John Deere S240 Lawn Tractor with 42-in. Deck

  • Two side-by-side forward and reverse pedals
  • Wide, welcoming operator station
  • Cool and comfortable 15-in (38 cm) open, high-back seat
  • Powerful V-Twin Engine
  • Tested and proven 42-in. (106.7-cm) Edge Cutting System


+ Engine is powerful and smooth-running premium V-twin design

+ Full-length, welded-steel frame and cast-iron front axle for reliability

+ Hydro/automatic drive gives an infinite choice of ground speeds

+ Operator station designed for comfortable operation

+ Fuel tank has gauge to show fuel level from the operator's seat

+ Hood will not dent or rust and includes quality headlights for good visibility

+ Reverse implement option (RIO)

+ CargO Mount™ system makes installation of rear bagger and other attachments easy

+ Snow removal is a strength of lawn tractors

+ Serviceability is convenient with easy-open hood

+ The MowerPlus™ app helps maintain the tractor and lawn

+ The Edge™ cutting system gives superior performance

Key Specs

Engine power18.5 hp
13.8 kW
Engine manufacturer/modelFS600V
Transaxle typeK46 hydrostatic integrated with transaxle
Transaxle controlTwo-pedal foot-controlled hydrostatic
Rear tires20x10-8
Steering typeSector and pinion with single drag link and tie rod
Lift system typeLever on fender deck
Cutting widthEdge™ mower deck, 42 in.
107 in.
U.S. warranty3-year/200-hour bumper-to-bumper* (*Term limited to years or hours used, whichever comes first, and varies by model. See the LIMITED WARRANTY FOR NEW JOHN DEERE TURF AND UTILITY EQUIPMENT at or for details.)


Power18.5 hp
13.8 kW
Displacement36.8 cu in.
603 cc
TypeOverhead valve, full-pressure lube, oil filter
CylindersV-twin, cast-iron liners
Choke/speed controlSeparate levers, automatic choke return
Cooling methodAir
Air cleanerDry, replaceable with foam precleaner
Oil drainNo tools

Fuel system

Fuel deliveryPulse pump and carburetor
Fuel gaugeMechanical, viewable from seat
Fuel tank locationRear
Fuel fill openingCenter, 1.75 in.
4.45 cm
Fuel tank capacity2.4 U.S. gal.
9.1 L

Electrical system

Battery12 V
195 CCA
Charging systemFlywheel alternator, regulated, 15 amp
Engine starterBendix type
HourmeterYes, with service reminder
HeadlightsTwo standard, incandescent
Taillights or reflectorReflectors
Backup lightsNo
Rear work lightsNo
12-V outletOptional


TypeK46 hydrostatic integrated with transaxle
ControlTwo-pedal foot-controlled hydrostatic
Cruise controlStandard
Oil coolerFins and fan on transaxle
Oil filterYes, internal, not replaceable
Differential lockNo
Forward speed0-5.5 mph
0-8.9 km/h
Reverse speed0-3.2 mph
0-5.1 km/h
BrakesInternal wet disk


FrameFull-length welded steel
Weight bracketOptional rear
Receiver hitchNo
Front axleCast iron front axle, front wheel ball bearings
Spindle bushingsNo
Front tires15x6-6
Rear tires20x10-8
Hood materialJD Loy, UV resistant
Fender deck materialStamped steel
Floor matsYes, with debris removing channels
StorageStorage tray with cover
Service interval decalYes
Fender handles/gripsHandgrips
Cup holderYes
Equipment mountingCargO Mount™ system


TypeSector and pinion with single drag link and tie rod
Four-wheel steerNot available on this model
Steering wheelDeluxe, diameter - 14 in.
35.6 cm
Tilt steering wheelNo
Turning radius18 in.
45.7 cm
Uncut circle radius25 in.
63.5 cm


TypeOpen-back design with grasp
Seat back height15 in.
38.1 cm
Fore-aft adjustmentWhile seated, 5.5 in.
14 cm
Seat suspensionTilt, two rubber isolators

Lift system

TypeLever on fender deck
Hydraulic outletsNo
Mower cut height13 positions, 1-4 in.
2.5-10.2 cm
Cut height increments0.25 in.
0.64 cm
Preset cut heightNo

Mower deck

TypeSide discharge
Cutting widthEdge™ mower deck, 42 in.
107 cm
ConstructionStamped steel deck shell
Mower deck materialSteel, 13 gauge
0.09 in.
2.3 mm
Mower wash portYes
Mower drive systemElectric power take-off (PTO) clutch
Mower wheelsTwo
Mower wheel adjustmentOne bolt
Mower level adjustmentEasy-level deck

Mower attachability

TypeSlide under tractor
Front draft armsOne spring clip
Rear draft armsTwo spring clips
Mower wheels rotateNo
Drive systemSingle belt


Meets ANSI standardYes
Meets OPEI standardYes
Backup protectionReverse Implement Option (RIO)
Safety videoYes

Buyer's notes

NotesJD Loy hood resists fading, won't rust or dent
Durable primer and powder paint finish
Large, 14-in. (36-cm) steering wheel for more comfortable operation
Warranty3-year/200-hour bumper-to-bumper* (*Term limited to years or hours used, whichever comes first, and varies by model. See the LIMITED WARRANTY FOR NEW JOHN DEERE TURF AND UTILITY EQUIPMENT at or for details.)

Optional equipment

MowersStandard, 42 in.
107 cm
Rear bagger2-bag, 6.5 bu
229 L
Powered material collection
Mulching systemMulch cover or high-performance plug
Front thatcher
Front blade46 in.
116.8 cm
Mid-mount blade
Snow blowerTwo-stage, 44 in.
111.8 cm
Rotary broom
Rotary tiller
Sleeve hitch
3-point hitch
Rear power take-off (PTO)
Plow, moldboard
Box scraper
Rear blade
Disk harrow
Landscape rake
SprayerTow-behind only, 15 U.S. gal.
56.8 L
Tow-behind only, 25 U.S. gal.
94.6 L
SpreaderTow-behind only, 125 lb
57.7 kg
Tow-behind only, 175 lb
79.4 kg
Front bumperStandard two-bar styled front bumper
Brush guard
Weather protectionSnow cab
Sun canopy
Rear receiver hitch
Bucket holderYes, single bucket
Grass stripingLawn striping kit
Tractor shovel
Front loader
Other equipment
Tow-behind tools16


Height44.6 in.
113.2 cm
Overall length75.1 in.
191 cm
Wheelbase48.9 in.
124.2 cm
Width with mower54.9 in.
139 cm
Width with mower (deflector raised for storage)44.8 in.
114 cm
Width without mower
Weight458 lb
208 kg

Additional information

Date collected