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The John Deere Lawn Rebel

Updated on June 29, 2011

The John Deere LA 175

Where can I find a "Lawn Rebel"?

I first heard this essay on The Onion Radio several years ago. "It was last week that I had withdrawn a hefty sum from my pension account and made haste to the Eastgate Plaza Lawn & Garden Place to pick out the finest riding mower known to man—the John Deere Lawn Rebel, featuring high-impact Euro-style wheels and nine-position fingertip height adjusters. I climbed right onto the patented Comfort Cushion(TM) seat and grabbed hold of the deluxe, seven-speed gear shift, and drove her right out of the store and down Grant Avenue toward home, waving to everyone I saw." -- Joseph Marty, from The Onion.   Ever since, I've looked far and wide for a JD "Lawn Rebel" and after years of searching, have come to the conclusion that it doesn't exist.  

Vintage John Deere Circa 1940

Tractors of My Childhood

In 1958, a John Deere tractor's engine produced a distinctive "pop" and stutter constantly.  It was running fine, but sounded as if it would sputter and die with the next gasp.  My father and his brother who farmed together always used Farmall tractors from International Harvester and I liked the confidence of the consistent roar of their engines.  Both of those distinctive sounds now reside with the memories of my childhood, growing up on a cotton farm in North Louisiana.

An I-H tractor is a rare sighting these days with Kubota, Husqvarna, Massey Ferguson, Troy-built, and others enjoying higher visibility.  The green machines of John Deere are still around and enjoy perhaps their greatest popularity ever.  Several years ago, I needed something green for a St. Patrick's Day parade so I went to the John Deere dealership in Winnsboro, LA, and purchased a green John Deere cap.  It has a special place in my closet and I dig it out and wear it every March 17, with a couple of shamrocks attached.  

Classic Farmall - The "Super M"

This tractor and an "H" model were what my father and his brother were using when I came along.
This tractor and an "H" model were what my father and his brother were using when I came along.

There's a coupon on my desk waiting to be used. It will get me a free John Deere cap. The coupon came with my new John Deere LA 175 lawn mower. It's a great piece of machinery built in Greeneville, Tennessee. It isn't a full sized tractor, but it has that famous John Deere reputation and a fifty-four inch cutting deck that really comes in handy on our two-acre farm.

So, for me and my money, the LA 175 will have to do.

We live in the mountains of Western North Carolina near the base of Cold Mountain, about fifteen miles from the nearest Lowes.  It just wasn't practical to drive my new LA 175 home from their store.  It was a red letter day when the delivery truck pulled up in front of our recently restored 92 year old farm house.   I even took a personal day off from work!  The two delivery men slowly rolled the Green Monster onto the Tommy Lift and eased it down onto my driveway.  Oh man! What a deal!  Filled with anticipation and excitement, I carefully climbed into the gold "Comfort Cushion" seat -- it was better than a Barcalounger!  After adjusting the choke and depressing the brake, I gave the key a turn. Bam! First try, the Lawn Rebel roars to life.  Aaaaahhh, what an awesome sound!  I drove my baby from the driveway into some grass that had been waiting for the arrival of the Deere, dried by the morning sun, and waiting to sacrifice it's overly long blades to the 54" wide tornado inside the  mower deck.  With a firm grasp on the "Attachment Engagement Switch", I unleashed the fury of the three factory-sharpened mower blades, the likes of which this ancient lawn had never seen!  Any one of these three fearsome slicers would put the steel of a samurai's sword to shame.  

54" CUT !!

Driver's View

Even though we live in the mountains, our two acres have enough near-level land that numerous long straight runs are required, especially in the back yard. Just the right place to try out the Lawn Rebel's cruise control. I love this feature on my pick-up truck and couldn't wait to try it with my new John Deere. Another WOW!! I settled back in my comfortable lounger, pointed the front of the mower in the right direction, set the cruise control and enjoyed the ride. And what a ride it was! The extra large Carlisle Turf-Saver tires and the famous "twin I-beam" suspension made the ride comfortable even over the "washboard" area near the rocks next to the mountain stream behind our house. I'm sure I'll enjoy many hours of pleasurable lawn maintenance with this great investment.

Nothing runs like a Deere!

What's your favorite brand of tractor?

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    • Wayne Brown profile image

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas have made my heart beat fast. I was a IH man myself having spent many hours on the Super M, the C, and the Super C models. Great tractors! You might want to look around and find singer Fred Eaglesmith's album called "Bailin" includes the song "John Deere B". Although I respect the John Deere name greatly and I fondly remember the pop of those old engines, I never like the way she danced on her heels. Even when it was loaded down with cultivators, she still wanted to get that front-end in the air a bit too much for me. Those Farm-All were far more predictable and stayed on the ground. In his last years, my dad owned a 1959 Ford 8N..what a great old tractor...they run forever! He was mighty proud of it and used it to cut up his garden. Thanks for bringing back some great memories with this thumbs up hub! WB

    • stars439 profile image


      8 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      My first tractor was a mule named Betsy. She was a world of fun as she would drag me all the way to the highway sometimes. It is a lot of fun hooking up a mule and digging up the earth with a cultivator behind one. I think all tractors are pretty good as long as you can ride on something. I like my Snapper lawn mower because I cannot stand up very long unless I use walking canes. Love to ride everywhere on it. God Bless You. Great Hub.

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      Putz Ballard 

      8 years ago

      Nothing runs like a Deere, right.

    • FCEtier profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Cold Mountain

      Thanks for commenting. Enjoy your trip to the Cherokee Nation.

    • U Neek profile image

      U Neek 

      8 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Fun, fun reading and reminiscing. For us it was Ford tractors and then Allis Chalmers as my dad was a dealer for both. My hubby recently got the lawn mower of his dreams, a Skag, and the dealer who sold it to him rode by and saw him on it one day. The next time he saw me, he told me I shouldn't let him drive the mower when he way drinking. I assured the dealer that my husband was not drinking but that the wild grin on his face was from the pure joy of running his monster grass machine! Great hub. Good to share memories with another Southerner. Maybe I'll see you out mowing when I'm in your neck of the woods next month. Going to the Gourd Gathering in Cherokee! Now that's another story...

    • FCEtier profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Cold Mountain

      Thank you all for stopping by and for commenting!

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      David Walli 

      8 years ago from Northern Minnesota

      My dad owns two JD 40's, one a 52 and one a 53. Still use them for mowing, hauling firewood, he has owned a 2010 and also has a three cylinder made in Germany. My wife and I used to live in Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Iowa and got to take the tour of the factory where they make John Deere's. My dad also has a JD lawnmower. got to love that John Deere... Thanks for the hub.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      My husband likes the John Deeres. Interesting hub.

    • BJBenson profile image


      8 years ago from USA

      My father in-law loved his mower. he would just ride around on it for fun.


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