John Deere 185
1986 - 1990 Late 100 Lawn Series Lawn tractor
Production Manufacturer John Deere
Built in Horicon, Wisconsin, USA Original price $3,900 (1990 38-inch )
$4,100 (1990 42-inch )
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.
Variants 180 gear drive
185 hydro drive
Integral mechanical transmission disc brakes
Open operator station.
Power Take-off (PTO) Mid PTO independent
185 Serial Numbers 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)
FAQ: How to read a serial number table.
185 Serial Location
Serial number decal on the left side of the 185 tractor frame, above the front axle.
Electrical Ground negative
Charging system flywheel alternator
Charging amps 15
Battery CCA 255
Battery volts 12
John Deere Lawn Tractors 100 Series published in 1989
John Deere Lawn Tractors and Riding Mowers published in 1986
Lawn Tractors published in 1987, by John Deere
Lawn & Garden Equipment published in 1990, by John Deere
Grounds Care & Recreation Products Sales Manual published in 1989, by John Deere
Operator's Manual 170, 175, 180 and 185 (OMM78999) published in 1988
Operator's Manual 130, 160, 165, 180, and 185 (OMM89684) published in 1985
Technical Manual 130, 160, 165, 175, 180, and 185 Lawn Tractors. (TM1351) published in 1988
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