John Deere 185

John Deere 185The John Deere 185 is a lawn and garden tractor with small single cylinder Kawasaki FC540V vertical engine 535 cc (32.65 cu-in) and hydrostatic type transmission (Eaton or Sundstrand) and differential (Peerless or Kanzaki). The John Deere 185 hydro lawn mower was manufactured from 1986 to 1990.

The JD 185 tractor used an air-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke Kawasaki FC540V gasoline engine with a vertical PTO shaft. The FC540V engine has an OHV (overhead valve) design, cast-iron cylinder liner, reciprocating balancer, float type carburetor with fixed main jet, flywheel magneto transistor type ignition system, mechanical governor, an electric shift-type starter with an automatic compression release.

The cylinder bore is 89.0 mm (3.5 in) and the piston stroke is 86.0 mm (3.39 in). The compression ratio rating is 8.3:1. The Kawasaki FC540V motor produced 17.0 HP (12.7 kW) at 3,600 rpm of horsepower and 36.7 Nm (3.74 kg·m; 27.08 ft·lb) at 2,400 rpm of torque.

The John Deere 185 is equipped with gear type transmission (4×2 2WD), mechanical clutch, integral mechanical transmission disc brakes, and manual sector-and-pinion steering. This tractor used an open operator station.

Following attachments are available for the JD 185 garden tractor:

  • John Deere mower deck – mid-mount 960.0 mm (38 in) mower deck with two blades and manual lift (Cutting height: 25—102 mm (1.00—4.00 in);
  • John Deere mower deck – mid-mount 1140.0 mm (46 in) mower deck with three blades and manual lift (Cutting height: 38-102 mm (1.50—4.00 in.);
  • John Deere 2690M blade – front-mount 1060.0 mm (42 in) blade with manual lift;
  • John Deere 2460M snow blower – front-mount snow blower with 960.0 mm (38 in) clearing width and manual lift;

John Deere 185 Specifications

General Specifications
Model John Deere 185
Length 1,670 mm (66 in)
Width
Height 1,010 mm (39.8 in)
Wheel base 1,130 mm (44.7 in)
Dry weight 220-236 kg (485-520 lbs)
Fuel tank capacity 8.3 L (2.2 gal)
Battery 12V
Engine
Engine model Kawasaki FC540V
Fuel Gasoline
Displacement 535 cc (32.65 cu-in)
Bore x stroke 89.0 x 86.0 mm (3.5 x 3.39 in)
Power output 17.0 HP (12.7 kW) at 3,600 rpm
Starter type Electric starter
Oil type 10W30
Oil capacity 1.6 L (1.7 US. qt)
Spark plug NGK: BPR5ES; CHAMPION: RN11YC
Transmission and chassis
Chassis 4×2 (2WD)
Transmission type Hydrostatic transmission (Eaton or Sundstrand)
Gears Infinite forward and reverse
Ground speed Forward: up to 7.9 kmh (4.9 mph)
Reverse: up to 3.7 kmh (2.3 mph)
Transmission oil capacity 0.7 L (1.5 pt)
Differential oil capacity 0.7 L (1.5 pt)
PTO (Power take-off shaft)
PTO Type: Front, independent with electric clutch
Wheels and tires
Front tires Lawn/turf: 15×6.00-6
Rear tires With 38 in deck: Lawn/turf: 18×8.50-8
With 46 in deck: Lawn/turf: 20×10.00-8