The STX38 was a riding mower model produced by famed agricultural manufacturer, John Deere, during the 1980s and '90s. Although it is no longer made, many homeowners still use STX38 mowers in good condition. Steering wheels navigate STX38s, and this model comes with yellow or black mowing decks. Founded in the mid-19th century, John Deere is one of the oldest agricultural manufacturers in the United States.
When it was introduced, the John Deere STX38 riding mower was heralded as an upgrade from the STX30 model. This model had a larger frame and more powerful engine than its predecessor. Production for the STX38 ran approximately nine years, from 1988 to 1997.
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The John Deere STX38 weighs approximately 433 pounds. The length of this riding mower is 60 inches, and the mower stands at 38 inches. This mower's width is 52 inches, while the wheelbase for front and rear wheels measures 44 inches. The wheels have a turn radius of nearly 2 feet. John Deere STX38's mowing deck has a 38-inch cutting width, meaning it is able to cut up to 38 inches of grass at one pass. The riding mower's front tires are 13 inches by 6 inches, and the rear tires are slightly larger at 18 inches by 8 inches.
The engine of the John Deere STX38 has one cylinder and is a natural-aspirated model; natural aspiration means the engine operates by relying on atmospheric pressure to draw in combustion air. The frequency of the engine's rotation is 3,350 rpm. Gasoline fuels this riding mower's 12.5-horsepower engine. The engine utilizes paper and foam air cleaners. The Kohler Corporation was the primary manufacturer of the STX38's engine. This engine runs efficiently on approximately 2 quarts of oil.
This riding mower's transmission offers five gears of speed when the STX38 moves forward and only one speed when the mower reverses. At gear five, the STX38 moves at approximately 5 mph. This mower operates on one battery, which has 12 volts and 200 cold-cranking amps. The measurement of a battery's cold-cranking amps shows how much current a battery has at 0 degrees Fahrenheit.
Attachments hook on to the John Deere STX38 via the hitch located at the rear of the riding mower. Some attachments for the STX38 are a two-bag grass bagger for storing grass, snow thrower for making paths in yards covered in snow and a dethatcher, which picks ups grass clippings leftover from mowing the lawn. John Deere also manufactures mounted sprayers that hook up to STX38 mowers; mounted sprayers spray water onto the grass behind the mower.