Is JD 727A worth $800 more than 717A?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Countrymow, Oct 25, 2006.

  1. Countrymow

    Countrymow LawnSite Member
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    I asked a question a few weeks ago about the 737 vs. 727. After demoing a 717, my decision is now between a 727 or 717. It boils down to whether the 54" deck (vs. 48"), 3" extra inches of trim on each side, and the 23HP (vs. 19HP) is worth $800 dollars plus tax in the long run. I just do not want to look back next summer and regret not stepping up, but I hate to part with the extra dough.

    Thanks a bunch for your help.
  2. THEoneandonlyLawnRanger

    THEoneandonlyLawnRanger LawnSite Senior Member
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    i would go with the bigger deck, bigger motor, but thats just me
  3. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
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    can you use the 54 as opposed to the 48? I was able to use a 52 for all of my routes with no problem and currently if I had to buy another machine Id let my 61 go and buy a second 52. but thats just me...

    are you goingto have clearance issues gettinga round things and between things?
  4. Willofalltrades

    Willofalltrades LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yea basically, study your properties and potential properties. In my situation the next mower I get will be a 60" or larger becuase I'm picking up larger accounts. I say the 727.
  5. Countrymow

    Countrymow LawnSite Member
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    I sure would like to get a few more opinions. I am going tomorrow. Thanks again.
  6. QualityLawnCare4u

    QualityLawnCare4u LawnSite Gold Member
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    Countrymow, I owned a 717 and now have a 737 with the 60" deck. I wished many times I had kept the 717 because my properties are just to small for anything over a 48-52" deck. Also the 717 mulched everything into fine dust better than the 737 does. If I had to choose between the 2 you are looking at though I would go with the 727. I don't know if you are going to be running it with a bagger or mulcher but that extra 4 horses makes a big difference! It boils down to what size properties you are going to be mowing and how many obstacles/flowers/trees they have in the yard and how close they are. To big of a deck can cost you a lot more weedeating time. I feel like the 54" deck is the perfect size mower for about anything most LCO's will be doing. Just my .02
  7. Countrymow

    Countrymow LawnSite Member
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    I am not a professional. I mow my yard, my neighbor's yard and about 3 acres of a camp. Either size deck would be fine around the beds. I might be interested in a mulch kit or possibly even a bagger. Mostly I just discharge. I was just wondering how beneficial was the extra trim width and the 3 horses. $800 worth?

    I really lean toward the 727. I don't think I would regret it. I might wish I had went ahead and bit that proverbial bullet if I bought the 717. My philosophy is usually get what you want the first time even if you have to wait to afford it.

    That being said, I don't want to waste $800 if I will not realize the extra benefits.

    Thanks so much for the information.
  8. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have a 717A and use it about half the time in my business (the other half time I use a w/b because of terrain, gates, bagging, etc). I push it pretty hard at times and have some hills. The 19hp Kaw is marginal on power for the machine and 48" deck. I had no intentions of using a bagger at the time of purchase, and now believe that a spindle driven bagger would not be a good idea. The power would be a bit too skinny for also driving a bagger unit.

    Having said that, I really like my 717A. The machine is solid, handles very well, and runs nicely. The quality of cut is superb for the properties I cut, all northern cool-weather grasses. I am pleased with my choice. I did not consider a 727, primarily because of trailering considerations. On most of my properties, I could use a 54" deck, but I would have had to buy a different trailer.
  9. QualityLawnCare4u

    QualityLawnCare4u LawnSite Gold Member
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    Exactly! I can't count the times that I went against my "gut" instinct on buying something, taking on a client, selling something etc when something inside is giving me the answer. I did it in just the past few weeks and have already regretted/paid for it several times since I went against "know what I should have done". Once again though good luck in your decision. Nothing like everytime you go to use a piece of equipment or a vehicle and tell yourself "I wished I had gotten what I really wanted".
  10. Total.Lawn.Care

    Total.Lawn.Care LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have a 727A and I love it. When I got started in this business (and I understand that you are now mowing commercially) I realized after a month that I needed commercial mowers. I had a friend encourage me to get a 717A, because that is what he started with. After talking to the dealer about a deal I had lined up for a demoed (200 hrs) 737, the dealer offered me a 54" 727 and I am glad that I went with it. The power and deck size of the 727 is definetly worth the extra money over a 717, especially if you are mowing a 3 acre camp. When you cut through it the first time and see that 4 1/2 foot cut path, you will love it.

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