John Deere JS45 Walk-Behind Mower
by Ryan Baier
(Hancock, MD, USA)
This is a wonderful walk behind mower. It has the quality of all john Deere products at a low price. The 190 cc Briggs and Stratton motor runs extremely well. A downfall to this mower is that it doesn't have an electric start but it takes nothing to pull start this mower. There is now grass too tall or too thick. One weak spot I have found is the main shaft holding the blade. I work at a facility where you are mowing very rough terrain.
If you hit the any debris the shaft will bend. I have returned two with no question though with immediate replacement. The design of the front wheels swiveling 360 degrees is wonderful. When your reach the end of a cutting strip you don't have to pick the mower up to turn it around, it just turns on a dime.
The variable speed self propel drive is excellent. Even if you are in wet grass or steep hills it will pull its self there. The higher speeds make you able to walk behind it quite comfortably while still providing an excellent even cut. The bagging system is the best I have ever seen for a walk behind mower. It doesn't leave a small strip of grass piled up like some bagging systems.
This mower is also excellent for picking up those pesky leaves instead of blowing them around. The cut quality of this 21 inch mower is second to none. With such a wide cutting path it cuts down on the mowing time by a considerable amount.
All four wheels have adjustment so I was able to fine tune my cutting heights. Over all this is a wonderful mower and I would recommend it to anyone who asked.