John Deere


Issue D0

Sabre Yard and Garden Tractors

1948GV/HV, 2148HV, 2354HV

PIN (010001 - )

and 2554HV

PIN (025001 - )


Product Identification



Replacement Parts

Service Interval Chart

Service Lubrication

Service Engine

Service Transmission

Service Mower

Service Electrical

Service Miscellaneous


Storing Machine


Identify Parts

Install Steering Wheel

Add Electrolyte To Battery

Install and Connect Battery

Check Engine Oil

Break-In Electric PTO Clutch

Check Machine Safety System

Checking Tire Pressure



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Identify Parts

Clear Plastic Bag Contains:

ˇ Operator's Manual

ˇ Safety Video

ˇ Warranty Cards

Bag of Parts Contains:

ˇ Hardware for Steering Wheel

ˇ Hardware for Battery Cables

ˇ Key Chain

ˇ Padded Key

NOTE: There is an extra ignition key strapped to one of the seat suspension springs.

Install Steering Wheel


1. Put front wheels in the straight forward position.

2. Lubricate the steering shaft.

3. Install steering wheel with logo in the upright position.

4. Install shoulder bolt (A). Drive bolt in until head of bolt contacts steering wheel.

5. Install washer and nut (B).

6. Tighten lock nut until it is snug. Do not tighten lock nut to pull washer or head of bolt into steering wheel.

Add Electrolyte To Battery

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Battery acid is a poison and could cause burns. Avoid contact with skin, eyes and clothes. DO NOT drink battery fluid. Battery gasses can explode. Keep cigarettes, sparks, and flames away from battery.

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Battery should be removed from tractor before filling it with electrolyte.


1. Use only battery-grade sulfuric acid electrolyte with 1.265 specific gravity.

NOTE: Some batteries may have shipping caps remove and discard these caps

2. Remove battery caps.


3. Slowly add electrolyte (A) until plates (B) are just covered.

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! After battery is activated, the gases in the battery are explosive. Keep sparks and flames away from battery, especially when charging battery.

4. Charge battery at 15 amps for 10 minutes or 7 amps for 30 minutes. DO NOT exceed recommended charging rate. If electrolyte starts to boil over, decrease charging rate. (See Charging Battery in the Service Electrical section.)

5. After charging, add electrolyte until level is 6 - 13 mm (0.25 - 0.5 in.) above plates.

6. Install vent caps.

Install and Connect Battery

1. Install battery and secure with hold-down strap (A)


2. Remove and discard the RED positive (+) protective cap from the positive (+) battery terminal.

3. Connect blue harness wire (B) and RED positive (+) cable (C) to battery. Apply petroleum jelly or silicone spray to terminal to prevent corrosion. Make sure connection is tight. Install the red terminal cover.

4. Remove and discard the BLACK (-) protective cap from the negative battery terminal.

5. Connect black negative (-) cable (D) to battery. Apply petroleum jelly or silicone spray to terminal to prevent corrosion. Make sure connection is tight.

Check Engine Oil

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! DO NOT run engine if oil level is below ADD mark.


Picture Note: Model 2554HV used for photo purposes.

1. Lift hood.

2. Remove dipstick (A). Wipe with clean cloth.

3. Insert the dipstick into the tube and rest the oil fill cap on the tube. Do not thread the cap onto the tube.

4. Remove dipstick to check oil level.


5. Oil must be between ADD and FULL marks.

6. Add oil to FULL mark if necessary. DO NOT overfill. (See Engine Oil in Service Engine section.)

7. Install and tighten dipstick. Lower hood.

Break-In Electric PTO Clutch


Picture Note: Model S2554 used for photo purposes.

1. Start engine and push throttle lever (A) up to full throttle (r) position.

2. With no load on mower, ENGAGE PTO (B) and allow mower to run for 10 seconds.

3. DISENGAGE PTO and wait 10 seconds.

4. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 for 12-15 cycles.

5. PTO clutch is now properly burnished.

Check Machine Safety System

Perform safety system check to make sure the electronic safety interlock circuit is functioning properly. Perform all six Tests. (See Testing Safety System in the Operating section.)

Checking Tire Pressure


c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Explosive separation of a tire and rim parts can cause serious injury or death:

- Do not attempt to mount a tire without the proper equipment and experience to perform the job.

- Always maintain the correct tire pressure. Do not inflate the tires above the recommended pressure. Never weld or heat a wheel and tire assembly. The heat can cause an increase in air pressure resulting in a tire explosion. Welding can structurally weaken or deform the wheel.

- When inflating tires, use a clip-on chuck and extension hose long enough to allow you to stand to one side and NOT in front of or over the tire assembly.

- Check tires for low pressure, cuts, bubbles, damaged rims or missing lug bolts and nuts.

1. Check tires for damage.

2. Check tire pressure with an accurate gauge.

3. Add or remove air, if necessary:

Tire Size

Air Pressure

Model 1948GV/HV and 2148HV-Front: 16 x 6.50

97 kPa (14 psi)

Model 2354HV and 2554HV-Front: 16 x 7.50

83 kPa (12 psi)

Model 1948GV/HV-Rear: 23 x 9.50

69 kPa (10 psi)

Model 2148HV-Rear:
23 x 10.50

69 kPa (10 psi)

Model 2354HV and 2554HV-Rear: 24 x 12.00

69 kPa (10 psi)