I was in the market for a new E130, and then found out it had a new feature called the "Easy Change™ 30-Second Oil Change System". Therefore I am not going to buy it, and I would like to share my reasons.
First, the oversized cartridge which contains both the oil filter and about .75 qt of oil costs between $39.95 (Home Depot) and $49.95, depending on where you buy it. This is insanity. I can do a FULL oil change with filter on my L110 for less than $20, so this "feature" doubles the cost.
Second, the oversized cartridge only contains 0.75 quart of oil. So, I am guessing that this is about half the oil actually in the engine. Why is it a "feature" to "change the oil" and leave half the dirty oil still in the engine? This will clearly shorten the life of the engine, but my guess is that JD doesn't care because it will still make it through the warranty period.
Third, what happens when JD realizes this "feature" was a dumb idea and either discontinues the filters, or jacks up the price to $100 each ten years from now? I don't like being locked-in to buying such a common item (an oil filter) from the manufacturer only.
Fourth, this "feature" solves a problem that does not exist. Changing the oil on my L110 requires me to twist off a plastic cap on the drain pipe by hand, after which ALL the oil drains out. Putting new oil in is a no-brainer. Changing the filter requires unscrewing it, and is about as difficult as changing a light bulb. So, what problem did they solve, exactly?
I have always been a John Deere customer, but I am not going to buy a machine with a proprietary oil filter that is over priced and nobody else makes. Husqvarna makes some pretty good riding mowers, and JD's introduction of this ill-advised "feature" has lost them a customer.