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The John Deere JS36 is one of three walk-behind, steel-deck lawn mowers (JS26, JS36, JS46) released in December 2009.

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Easy to operate once it is started.

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Hard as heck to start when you pull it from the garage in the spring and when you first buy it!

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Hard to start.

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The John Deere JS36 is one of three walk-behind, steel-deck lawn mowers (JS26, JS36, JS46) released in December 2009. As a step-up from the JS26, the John Deere JS36 trades is its predecessor’s 3-point adjusting system for a one-level, wheel-height adjustor system that changes the cutting height at the front and rear wheels for cuts from 1.2” to 4.2”. This makes the adjustment process simpler and convenient, thereby letting the user save time and energy. Like its predecessor, the JS36 relies on a 190cc ReadyStart, four-cycle Briggs & Stratton with a zone-start recoil-rope starting system in which the user must pull the rope while holding down the operator-presence control. Also featured on the John Deere JS36 us a 22” steel deck that can be used for discharging, mulching, bagging, or mowing via the included 3-in-1 blade.

Features
  • Fresh Start Fuel Tank Cap
  • Zone-Start System
  • High Torque
  • Splash Lubrication System
  • Stamped-Steel Deck
  • Drive Lock
  • 3-in-1 Blade
  • Rear Bag
  • Mulch Cover
  • Side-Discharge Deflector
  • High-Impact Plastic Wheels w/Rubber Tread
  • One-Lever Height Adjustments
  • Wide & Adjustable Handlebar
  • Light Hand Pressure
  • One-Hand Zone Control
Specifications
  • Power: 7 Lb-Ft Gross Torque per SAE J1940
  • Displacement: 11.6 cu in
  • Type: 4 Cycle, Side Valve
  • Throttle Control: Fixed Speed
  • Electric Start: NO
  • Operator Pressure: YES
  • Zone: YES
  • BBC: N/A
  • Deck: 22” Steel
  • Discharge: 3-in-1
  • Side Discharge: Standard
  • Bag: Standard, 2-1/2 bu
  • Mulch: Standard
  • Transmission: Variable speed, front wheel drive
  • Wheels: 8x2 front, 9x2 rear
  • Wheel Adjusters: One lever adjusts all four wheels
  • US Warranty: 2-Year
Post Review
Brandon
06/13/2012 10:02

if you have start problems, it is possible for you to change the carburetor out for one with a primer bulb. Briggs has made the 190CC for over a decade. if you find an older briggs 190CC with a primer bulb you can install it. The primer bulb carb will bolt right up, uses the same air filter insert, and maintains the same look as your original carburetor/air cleaner except you now have a red primer bulb. You need to have some mechanical experience, and will have to scour ebay or a junkyard for the new carburetor unless you have one like i did. My carb was off of an '02 craftsman.

Automatic chokes have been known to jam up ever since they first came out. Without proper maintenance they will stick open or closed. For your average operator it is easier to push a primer 3X than to clean a choke every season.

Brandon

Brandon

06/13/2012 10:14

I was given a JS36 for free with a blown motor. it was manufactured fall of 2009. I did an autopsy and discovered than neglect by the ownere was the cause of death. CHANGE YOUR OIL. It was overheated and the piston cracked. I installed the 190CC motor from my 2002 Craftsman onto the Deere chassis, with the Deere fuel tank, shrouds, magneto, and carb. Runs great now, no problems, and starts first pull.

mower design was good on paper, but once they made it it had a few glitches. after being repaired they should go away and stay away

Justin
03/04/2012 06:30

This is the worse lawn mower i have ever owned. Same as the hundreds of posted i am finding now, it takes 20-30 pulls to get it to start when cold. John Deere customer service is useless. Why would a company with such a good rep put their name on something that is junk.

Brandon

Brandon

06/13/2012 09:51

choke is broke. i bet the spring on your choke close is broke, so the choke just flaps open

Anonymous

Anonymous

12/02/2012 02:57

what is the proper procedure for adjusting auto coke on js36

Elwood Crews
02/09/2011 12:45

my John Deere j36 walk behind is easy to push, but is almost impossible to start the first time. It takes from 20 t0 30 pulls to get it started the first time. After it is warmed up it starts ok.

Anonymous

Anonymous

02/09/2011 07:29

choke it a little extra

Anonymous

Anonymous

02/09/2011 07:26

mine did the same

Anonymous

Anonymous

02/24/2011 02:53

there is no choke

Joshua P. Vincent

Joshua P. Vincent

04/24/2011 05:48

Mine does the same, wears my shoulder down!

Anonymous

Anonymous

06/24/2011 10:38

mine starts the first pull every time it is used

Anonymous

Anonymous

02/07/2012 12:11

This is mower was made for Deere by Snapper. They are a low-budget/low-quality mower.

Brandon

Brandon

06/13/2012 09:50

you need to fix the choke. the choke close spring is probbably broke

Anonymous

Anonymous

05/11/2013 07:39

I have a JS36 as well with same starting problem. They even put on a new carburetor under warranty, same thing until i realized the choke is not closing when you go to start it. There's a linkage that goes from the top of the carburetor across the front towards the muffler. In behind the muffler is a heat sensing coil spring that is attached to the choke linkage. this spring was stuck, sprayed WD40 on spring and worked it back and forth to free the sticky spring, started first pull after that so anytime my mower wont start I check this spring and spray it free and starts first pull every time after. Used to take me sometimes up to 30 pulls to start after it sat for a week or two.

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