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Old 10-20-2014, 10:45 AM
CGros31 CGros31 is offline
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John Deere Z925M EFI w/54 inch MOD Deck Review

I just traded in my John Deere Z910A w/48 inch Pro Deck for a John Deere Z925M EFI w/54 inch MOD Deck. After mowing for a couple of days with it I wanted to share my thoughts. The 54 MOD Deck has a great cut for the grass here in South Louisiana. It discharges great, and when mulching it does a great job of finely processing the clippings. The Kohler EFI lacks for a little power only when trying to mulch grass that is taller than you should be mulching, but for side discharging it doesn't miss a beat. Fuel economy is better than I had on my 22 HP Kawasaki. The machine is quick and responsive. Engine vibration is more noticeable as the Kohler is not quite as smooth as the Kawasaki. This is my first dealing with Kohler and I hope that it performs as well as the Kawasaki did over time. I'm very happy with my purchase and I recommend the Z925M EFI for anyone cutting grass here in the Southeast.
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Old 10-21-2014, 06:29 AM
ArTurf ArTurf is offline
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I have this same machine and cut the same grasses as you. Overall I like the machine. Here are some tips I'll pass along. In the summer I switch to mulch type blades as I primarily mulch nice well kept lawns. It will still side discharge decent. I switch back to the high lift for collecting in the fall/winter. When you are mowing nice lawns with excessive growth in the summer you can discharge and then raise the deck slightly and then mulch the clippings.
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Old 10-21-2014, 10:32 AM
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Thanks for the tips! I will definitely be learning as I go with this machine.
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6.5 x 18 ft. Utility Trailer
John Deere 1025R with 60 inch AutoConnect (48 inch Frontier Rotary Cutter)
John Deere Z925M EFI w/54 inch MOD Deck
John Deere JS38 Walk-Behind
Echo SRM-265 String Trimmer
Echo SRM-225 String Trimmer
Echo PAS-225 with trimmer, blower, and pole saw
Echo PB-500h Backpack Blower
Echo PB-250 Blower
Echo CS-370 Chain Saw
Echo 3 gallon sprayer
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Old 10-21-2014, 08:22 PM
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I had this same exact deck. I live in south MS about 100 miles north of the gulf. The main problem I had was leaving uncut blades of grass when cutting above 2.75" during heavy summer growth. I had lots of problems with Centipede & St. Augustine. It wasn't just a missed blade here or there but about 20% of the grass in a pass would be uncut. I ended up switching to the 60" 7 Iron Pro decks. Good luck with your purchase. I hope it works better for you than it did for me.
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Old 10-21-2014, 09:50 PM
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I had this same exact deck. I live in south MS about 100 miles north of the gulf. The main problem I had was leaving uncut blades of grass when cutting above 2.75" during heavy summer growth. I had lots of problems with Centipede & St. Augustine. It wasn't just a missed blade here or there but about 20% of the grass in a pass would be uncut. I ended up switching to the 60" 7 Iron Pro decks. Good luck with your purchase. I hope it works better for you than it did for me.
Do you have a mulch kit on or discharge currently?
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Old 10-21-2014, 10:09 PM
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I discharge. I only got the MOD to use around flower beds and as a safety feature. I added a Grass Flap to both of my lowers and couldn't be happier!
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