John Deere X384 Lawn Tractor, 48-in. Deck


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Performance meets power.

Get a beautiful cut in a matter of minutes with the John Deere X384 Lawn Tractor. With the comfortable 18-inch cut-and-sewn standard seat* and mower deck options that cut clean, even passes at even faster speeds, it’s our riding mower lineup workhorse that you’ll love to saddle up. Tough enough to handle any job on your to-do list, you’ll get a quality cut all year round and a range of attachments to do, well, just about everything else there is to do in your yard.

There are millions of ways to make the most of your mow and if you don’t know where to start, the X300 Select Series Lawn Tractor is sure to steer you in the right direction. With its exclusive optional one-touch MulchControl™ technology, three different Accel Deep™ Mower Deck sizes to fit any size property, and the versatility to be useful in every season, making the most of your mow has never been easier. It’s time to take the hard work out of lawn work. And you’ve come to the right place to do just that.

Contact us today for more information on the John Deere X384 Lawn Tractor, and see why Van Wall has been proudly providing the Midwest with quality lawn & garden tractors for over 70 years!

  • 23 hp (17.2 kW) iTorque™ Power System
  • 48-Inch Accel Deep™ Mower Deck, Compatible with Optional One-Touch MulchControl™ Kit
  • 18-Inch Cut-and-Sewn Seat
  • 4-Year/300-Hour Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty

*Available on select models.

Engine is smooth running and reliable V-twin air-cooled design

The tractor is powered by a John Deere iTorque™ Power System, a combination of engine features and an exclusive hood design that provide superior lugging ability, even cooling, and durability. A 23 horsepower (17.2 kw) V-twin engine provides plenty of power and torque to handle tough mulching, mowing, and bagging conditions. Key engine features include:

  • 23 horsepower (17.2 kW).
  • Large 44.3 cubic inch (726 cc) displacement.
  • V-twin air-cooled design that provides smooth, quiet power.
  • Cast iron cylinder liners.
  • Overhead valves.
  • Full-pressure lubrication.
  • Replaceable oil filter.
  • Excellent power and performance.
  • Easy starts.
  • Smooth operation.

A flywheel alternator provides plenty of capacity to quickly recharge the battery and power electrical equipment, such as lights or a sprayer.

  • 12 amp charging capacity.
  • Regulated to keep the battery at full charge without risk of overcharging.

Large fuel tank and convenient fuel gauge minimize the number of stops for fuel and chance of running out of fuel.

  • Fuel tank has a large, 3.3 U.S. gallon (12.5 L) capacity for more hours of operation between refills.
  • Large, 3-inch (7.6-cm) diameter fuel tank filler opening makes adding fuel easy.
    • Located on the left fender.
    • Helps eliminate spillage.
  • Electronic fuel gauge on the dash display allows the operator to easily monitor the amount of fuel in the tank.

48-Inch (122-cm) Accel Deep™ (48A) Mower Deck cuts clean and is versatile

The 48-inch (122-cm) Accel Deep™ Mower Deck is a stamped steel, deep, flat top design that delivers excellent cut quality, productivity, cleanliness, durability, and versatility. Optimal performance and dispersion of clippings is provided, even at faster mowing speeds or in tall grass.

  • 4.83-inch (12.3-cm) depth throughout the entire deck shell for optimum mowing, mulching, and bagging performance.
    • Optional lever-action or electric one-touch MulchControl™ system provides superior mulching performance and versatility.
  • Stamped steel design eliminates sharp edges and corners where material can build up and diminish mowing performance.
  • Mower deck is suspended from the vehicle for a smooth and level cut.
    • Adjustable mower wheels, positioned just above ground level, help reduce scalping.
  • 0.25-inch (6.4-mm) cut height increments allow the mower to be set at the desired cut height.
  • Compatible with high-performance Power Flow™ material collection systems.
  • For use on X330, X350, X354, X370, X380, X384, X390, X394, X570, X580, X584, and model year 2016 and newer X590 Tractors.

Deep mower deck stamping gives excellent cut quality. It allows the cut and suspended material room to exit the deck without getting recut.

  • Reducing the amount of recutting enables more power to be used to cut incoming grass, which greatly improves mower capacity.
    • Helps maintain excellent cut quality at faster mowing speeds.
  • Clean flow of material out of discharge area prevents cut material from interfering with cutting the incoming grass, making it possible for the blades to cut incoming material cleanly.
  • Even in mulching mode, cut evenness is improved compared to other designs because the additional depth allows for continuous circulation, optimal recutting, and an even distribution of clippings.
  • Exact Adjust deck-leveling system allows for easy and accurate leveling of the mower deck.

Large discharge opening is both high and wide to handle more material.

  • Gives a smooth, even discharge of clippings at all mowing speeds.
  • Reduces the chance of plugging, especially important when operating in wet, thick, or dense grass and when bagging.
  • The 48A Power Flow™ blower has an inlet housing with over 50% greater area than the 48X Power Flow™ blower used on previous machines.

The flat-top shape of the deck stamping is optimal for keeping itself and the operator clean.

  • There are few places to catch and hold material on top and underneath the deck.
    • Top of deck stays cleaner, reducing time and effort needed for cleaning and service.
    • Underside of deck is self-cleaning to maintain optimum performance without buildup of material to interfere with the flow of air and clippings.
    • Less need to clean and remove buildup of material from underside of deck.
  • The depth of the Accel Deep™ Mower Deck minimizes the amount of material that escapes from the front of the deck.
    • Limited amount of material to drift onto the operator and mower deck.
    • Even for material discharged out the chute, less recutting results in larger pieces that are less likely to end up on the operator.
    • Mulching prevents the discharge of material completely and MulchControl™ makes mulching a practical solution for most mowing situations.

Cleaning a mower deck, both top and bottom, is one of the most frequent maintenance activities.

  • The flat top design reduces places for material to build up and makes material that does collect easy to remove.
  • A wash port is provided to make cleaning the underside of the mower deck easy, and includes a hose connector.

The 48A Mower Deck has strong spindle pockets, to keep the blades aligned, even after years of tough service.

  • Stamped from strong 10 gauge, 0.135-inch (3.4-mm) steel.
  • Ribs in the deck shell add strength where it is needed.
  • The 48A has a 23% heavier overall weight than the Edge™ Xtra 48-inch (122-cm) Mower Deck used on previous machines.

Mower wheels are heavy duty.

  • Provides greater strength and durability for longer, trouble-free life.
  • Setting wheels to the correct height for the cutting height is quick and easy.

Low-tension belt-drive design reduces the side load on engine lower bearing and mower deck bearings for longer life.

The 48A Mower Deck features a 5/8-inch (16-mm) diameter solid steel rod side bumper that provides extra strength and protection.

Dual-stage E-coat and powder paint coatings provide extra protection from rust.

The 48A Mower Deck is designed for maximum versatility, providing the greatest ease in changing from one mower discharge mode to another.

  • With an optional MulchControl™ system installed (along with the special mulching blades), changing from side discharging to mulching or vice versa is done with the simple flip of a lever or push of an electric switch.
  • The Power Flow™ rear bagger can be used with MulchControl™ by simply using the MulchControl™ lever or electric one-touch switch to move the mulch baffle to the side-discharge position.

An optional 7 bushel (247 L) rear bagger material collection system (MCS) is available. It provides an efficient means of collecting grass clippings and leaves.

  • The Power Flow™ blower and chute are easy to install. The Power Flow™ blower swings out for easy cleanout and cleanup.
  • The hopper design provides modern styling, great bagging performance, cleaner operation, and easy-to-empty bags.
    • 7 bushel (247 L) capacity.
    • Easy-to-attach Power Flow™ blower (ordered separately).
    • Easy-to-attach chute (ordered separately).
    • Air exhaust duct.
    • Convenient spring latch.
    • Airflow fill indicator.
    • Quik-Tatch mounting.
    • Sealed hopper top.
    • Loose-knit bags available.
  • Larger 14 bushel (493 L) and 19 bushel (670 L) MCS are available, in addition to the 7 bushel (247 L) MCS, for specific X300 and X500 Select Series Tractor Models.

4-Year or 300-Hour bumper-to-bumper warranty is standard

An exclusive 4-year or 300-hour (whichever comes first), single-source, bumper-to-bumper warranty* is standard for all John Deere X300 Series Tractors.

  • The warranty is hassle free, with one company handling all the paperwork.
  • Premium features of the X300 Series Tractors allow for this longer warranty period, with more coverage than comparable tractors.

*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.

Four-wheel steer gives superior maneuverability and trimming ability

Four-wheel steering provides very significant maneuverability and trimming advantages over that of two-wheel steering equipped tractors.

  • For example, with the X384 Select Series Tractor equipped with a 48-inch (122-cm) Accel Deep™ Mower Deck:
    • The uncut circle radius is reduced from 21 inches (53 cm) for a two-wheel steer X380 to only 9 inches (23 cm) for an X384, eliminating or greatly reducing the need to back up when trimming around trees, shrubs, etc.
    • Interference from the mower and tractor wheels is eliminated because they are several inches away from the object being trimmed around.
    • Outside turning circle is reduced, reducing the time spent turning and increasing mowing efficiency.
  • Also, trimming inside curves around flower beds or other landscaping can be done more completely with a four-wheel steer tractor.

The four-wheel steering system is designed for tight turns, leading to greater mowing efficiency.

  • Caster, camber, and kingpin angles are optimized to reduce effort, especially when going from straight ahead into a turn.
  • Steering geometry has been designed with the use of 3D modeling, so all four tires are working together.
  • Sealed ball bearings are used on the torque shaft and the rear spindles to reduce friction.
  • Small scrub radius, less than 1 inch (2.5 cm) in the rear, reduces scuffing and bump-steer.

Sealed ball bearings are used at critical all-wheel steer joints for reduced friction, longer life, and less maintenance.

Easy steering is important for an enjoyable mowing experience.

  • Larger, 14-inch (35.6-cm) diameter steering wheel gives improved leverage for easier turns.
  • Larger sector gear gives improved (higher) steering ratio.
    • A higher ratio equals lower steering effort.
  • Dual drag links help equalize steering loads and greatly reduce steering error.
  • Ball joints on both ends of the steering tie rods reduce wear to maintain accurate steering.
  • Long steering arms improve the mechanical advantage of the steering system through the full range of motion.
  • The steering shaft rotates on a sealed ball bearing at its lower end, near the pinion gear, to reduce steering effort and provide a smooth feel for the life of the tractor.
  • The sector gear pivots on a shaft rather than a bushing to ensure proper gear mesh and eliminate binding.
  • Pivoting of the upper and lower ends of the sector gear shaft on sealed ball bearings reduces steering effort and provides a smooth feel for the life of the tractor.
  • The sector gear pivots on a shaft rather than a bushing to ensure proper gear mesh and eliminate binding.
  • Pivoting of the upper and lower ends of the sector gear shaft on sealed ball bearings reduces steering effort and provides a smooth feel for the life of the tractor.
  • Greaseable front steering spindles reduce friction and improve wear over time.

MulchControl™ system provides superior mulching performance and rapid conversion

The optional MulchControl™ system makes mulching more practical for many mowing situations because it not only does an excellent job of mulching, but it also allows the mower to be easily converted for times when it is more desirable to side discharge or collect the lawn material. Advantages of mulching grass clippings include:

  • Creates a beautiful looking lawn.
  • Smaller grass clippings disappear into the lawn canopy.
  • Reduces fertilizer needs.
  • Grass clippings are not blown onto the operator, driveways, or flower beds.
  • No need to dispose of bags of clippings.

MulchControl™ is an innovative, simple design that is easy to use and maintain.

  • The MulchControl™ system includes an adjustable MulchControl™ baffle near the discharge chute and fixed baffles to control the flow of material under the deck.
  • The MulchControl™ handle, or an electric one-touch actuator, is on top of the mower deck and is used to open and close the MulchControl™ baffle.
  • When the MulchControl™ baffle is open, most of the material flows freely out the discharge deflector or into a material collection system.
  • When the MulchControl™ baffle is closed, material stays within the deck and gets chopped into mulch and deposited in the turf.

MulchControl™ is well-suited to the following mowing situations:

  • For operators who usually mulch, but side discharge when grass gets too long.
  • For operators who usually side discharge, but would like to close the chute to control clippings in some areas.
  • For operators who always mulch a main lawn, but often side discharge secondary lawns.
  • For operators who collect clippings but want to go farther before emptying the material collection system.

MulchControl™ puts the operator in control of the clippings. Electric one-touch MulchControl™ systems shift the MulchControl™ baffle using an electric actuator that is operated by a dash-mounted switch. Operators can convert between modes without interrupting the mowing process, making it possible to change between modes:

  • When approaching driveways or flower beds where clippings would be undesirable;
  • When a breeze blows clippings back onto the operator;
  • For side discharge mowing only the areas of the property where grass is too tall or thick for mulching.

While in the side discharge mode, MulchControl™ still mulches about one-third of the material. Therefore, the side discharge mode is essentially a partial mulch mode. This can be an advantage when side discharging or bagging, as it helps to reduce the amount of material being discharged. Other times this could work as a disadvantage.

  • When cutting strong southern grasses, such as Zoysia and Bermuda.
  • When cutting in wet, high growth conditions, such as those found in the Pacific Northwest United States.
  • When optimum bagging and lawn cleanup is desired.
  • 42A Mower Deck requires a MulchControl™ baffle be removed to install the bagger chute.

When bagging with MulchControl™ on a 48A or 54A Mower Deck, the MulchControl™ baffle can be opened or closed with the Power Flow™ blower installed. The Power Flow™ blower runs without material when the baffle is closed.

When bagging with MulchControl™ on a 42A Mower Deck, the cut-and-throw rear bagger can be used with the MulchControl™ blades. However, the rear MulchControl™ baffle needs to be removed to install the bagger chute. The baffle is held in place with two carriage bolts. To return to mulching, the chute needs to be removed and the baffle replaced.

Each MulchControl™ system is an optional field-installed attachment and includes everything needed: baffles, mulch blades, a handle (lever-action attachments) or an actuator, wiring, and switches (electric one-touch attachments).

NOTE: Model year 2016 – 2017 X300 and X500 Series Tractors (X300 serial number 10001-50000 and X500 serial number 110001-130000) require replacing the tractor wiring harness and dash panel to use an electric MulchControl™ attachment.

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
  • 44-Inch (112-cm) Front Blade
  • 48-Inch (122-cm) Front Blade (X394 Tractor Only)
  • Tire Chains or TerraGrip Traction Belts
  • Weather Enclosure (Available for All X300 Series, Except the X350R)
  • Weights

Integrated hydrostatic transaxle efficiently transmits power to wheels

The Tuff Torq® hydrostatic transaxle encloses the hydrostatic pump and motor rotator groups in the same housing with the differential axle housings. This design is very efficient and reduces the number of sealing surfaces to minimize the potential for leakage.

Combined with the foot controls, the hydrostatic transmission functions similarly to that of an automatic transmission in an automobile, so the term automatic is often used to describe it.

  • Use of the latest valve designs has significantly reduced the sound level.
  • Large pump and motor rotating groups ensure long life and efficient operation.

A freewheeling valve control is conveniently located near the tractor rear hitch plate for good visibility and easy operation.

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

Controls and display functions are easy to identify and convenient to use

The contoured dash has clean, attractive styling and ergonomic controls for easy use.

  • Controls are color coded and labeled with English words for easy identification by the operator.
  • Controls are logically placed and easy to reach.
  • The power take-off (PTO) switch allows the operator to get fingers underneath it, like a T-handle, to pull up for easy activation.
  • The reverse implement option (RIO) switch is a yellow button.
  • The latch control on foot-lift models and hydraulic lift controls on power-lift models and the park brake latch are pivot levers for low effort.
  • Cruise control activation is handled by an automotive-style button.
  • Separate engine speed and choke controls make starting and warming up the engine easier in cold weather.
    • The choke lever is spring loaded to eliminate the chance the tractor will be unintentionally operated with the choke partially closed.
  • Functional design of the throttle and choke controls provides good appearance and a comfortable feel.

Instrument display has the look and feel of a modern automobile. A power-up sequence cycles lights and gauges to indicate they are working.

  • Display features dark-cockpit design to minimize operator distractions.
  • Display is backlit for night visibility.
    • Night visibility is especially useful with snow blower use.
  • Hour meter makes it easy to tell when oil changes and other maintenance should be performed.
  • Electronic fuel gauge provides real-time fuel level information.
    • The X350R has a low fuel light, rather than a fuel gauge, to provide the operator with a noticeable warning when low on fuel.
  • A tachometer graphically displays engine speed.
    • Target-zone graphics inform the operator of the engine speed range to use for best cut quality.
  • An indicator tells the operator when the PTO is operating.
  • Bright caution and stop lights capture the operator’s attention when important information is on the instrument cluster.
    • Damage can be prevented and repair costs can be reduced by addressing problems early.
  • Operators are advised of what the problem is if they attempt to operate the mower with unsatisfied PTO, seat, or park brake interlocks.
    • The indicators are also useful to identify the reasons the PTO or engine may have shut off when an interlock is unsatisfied.
  • Operators are advised if battery voltage is low, normal, or excessive.
  • The service indicator light illuminates to indicate a diagnostic error code is stored.
    • Onboard diagnostics provides trouble codes for use by trained technicians.
    • For example, a technician can test switch functionality and circuit continuity without tools.

Twin Touch™ foot pedals control the speed and direction of travel.

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

Cruise control is standard equipment.

  • To engage, push the cruise control button and hold until the foot is removed from the forward pedal.
  • For emergency stop, the cruise control can be released by pushing on the brake pedal or the forward pedal.

A rotary dial knob makes adjusting the mower cut height quick and easy.

  • Provides mower cut heights in 0.25-inch (0.64-cm) increments from 1 inch (2.5 cm) to 4 inches (10.2 cm).
  • Returns the mower deck to the same preset height each time it is lowered.

Storage for the onboard deck-leveling gauge and the Exact Adjust tool is provided in the storage tray under the tractor’s seat.

  • Exact Adjust ports on the fender deck allow for easy and accurate leveling of the mower deck for optimum mowing performance.
  • Deck-leveling gauge is placed at the appropriate location under the left rear, right rear, and front of the mower deck as the cut height is adjusted using the Exact Adjust tool and front draft arm adjusting nuts.

Pushing with the foot to raise the mower or implement is less strenuous for many operators than using a hand-lift lever.

  • The easy-to-use raised position lock operates similarly to the park brake lock.
  • The foot pedal is out of the way and not likely to catch on bushes and tree limbs when mowing.
  • The mower deck returns to the same preset height each time it is lowered.
  • Lift-assist spring is provided on tractors shipped from the factory with 48-inch (122-cm) or 54-inch (137-cm) side-discharge mower deck, except models with hydraulic lift, and a recommended option for tractors equipped with a 42-inch (107-cm) mulch mower to minimize lift effort.
    • A spring-assist kit is available for other models for use with front equipment.
  • Lift effort can be easily adjusted by turning a bolt, located on the tractor front bumper, for optimum performance, depending on the equipment used (mower, front blade, snow blower, etc.).
  • The mower will not be inadvertently locked in the raised position when mowing through ditches.
  • When installing or removing a mower or front equipment raised by the foot-lift system, spring tension may be removed from the connection points by pulling rearward on the lift pedal and raising the lift latch to hold the pedal in the rearward position.

Depressing the brake pedal applies internal wet-disk brakes, which provide better reliability and longer life than external brakes, for safe stopping.

The parking brake control is conveniently located 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 PTO clutch is designed to operate through many on/off cycles. 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.

NOTE: The adjustable lift-assist spring is standard equipment on tractors with manual foot-lift system that are shipped with the 48-inch (122-cm) and 54-inch (137-cm) side-discharge mowers, and an option for tractors shipped with 42-inch (107-cm) mowers. It is a recommended option for foot-lift tractors sold with the 42-inch (107-cm) mulch mower.

Frame is reliable heavy-duty welded steel

The frame is made of heavy formed and welded steel, reinforced in critical areas for even greater strength.

  • The frame is formed from 12-gauge, 0.105-inch (2.66-mm) thick material for long life.
  • Standard front bumper and hitch plate are formed from 9-gauge, 0.15-inch (3.8-mm) steel and complete the frame assembly.
  • Rear hitch plate can support two 42 pound (19 kg) Quik-Tatch weights.
    • Weight bracket is built into the frame of two-wheel steer models.
    • Four-wheel steer models require the optional weight bracket.

Front axle is made of nodular cast iron.

  • Cast iron front axle is strong and shock resistant.
  • Cast iron will not yield under heavy loads or impact.

A replaceable bushing is used at axle mounting.

  • The bushing provides excellent wear resistance.
  • Grease fittings at each spindle are easy to service.

Front steering spindle diameter is 0.75 inch (19 mm) for strength and long life.

  • Have strength to handle heavy implements.
  • Provide long life at bearing surfaces.
  • Use sealed precision bearings in front wheels.

A heavy-duty equipment mounting system is used.

  • Includes strong frame mounts with a combination of mounting holes in the tractor hitch plate that accept pins or shoulder bolts to support heavy rear-mounted equipment.
  • Easily attach optional equipment to the tractor.
  • Can bear the load of heavy rear-mounted equipment, such as material collection systems.