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TGK
11-29-2006, 10:26 AM
That is the question fellas, if you are using a JOhn Deere I would like to hear from you, regarding the good, the bad, and the ugly.


Thanks

Chris

Jlawnmow
11-29-2006, 11:22 AM
There is no bad and ugly!!!!!! Only Good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I've had my 757 for 3 years and have't had a thing go wrong on it!!!!!!!

TGK
11-29-2006, 11:27 AM
Thats great news, refresh my memory, the 757 is the rider or walk behind?

Total.Lawn.Care
11-29-2006, 11:39 AM
I run a JD 727A Ztr and I love it. No problems in the 4 months I have had it and it cuts great.

You will get a few responses from guys that have had a few bad experiences, but I will tell you that in my area, we primarily see John Deere and Exmark mowers being run. And more and more larger outfits here are going John Deere.

spazfam
11-29-2006, 12:37 PM
We have a trailer full of John Deere products, all for the most part work well. I have not been that impressed with their small mower JS20 for durabilty, seems it self destructs. However we have a Js61 that is un stoppable.

johndeereguy
11-29-2006, 01:47 PM
I run all John Deere equipment. Tractors, Z-trak mowers, rotary cutter, tillers. I love my Deere a lot. Always have been good to me and put em through hell. I am ordering 4 new z-traks today.

tat900
11-29-2006, 02:21 PM
I have a 717a i love the mower a lil on the heavy side but cuts great

robbo521
11-29-2006, 04:20 PM
i gots a JD 717A Ztr 48'' deck.only had it for 3 weeks and only got 14hrs on it due to weather and sick.i have the mulch kit and this baby will do some leaf cutting.i tried it on a woman's yard today that i cut with a 42'' rider.and she came out and said where did all the leafs go and i told her they are dust now.still learning and playing but love it.

Flex-Deck
11-29-2006, 07:53 PM
Presently my wife runs a 495, and I run a 595 - a 455 backup - I sold a 332 diesel tractor (1988) with 5000 hrs. on it, and it is still going great. JD's are built to outlast the engines, and the yanmars we run should make 8 to 10,000 hrs according to yanmar, and I have had no problems to not believe them.

DeereHauler
11-29-2006, 08:55 PM
have 3 commercial and a few garden tractors, and all my other equipment is deere.

i have a 757, 657, and 48 wb. all great mowers. no problems, i'm not currently a huge fan of handheld equipment from them, but mowers are awesome. i would also highly recommend the mulch on demand deck.

RICHIE K
11-29-2006, 09:00 PM
We use a deere front end loader and we love

KS_Grasscutter
11-29-2006, 10:02 PM
Actually... there IS bad and ugly...or downright terrible... it is named the JX75. Second biggest POS I have owned (first being a crapsman leafvac). It was new in Aug of 04, and has been used VERY LITTLE. The transmission on it is already going out, I would guess it only has 40 hrs on it. Also had a Deere leaf blower I was less then impressed with, but that was kinda my fault for not buying a bigger unit.
I just can not believe Deere would ruin there good name (and lose a customer) over selling a JUNK 21".

TGK
11-29-2006, 10:16 PM
Thank you everyone for getting back to me. Right now im curious about their walk behind hydrostatic mowers, but in the future who knows.
Feel free to keep em comin!
Thanks
Chris

K&L Landscaping
11-30-2006, 06:22 PM
All of my Z's are John Deere from 997 72" decks to 717 48" decks. I don't particularly care for the 777's with 72" decks with the 27HP engine, WAY underpowered. The 7-iron decks I have found are the best when the grass is really thick and sappy. However, I really dislike the JD walkbehind units. I recently traded two 7H17 and one 7H19 in on eXmark Turf Tracer HP's. What I really didn't like about the JD's is the pistol grip controls. They were extremely hard on your hands and forearms. The guy's complained about them all the time and were actually trying to take Z's where they didn't belong to avoid using the walk behinds. Since we switched to the eXmarks with ECS controls we are all happy and so are our hands and forearms.

Roger
11-30-2006, 09:20 PM
I bought a 717A Z-trak (48" cut, 19hp kaw) in May. I only used in part-time, and built only about 250 service hours. The machine is my first ZTR, and I am very, very pleased. The quality of cut is superb from the 7 Iron II deck. The machine appears to be very sturdy, well designed. The 19hp engine is marginal -- enough power for all circumstances, but not much extra.

My assessment is very positive for the Z-trak 717A.

grass disaster
11-30-2006, 09:36 PM
Thank you everyone for getting back to me. Right now im curious about their walk behind hydrostatic mowers, but in the future who knows.
Feel free to keep em comin!
Thanks
Chris

i have a exmark tthp and it's awesome

i don't like johndeer they look like a green space ship

grass disaster
11-30-2006, 09:38 PM
All of my Z's are John Deere from 997 72" decks to 717 48" decks. I don't particularly care for the 777's with 72" decks with the 27HP engine, WAY underpowered. The 7-iron decks I have found are the best when the grass is really thick and sappy. However, I really dislike the JD walkbehind units. I recently traded two 7H17 and one 7H19 in on eXmark Turf Tracer HP's. What I really didn't like about the JD's is the pistol grip controls. They were extremely hard on your hands and forearms. The guy's complained about them all the time and were actually trying to take Z's where they didn't belong to avoid using the walk behinds. Since we switched to the eXmarks with ECS controls we are all happy and so are our hands and forearms.

yup... what he said

fiveoboy01
11-30-2006, 10:00 PM
What are the engine options for the 717A with a 48" deck? 52"?

Thanks.

DeereHauler
11-30-2006, 10:01 PM
i have a exmark tthp and it's awesome

i don't like johndeer they look like a green space ship

sounds like the way my wife would buy a mower, not buy quality, price, or service, just by color and how pretty it is....

my salesman admits jd walkbehinds currently don't compete with other models, but the new models for '07 spring have made big changes such as the controls. and all commercial mowers will offer mulch on demand by spring '08. if thats what your interested in (jd walkbehind) compare other models, and ask your dealer what to expect from new models. you may find you like another model better.

soccerlawn
12-01-2006, 01:17 AM
I've got a 797 and that thing will cut through anything with out the blink of an eye, my next mower will be green.

Travis Followell
12-01-2006, 07:45 PM
We run a lot of JD ag equipment and we have great luck with it. It gets run hard and when we do have a breakdown it's always minor. Our next ztr will be 777 60" cut because in our conditions the 7 iron II deck is the best fit for us. We have and have demoed other mowers and their decks just don't perform the way we need them to. Those machines include Ferris, Hustler both interim and Xr-7 decks, and Gravely. The 7 iron is by far the best built and best performing deck for our conditions. All we ask of a deck is to leave a great cut with no consistent imperfections in wet grass with no clumping and the 7 iron II does that.

QualityLawnCare4u
12-02-2006, 02:29 AM
I have a 737 and had a 717. Both are fine machines except horrible dealers here. Would buy another in a minute if we ever get a decent dealer.

ponderosa2
12-02-2006, 03:31 AM
I have one season the john deere 777 ztr. It is an awesome machine in the durability and cut. Unfortunately with the 72 inch deck there is not enough power to run a mulch kit. I tried for as few times and it bogged down. I wish I would have bought the 797 for three grand more.

greengiant9963
12-02-2006, 01:24 PM
Very happy with my 737. Looking at a 60 inch 777 for my next mower.

TGK
12-02-2006, 01:26 PM
Green Giant how does it compare to your Exmarks?

greengiant9963
12-02-2006, 01:55 PM
Green Giant how does it compare to your Exmarks?

The exmarks and Deere all leave a great finished cut. When you are cutting wet grass the Exmarks will leave chunks of grass everywhere. Deere does not do this. Exmarks chop the clippings up smaller but the Deere spreads the clippings out more evenly. If I could only have one mower to use all season it would be the Deere.

Ramairfreak98ss
12-02-2006, 10:20 PM
I run all John Deere equipment. Tractors, Z-trak mowers, rotary cutter, tillers. I love my Deere a lot. Always have been good to me and put em through hell. I am ordering 4 new z-traks today.

4 new ones jez. must have a big business there :) any big pics of your 4720 cab tractor? i want one of them, eventually maybe in a year or two when i have the space for it :)

Doug Z.
12-03-2006, 03:45 PM
I have a 2003 345 and loce it. I also have a 99 js63 - push mower. It is nothing special- never has been.