john deere striping

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jonnyg, Jul 25, 2004.

  1. jonnyg

    jonnyg LawnSite Member
    from NW Ohio
    Posts: 21

    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.
     
  2. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
    Posts: 2,702

    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?
     
  3. jonnyg

    jonnyg LawnSite Member
    from NW Ohio
    Posts: 21

    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
     
  4. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
    Posts: 2,702

    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?
     
  5. jonnyg

    jonnyg LawnSite Member
    from NW Ohio
    Posts: 21

    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
     
  6. QuikKutLawn

    QuikKutLawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 36

    John Deere has a roller for both the 60 and 72 on their Z's.
     
  7. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
    Posts: 2,702

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

    imograss LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 796

    I had this striper on a Deere Z i had before I got the Super Z.

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  9. jonnyg

    jonnyg LawnSite Member
    from NW Ohio
    Posts: 21

    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.
     
  10. ScCo

    ScCo LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 251

    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.
     

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