John Deere X135R

Ride-on Mower

  • Compact deck design for smaller gardens
  • Edge™ rear collection cutting system
  • Easy to use controls
  • Exceptional build quality


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Features & Specifications

The solid one-piece frame is constructed of 12-gauge, 0.11-in. (3.0-mm) steel:

  • Full-length robotically welded frame design has high-strength steel rails for added strength and long life.
  • One-piece fender deck is bolted to the frame.

Automatic transmission makes it easy to choose the exact travel speed for each operating condition

D105 Tractor used for trimming along flower bedD105 Tractor used for trimming along flower bed

The automatic transmission allows the operator to easily choose the desired forward or reverse travel speed, simply by depressing a single foot pedal; this is similar to the way the driver of an automobile with automatic transmission changes speed when depressing the accelerator.

No matter whether a slow speed for trimming or faster speed for open-area mowing is desired, the operator can easily adjust, by how far the foot pedal is depressed.

Brake pedalBrake pedal
Automatic transmission forward/reverse shift leverAutomatic transmission forward/reverse shift lever

With the brake pedal depressed and the forward/reverse lever in the center park or the forward position, the engine can be started. Once the engine is started, it is not necessary to use the brake pedal when selecting forward or reverse or when changing direction of travel. Simply move the forward/reverse lever to select travel direction, and then press the automatic foot pedal to choose from an infinite number of travel speeds.

Speed control pedalSpeed control pedal
Speed control pedal in useSpeed control pedal in use

With the automatic speed control pedal, the operator can choose from an infinite number of speeds forward or reverse:

  • Forward: 0 to 5.5 mph (0 to 8.9 km/h)
  • Reverse: 0 to 3.2 mph (0 to 5.1 km/h)

The innovative design of the 92-cm (36-in.) Edge™ Rear-Discharge Deck combines the best features for reliability and superior performance when mowing and collecting grass and leaves:

  • The mower deck is stamped from 2.7-mm (0.105-in.) steel to provide smooth contours for a quality appearance and excellent performance.
  • With no side-discharge chute, the mower can trim on either side for mowing efficiency and convenience.
    • A smaller storage area requirement is an additional benefit.
  • A standard V-belt and non-timed blade design gives superior reliability and trouble-free operation.
  • Offset mower blades permit blade overlap with the use of a standard V-belt drive.
    • The blades cut cleanly without being able to contact each other.
  • A heavy-duty V-belt and large spring-loaded idler pulley transfer power to the mower blades efficiently and reliably.
  • Cut-height increments of 0.64 cm (0.25 in.) allow for operating the mower at the optimum cutting height.
  • A quick-adjust deck-leveling system is provided to make keeping the deck properly adjusted easy.
92-cm (36-in.) Mower (bottom view)92-cm (36-in.) Mower (bottom view)
Contoured deck and discharge bladeContoured deck and discharge blade

The underside of the mower deck is contoured and free of obstructions to ensure optimum cutting and bagging performance:

  • Grass clippings flow smoothly around the deck and up the chute into the hopper.
  • Clipping buildup is minimized to ensure continued high-performance and easy cleanup.
  • Special discharge blades (standard equipment) have a large wing to propel grass clippings up the chute and into the hopper.
  • Mower fills and packs the 300-L (8.5-bu) hopper with a large volume of grass clippings and/or leaves.
Optional mulch plug (typical mulch plug shown, not BG20698)Optional mulch plug (typical mulch plug shown, not BG20698)

Optional mulch plug (BG20698) easily installs in place of hopper:

  • When collecting grass clippings and leaves is not desired, a mulch plug and mulching blades are available. The rear hopper can be easily removed and the mulch plug installed.
  • Plug closes off opening on bottom of deck so material cannot enter the chute.
  • Special mulch blades are provided to optimize mulching performance.
  • The mulching blades will also provide excellent performance when used with the rear-discharge deflector and good performance for collecting. If collecting in heavy or wet conditions, it may be necessary to reinstall the standard bagging blades for optimum performance.
92-cm (36-in.) mower, left side92-cm (36-in.) mower, left side

Exceptional mowing and bagging performance begins with the deep-deck design of the mower. The deck is 100-mm (3.9-in.) deep at the front and grows even deeper from front to rear to create a smooth transition into the chute.

Wash portWash port
Hose-end adapter example for use with wash portHose-end adapter example for use with wash port

A wash port is provided on the mower deck. It can be used to supply water to the underside of the mower deck so it can be easily cleaned after use:

  • Wash port is designed for hose quick-connect fitting.
  • Connect hose and operate the mower to clean.
  • Using the wash port cleans bottom of deck and chute.
  • Wash port works best if used immediately after the mowing job is completed.
  • Operating the mower deck while the water is running removes grass clippings.
  • Use of the wash port prevents buildup of material from affecting performance the next time the mower is used.

A hose-end adapter for the appropriate water hose to be used can be purchased locally for connection to the wash port.

Optional rear deflectorOptional rear deflector
Optional rear deflector in operationOptional rear deflector in operation

Optional rear deflector (BG20822) easily installs in place of hopper:

  • No tools required for installation
  • Deflects clippings in an even pattern behind the tractor

A large-displacement 656-cc V-twin engine has plenty of power and torque to handle tough mowing conditions:

  • Powerful, 8.83 kW at 3150 rpm engine gives excellent performance.
  • V-twin cylinder design has greater torque, lower vibration, and improved sound quality.
  • Electronic ignition gives fast starts.
  • Cast-iron cylinders give longer engine life.
  • Overhead valves provide excellent power and fuel economy.
  • Full-pressure lubrication and oil filter ensure cleaner oil for longer engine life and extended time between oil changes.
  • Full-pressure lubrication is also more effective when operating the tractor on an incline.
  • Large, high-quality air filter element extends engine life and is easy to service.
Fuel filter and oil filterFuel filter and oil filter
No-tools engine oil drainNo-tools engine oil drain

Engine fuel filter and oil filter help to give trouble-free operation. Both are conveniently located for easy service.


A no-tools engine-oil drain valve is easy to access and use when changing the oil.

The large-capacity, rear-mounted hopper makes collecting grass and leaves easy. The rear design allows excellent maneuverability when mowing.

The 300-L (8.5-bu) capacity hopper holds a lot of material for longer mowing times between emptying. Emptying the hopper is easily accomplished from the operator’s seat.

The durable plastic bottom will last a long time, even when operating in rougher conditions.

Hopper-full sensing switchHopper-full sensing switch
Hopper-full indicator light on tractor dashHopper-full indicator light on tractor dash

When the hopper is full, a light on the dash will come on and an audible alarm will sound, to alert the operator to disengage the power take-off (PTO).

  • When there is enough material in the hopper to activate the sensing switch, it simultaneously turns on the dash-mounted hopper full indicator light and an audible alarm.
  • This reduces the potential for plugging the system.
  • The hopper must be full, with enough material to activate the hopper-full switch, to activate the hopper-full indicator and alarm.
Hopper-installed interlock switchHopper-installed interlock switch

When the hopper is removed, a safety interlock switch will prevent the mower deck from operating unless the rear deflector or mulch plug is installed, however the engine will run and the tractor will operate so the rear hitch can be used.

Easy-to-empty 300-L (8.5-bu) hopperEasy-to-empty 300-L (8.5-bu) hopper
Adjustable hopper latchAdjustable hopper latch

The hopper is emptied by pulling up, then forward, on the hopper handle. Using the leverage of the long handle, pull forward hard enough to overcome the spring-loaded hopper latch and rotate the hopper upward.


The hopper latch is easily adjustable for operator preference and conditions:

  • The spring can be located in any of three holes.
  • More latching effort is required for hilly or rough operating conditions.
Front hopper supportFront hopper support
Standard-equipment hitchStandard-equipment hitch

The hopper is easily removed from the tractor by using the rear handle to raise the back of the hopper 25 degrees, or about 13 cm (5 in.), and then using both handles to lift the hopper vertically out of the notches in the mounting brackets:

  • No tools are required.
  • There is nothing to disconnect.

When the hopper is removed from the tractor, it allows use of additional tractor features including:

  • Optional rear deflector
  • Optional mulch plug
  • Rear implement hitch
  • Tow-release lever

The operator station is designed for comfort and all controls are located for convenient and easy use. Using the tractor is more pleasant, less tiring, and safer.

Wide footrest areas with non-slip, anti-vibration rubber footpads are provided for operator comfort and safety.

Steering wheel and instrument panelSteering wheel and instrument panel

A deluxe steering wheel provides greater operator comfort and control. Steering wheel diameter is:

  • 30.5 cm (12 in.) on the X135R
  • 35.6 cm (14 in.) on the X155R

Controls are located for convenient and easy use. They are color-coded for better visibility. The ignition switch is on the dash for starting ease.

High-back seat (shown on X155R)High-back seat (shown on X155R)
Seat tilted upSeat tilted up

A comfortable operator seat has a higher back for extra operator comfort. A comfortable seat is especially helpful when operating the tractor for extended periods of time. Seat-back height is:

  • 38.1 cm (15 in.) on the X155R

Seat can be tilted forward for protection from the elements and to provide easy access to the fuel tank.

Seat springs give a smoother rideSeat springs give a smoother ride
Easy-to-adjust seatEasy-to-adjust seat

Seat springs absorb bumps to give a smoother ride.


Seat can be easily adjusted forward or backward while in the seat, with seat travel of 140 mm (5.5 in.) and 10 different positions.

Cup holder and storage with cover (X155R shown)Cup holder and storage with cover (X155R shown)

Beverage holder and storage compartment is found on the right-side fender for added value and operator convenience:

  • The X155R storage compartment includes a cover to protect the contents from the elements.
  • The cover can be ordered from Parts and added to the X135R, if desired.
Recommended Mowing Area Up to 4000 m²
Cutting Width 92 cm (36 in.)
Engine Power 8.8 kW at 3150 rpm
Speed Up to 8.9 km/h Forward

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