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John Deere 185

John Deere 185 lawn tractor photo
1986 - 1990   Late 100 Lawn Series
Lawn tractor
Series back:John Deere 180

The John Deere 185 was available with either 38 or 46-inch rear deck. A 6.5-bushel rear bagger (BM16790) was optional. When the bagger was used on hills, front wheel weights were recommended. Dual 40-pound rear weight plates plus rear tire chains were available for use with the optional 38-inch single-stage snowblower.


Manufacturer:John Deere
Factory:Horicon, Wisconsin, USA


180:gear drive
185:hydro drive

John Deere 185 Engine:

   17HP Kawasaki 534cc 1-cyl gasoline
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Fuel:2.2 gal [8.3 L]

Power Take-off (PTO):

Front PTO:electric

Dimensions & Tires:

Wheelbase:44.7 inches [113 cm]
Weight:625 to 645 pounds
Front tire:15x6.00-6
Rear tire:18x8.50-8
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John Deere 185 attachments:

 38" mid-mount mower deck
 46" mid-mount mower deck
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185 Serial Numbers:

Location:Front left side of main frame.
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1986: M00185A372001 (38-inch deck)
1987: M00185A440001 (38-inch deck)
1988: M00185A495001 (38-inch deck)
1989: M00185A595001 (38-inch deck)
1989-end: M00185A750000 (38-inch deck)
1990: M00185A010001 (38-inch deck)
Final: M00185A100000 (38-inch deck)
1986: M00185B378001 (46-inch deck)
1987: M00185B450001 (46-inch deck)
1988: M00185B505001 (46-inch deck)
1989: M00185B605001 (46-inch deck)
1989-end: M00185B750000 (46-inch deck)
1990: M00185B020001 (46-inch deck)
Final: M00185B100000 (46-inch deck)

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Chassis:4x2 2WD
Steering:manual sector-and-pinion
Brakes:integral mechanical transmission disc
Cab:Open operator station.


Charging system:flywheel alternator
Charging amps:15


Cold-cranking amps:255

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