The John Deere STX38 was a riding mower model produced by famed agricultural manufacturer, John Deere, during the 80s and 90s. Although it is no longer made, many homeowners still use STX38 mowers in good condition. Steering wheels navigate STX38s, and this model comes with yellow or black mowing decks. Founded in the mid-19th century, John Deere is one of the oldest agricultural manufacturers in the United States.
The power from the engine on the John Deere STX38 gets transferred to the wheels via 1 of 2 different choices; the first is a transmission that gives the tractor lawn mower 5 gears when traveling forward and 1 gear for reversing. The second is a hydrostatic transmission that gives the JD STX38 infinite gears going forward and when reversing making it an automatic. The mower deck that comes with the this lawn mower as standard has a cutting width of 38 inches, but it’s total width is about 10 inches greater than this due to the fact that the discharge chute is located on the side of the mower deck.
The engine of the John Deere STX38 has one cylinder and is a natural-aspirated model; natural aspiration means the engine operates by relying on atmospheric pressure to draw in combustion air. The frequency of the engine's rotation is 3,350 rpm. Gasoline fuels this riding mower's 12.5-horsepower engine. The engine utilizes paper and foam air cleaners. The Kohler Corporation was the primary manufacturer of the STX38's engine. This engine runs efficiently on approximately 2 quarts of oil.
I purchased this mower used and since it has had many hours of use. It is used by my kids to mow my lawn (1.5 acres) and a neighbor’s (1 acre) as well as tow a trailer for collection of leaves, etc. It generates good power from the Kohler 12.5 hp single cylinder engine. Even though it has a 5 speed manual transmission, you have to use caution as it can fail under a heavy load (i.e. if the load raises the front tires off the ground, it probably shouldn’t be pulled). This tractor was pushed to its limits multiple times, which finally was it’s downfall.
This riding mower's transmission offers five gears of speed when the STX38 moves forward and only one speed when the mower reverses. At gear five, the STX38 moves at approximately 5 mph. This mower operates on one battery, which has 12 volts and 200 cold-cranking amps. The measurement of a battery's cold-cranking amps shows how much current a battery has at 0 degrees Fahrenheit.
There are a number of attachments that can be used with the John Deere STX38 lawn mower. The most used attachment is a bagger attachment that collects grass clippings at the rear of the machine. However you also have the option of mulching the grass clippings or just discharging them out the side of the mower deck. The next most popular attachment is a snow blower that can be used to clear your driveway of snow during the winter. On top of this there are also implements like front blades and utility carts that are available. John Deere also supplies a lot of spare parts for the JD STX38 even though it’s a fairly old machine.
Attachments hook on to the John Deere STX38 via the hitch located at the rear of the riding mower. Some attachments for the STX38 are a two-bag grass bagger for storing grass, snow thrower for making paths in yards covered in snow and a dethatcher, which picks ups grass clippings leftover from mowing the lawn. John Deere also manufactures mounted sprayers that hook up to STX38 mowers; mounted sprayers spray water onto the grass behind the mower.
- Brand: John Deere
- Model: STX38
- Year since: 1988
- Price for sale: $500 - $1.500