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S160 48 in. 24 HP V-Twin ELS Gas Hydrostatic Riding Lawn Mower

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  • 2.4 Gal. fuel tank cuts 1-2 acres of flat or slightly hilly land
  • Features 48" Accel Deep Mower Deck and Edge Cutting System
  • Includes gas riding mower, battery, and engine oil
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About This Product

Built-in Greeneville TN, The John Deere S160 Riding Lawn Tractor is the premium 48 in. deck model of the 100 Series line up. The 24-HP V-Twin John Deere Branded Extended Life Series (ELS) engine features an advanced filtration system for enhanced performance and long engine life. It has plenty of power to handle tough mulching, mowing and bagging conditions (coverage up to 2 acres). The operator station is wide and comfortable with a premium steering wheel, easily adjustable controls and a 15 in heat resistant lumbar seat. Side-by-side foot pedals control the speed and direction of travel, while the cruise control provides a constant mowing speed. The 48 in. Edge Cutting System is also time-tested and proven to offer superior cut quality and can easily be equipped to bag or mulch. For easy serviceability, the S160 offers the John Deere Easy Change 30-Second Oil Change System. It's the original All-In-1 oil and oil filter canister, allowing anyone to easily change the engine oil with no tools required.


  • For questions about service and repair, please call the John Deere Customer Contact Center at 800-537-8233 or reference the Service & Repair document
  • 24 HP V-twin ELS John Deere branded engine offers exceptional mowing, hauling, blading performance and long life
  • 48 in. edge cutting system has a deep deck design with 3 blades to lift grass for a superior cut and a smooth underside to prevent grass buildup a wash port is included for your convenience to clean the underside of the deck
  • Mower deck lift lever easily raises and lowers the deck from 1 in. to 4 in. with 13 different cutting heights available
  • Electric blade engagement turns on with the pull of a knob
  • John Deere easy change 30-second oil change system is the original all-in-1 oil and oil filter canister, allowing anyone to easily change the engine oil with no tools required
  • Ergonomic operator station is wide and comfortable with easily adjustable controls
  • Deluxe high back seat with lumbar support easily adjusts while you are in the seat, features flexible forward and rearward travel with 10 different positions to find the perfect fit
  • Easy-read fuel gauge placed on the dash allows customers to easily see how much fuel is left in the tank
  • Powerful (300 cca) battery helps with starts even after lengthy storage
  • Cruise control maintains tractor speed for mowing larger areas
  • Fully welded steel frame and cast iron front axle provides strength and durability with a standard front bumper for added protection
  • Download the MowerPlus app to easily view engine-hours and fuel level
  • Hassle free ownership a John Deere authorized technician will perform a thorough 10 point pre-delivery inspection on all new John Deere mowers prior to sale
  • Baggers, carts, aerators, spreaders, front blade, mulch plug and snow blowers are sold separately to help with projects around the yard
  • Be sure to register your 2-year bumper to bumper warranty registration and stay connected with your servicing John Deere dealer
  • Engine horsepower and torque information are provided by the engine manufacturer to be used for comparison purposes only, actual operating horsepower and torque will be less; refer to the manufacturer's website for additional information
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Product Information

Internet # 314278311

Model # BG21211

Store SKU # 1005705622


Dimensions: H 45.3 in, W 60.8 in, D 74.9 in


Assembled Depth (in.)

74.9 in

Assembled Height (in.)

45.3 in

Assembled Width (in.)

60.8 in

Cutting Width (in.)

48 inches

Front Wheel Size (in.)


Mower Deck Width (in.)

48 in

Rear Wheel Size (in.)


Turning Radius (in.)



Assembly Required


Commercial / Residential


Cutting Options


Deck Material

12 Gauge Steel

Deck Type


Drive Type

Rear-wheel Drive

Engine Displacement (cc)


Engine Make

OEM Branded Engine

Engine Torque (ft.-lb.)


Fuel Tank Capacity (gal.)

2.4 gal

Horsepower (HP)

24 hp

Included with Riding Mowers

Battery(s),Engine Oil

Lawn Mower Type

Front Motor Riding

Maximum Cutting Height (in.)

4 in

Maximum Forward Speed (mph)


Maximum Reverse Speed (mph)


Minimum Cutting Height (in.)

1 in

Mower Size


Number of Blades

3 blades

Number of Cylinders


Number of Deck Wheels


Oil Capacity (oz.)


Power Type


Product Weight (lb.)

481 lb

Recommended Oil Type

SAE 10W-30





Riding Mower Features

Adjustable Cutting Height, Cruise Control, Cup Holder, Deck cleanout, Headlights, High Back, Hour Meter, Keyed start, Power Take Off, Residential, Reverse Mowing, Rust Resistant, Single-lever height adjustment

Size of Yard

1 - 2 Acres

Start Type


Terrain Type

Flat with Obstacles, Hilly

Transmission Type


Warranty / Certifications

Certifications and Listings

No Certifications or Listings

Manufacturer Warranty

Two year / 120-hour bumper-to-bumper

Questions & Answers

Q:Rear locking axle ,
by|May 14, 2024
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Q:How much weight can it pull
by|Mar 27, 2024
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A:  Thank you for contacting The Home Depot website. The total towed weight must not exceed 226.79 kg (500 lb). Use counterweights or wheel weights as described in the Operator’s Manual. You can find more information on towing in section 30-Operating in the Operator's Manual.

by|Mar 29, 2024
    Q:Does the S170 come with a hitch and ball ,if not how much does it cost ?
    by|Feb 17, 2024
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    A:  Thank you for visiting The Home Depot website. Yes, the S170 Lawn Tractor comes with a hitch plate already attached. However, the Magnetic Hitch Pin is sold separately. You can find the Hitch Pin here: https://www.homedepot.com/p/John-Deere-Magnetic-Hitch-Pin-LP63768/206492392.

    by|Feb 18, 2024
      Q:What is the difference between the s170 and the s160 john deere mower?
      by|Feb 3, 2024
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      A:  Thank you for visiting The Home Depot website. Great question! The difference is our S170 Lawn Tractor comes equipped with a Heavy-Duty Hydrostatic Transmission while our S160 Lawn Tractor comes equipped with a Hydrostatic Transmission. We hope this helps!

      by|May 18, 2024
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        Customer Reviews

        4.2 out of 5

        • 4.2 out of 156 reviews
        • 58% recommend this product
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        Buy it at Home Depot use it it's non-returnable
        I used the mower as soon as I got home. I lowered the deck to mow then raised it up & I couldn't raise it. The second time I used it on the 4-27 I got a flat tire. 4-29 I called to set up service & I spent hours on the phone. I wasn't in the system at Home Depot. By then I wanted to return the mower & that's when I was told it was nonreturnable once it's used even though my receipt says I have 365 days to return it. Buy the extended warranty. The mower leaves strips of grass. Have to mow twice.
          • Recommended
          This mower is a pile of JUNK!!!!!
          NEVER purchase an S160 John Deere mower! I spend a total of about $3500 on this piece of junk (including the mulching kit) and it makes my yard look like crap. After mowing my yard twice (because it looks even worse if you only mow it once like you would with a normal mower, it looks like a grass monster has made the rounds on my property, vomiting grass in clumps everywhere. Note that I've had this mower for 2 months and intend to sell it because Home Depot won't take it back beyond 30 days.
          Response from JohnDeereOct 12, 2023
          We're sorry to learn about this experience. We appreciate you taking the time to let us know so we can document this issue. If you haven't already, we recommend you contact your local dealer for assistance. You can find their contact information at dealerlocator.deere.com.
            Terrible engine
            Decent lawn tractor except for the engine. After 2 years with only 60 hours (out of warranty) mower backfired and stopped. This S160 mower has the 24 HP V-twin briggs and stratton engine. Found that the valve guide for the exhaust valve had backed out resulting in a bent pushrod. Had to remove the head, tap the guide back in and stake it to try and prevent it from backing out again.
              1 found this review helpful
              Very disappointed
              We bought this mower last year and are very disappointed. There's roughly 45 hours on it and about 75% are mowing and the other 25% is pulling a small wagon doing yard work. We have several large Pecan trees, so limbs are always plentiful. We have about an acre of grass that we cut. The lot is flat except for the ditches in the front yard by the county road. It will not climb an incline over about 10 degrees. Rather than going up the ditches and backing back down (like I've done with every other mower I've had, even an old snapper) I have to go up the driveway and come down the ditch. It's really a pain. So don't expect to go up any sort of incline or up ramps on a trailer unless your trailer's low to the ground. Also, yesterday I put the third belt on. Yes, the third one for less than 35 hours of actual mowing. It seems that the rear deck supports were eating the belt because the clearance was too small (see pic). I ground them down to allow for more clearance, so well see what happens. At $60 a belt, it gets expensive. I also replaced the blades because they were worn out. Again, after less than 35 hours of mowing. There's no way that I could possibly recommend this mower.
              Response from JohnDeereAug 14, 2023
              We're sorry to hear that. If you would like to discuss this with us further, please reach out to the John Deere Enterprise Contact Center at 1-800-537-8233.
                2 found this review helpful
                2 front tires losing air, didn’t get any help from store!! Not very happy at all!!
                Response from JohnDeereJul 20, 2023
                We're sorry to hear that, Eric. If you would like to discuss this with us further, please reach out to the John Deere Enterprise Contact Center at 1-800-537-8233.
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                Quality Lawn tractor built John Deere tough!
                I have had three tractors. Way back it was a wheelhorse 8 hp no frills tractor, but it lasted 20 years. Then I got a Husqvarna. It held up well and got the job done. Decided to buy another Husqvarna and had one problem after another. Finally died after 3 years. So, I wanted a quality Lawn Tractor this time. Looked at the John Deere line and I was impressed. Settled on the S160 and I love it! Powerful extended life 24 HP engine starts right up. I like how the parking brake engages. You have a good feeling that the Tractor is secure when activated. The transmission is smooth, compared to the Husky. Cuts grass perfectly and looks great! Looking forward to getting the snowplow for the winter. One satisfied John Deere customer here.
                Response from JohnDeereJun 27, 2023
                Thanks for sharing. Nothing runs like a Deere!
                  • Recommended
                  Great product!
                  Functions better than expected. Really fast and lots of power. My husband gets the lawn done in half the time…
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                  • Recommended
                  Poorly built. used it for 15 minutes worked on it for 3 hours. Transmission went out as soon as i began mowing. Tractor was delivered with the belt on incorrectly. Home Depot got me an upgrade at no additional charge which was nice.
                  Response from JohnDeereMay 22, 2024
                  We're sorry to learn about this experience. We appreciate you taking the time to let us know so we can document this issue. Thanks for your review.
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                  Complete and utter piece of junk. DO NOT BUY
                  Absolute trash. Cannot handle tiny bit of green wet grass. Cuts unevenly, requires multiple passes to clean up strips in between the blades. Chokes on any little disturbance or tiny gravel. The tires are junk. Had to replace them 3 times in 3 sessions, and must refill air every session. Won't handle tall weeds. It's the most pathetic excuse for a product I've ever seen. Inferior level of engineering. First and probably last time buying a John Deere.
                  Response from JohnDeereMay 21, 2024
                  We certainly understand. Thanks for taking the time to share your review.
                    The mower does a good job of mowing but have issues with only 12 hours!!! Deck/drive belt has broken already, the seat has a lot of squeaking noises! Wish we had done further checking into the mower before we purchased it, don't feel $3200.00 mower should be having issues, seriously thought of returning but will make it work!! Purchased April27,2024
                    Response from JohnDeereMay 16, 2024
                    While that's not what we like to hear, we appreciate your feedback.
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