The John Deere JS26 is a low end, push lawn mower with a steel deck plus a fundamental propulsion system. While equipped with safety features and several convenience, the JS26 is a modest member of the Deere product lineup when compared to its siblings that are more costly. As many retailers still have some units left in stock, although of 2014, John Deere was no more building the JS26.
A Briggs & Stratton 700 Series Quantum engine which generates 7-foot-pounds of torque powers the JS26. It is outfitted with a conventional prime-and-pull recoil system and a fuel tank. In contrast, the JS 26’s sibling, the JS46, is equipped with a Briggs & Stratton 875 Series engine which sets out 8.75 foot-pounds of torque; the JS46 is also equipped with an electric start system.
The JS26 comes with a stamped-steel deck with a blade which cuts a swath that is 22-inch-wide. The deck can be configured for either mulching, side discharge or bagging by means of a rear-mounted collection tote; the tote retains 2.5 bushels of grass clippings. Cutting height is adjustable between 1.2 and 4.2 inches, in two increments, using one adjustment lever onto the mower’s rear wheels plus a separate lever on each of the front wheels.
The JS26 comes with John Deere’s variable-speed MowMentum propulsion system. The system powers the front wheels via a drive belt between the wheels and the engine. The rate of the mower is infinitely flexible with a lever on the mower’s handle. A lock change prevents the drive system’s engagement through starting and transportation; the neutral lock also allows the mower if necessary, to function in a drive manner.
As of the publishing in January 2014, the JS26 was substituted with all the JM36, a sized and comparably powered mower at the John Deere line with capabilities. A engine powers the 22-inch JM36 and integrates the MowMentum push system. Such as the JS26, the JM36 has a steel deck, instead of the aluminum decks used on versions. Also as with all the JS26, the JM36 features recoil starting rather than the electric start system in its big brother, the JM46.