JD Model 110/112

1963 John Deere 110 

The first John Deere 110 lawn and garden tractor was built in the John Deere manufacturing facility in Horicon, Wisconsin, in 1963 and subsequently became an American classic. The tractor was originally designed as a garden tractor, although it is often called a lawn tractor; the company discontinued the model 110 in 1974.

The John Deere 110 garden tractor was designed for low-end tilling and high-speed mowing. The first model had a Kohler model K161 air-cooled, cast-iron engine that delivered 7 horsepower. The tractor had a three-speed transmission that allowed the operator to slow the tractor without reducing the power delivered to equipment.  To prevent children from accidentally starting the engine, the clutch had to be in neutral, the power train disengaged and the key turned on.  To demonstrate this safety feature, early advertisements showed children scrambling about the tractor.

The drive belts and rear tires of the original Model 110 were enclosed, and there was a full hood and grill to protect the battery, engine and starter. The drive belts and rear tires were enclosed. The tractor had a scratch-resistant plastic hood and fender.

Early Improvements

In 1964, John Deere introduced the Kohler K181S engine, which delivered 8 horsepower. Also in that year, the company replaced the fiberglass fenders with steel ones. In 1965, John Deere changed the transmission from three speeds to four speeds. In 1966, the company offered an optional hydraulic lift, which had to be installed at the factory; it could not be added later.

In 1968, John Deere replaced the separate round fenders with a one-piece fender deck. In 1972, the tractor came with a larger, heavier frame, and buyers could choose from a Kohler K181S engine, which delivered 8 horsepower, or a Kohler K241S engine, which yielded 10 horsepower. In 1973, an optional electric lift was added. The early models weighed 500 lbs.; the later models weighed 775 lbs.

110 Serial #

1963: 2550
1964: 3551
1965: 15001
1966: 40001
1967: 65001
1968: 100001
1969: 130001
1970: 160000
1971: 185001
1972: 250001
1973: 272001
1974: 310001

                                            JD Model “110”   Serial # 49,808


                               John Deere Model 112 Hydraulic & Electric Lift

John Deere 112  Garden Tractor

The John Deere model 112 came out in 1966. After the successful sales of the John Deere Model 110, Deere realized they need a larger size mower for the larger size jobs. The John Deere 112 carried on the same sleek styling of the model 110, but with a larger motor and of course, a wider deck. The new John Deere 112 had the following specifications:


* Cast-iron Tecumseh HH100 ten hp engine.
* 4-speed transaxle with super low for tilling
* Electric start,
* Worm gear steering
* Fiberglass hood
* 1.9 gal fuel tank
* Dry type air filter
* Variable speed drive

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The John Deere 112 is truly a farm-bred tractor. They bring time saving performance and convenience that owners expect form John Deere. They are designed for everyone to drive with a triple-safe starting system to prevent dangerous unexpected starts. The variable speed drive gives you complete control to match the tougher job conditions without sacrificing engine speed or working efficiency. Hydraulic Lift was a new option for the 1966 model year on the 110 and 112.

The 1966 John Deere 112 had a base weight of 642 lbs, and carried a $830 price tag. A 112 with hyd lift weighed in at 663 lbs and was $938. The #46 deck was $150.

The 1968 model year John Deere 112 showed a lot of new changes. The fenders and platform were combined into a 1 piece fender deck. An adjustable cushioned seat provided great comfort. Slanted footrests provided a place to rest the feet while mowing. Headlights were placed right above the grill just under the front lip of the hood. In 1969 another 10hp was an option. You could get a K241AS 10hp Kohler. Hyd lift was still an option.

1972 brought another hp change to the John Deere 112. A 12 hp K301AS Kohler was standard. Manual and Hyd lift were dropped and electric lift was the only lift option. An electric PTO clutch was standard 1972,73. In 1974 a manually engaged PTO replaced the electric clutch on the John Deere 112.

Year – Serial Number – Engine
1966 — 2,551 -3,550 ——— Tecumseh HH100 (10hp)
1967 — 3,551 – 100,000 —– Tecumseh HH100
1968 — 100,001 – 130,000 — Tecumseh HH100
1969 — 130,001 – 150,000 — Tecumseh HH100
1969 — 150,001 – 160,000 — Kohler K241 (10hp)
1970 — 160,001 – 180,000 — Tecumseh HH100
1970 — 180,001 – 185,000 — Kohler K241
1971 — 185,001 – 225,000 — Tecumseh HH100 (10hp)
1971 — 225,001 – 250,000 — Kohler K241
1972 — 250,001 – 260,000 — Kohler K301 (12hp)
1973 — 260,001 – 300,000 — Kohler K301 (12hp)
1974 — 300,001 —————- Kohler K301 (12hp)

Summary by Brad Lundell, Photo from John Deere specification literature.
Article content courtesy of WeekendFreedomMachines.com


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                                           John Deere 112 Hydraulic Lift 1966

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                                         John Deere 112 Electric Lift 1972


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