John Deere S160 Lawn Tractor


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Built in Greeneville, TN, the 100 Series Lawn Tractors are our affordable, comfortable, easy-to-use lawn tractor line-up. Lift the hood and check out the Easy Change™ 30-Second Oil Change System*. This all-in-one oil and oil filter is so easy to take off and put on, you can be done in 30 seconds, max. No mess. No fuss. No problem. Twist. Lock. Done.

Then step on it. The two side-by-side forward and reverse pedals on all 100 Series are made for your right foot. Now, sit down. The ergonomic operator station is welcoming. The seat, adjustable. The design of the mower deck lift is even shaped to minimize the effort required to raise or lower the deck. And that’s just for starters.

  • 24 hp (17.9 kw) V-Twin Extended Life Series (ELS) Engine
  • 48-Inch Edge™ Mower Deck
  • Electric PTO, Hydrostatic Transmission with Side-by-Side Pedals
  • Easy Change™ 30-Second Oil Change System
  • Adjustable Lumbar Seat and Standard Front Bumper
  • Easy-to-Read Fuel Gauge
  • 2-Year/120-Hour Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty

*Not available on the S100, S110, and S140 Lawn Tractors.

Engine is powerful and smooth-running V-twin design

A 24 horsepower (17.9 kW) V-twin extended life series (ELS) engine provides plenty of power and torque to handle tough mowing, mulching, and bagging.

  • Includes ELS engine features for enhanced performance and longer life.
  • V-twin cylinder design for greater torque, lower vibration, and improved sound quality.
  • Electronic ignition for fast starts.
  • Spring-return feature to ensure the operator will not mistakenly leave the throttle lever in the choke position.
  • Cast-iron cylinder liners for longer engine life.
  • Overhead valves for excellent power and fuel economy.
  • Full-pressure lubrication and oil filter for cleaner oil, prolonging engine life and extending the time between oil changes.
    • More effective when operating the tractor on an incline.
  • Fuel filler opening is conveniently located under the seat.
    • Capacity is 2.4 U.S. gallons (9.1 L).
    • Filling the tank without spilling is easy.
    • A tethered fuel cap is more convenient.
    • The sealed fuel cap helps keep vapors inside the tank.

John Deere Easy Change™ 30-Second Oil Change System

The John Deere Easy Change™ 30-Second Oil Change System makes changing the engine oil easy, quick, and clean. Changing the oil is as easy as twisting on a new oil-filled filter. Oil does not need to be drained from the engine.

The John Deere Easy Change™ filter is an additional engine oil reservoir. Changing the filter removes the captured contaminants and replaces about 0.8 quarts (0.76 L) of engine oil.

The functionality does not stop with ease of use. The Easy Change™ oil system has several meaningful benefits over the traditional oil filter system of the 100 Series.

  • A synthetic filter material is used for more predictable filtering and longer life.
  • Filtering capacity is greater than with a standard oil filter.
    • More filter surface area.
    • More oil flow capacity.
  • The system has 40% more oil volume.
  • The oil and engine run cooler.
  • The oil filter valve closes whenever the engine stops, so filtered particles are captured and cannot drain back into the engine.
  • The risk of spilling during oil service is greatly reduced.
  • Waste oil (and new oil production) is reduced by over 1,000,000 pounds (453,592.4 kg) per tractor production year.
  • This system is not a compromise to just make oil changes easier – these engines pass the same John Deere expectations and rigorous testing as always.

Party due to these improvements, it is not necessary to remove and dispose of all the oil in the engine during service. Everyone who uses the John Deere Easy Change™ system saves time and avoids the mess of a traditional oil change. In the past, many 100 Series Lawn Tractor owners rarely or never got around to changing their engine oil. With the 30-second oil change, even people who previously would not consider changing the oil themselves can easily do it. The Easy Change™ system is a no-mess, no-fuss solution the competition cannot match.

Installation instructions are in the Operator’s Manual and in the John Deere Easy Change™ service part box.

Please recycle. Many local government recycling programs, authorized retailers, auto service centers, and auto parts stores will puncture and recycle used oil filters and oil.

Full-featured engine is more reliable and lasts longer

This full-featured engine is engineered to deliver world-class endurance and power. A step above the competition, it is designed to be more dependable and longer lasting, saving time and money over the long run.

Built to exceed demanding needs by incorporating premium features and innovative designs, these engines offer:

  • Overhead valve (OHV) design for cooler operation and longer valve life.
  • Contains an advanced debris management system that directs cooling air through the rotating screen to the air cleaner compartment, where large debris is pre-filtered through the ejector slots.
    • Keeps unfiltered air out of the engine through a large, dual-sealed, premium oval-shaped cartridge-style filter.
    • Ensures maximum protection for extended engine life with the premium air cleaner, a pleated paper filter with a foam precleaner.
    • Captures fine particles for maximum protection and extended maintenance.
  • Provides maximum protection with full-pressure lubrication system.
    • Pumps oil by a mechanical gerotor-style pump to all critical engine components.
  • A premium bearing package for improved durability; includes a super-finished crank pin bearing with a 50% smoother surface to increase load capacity by 35%.
    • Uses a premium DU Teflon®-coated bearing.
    • Helps resist wear and increases durability through self-lubricating bronze bearing.
  • Wear-resistant, chrome-plated valve stems for long-life valves.
    • 44% smoother for longer life.
  • Cast-iron cylinder liners for longer life.
  • Dependable float-feed type carburetor with integral fuel pump.
  • High-capacity fuel filter for dependable operation.
  • John Deere Easy Change™ 30-Second Oil Change System makes changing the engine oil easy, quick, and clean.
  • Maintenance-free electronic ignition for quick, dependable starts.
  • Platinum spark plugs for extended life.

Teflon is a trademark of The Chemours Company FC, LLC.

Frame made of full-length welded steel for reliability

The solid one-piece frame is constructed of 12-gauge, 0.105-inch (2.66 mm) steel.

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

The front axle is constructed of solid cast iron that will not bend.

  • Automotive-like steering system with sector and pinion steering gears and single drag link with a tie rod provides a very strong, low-effort, and tight-turning system.
  • Three grease fittings, on both steering spindles and center pivot, allow for regular lubrication to help maintain easy steering and minimize wear.
  • Large, 0.75 inch (1.9 cm) diameter wheel spindles provide excellent durability.

The front bumper is included on the S130, S140, S160, S170, and S180. It is available as an optional attachment for the S100, S110, and S120.

  • Additional front-end protection.
  • Attractive, bold style.

The CargO Mount™ system is a combination of front- and rear-mounting points providing convenient and easy installation of the sun canopy, rear bagger, and other attachments.

Snow removal is a strength of lawn tractors

An advantage of lawn tractors is their ability to use equipment for snow removal. Lawn tractor owners can add a John Deere snow blower or front blade to make quick work of moving snow whenever the need arises. Weather enclosure and tire-chain attachments add comfort and performance. Equipment available for snow removal includes:

  • 44-Inch (112-cm) Snow Blower
  • 46-Inch (117-cm) Front Blade
  • Tire Chains or TerraGrip Traction Belts
  • Weather Enclosure
  • Weights


Hydrostatic transmission gives an infinite choice of ground speeds

A Kanzaki® Tuff Torq® hydrostatic transmission gives an infinite choice of speeds and makes changing the direction of travel easy. Side-by-side foot pedals control the speed and direction of travel.

  • Automotive-type accelerator controls ensure easy operation.
  • Operator can change direction without lifting foot off the platform.
  • Large pedal surface gives superior operator comfort.

Appropriate transmissions are used in each model, depending on rear tire size and tractor performance requirements, to ensure excellent performance and reliability.

  • Tuff Torq® TLT200: S100, S110, S120, S130, S140, S160
  • Tuff Torq® K46: S170, S180

Kanzaki and Tuff Torq are trademarks of Kanzaki Kokyukoki Manufacturing Co., Ltd.

Operator station designed for comfortable operation

The operator station is designed for operator comfort and easy operation

  • Controls are positioned where they are easy to reach and use to control the tractor.
  • The steering wheel is positioned and angled to give the operator plenty of room and steering comfort.
  • The seat is positioned to provide the most comfortable operator position.

Controls are easy to see and use.

  • A deluxe, 14 inch (35.6 cm) steering wheel provides greater operator comfort and control.
  • Ignition switch is on the dash for starting ease.

Wide footrest areas with non-slip, anti-vibration rubber floor mats are provided for operator comfort.

  • The wide footrest makes it easy to step over the mower deck while entering or exiting the seat.
  • Debris removing channels help keep the footrest area clean and dry.

Operator comfort is enhanced with a 15 inch (38 cm) high-back, two-piece seat with an open back.

  • Especially helpful when operating the tractor for extended periods of time.
  • Easily adjusted forward or rearward while in the seat.
  • Seat travel of 5.5 inches (14 cm) and 10 different positions to adjust for operator height.
  • Two long seat springs give plenty of seat travel to smooth out the ride, keeping the operator comfortable while operating the tractor.
  • The seat can be tilted forward for protection from the elements and to provide easy access to the fuel tank.
  • A storage compartment and beverage holder are located on the right-hand fender for operator convenience and ease of use.
  • Fender flares cover the tires more completely and add style to the tractor.
  • Handgrips give extra comfort for the operator, especially when operating on hillsides.
  • Reflectors make the tractor more visible.

Easy-read fuel gauge shows fuel level on dashboard and controls are convenient to use

The contoured dash has clean, attractive styling.

  • Controls are color-coded and labeled for easy identification.
  • Controls are logically placed and easy to reach.
  • The hour meter makes it easy to tell when oil changes and other maintenance should be performed.
  • Functional design of the controls provides good appearance and a comfortable feel.

The easy-read fuel gauge shows how much fuel is in the tank and can be seen on the dashboard.

  • Easy to check fuel level.
  • Convenient location.
  • Visible in cloudy or dusk conditions (is not backlit).
  • Does not slosh from bumps.
  • The MowerPlus™ smartphone app can read and remember the fuel level (optional MowerPlus™ Deluxe Smart Connector required).
  • The hour meter is also visible on the fuel gauge display.

Side-by-side foot pedals control the speed and direction of travel.

  • Automotive-type accelerator controls ensure easy operation.
  • Operator can change direction without lifting foot off the platform.
  • Large pedal surface gives superior operator comfort.

Cruise control is available on the S120, S130, S160, S170, and the S180.

  • To engage, lift the cruise lever and hold until the foot is removed from the forward pedal.
  • The cruise control can be released by pushing on the brake pedal or the forward pedal.

A spring-assisted, ergonomically designed lift lever simplifies adjusting the mower cut height.

  • Increments of 1/4 inch (0.64 cm) allow fine-tuning the cut height.
  • Cut height is adjustable from 1 to 4 inches (2.5 to 10.2 cm).
  • The lift handle is shaped for easy use and is out of the way of entering or exiting operators.

The parking brake control is conveniently located on the tractor pedestal for easy access. It holds the brake pedal securely in the locked position.

The heavy-duty electric PTO clutch is operated with a convenient dash-mounted switch. The available Reverse Implement Option (RIO) allows for movement in reverse without disengaging the PTO.

  • CAUTION: Children or bystanders can be injured by rotating blades. Before traveling forward or rearward, carefully check the area around the machine and disengage the mower before backing up. Backing up while the mower is engaged is strongly discouraged. RIO should be used only when operating another attachment or when the operator deems it necessary to reposition the machine with the mower engaged.
  • To use RIO, follow these steps:
    1. Stop forward travel.
    2. Look behind the machine to be sure there are no bystanders.
    3. Push and hold in the RIO switch while depressing the reverse pedal slightly. If the engine and mower or other attachment stops while repositioning the machine, return the attachment engagement lever/switch to the off position, then start the engine and engage the mower or other attachment. Begin again with step 2.
    4. Release the RIO switch and reposition the machine as the machine begins to move rearward.
    5. Resume forward travel. The mower or other attachment should continue operating.
    6. Repeat procedure to position the machine again.

Serviceability is convenient with easy-open hood

The one-piece hood opens easily to permit checking and servicing the engine.

  • Important service points are located within easy reach.
  • A service interval decal is provided inside the tractor hood for convenience when servicing the tractor.
  • The seat tilts up and out of the way to make adding fuel easy.
  • Molded-in color hood material reduces sound and will not rust or dent.
  • Same quality hood material as on larger John Deere tractors provides good resilience and UV resistance for an extended time.
  • Openings on the side let in plenty of cooling air while keeping the sound level low.
  • Two headlights provide good lighting for nighttime operation.

The John Deere Easy Change™ 30-Second Oil Change System makes changing the engine oil easy, quick, and clean. Changing the oil is as easy as removing the old oil-filled filter and twisting on a new oil-filled filter.

John Deere riding lawn mowers are supported by owner information web pages that include links to:

  • Safety and How-To Videos
  • Operator’s Manuals
  • Parts Catalog
  • Maintenance Reminder Sheets
  • Attachments
  • Warranty Registration

To speed access to owner information web pages, a QR code is printed onto a PIN label located near the fuel fill. Since each vehicle model has its own web page, the links are specific to the owner’s model. The QR code also includes the vehicle’s unique PIN, which enables warranty registration without the need to manually enter the vehicle’s PIN.

Help maintain your mower and lawn with the MowerPlus™ app and connector

Keep a mower running its best and know how it mows with the John Deere MowerPlus™ app. Simply scan the mower’s barcode to get custom information about the mower.

  • Engine hours, fuel level, and battery health (as compatible).
  • Mowing history with time, distance, area, and speed.
  • Current day and five-day weather forecast based on location.
  • Walk-through setup guides.
  • Expert mowing tips.
  • Useful attachments for future purchase.
  • Periodic maintenance reminders.
  • Safety instructions.

To download the free MowerPlus™ app, visit the Apple® App Store® or Google Play™ store.

Three MowerPlus™ connectors are available to transmit vehicle information to the MowerPlus™ app.

  • BUC10510 MowerPlus™ Hour Meter Connector is for use with:
    • Model year 2003 to 2020 100 Series Tractors, including all models with an E, D, LA, or L prefix.
    • Model year 2015 to 2020 S240 Tractors (serial number -880000).
    • S100, S110, S140, and S220 Tractors.
  • BUC10929 MowerPlus™ Deluxe Smart Connector is for use with:
    • All S120, S130, S160, S170, and S180 Tractors.
    • Model year 2021 and newer S240 Tractors (serial number 880001-).
    • Model year 2021 and newer Z515E, Z530M, Z530R, and Z545R (serial number 010001-).
  • BUC10537 MowerPlus™ Smart Connector is for use with:
    • Model year 2016 and newer Select Series X300 and X500 Tractors.

All the MowerPlus™ connectors transmit engine hour information to the app, making it easy to track maintenance intervals. The MowerPlus™ Smart Connector and MowerPlus™ Deluxe Smart Connector also transmit the fuel level. MowerPlus™ connectors require the MowerPlus™ app on a mobile device to use. The John Deere MowerPlus™ app and operating system requirements can be found in the mobile device’s app store. The MowerPlus™ app is only available in the English language, and is not available in all countries. BUC10510 MowerPlus™ Hour Meter Connector requires iOS® version 10 or higher and is not compatible with Android™ operating systems.

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The Edge™ cutting system gives superior performance

The Edge™ cutting system has been trademarked to emphasize the advantages of the John Deere mower deck designs. They give superior mowing performance, convenience, and reliability.

  • The deep deck design lifts grass for a clean, even cut.
  • The smooth underside has no nooks and crannies, preventing grass buildup and evenly dispersing grass clippings.
  • The rolled outer edge of the deck provides extra strength and protection.
  • Dual-stage E-coat and powder paint coatings provide extra protection from rust.
  • Flexible discharge chute minimizes property and mower deck damage.

The 48-inch (122-cm) Edge™ Mower Deck is a three-spindle design with heavy-duty characteristics.

  • The 12 gauge, 0.105 inch (2.7 mm) steel deck provides years of dependable mowing.
  • Included three-in-one blades work well for side-discharge, mulching, or bagging.
  • The blade-to-spindle design provides a unique mounting system for the mower blade that gives extra safety and convenience.
  • Four mower deck wheels are standard equipment for a smooth mowing job in rolling terrain.
  • No tools are required to switch from mulching to side discharge to rear bagging.
  • A mulching cover is an optional attachment that can be installed without the use of tools.
  • High-performance mulching blades are available to enhance mulching performance.
  • A wash port is provided to make cleaning the underside of the deck easy, and includes a hose connector.
  • The StarLock™ blade design keeps the blade bolt at the correct torque for easy removal.
  • Optional blades for difficult mulching or bagging conditions are available.

A cut-and-throw, 6.5 bushel (229 L) bagger is sold separately and comes with bagging blades. Special bagging blades are not required but they can enhance performance.

  • The bagger kit provides an efficient means of collecting grass clippings and leaves. It can be set up without tools in minutes and has easy-to-empty bags.

2-Year or 120-Hour bumper-to-bumper warranty is included

An exclusive 2-year or 120-hour single-source, bumper-to-bumper warranty* is included for all John Deere 100 Series Tractors.

  • The warranty is hassle free, with John Deere handling the service and paperwork.

*Term limited to years or hours used, whichever comes first, and varies by model. See the LIMITED WARRANTY FOR NEW JOHN DEERE TURF AND UTILITY EQUIPMENT at or for details.

Key Specs

Engine Power: 24 hp (17.9 kW)

Oil Change: John Deere Easy Change™ 30-Second Oil Change System

Engine Manufacturer/Model: 44U877 (M44)

Transaxle Type: TLT200 Hydrostatic, Two-Wheel Drive

Transaxle Control: Side-by-Side Pedals

Rear Tires: 20×10-8

Lift System Type: Spring-Assisted Hand-Grip Lever

Cutting Width: Edge™ Mower Deck – 48 In. (122 cm)

U.S. Warranty: 2-Year/120-Hour Bumper-to-Bumper*

*Term limited to years or hours used, whichever comes first, and varies by model. See the LIMITED WARRANTY FOR NEW JOHN DEERE TURF AND UTILITY EQUIPMENT at or for details.


Power: 24 hp (17.9 kW)

Displacement: 44.2 Cu In. (724 cc)

Manufacturer/Model: 44U877 (M44)

Type: Overhead Valve, Full-Pressure Lube, Oil Filter

Cylinders: V-Twin, Extended Life Series (ELS)

Governor: Mechanical

Choke/Speed Control: Single Lever with Spring-Return on Choke

Cooling Method: Air

Air Cleaner: Cartridge with Prefilter

Oil Change: John Deere Easy Change™ 30-Second Oil Change System

Fuel System

Type: Gasoline

Fuel Delivery: Pulse Pump and Carburetor

Fuel Gauge: Easy-Read on Dash

Fuel Tank Location: Rear

Fuel Fill Opening: Center – 1.75 In. (4.45 cm)

Fuel Tank Capacity: 2.4 U.S. Gal (9.1 L)

Electrical System

Battery: 12 V (300 CCA)

Charging System: Regulated, 14 Amp

Engine Starter: Bendix Type

Hour Meter: Yes

Headlights: Two Standard, Incandescent

Taillights or Reflector: Reflectors

Backup Lights: No

Rear Work Lights: No

12-V Outlet: No


Type: Hydrostatic, Two-Wheel Drive

Control: Side-by-Side Pedals

Cruise Control: Standard

Oil Cooler: Fins and Fan on Transaxle

Oil Filter: Yes, Not Serviceable

Differential Lock: No

Forward Speed: 0 – 5.5 MPH (0 – 8.9 km/h)

Reverse Speed: 0 – 3.2 MPH (0 – 5.2 km/h)

Brakes: Internal Wet Disk


Frame: Full-Length Welded Steel

Primer/Paint: E-Coat/Powder

Weight Bracket: Optional Rear

Receiver Hitch: No

Front Axle: Cast-Iron Front Axle, Powdered-Metal Front Wheel Bushings

Spindle Bushings: No

Front Tires: 15×6-6

Rear Tires: 20×10-8

Hood Material: Molded-In Color Material

Fender Deck Material: Stamped Steel

Floor Mats: Yes, with Debris Removing Channels

Storage: Storage Tray with Cover

Service Interval Decal: Yes

Fender Handles/Grips: Handgrips

Cup Holder: Yes

Equipment Mounting: CargO Mount™ System


Type: Sector and Pinion with Single Drag Link and Tie Rod

Four-Wheel Steer: Not Available

Steering Wheel: Deluxe – 14 In. (35.6 cm)

Tilt Steering Wheel: No

Turning Radius: 18 In. (45.7 cm)

Uncut Circle Radius: 20 In. (50.8 cm)


Type: One Piece with Lumbar Adjustment

Seat Back Height: 15 In. (38 cm)

Armrests: No

Fore-Aft Adjustment: While Seated – 5.5 In. (14 cm)

Seat Suspension: Tilt, Two Coil Springs

Lift System

Type: Spring-Assisted Hand-Grip Lever

Hydraulic Outlets: No

Mower Cut Height: 13 Positions, 1 – 4 In. (2.5 – 10.2 cm)

Cut Height Increments: 0.25 In. (0.64 cm)

Preset Cut Height: No

Mower Deck

Type: Side Discharge

Cutting Width: Edge™ Mower Deck – 48 In. (122 cm)

Construction: Stamped Steel Deck Shell

Mower Deck Material: 12 Gauge Steel, 0.105 In. (2.7 mm)

Mower Wash Port: Yes

Mower Drive System: Electric Power Take-Off (PTO) Clutch

Mower Wheels: Four

Mower Wheel Adjustment: One Bolt

Mower Level Adjustment: Easy-Level Deck

Mower Attachability

Type: Slide Under Tractor

Front Draft Arms: One Spring Clip

Rear Draft Arms: Two Spring Clips

Mower Wheels Rotate: No

Drive System: Single Belt


Meets ANSI Standard: Yes

Meets OPEI Standard: Yes

Backup Protection: Reverse Implement Option (RIO)

Safety Video: Yes


Height: 45.3 In. (115 cm)

Overall Length: 74.9 In. (190 cm)

Wheelbase: 48.9 In. (124.2 cm)

Width with Mower: 60.8 In. (154 cm)

Width with Mower, Deflector Raised for Storage: 51.7 In. (131.3 cm)

Weight: Mower, No Fuel – 481 Lb (218 kg)

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