New member seeking honest input on the john deee z910

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by 485DEERE, Oct 23, 2011.

  1. Jimslawncareservice

    Jimslawncareservice LawnSite Platinum Member
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    The 910 and 920 I believe here are priced about 200-300 from each each other. The price really jumps though when you get to the z950 and up. Funny how they are priced so different. The z720 is just a few hundred less than the z910. Most dealers don't even carry them. I just figured for the little price difference here anyway why mess with it.
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  2. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
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    I agree, but you know there's always someone who wants to save every last dime. On top of that, some guys just want to see if they can beat the manu's at their own game and save money at the same time.
     
  3. Jimslawncareservice

    Jimslawncareservice LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Personally I would like to see from manufactures is a line up something like this. 23,29,35 and maybe one larger size engines. Then toss in similar sized diesels and efi or dfi. It would slim down some of thier lines. Why do they need have 10 models with 2hp between them. And then build a light weight smaller COMMERCIAL mower, like exmark had with thier hp line.
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  4. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
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    I couldn't agree more with all of that, and make them on different sized blocks so there's no crossing back and forth.

    I know they do it this way to allow them to price hike for every 2 hp, but it's still BS.

    Something about the size of the Z445, but one that is full on commercial duty would be very nice. I don't see why they couldn't use the little twin cylinder LQ diesel they used in the 355's with a 48" deck on a lighter weight machine. It'd be awesome IMO.
     
  5. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
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    My new 31hp blows a large cloud once in a while. I have found that if I cut it off at full throttle it almost never blows a cloud of smoke. Anything less than 1/2 to 3/4 throttle and it will blow a large cloud of smoke at least 50% of the time. I have never been a kawi fan and I am regretting buying this new mower with a kawi. I should have known better. Almost 30 years in this business and I have never owned a kawi that did not give us problems.
     
  6. LawnCareNoobie

    LawnCareNoobie LawnSite Senior Member
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    The 717A and 727A seemed to fit that description the best. Really simple design. Glad I went with two 727's over the 737s. Same deck size and engine hp, just not as bulky and heavy.
     
  7. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
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    You can get good and bad with all brands, but I did a search here a while back and found far more complaints about Kohlers blowing smoke and oil than Kawi's.

    I am just the opposite of you I guess, because I'll take a Kawi anyday over a Kohler. I had a POS for a Kohler last year on my 720 when new. They did replace it under warrranty, and the new one was far, far better, but even it huffed smoke every 6th or 7th time often on start up- something the Kawi on my 950 does not do, and only did it one time when brand new on about the 5th start up. It has been a very good engine so far all the way around.
     
  8. Jimslawncareservice

    Jimslawncareservice LawnSite Platinum Member
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    But they don't make that frame anymore. I know of 2 companies ran between 6-8 each of the 717's. Not sure what they have now. I just don't understand why manufactures need to make a weigh 1500lbs and rising.
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  9. Jimslawncareservice

    Jimslawncareservice LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Sounds simple right?
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  10. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
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    Does to me.

    They already have a ton of parts inventory to support a unit with that engine. I think it'd sell well, especially with the downgrade in HP rating numbers on gassers. That 18 HP diesel would be perfect with the 48" deck, and run the 54'' probably just about as well. Can you imagine the fuel economy if they made the thing around 1000-1100 lbs?
     

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