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jonnyg
07-25-2004, 11:00 PM
i currently have an exmark lazer z but it will be traded in by the end of the yr if not sooner. dont have any problem with exmark and am satisfied with their service. however, ive heard a lot of great things being said about the john deere mid mounts. i am goin to demo a 777 late this week on one of my propertys. they look very classy and i know john deere makes a quality product. in my area i havent seen a deere that lays down some mean stripes like my exmark does. does john deere make a good striping kit or is it impossible to get them to stripe? just curious and any input is appreciated.

GreenMonster
07-25-2004, 11:14 PM
My understanding is that a roller is available for 60" 7 iron deck only.

I have a 725A that stripes like a dream. How is your 725K?

jonnyg
07-25-2004, 11:41 PM
the 725k doenst do too bad but not near what my exmark does. doesnt stripe all that well and i believe the 25 hp engine is underpowered and wnats to bog down. another thing i dont like is how uncomfortable it is to drive. ur arms have to be extended fully to go full speed ahead. the real reason i purchased it is to attach the prolawn sprayer to as we are in the process of buying a guys spraying biz. does great on that but i really dont like to mow with it all that much. this is all just my opinion and im not bashing hoppers by any means. there are plenty of large commercail guys in my area running nothin but hoppers so im sure they must be doing something right. by the way thanx for the input green monster

GreenMonster
07-26-2004, 08:16 AM
I read your sig and had a feeling that is why you had the Grasshopper. the hydrolevers are adjustable on mine, and my wife who is only 5'2" runs it with no problem. The K is air cooled?

jonnyg
07-26-2004, 11:42 PM
the k is air cooled. and my levers are adjustable as well. thought i had them adjusted as far back as what they could go. will take another look at it tomorrow. havent had it long so i dont know everuthing about it just quite yet. thanks for the input

QuikKutLawn
07-27-2004, 03:50 PM
John Deere has a roller for both the 60 and 72 on their Z's.

GreenMonster
07-27-2004, 03:57 PM
Originally posted by QuikKutLawn
John Deere has a roller for both the 60 and 72 on their Z's.

Yes. I'm sorry. I should have earlier replied that they have the roller for 60" deck AND UP.

imograss
07-27-2004, 08:54 PM
I had this striper on a Deere Z i had before I got the Super Z.

jonnyg
07-28-2004, 01:19 AM
thanx for the input guys. cant wait to demo it. heard a lot of great things abotu the deeres and the 27 hp kaw liquip cooled engine im sure has more than enough power. too bad i couldnt of demoed it today. broke a deck belt and had to go buy a new one and change it. lost about 2 hrs on the deal but o well i guess stuff happens. seen a guy with a jd 737 and that left some stripes, better than what i remember them leaving. not sure if he had a striping kit on it though.

ScCo
07-28-2004, 03:14 AM
i'm demoing a 777 tomorrow. I wasn't aware that there was a roller available for them though.....cool.

I'm interested to see how the 777 performs though, that's for sure.

I've had 3 grasshoppers: 725, 225, and 721D. They were decent machines, but I can't see myself buying another one. None of the models I had striped worth a hoot, and for as high priced as they are locally there are several machines that I prefer over them.

jsmonroeCT
07-28-2004, 07:21 AM
http://www.bigleaguelawns.com

jeffreyj77
08-03-2004, 04:26 PM
My Brother has a John Deere 757 that stripes better than anything else I have seen. I believe the roller will fit the 777 also. It took us around an hour to install the roller. It weighs about 75 lbs!!! The roller is 1/4" thick steel!!! I know you will not be disappointed by getting a John Deere.

I will try and get some pictures together of some of the yards that have been mowed with it!

jeffreyj77
08-03-2004, 05:12 PM
Some John Deere 757 with striping kit pictures below:

jeffreyj77
08-03-2004, 05:14 PM
Another John Deere 757 with striping kit:

GLS
08-03-2004, 05:59 PM
Hey jeffrey... Great looking turf. Nice stripes.

Are you talking about the roller manufactured by JD? If so, how do you like it? I'd like to install one but would like some more feedback before I shell out 300 bucks. I think i'd rather buy a qwikchute first though.

rednecktjr
08-03-2004, 06:13 PM
how about some pics of the roller installed and is it aftermarket or is john deere making it

DLCS
08-03-2004, 06:14 PM
Originally posted by jeffreyj77
It weighs about 75 lbs!!!



Not quite, the box mine came in said the weight was 35lbs.

DLCS
08-03-2004, 06:17 PM
Originally posted by rednecktjr
how about some pics of the roller installed and is it aftermarket or is john deere making it


Here is some pics of mine in this thread.


http://lawnsite.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=66474&highlight=jd+stripe+roller

gl1200a
08-03-2004, 06:47 PM
Here's the one I made for my 727A out of a used mudflap. It sits much closer to the ground (1/4 inch constantly) than any roller I've seen and lays out great stripes. I have about $4.00 in it total with paint. Hope this helps.

DLCS
08-03-2004, 06:57 PM
gl1200a,


I'm going to make something similiar to yours, for my newest 757. Don't get me wrong the rollers work good but I think the rubber flap will work almost as good. I mow alot of my properties at 3.25 -3.5" and the roller will not adjust low enough to make a stripe as defined as cutting 3" or lower. Not to mention with a flap, you wouldn't have to adjust it.

barringtonbrothers
08-03-2004, 07:19 PM
My roller on my exmark is adjustable. You just have to get in there and losen some nuts on each side to put it where you want.

gl1200a
08-03-2004, 09:07 PM
DLCS, sounds good. I have nothing against the rollers. I'm just cheap and love the challenge.

jonnyg
08-04-2004, 12:43 AM
thanx for the input guys. the 777 is a great machine judging from the demo i had yesterday. plenty of horsepower, great cut, and comfortable ride. i hope to purchase one in the next month. im 17 now and i need some expenses to avoid paying a boatload in taxes. dealer said 8100 for the 777 and i should get 4300-4600 out of my exmark at least i hope that much on trade in. is that a reasonable price to expect? deere has a good deal with interest free no payments for a yr after purchase so thats another reason i want one.

jeffreyj77
08-04-2004, 11:05 AM
The roller used to make the stripes in the above pictures is manufactured by John Deere. It is a very heavy roller!!! The instructions provided with the roller were great. My brother and I had to drill two holes in the rear left and right corners to bolt on some extra brackets that came with the roller kit. These brackets not only provided a means of mounting the roller, but also made the fatory brackets more robusts by how the mounted together. The John Deere roller is also adjustable. The mounting bracket has two columns of several holes to bolt the roller too. There is a sticker that you apply to the roller bracket, and it instructs on where to bolt the roller depending on what height you desire to mow.

tarp5350
08-04-2004, 11:53 AM
Originally posted by gl1200a
Here's the one I made for my 727A out of a used mudflap. It sits much closer to the ground (1/4 inch constantly) than any roller I've seen and lays out great stripes. I have about $4.00 in it total with paint. Hope this helps.
i want to know where you got the hitch for your jd.
my dealer said they didn't make any.

Steve1
08-04-2004, 01:38 PM
Originally posted by tarp5350
i want to know where you got the hitch for your jd.
my dealer said they didn't make any.

My dealer installed the hitch on my 777 by using a hitch from the Gator vehicle and welding it on. $35 total, including the welding. It's welded from the inside of the frame and is solid as a rock. It looks like it came that way from the factory.

gl1200a
08-04-2004, 01:46 PM
Tarp... I made the hitch.