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bowhunter34
05-05-2011, 12:50 AM
Hey guys, Im a 20 year old horticulture student, and I have recently acquired a few basic residential lawn maintenance accounts. I have a push mower right now, but have decided to upgrade to a John Deere z225, 42" cut. I was just wondering if any of you guys have ever used one, and if it would be sufficient for relatively small yards.... Opinions/suggestions greatly appreciated.

TNGrassCutter
05-05-2011, 01:00 AM
Get ready for the usual "buy a used commercial walk behind" answers. But I'd have to agree, especially with that deck size get a decent used or even new WB with sulky and let her fly.
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bowhunter34
05-05-2011, 01:14 AM
well its the riding one.... smallest one they got. I was just going to buy a new one, but I didn't know if i needed to go with something bigger

bowhunter34
05-05-2011, 01:16 AM
ohhh, Im sorry yeah i got you now. People are going to say i need a commercial walk behind.. lol sorry bout that. But I think it would do fine for what i need it for

Hawkshot99
05-05-2011, 01:53 AM
But I think it would do fine for what i need it for

So why did you come on here and ask how it will work?

bowhunter34
05-05-2011, 02:08 AM
Well maybe because I wanted a second opinion. Why did you feel the need to comment on this?
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Hawkshot99
05-05-2011, 02:34 AM
Well maybe because I wanted a second opinion. Why did you feel the need to comment on this?
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Because I was going to give a second opinion of dont waste your money, as I have been there and done that.
You were given a second opinion and ignored it.

magilla12
05-05-2011, 08:42 AM
My lawn business is part time, and I started with two accounts, one 5 acre commercial account and one other, not including mine and my mothers that I mow for free. I started with a Z445 with a 54" deck and a push mower. I think the Z was an ok mower for starting out, but I traded it after a year for a commercial Z. If I could have a do over, I would have started with the commercial unit. There is no comparison to the quality of cut from a Z445 or 225 to a Z900 series.

bowhunter34
05-05-2011, 09:46 AM
yeah, I looked at some of the bigger commercial mowers but right now I just don't have the money for one of those. Maybe after I get a few more accounts, and some with some bigger lots

bowhunter34
05-05-2011, 09:58 AM
I guess basically im just trying to figure out if John Deere makes as good of a product as everyone says, and ultimately whether to go with the 225 or 425

pugs
05-05-2011, 10:06 AM
Well maybe because I wanted a second opinion. Why did you feel the need to comment on this?
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The only opinion to have is to screw around with homeowner equipment and get a commercial machine.

magilla12
05-05-2011, 10:09 AM
IMO JD makes good stuff. A Z225 Will be a good mower to start with. They cut good, handle good. Like I said I started with a 445 and it did ok but on tall grass I would have to double cut some.
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bowhunter34
05-05-2011, 10:50 AM
Thanks for the responses. It helped a lot

jcbabb
05-05-2011, 04:41 PM
I run a Z225 and it's a decent mower. I got a good deal on it used for $1000, and I've used it now going on my third year. It is definitely not as durable as a commercial unit, but it gets the job done. I am constantly re-adjusting the deck height, the deck is quite flimsy, and I even take really good care of it. Basically it does what it was designed for: mowing light duty, part-time.

It has definitely paid for itself, but I would not recommend buying one new. For that price, you can get a new commercial gear drive walk behind and eliminate all of the hassles of using homeowner equipment commercially.

bowhunter34
05-05-2011, 07:05 PM
Thank you... thats exactly what I was looking for. Ive always heard that the deck is where the money is at so that is good advice. Thank you, and ill definately check out a WB

LawnCareNoobie
05-09-2011, 11:20 PM
I guess basically im just trying to figure out if John Deere makes as good of a product as everyone says, and ultimately whether to go with the 225 or 425

Most of the time, you get what you pay for.

Spend $1000 and you will get $1000 worth of product. Spend $10,000 and you will get a better product.

Whatever you do, don't think that you are getting that JD farm tractor quality if you buy a $1800 JD mower at Lowes.

bowhunter34
05-09-2011, 11:40 PM
Most of the time, you get what you pay for.

Spend $1000 and you will get $1000 worth of product. Spend $10,000 and you will get a better product.

Whatever you do, don't think that you are getting that JD farm tractor quality if you buy a $1800 JD mower at Lowes.

I ended up getting a 445. Wish it would have been 1800. I wouldn't buy a mower at Lowes even if it was 1800 because of their customer service

magilla12
05-10-2011, 09:02 AM
I think you made a good choice, I had good luck with mine. Just remember it's not a commerical unit so be careful with the deck and make sure to check the deck level and tire pressure. My deck was way off when I picked it up.