Changing the oil in an engine is without a doubt the easiest way to extend its service life. But with the number of engines on a typical farm that need service, sometimes the small motors in augers and lawn and garden equipment get overlooked. John Deere’s new 30-second oil change feature on 2018 model year 100 Series lawn tractors aims to change that by making it easier to change engine oil. And that makes it less likely owners will put off doing the job.
“Our main priority is to provide an easy and hassle-free experience for owners to maintain their lawn tractors,” said Kirk Eisenbeis, product marketing manager for John Deere.
It also means anyone on the farm can do it.
“The ability to change oil easily, quickly, and without a mess is really appealing to people who don’t have traditional oil change experience,” he added.
The 100 Series lawn tractors have a combined filter and oil canister that holds about 0.76 of a litre of oil. Just twist the canister ¼ turn and it comes off with the filter and contaminated oil. Twist the new one on and it’s job done, oil change complete.
This system also ensures there’s no chance of leaving a big mess to clean up from spilled oil on the workshop floor.
The streamlined oil change feature is just one of a few upgrades Deere has introduced on its 100 Series lawn tractors for 2018. The entire line has been revamped and sees the addition of one more model, the E150. And all model numbers have moved from a “D” designation to an “E” to reflect the changes.
Deere uses higher letter designations on all its tractor model numbers to indicate a progressively higher level of features.
Among the other changes to the 100 Series is the new dual foot pedals, one for forward travel and the other for reversing, which the brand claims simplifies control for operators. The operator’s station has been modified to better accommodate both tall and short drivers. The cut-height lever has been redesigned to give better leverage when lifting and lowering the mower deck but still keeps it out the way for easy mounting and dismounting.
And the ReadyStart feature makes choking the engine during normal start up unnecessary.