooth and level cut
    • Adjustable mower wheels, positioned just above ground level, help reduce scalping
  • 0.25-in. (6.4-mm) cut-height increments allow the mower to be set at the desired cut height
  • Compatible with efficient 7-bu (247-L) two-bag cut-and-throw material collection system
  • For use on X330, X350, X354, and X370 Tractors
Excellent cut quality

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (6) 42A Mower Deck top

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (7) 42A Mower Deck underside

Deep mower-deck stamping gives excellent cut quality. It allows the cut and suspended materialroom toexitthe deckwithout getting recut:

  • Reducing the amount of recutting enables more power to be used to cut incoming grass, which greatly improves mower capacity.
    • Helps maintain excellent cut quality at faster mowing speeds
  • Clean flow of material out of discharge area prevents cut material from interfering with cutting the incoming grass, making it possible for the blades to cut incoming material cleanly.
  • Even in mulching mode, cut evenness is improved compared to other designsbecause the additional depth allows for continuous circulation, optimal recutting, and an even distribution of clippings.
  • Exact Adjust deck-leveling system allows for easy and accurate leveling of the mower deck
Productivity - gets the job done fast

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (8) Side-discharge chute on Accel Deep 42A Mower Deck

Deep mower-deck stamping gives high productivity, which gets the job done fast. It allows the cut and suspended materialroom toexitthe deck quickly, reducing the amount of recutting so more power is available toprocess incoming grass:

  • Greatly improves mowers capacity to maintain excellent mowing performance in difficult mowing conditions and at higher speeds

Large discharge opening is both high and wide to handle more material:

  • Gives a smooth, even discharge of clippings at all mowing speeds
  • Reduces the chanceof plugging, especially important when operating in wet, thick, or dense grass and when bagging
  • Cut-and-throw chute has a large, optimized inlet which aids in collecting materialbyusing airflow from the large deck opening
Cleanliness - for the mower and the operator

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (9) Accel Deep 42A Mower Deck

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (10) Accel Deep 42A Mower Deck

Theflat-top shape of the deck stamping is optimal for keeping itself and the operator clean:

  • There are few placesto catch and hold material on top and underneath the deck.
    • Top of deck stays cleaner, reducing time and effort needed for cleaning and service
    • Underside of deck is self-cleaning to maintain optimum performance without buildup of material to interfere with the flow of air and clippings
    • Less need to clean and remove buildup of material fromunderside deck
  • The depth of the Accel Deep mower deck minimizes the amount of material thatescapes from the front of the deck
    • Limited amount of material to drift onto the operator and mower deck
    • Even flow ofmaterial discharged out the chute, less recutting results in larger pieces that are less likely to end up on the operator
    • Mulching prevents the discharge of material completely and MulchControl makes mulching a practical solution for most mowing situations.

Cleaning a mower deck, both top and bottom,is one of the most frequent maintenance activities:

  • The flat-top design reduces places for material to build up and makes material that does collect easy to remove.

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (11) Mower wash port

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (12) Mower wash port with hose connector

A wash port is provided to make cleaning the underside of the mower deck easy.

  • Hose connector is included with the mower deck.
Superior durability is designed in

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (13) Hinged spindle pocket cover on the 42A Mower Deck

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (14) Mower deck wheels are double captured for durability

The 42A Mower Deck has strong spindle pockets to keep the blades aligned, even after years of tough service:

  • Ribs in the deck shelladd strength where it is needed.
  • The 42A has a 16 percentheavier overall weight than theEdge™ Xtra 42-in. (107-cm) Mower Deck.

Mower wheels aredouble captured:

  • Provides greater strength and durability for longer, trouble-free life.
  • Single-bolt adjustment makes setting wheels to the correct height for the cutting height quick and easy.

Low-tension belt-drive design reduces the side load on the engines lower bearing and mower deck bearings for longer life.

Rolled outer edge of the deck provides extra strength and protection.

Dual-stage E-coat and powder-paint coatings provide extra protection from rust.

Versatility - easy to change between side discharge, mulch, and bagging modes

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (15) Rear MulchControl baffle (A) that must be removed for bagging

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (16) Rear MulchControl baffle removed to allow for chute installation

The 42A MowerDeck is designed for maximum versatility, providing the greatest ease in changing from one mower discharge mode to another:

  • With an optional MulchControl system installed (along with the special mulching blades), changing from side discharging to mulching or vice versa is done with the simple flip of a lever or push of an electric switch.
  • The cut-and-throw rear bagger can be used with MulchControl by removing the rear MulchControl baffle (A) before installing the bagger chute. The baffle is held in place with two carriage bolts. To return to mulching, the chute needs to be removed and the baffle replaced.
7-bu (247-L) rear bagger

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (17) Optional rear bagger

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (18) Lower chute installed

An optional7-bu (247-L)cut-and-throw rear bagger material collection system (MCS) is available for use with the 42-in. (107-cm) Accel Deep Mower.It provides an efficient means of collecting grass clippings and leaves.

The hopper design provides modern styling,great bagging performance, cleaner operation, and easy-to-empty bags:

  • 7-bu (247-L) capacity
  • Easy-to-attach lower chute (ordered separately)
  • Air exhaust duct
  • Convenient spring-latch
  • Airflow fill indicator
  • Quik-Tatch mounting
  • Sealed hopper top
  • Loose-knit bags available
Mower blades

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (19) Mower blades shipped with the rear bagger chute

High-lift bagging blades are included with the bagger chute. They provide optimum performance when bagging in difficult conditions, such as when the grass is moist, dense, orlong:

  • High-lift bagging blades also work well when side discharging material.

Mulching blades are included with the optional MulchControl system. They can be used for mulching, side discharging, and bagging in most conditions.

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Mower blade use chart

Mode(s) of operation Mower blade
Side discharging mode only Side-discharge blade (shipped with mower)
Bagging mode only Bagging blade (shipped with rear bagger chute)
Mulching mode only Mulching blade (shipped with MulchControl)
Side discharge and mulching Mulching blade (shipped with MulchControl)
Side discharge and bagging Bagging blade (shipped with rear bagger chute)
Side discharge, mulching, and bagging Mulching blade (shipped with MulchControl)

Four-year or 300-hour bumper-to-bumper warranty is standard

An exclusive 4-year or 300-hour (whichever comes first), single-source, bumper-to-bumper warranty* is standard for all John Deere X300 Series Tractors.

  • The warranty is hassle free, with one company handling all the paperwork.
  • Premium features ofX300 Series Tractors allow for this longer warranty period, with more coverage than comparable tractors.

*Term limited to years or hours used, whichever comes first, and varies by model. See the LIMITED WARRANTY FOR NEW JOHN DEERE TURF AND UTILITY EQUIPMENT at JohnDeere.com or JohnDeere.ca/TUWarranty for details.

Four-wheel steer gives superior maneuverability and trimming ability

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (20) Four-wheel steering versus two-wheel steering

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (21) Four-wheel steer maneuverability

NOTE: In the schematic above, the solid line refers to a four-wheel steer tractor, and the hashed line refers to a two-wheel steer tractor.Four-wheel steering provides very significant maneuverability and trimming advantages over that oftwo-wheel-steering-equipped tractors.

For example, with the X384 Select Series™Tractor equipped with a 48-in. (122-cm) Accel Deep™Mower (the following numbers correspond to the schematic above):

  1. Uncut circleradiusisreduced from 21 in. (53 cm) for a two-wheel steer X380 to only 9 in. (23 cm) for an X384, eliminating or greatly reducing the need to back up when trimming around trees, shrubs, etc.
  2. Interference from the mower and tractor wheels iseliminated because they are several inches away from the object being trimmed around.
  3. Outside turning circle is reduced, reducing the time spent turning and increasing mowing efficiency.

Also, trimming inside curves around flower beds or other landscaping can be done more completely with a four-wheel steer tractor.

Designed for tight turns

The four-wheel steering system is designed for tight turns, leading to greater mowing efficiency:

  • Caster, camber, and kingpin angles are optimized to reduce effort, especiallywhen going from straight ahead into a turn.

  • Steering geometry has been designed with the use of 3D modeling, so all four tires are working together.

  • Sealed ball bearings are used on the torque shaft and the rear spindles to reduce friction.

  • Small scrub radius, less than 1 in. (2.5 cm) in the rear, reduces scuffing and bump-steer.

Designed for easy steering

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (22) Four-wheel steer illustration from rear

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (23) Four-wheel steer illustration from front

Sealed ball bearings are used at critical all-wheel-steer joints for reduced friction, longer life, and less maintenance.

Easy steering is important for an enjoyable mowing experience:

  • Larger, 14-in. (35.6-cm) diameter steering wheelgives improved leverage for easier turns.

  • Larger sector geargives improved (higher)steering ratio.

    • Ahigher ratioequals lower steering effort.

  • Dual drag links help equalize steering loads and greatly reduce steering error.

  • Ball-joints on both ends of the steering tie rodsreduce wearto maintainaccurate steering.

  • Long steering arms improve the mechanical advantage of the steering system through the full range of motion.

  • The steering shaft rotates on a sealed ball bearing atits lower end, near the piniongear, to reduce steering effort and provide a smooth feel for the life of the tractor.

  • The sector gear pivots on a shaft rather than a bushing to ensure proper gear mesh and eliminate binding.

  • Pivoting of the upper and lower ends of the sector gear shaft on sealed ball bearings reduces steering effort and provides a smooth feel for the life of the tractor.

  • Greaseable front steering spindlesreduce friction and improve wear over time.

MulchControl™ system provides superior mulching performance and rapid conversion

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (24) Lever-action MulchControl lever (shown on 48A mower deck)

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (25) Electric one-touch MulchControl switch

The optional MulchControl system makes mulching more practical for many mowing situations because it not only does an excellent job of mulching, but it also allows the mower to be easily converted for times when it is more desirable to side discharge or collect the lawn material. Advantages of mulching grass clippings include:

  • Creates a beautiful looking lawn
  • Smaller grass clippingsdisappear into the lawn canopy
  • Reduces fertilizer needs
  • Grass clippings are not blown onto the operator, driveways, or flower beds
  • No need to dispose of bags of clippings
How MulchControl works

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (26) MulchControl baffle open (shown on 48A mower deck)

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (27) MulchControl baffle closed (shown on 48A mower deck)

MulchControl is an innovative, simple design that is easy to use and maintain:

  • The MulchControl system includes an adjustable MulchControl baffle near the discharge chute and fixed baffles to control the flow of material under the deck.
  • The MulchControl handle, or an electric one-touch actuator, is on top of the mower deck and is used to open and close the MulchControl baffle.
  • When the MulchControl baffle is open, most of the material flows freely out the discharge deflector or into a material collection system.
  • When the MulchControl baffle is closed, material stays within the deck and gets chopped into mulch and deposited in the turf.

MulchControl is well-suited to the following mowing situations:

  • For operators who usually mulch, but side discharge when grass gets too long
  • For operators who usually side discharge, but would like to close the chute to control clippings in some areas
  • For operators who always mulch a main lawn, but often side discharge secondary lawns
  • For operators who collect clippings but want to go farther before emptying the material collection system

MulchControl puts the operator in control of the clippings.

Electric one-touch MulchControl

Electric one-touch MulchControl systems shift the MulchControl baffle using an electric actuator that is operated by a dash-mounted switch.

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (28) Electric one-touch MulchControl switcht

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (29) Electric one-touch MulchControl actuator (shown on 42A mower deck)

Operators can convert between modes without interrupting the mowing process, making it possible to change between modes:

  • When approaching driveways or flower beds where clippings would be undesirable
  • When a breeze blows clippings back onto the operator
  • For side discharge mowing only the areas of the property where grass is too thick for mulching
  • With 48A and 54A Mower Decks, for collecting only the areas of the property where grass is too tall or thick for mulching
MulchControl limitations

While in the side discharge mode, MulchControl still mulches about one third of the material. Therefore, the side discharge mode is essentially a partial mulch mode. This can be an advantage when side discharging or bagging, as it helps to reduce the amount of material being discharged. Other times this could work as a disadvantage:

  • When cutting strong southern grasses, such as Zoysia and Bermuda
  • When cutting in wet, high growth conditions, such as those found in the Pacific Northwest United States
  • When optimum bagging and lawn clean­up is desired
  • 42A Mower Deck requires a MulchControl baffle be removed to install the bagger chute

When bagging with MulchControl on a 48A or 54A mower deck, the MulchControl baffle can be opened or closed with the Power Flow™ blower installed. The Power Flow blower runs without material when the baffle is closed.

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (30) Rear baffle (A) must be removed for bagging with MulchControl with 42A mower decks

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When bagging with MulchControl on a 42A mower deck, the cut-and-throw rear bagger can be used with the MulchControl blades. However, the rear MulchControl baffle (A) needs to be removed to install the bagger chute. The baffle is held in place with two carriage bolts. To return to mulching, the chute needs to be removed and the baffle replaced.

MulchControl compatibility

Each MulchControl system is an optional field-installed attachment and includes everything needed: baffles, mulch blades, a handle (lever action attachments) or an actuator, wiring, and switches (electric one-touch attachments).

Lever-action MulchControl attachments
Attachment Description Applications
BUC10704 42-in. (107-cm) Accel Deep MulchControl (lever action) Model year 2016 and newer X300 Series Tractors, Z300 Series ZTrak™ Mowers
BUC10705 48-in. (122-cm) Accel Deep MulchControl (lever action) S240 Lawn Tractor, model year 2016 and newer X300 and X500 Series Tractors, Z300 and Z500 Series ZTrak Mowers
BUC10706 54-in. (137-cm) Accel Deep MulchControl (lever action) Model year 2016 and newer X300 and X500 Series Tractors, Z300 and Z500 Series ZTrak Mowers
Electric one-touch MulchControl attachments
Attachment Description Applications
BUC10164 42-in. (107-cm) Accel Deep electric one-touch MulchControl Model year 2016 and newer X300 Series Tractors*
BUC10165 48-in. (122-cm) Accel Deep electric one-touch MulchControl Model year 2016 and newer X300 and X500 Series Tractors*
BUC10166 54-in. (137-cm) Accel Deep electric one-touch MulchControl Model year 2016 and newer X300 and X500 Series Tractors*

*NOTE: Model year 2016-2017 X300 and X500 Series Tractors (X300 serial number 10,001-50,000 and X500 serial number 110,001-130,000) require replacing the tractor wiring harness and dash panel to use an electric MulchControl attachment.

Snow removal is a strength of lawn tractors

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (31) 44-in. (112-cm) Front Blade

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (32) Snow blower, weather enclosure, and chains on an X300 Series Tractor

An advantage of lawn tractors is their ability to use equipment for snow removal. Lawn tractor owners can add a John Deere snow blower or front blade to make quick work of moving snow whenever the need arises. Weather enclosure and tire-chain attachments add comfort and performance.

Equipment available for snow removal includes:

  • 44-in. (112-cm) Snow Blower
  • 44-in. (112-cm) Front Blade
  • 48-in. (122-cm) Front Blade (X394 Tractor only)
  • Tire chains or TerraGrip traction belts
  • Weather enclosure (available for all X300 Series, except the X350R)
  • Weights

Integrated hydrostatic transaxle efficiently transmits power to wheels

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (33) Kanzaki® K46 transaxle (X330, X350, X354) Kansaki K57 transaxle (X370)

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (34) Kanzaki K58 transaxle (X380, X384, X390, X394)

The Tuff Torq® hydrostatic transaxle encloses the hydrostatic pump and motor rotator groups in the same housing with the differential and axle housings. This design is very efficient and reduces the number of sealing surfaces to minimize the potential for leakage.

Combined with the foot controls, the hydrostatic transmission functions similarly to that of an automatic transmission in an automobile, so the term automatic is often used to describe it:

  • Use of the latest valve designs has significantly reduced the sound level.
  • Large pump and motor rotating groups ensure long life and efficient operation.
Freewheeling valve

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (35) Freewheeling valve

A freewheeling valve control is conveniently located near the tractor rear hitch plate for good visibility and easy operation.

Kanzaki and Tuff Torq are trademarks of Kanzaki Kokyukoki Mfg. Co., Ltd.

Controls and display functions are easy to identify and convenient to use

Controls

The contoured dash has clean, attractive styling and ergonomic controls for easy use:

  • Controls are color coded and labeled with English words for easy identification by the operator.
  • Controls are logically placed and easy to reach.
  • The power take-off (PTO) switch allows the operator to get fingers underneath it, like a T-handle, to pull up for easy activation.
  • The reverse implement option (RIO) switch is a yellow button.
  • The latch control on foot-lift models and hydraulic-lift control on power-lift models and the park brake latch are pivot levers for low effort.
  • Cruise control activation is handled by an automotive-style button.
  • Separate engine speed and choke controls make starting and warming up the engine easier in cold weather.
    • The choke lever is spring loaded to eliminate the chance the tractor will be unintentionally operated with the choke partially closed.
  • Functional design of the throttle and choke controls provides good appearance and a comfortable feel.
Display panel

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (38) Display panel

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (39) Display panel illustration with descriptions

Instrument display has the look and feel of a modern automobile. A power-up sequence cycles lights and gauges to indicate they are working:

  • Display features dark-cockpit design to minimize operator distractions.
  • Display is back lit for night visibility.
    • Night visibility is especially useful with snow blower use.
  • Hour meter makes it easy to tell when oil changes and other maintenance should be performed.
  • Electronic fuel gauge provides real-time fuel level information.
    • The X350R has a low fuel light, rather than a fuel gauge, to provide the operator with a noticeable warning when low on fuel.
  • A tachometer graphically displays engine speed.
    • Target-zone graphics inform the operator of the engine speed range to use for best cut quality.
  • An indicator tells the operator when the PTO is operating.
  • Bright caution and stop lights capture the operator's attention when important information is on the instrument cluster.
    • Damage can be prevented and repair costs can be reduced by addressing problems early.
  • Operators are advised of what the problem is if they attempt to operate the mower with unsatisfied PTO, seat, or park brake interlocks.
    • The indicators are also useful to identify the reasons the PTO or engine may have shut off when an interlock is unsatisfied.
  • Operators are advised if battery voltage is low, normal, or excessive.
  • The service indicator light illuminates to indicate a diagnostic error code is stored.
    • Onboard diagnostics provides trouble codes for use by trained technicians.
      • For example, a technician can test switch functionality and circuit continuity without tools.
Twin Touch™ foot control

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (40) Twin Touch foot control

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (41) Cruise control

Twin Touchfoot pedals control the speed and direction of travel:

  • Automotive-type accelerator control ensures easy operation.
  • Operator can change direction without lifting foot off the platform.
  • Large pedal surface gives superior operator comfort.
Cruise control

Cruise control is standard equipment:

  • To engage, push the cruise-control buttonand hold until the foot is removed from the forward pedal.
  • For emergency stop, the cruise control can be releasedby pushing on thebrake pedal or the forward pedal.
Mower deck height adjustment

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (42) Cut height adjusting knob

A rotary dial knob makes adjusting themower cut height quick and easy:

  • Provides mower cut heights in 0.25-in. (0.64-cm) increments from 1 in. (2.5 cm) to 4 in. (10.2 cm)
  • Returns the mower deck to the same preset height each time it is lowered

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (43) Storage tray under tractor seat

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (44) Exact Adjust tool is used to level mower deck

Storage for the onboard deck-leveling gauge and the Exact Adjust tool is provided in the storage tray under the tractor’s seat:

  • Exact Adjust ports on the fender deck allow for easy and accurate leveling of the mower deck for optimum mowing performance.

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (45) Deck-leveling gauge placed under deck

Deck-leveling gauge is placed at the appropriate location under the left rear, right rear, and front of the mower deck as the cut height is adjusted using the Exact Adjust tool and front draft arm adjusting nuts.

Foot-pedal lift system

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (46) Foot-pedal lift system

Pushing with the foot to raise the mower or implement is less strenuous for many operators than using a hand-lift lever:

  • The easy-to-use raised position lock operates similarly to the park brake lock.
  • The foot pedal is out of the way and not likely to catch on bushes and tree limbs when mowing.
  • The mower deck returns to the same preset height each time it is lowered.
Adjustable lift-assist spring

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (47) Lift-assist spring decals and adjusting bolt

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (48) Close-up of lift-assist spring decal

NOTE: The adjustable lift-assist spring is standard equipment on tractors with manual foot-lift system that are shipped with the 48-in. (122-cm) and 54-in. (137-cm)side-discharge mowers, and an option for tractors shipped with42-in. (107-cm)mowers. It is a recommended option for foot-lift tractors sold with the 42-in. (107-cm) mulch mower.

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  • Lift-assist spring is provided on tractors shipped from the factory with a 48-in. (122-cm) or 54-in. (137-cm) side-discharge mower deck, exceptmodels withhydraulic lift, and a recommended option for tractors equipped with a 42-in. (107-cm) mulch mower to minimize lift effort.
    • Aspring-assist kit is available for other models for use with front equipment.

  • Lift effort can be easily adjusted by turning a bolt, located on the tractor front bumper, for optimum performance, depending on the equipment used (mower, front blade, snow blower, etc.).

  • The mower will not be inadvertently locked in the raised position when mowing through ditches.

  • When installing or removing a mower or front equipment raised by the foot-lift system, spring tension may be removed from the connection points by pulling rearward on the lift pedal and raising the lift latch to hold the pedal in the rearward position.

Parking brake control

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (49) Parking brake

Depressing the brake pedal applies internal wet-disk brakes,which provide better reliability and longer life than external brakes,for safe stopping.

The parking brake control is conveniently located for easy access. It holds the brake pedal securely in the locked position.

Electric PTO clutch is easy and convenient to use

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (50) Electric PTO switch

Theheavy-duty electric PTO clutch is operated with a convenient dash-mounted switch.

Heavy-duty PTO clutch

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (51) PTO clutch

The PTO clutch is designed to operate through many on/off cycles.

RIO

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (52) Reverse implement switch

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (53) Mower engagement PTO switch

Using RIO

CAUTION:Children or bystanders may be injured by rotating blades. Before traveling forward or rearward:

  • Carefully check the area around the machine.
  • Disengage the mower before backing up.

NOTE: Operating the mower while backing up is strongly discouraged. RIO should be used only when operating another attachment or when the operator deems it necessary to reposition the machine with the mower engaged.

  1. Stop forward travel. Allow attachment to run.
  2. Look down and behind the machine to be sure that there are no bystanders.
  3. Push and hold in thereverse implementswitch while depressing the reverse pedal slightly.
    NOTE: If the attachment stops while positioning the machine, return mower engagement (PTO) switch to off position. Repeat this procedure from the beginning.
  4. Release the reverse implement switch and reposition the machine as the machine begins to move rearward.
  5. Resume forward travel. The attachment should continue operating.
  6. Repeat procedure to position the machine again.

Frame is reliable heavy-duty welded steel

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (54) Welded, heavy-duty frame

The frame is made of heavy formed and welded steel, reinforced in critical areas for even greater strength:

  • The frame is formed from 12-gauge, 0.105-in. (2.66-mm) thick material for long life.
  • Standard front bumper and hitch plate are formed from 9-gauge, 0.15-in. (3.8-mm) steel and complete the frame assembly.
  • Rear hitch plate can support two 42-lb (19-kg) Quik-Tatch weights.
    • Weight bracket is built into the frame of two-wheel-steer models.
    • Four-wheel-steer models require the optional weight bracket.
Front axle and wheel spindles are heavy-duty

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (55) Cast-iron front axle

Front axle ismade of nodular cast iron:

  • Cast-iron front axle is strong and shock resistant.
  • Cast iron will not yield under heavy loads or impact.

A replaceable bushing is used at axle mounting:

  • The bushing provides excellent wear resistance.
  • Grease fittings at each spindle are easy to service.
Front steering spindles

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (56) Steering spindle

Front steering spindle diameter is0.75 in. (19 mm) for strength and long life:

  • Have strength to handle heavy implements
  • Provide long life at bearing surfaces
  • Use sealed precision bearings in front wheels
Rear equipment-mounting system is heavy-duty and easy to use

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (57) Rear equipment mounting system

A heavy-duty equipment mountingsystem is used:

  • Includes strong frame mounts with a combination of mounting holes in the tractor hitch plate that accept pins or shoulder bolts to support heavy rear-mounted equipment
  • Easily attach optional equipment to the tractor
  • Can bear the load of heavy rear-mounted equipment, such as material collection systems

Modern styling with functional design enhances appearance and performance

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (58) Attractive styling

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (59) Hood air-intake louvers

Smooth, rounded contours present a modern, styled appearance:

  • Hood styling incorporates efficient full-length air-intake louvers on each side, rather than on the top.
    • Cooler engine operation
    • Lower operator station sound levels
  • Hot air is vented out the front grille, away from the operator.
  • The fully enclosed hood is made of molded-in-color material.
    • Reduces sound
    • Will not rust or dent
  • Distinctive grille and large, one-piece fender deck complete the styling package.
Two high-quality headlights give excellent visibility

Headlights are standard equipment on all models:

  • Two 27-W bulbs provide excellent lighting for good visibility during evening operation.
  • A headlight position on the ignition switch makes it easy to operate the headlights.
  • The headlights are designed to provide an optimum lighting pattern for mowing and snow removal.

Operator station is comfortable and convenient

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (61) Operator station

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (62) Operator station

The operator station is designed for operator comfort and ease of using controls:

  • A large, 14-in. (36-cm) diameter steering wheel is comfortable to use and minimizes steering effort.
  • Full-length foot mats provide comfort for the operatorand protect the footrest area.
Comfortable seat

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (63) Comfortable cut-and-sewn seat

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (64) Comfortable cut-and-sewn seat with optional armrests

An 18-in. (46-cm), high-back cut-and-sewn seat delivers a comfortable, smooth ride and excellent support for the operator:

  • A smoother, more comfortable ride results from the use of more foam than in a form-in-place seat and more side-bolstering to stabilize the operator on uneven terrain.
  • Improved visual appeal is provided by the thicker cushion, additional bolstering in the seat and back, and an embroidered John Deere logo that makes this upscale seat look as good as it feels.
  • Long-term pliability and less chance of cracking are advantages of the cut-and-sewn process, which does not require heating during the manufacturing process and gives a more uniform vinyl thickness.
  • Additional operator support and comfort is available with optional BM23761 armrests.
  • Reduced cost of repair, should the seat cover be damaged, is available with a replaceable seat cover available from Parts.
  • Seat travel of 6.6 in. (17 cm) with 15 positions allows the operator to be seated comfortably and easily operate the controls. Seat can be easily adjusted fore and aft by the operator while sitting on the seat.
Adjustable seat suspension

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (65) Seat suspension with springs in rear position

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X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (66) Seat suspension with springs in forward position

The seat suspension is adjustable, without tools, for the weight of the operator:

  • Springs are adjustable fore and aft to any of three positions.
    • No tools required
    • Allows fine-tuning of the suspension for the operator's weight
    • Back position for more support for heavier operators
  • Tool tray is designed into the seat base.
    • Can be used to store gloves, small tools, etc.
    • Provides storage location for Exact Adjust tool and deck-leveling gauge
Cup holder and toolbox

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (67) Cup holder and covered toolbox on fender

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (68) Covered toolbox with open cover

A cup holder and toolboxare located on the fender for operator convenience:

  • The cup holder holds a variety of container sizes.
  • Toolbox provides convenient storage.
    • Toolbox cover snaps closed to provide protection for loose tools, cell phones, etc.
  • Cup holder and toolbox are constructed of durable acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) plastic.
Removable plug for optional 12-V outlet

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (69) Location for optional 12-V outlet

A removable plug on the console, in front of the operator, provides a convenient location for the optional 12-V outlet and makes installation easy.

  • Convenient for plugging in cell phone charger and other electric devices
    • Can be used to operate electric rear equipment, such as a sprayer or spreader
12-V fast connector

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (70) Fast connector location

A mid-vehicle, 12-V fast connector, located under the tractor’s fuse box, is included as standard equipment to reduce initial installation time for some attachments that operate on 12-V power from the tractor:

  • The four-cavity connector includes battery, ground, and key switch terminals and is turned on and off with the ignition switch.

Serviceability is convenient with easy-open hood

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (71) One-piece hood is easy to open

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (72) Service interval decal located under hood

The one-piece hood opens easily to permit checking and servicing the engine:

  • Important service points are located within easy reach.
  • A service-interval decal is provided inside the tractor hood for convenience when servicing the tractor.

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (73) Easy-to-service engine fuel and oil filters

The engine fuel and oil filters, the oil check/fill tube, and the oil draintube are exposed for serviceability when the hood is opened.

Quick response (QR) codes link to owner information web pages

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (74) Example product identification number (PIN) label with QR code

John Deere riding lawn mowers are supported by owner information web pages that include links to:

  • Safety and how-to videos
  • Operator’s manuals
  • Parts catalog
  • Maintenance reminder sheets
  • Attachments
  • Warranty statements

To speed access to owner information web pages, a QR code is printed onto a PIN label located under the hood on trim side of the steering pedestal. Since each vehicle model has its own web page, the links are specific to the owner’s model. The QR code also includes the vehicle’s unique PIN which allows for additional customization of the owner information web page in the future.

Exact Adjust ports and onboard deck-leveling tools make precise deck adjustments easy

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (75) Deck-leveling gauge and hex adjusting tool stored under tractor seat

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (76) Exact Adjust access holes

A mower deck must be level side-to-side and properly adjusted front-to-rear to givethe bestcutting performance.A removable onboard deck-leveling gauge and a hex-key tool are provided to make adjustment easy. They are securely stored under the tractor seat.

Exact Adjust leveling ports are provided on each side of the operator platform abovethe mower-level adjusting bolts. With the hex-shapedtool, theyprovideconvenient access toallow quick and easy adjustment of the mower forthe best-cut quality of cut.

The Exact Adjust feature is standard on all Select Series™ X300 and X500 Tractors:

  • There is no need to reach under the fender deck while making the mower-level adjustment.
  • Onboard deck-leveling gauge, Exact Adjust ports, and the hex tool work together.
    • Level the mower deck side to side
    • Set the correct amount of rake (front-to-back deck orientation)
    • Calibrate the cutting height to the cut-height adjusting knob setting
  • Exact Adjust simplifies leveling the mower deck if equipped with a Power Flow™ blower.
    • To give the best cut, mower level should be adjusted if alternately mowing with and without blower installed. The Exact Adjust feature makes this easy.

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (77) Deck-leveling tool placed under deck

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (78) Using included ball-hex tool to level mower deck

Consult the operator's manual for the correct adjusting procedures for each tractor model. Basic adjusting steps to properly level the mower deck include:

  • Park the tractor on a level surface.
  • Inflate tires to the correct pressure.
  • Consult the label for the cutting-height knob that is located on the console of the machine. This label shows deck-leveling position and location of deck-leveling adjustment points.

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (79) Cut height adjusting knob

  • Set mower cutting-height knob to the correct deck-leveling position.
  • Adjust mower wheels as necessary so they do not contact the ground surface.
  • Remove the onboard deck-leveling gauge that islocated under the seat.
  • Using the Exact Adjust ports and tool, adjust mower deck side-to-side level so the deck-leveling gauge just slips under the left and right lower deck rim at the designated adjustment points. The location of adjustment points varies slightly between decks.
    • Left- and right-rearadjustment points areunder the deck rim near the rear mower wheels, if equipped.
  • Adjust mower deck front-to-back level, if necessary.
    • Loosen rear nuts equally on each side of front lift rod.
    • Turn front nut equally on each side clockwise to raise front of mower or counterclockwise to lower it until gauge just slips under the front adjustment point.
    • Tighten rear nuts after adjustment is complete.
  • Return the gauge to its storage position.

NOTE: The adjusting tool supplied with the tractor is an 8-mm ball-hex key, part number M162737. The rounded end allows for some misalignment with the bolt as the deck is adjusted.

Help maintain your mower and lawn with the MowerPlus™ app and connector

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (80) MowerPlus home screen

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (81) MowerPlus maintenance screen

Overview

Keep a mower running its best and know how it mows with the John Deere MowerPlus app. Simply scan the mower’s barcode to get custom information about the mower.

Benefits
  • Engine hours, fuel level, and battery health (as compatible)
  • Mowing history with time, distance, area, and speed
  • Current day and five-day weather forecast based on location
  • Walk-through setup guides
  • Expert mowing tips
  • Useful attachments for future purchase
  • Periodic maintenance reminders
  • Safety instructions

To download the free MowerPlus app, visit the Apple® App Store®orGoogle Play™ store.

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (82) MowerPlus Hour Meter Connector

X354, 42-in. Deck | X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor (83) MowerPlus Deluxe Smart Connector, with a phone

Three MowerPlus connectors are available to transmit vehicle information to the MowerPlus app.

BUC10510 MowerPlus Hour Meter Connector is for use with:

  • Model year 2003 to 2020 100 Series Tractors, including all models with an E, D, LA, or L prefix
  • Model year 2015 to 2020 S240 Tractors (serial number -880,000)
  • S100, S110, S140, and S220 Tractors

BUC10929 MowerPlus Deluxe Smart Connector is for use with:

  • All S120, S130, S160, S170, and S180 Tractors
  • Model year 2021 and newer S240 Tractors (serial number 880,001-)
  • Model year 2021 and newer Z515E, Z530M, Z530R, and Z545R (serial number 010,001-)

BUC10537 MowerPlus Smart Connector is for use with:

  • Model year 2016 and newer Select Series X300 and X500 Tractors

All the MowerPlus connectors transmit engine hour information to the app, making it easy to track maintenance intervals. The MowerPlus Smart Connector and MowerPlus Deluxe Smart Connector also transmit the fuel level.

MowerPlus connectors require the MowerPlus app on a mobile device to use. The John Deere MowerPlus app and operating system requirements can be found in the mobile device’s app store. The MowerPlus app is only available in the English language, and it is not available in all countries. BUC10510 MowerPlus Hour Meter Connector requires iOS® version 10 or higher and is not compatible with Android™ operating systems.

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