John Deere 185

John Deere 185 lawn tractor photo
1986 - 1990
Late 100 Lawn Series
Lawn tractor
Series map:
ManufacturerJohn Deere
Lawn tractor
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.
180gear drive
185hydro drive
John Deere 185 Engine
17HP Kawasaki 534cc 1-cyl gasoline
Fuel tank2.2 gal
8.3 L
Engine details ...
Two-wheel drive
Manual steering
Integral mechanical transmission disc brakes
Open operator station.
Power Take-off (PTO)
Mid PTOindependent
Dimensions & Tires
Wheelbase44.7 inches
113 cm
Weight625 to 645 pounds
Front tire15x6.00-6
Rear tire18x8.50-8
Full dimensions and tires ...
John Deere 185 attachments
38" mid-mount mower deck
46" mid-mount mower deck
Attachment details ...
185 Serial Number Location
John Deere 185 serial number location
Serial number decal on the left side of the 185 tractor frame, above the front axle.
185 Serial Numbers
1986M00185A372001 (38-inch deck)
1987M00185A440001 (38-inch deck)
1988M00185A495001 (38-inch deck)
1989M00185A595001 (38-inch deck)
1989-endM00185A750000 (38-inch deck)
1990M00185A010001 (38-inch deck)
FinalM00185A100000 (38-inch deck)
1986M00185B378001 (46-inch deck)
1987M00185B450001 (46-inch deck)
1988M00185B505001 (46-inch deck)
1989M00185B605001 (46-inch deck)
1989-endM00185B750000 (46-inch deck)
1990M00185B020001 (46-inch deck)
FinalM00185B100000 (46-inch deck)

FAQ: How to read a serial number table.
Charging systemflywheel alternator
Charging amps15
Battery CCA255
Battery volts12
185 references literature
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
185 manuals literature
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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