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Deere z915b

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by beatsworking, Apr 29, 2013.

  1. beatsworking

    beatsworking LawnSite Senior Member
    from MD
    Posts: 276

    Anyone have a z915? strongly thinking about getting one with the 60" deck. There really aren't to many full size machines for a similar price, got quoted $7200 today for a 60"
  2. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,897

    what engine does that have on it?

    i have a z920a with kawi 26hp(23.5hp) and 54" deck.

    you prolly need a bigger engine to use the 60" deck.

    the biggest improvement for me is when i switched from the factory blades to G6 blades. they put less drag on the engine so it doesn't bog down in thicker/wetter stuff. with the factory blades mine would bog down so bad i would almost have to stop to keep the mower from shutting off. now i can just slow down a tad and keep going.
  3. beatsworking

    beatsworking LawnSite Senior Member
    from MD
    Posts: 276

    engine is a deere 23.9. Good to know i'll definitely run it through some thick stuff when I can get a demo. I'm most worried about it not having enough power, i don't need a 40hp diesel, but its gotta cut the grass.
  4. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,140

    For that price you can get a gravely 160Z which comes standard with a michigan suspension seat and the gravely is not a power hungry power robbing mower like the deere mowers are.
  5. Armsden&Son

    Armsden&Son LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,358

    Just watched an old deere video and the deere efi's actually look pretty cool.... I am a Walker guy and debate with people all the time but there is just something about deere that is appealing to me... I think that most of the guys I talk to that have them really like the deck design and that is something that I study a lot... Anybody out there have a 900 series deere efi?
  6. CurbAppealKS

    CurbAppealKS LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 448

    I run walkers also armsden and love them. However, I used to work or a company that had deeres and that 7 iron deck is quite amazing really. I've run several other brands over the years and honestly nothing has cut like that deck.
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  7. Armsden&Son

    Armsden&Son LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,358

    That's what I'm talking about right there! On both counts.... You loving Walkers and that famous 7Iron deck! Did you run bigger decks with that company? Those 60 in. deeres look so sick.... I am up for a side discharge z next season because I am taking on more acreage accounts being in upstate new york and it is a tough decision between a Walker MBS(super b) and one of the z900r s for sure...
  8. CurbAppealKS

    CurbAppealKS LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 448

    The mower I used was a 72" 797 with a liquid cooled kawi. The one thing I remember most about that mower was how far it would discharge the clippings. I have a Deere dealer about 30 min from where I operate and I have thought about going green based on that deck alone. The problem is, I worked for another company that ran Ferris' and I have been spoiled by their suspension. That 797 rode like a tank and the ferris is a dream compared to that. I'm in the market for another big deck mower, but I'm having a hard time deciding which brand it will be.
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  9. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Posts: 14,129

    PSC is the only person on here that I have ever seen say that they thought the Deere Z's are power hungry. I have owned a few now and I don't think so at all. I have run other brands and I can't see where the Deere is any different. Maybe the Gravely's are just very easy on the engine. I know the new 400 series are excellent machines and most likely my next mower when the time comes, especially with the new deck design with the wider chute opening.

    I run the Z950A and it is a beast. Tons of power and cuts like a banshee, but before this one I had a Z720 with the 25 Kohler that is now rated at 21.9 or 22.5 depending on the source, and it ran the 60" deck with ease. I have heard from others with the same machine who think so as well. Lately there's been a guy posting here and aksing about the same machine I had (720A). He went ahead and bought one that was NOS last year, and has run it through tall thick grass with no complaints of lack of power, and he has some pretty good hills on his place he said. He said he thought it was a beast. The thread shouldn't be that far back because we were chatting here either last week or the week before.
  10. Southern Lawn Care  LLC

    Southern Lawn Care LLC LawnSite Senior Member
    from Alabama
    Posts: 314

    I run a 54" deck on a new 920m and it doesn't bog much but like anything it does sometimes in wet grass and thick grass. I'm about to order a set of the gator blades myself and give them a go as I have read 100s of positive reviews on them.

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