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all wheel steer

Discussion in 'Tractors' started by stslawncare, Apr 6, 2002.

  1. stslawncare

    stslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    from DE
    Messages: 1,484

    does anyone have one of those all wheel steer john deere tractors? i havent seen one in person but have seen them on there webpage. whats the turning radius on these? how would u compare it to a ztr and a garden tractor? might it be good for a beginner who cant afford a ztr?
     
  2. MuskTurfKing

    MuskTurfKing LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 338

    Scottie, I'm pretty sure those AWS tractors are about as much as a Z. Not worth it IMO. And I think they're considered homeowner.

    Hank
     
  3. wxmn6

    wxmn6 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 163

    No, they are not only for homeowners. John Deere have All Wheel Steer on the 400 and 500 series lawn and garden tractors as a option. These 400 and 500 series tractors are truly like a farm tractor, only that it is smaller. There are tons of attachment that you can put on these tractors. Like a loader, power sweeper, tiller, hydraulic bagger, etc.
     
  4. MuskTurfKing

    MuskTurfKing LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 338

    Yeah, the 400 and up series is commercial, but they are EXPENSIVE! I wouldn't mess with one for just mowing purposes, I'd get a Z, but if you needed it for lots of landscaping purposes it would be a good piece of equipment.

    Hank
     
  5. wxmn6

    wxmn6 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 163

    According to the specification sheet, it says that JD 400 Series AWS with 60" deck have trim radius of 6.5"

    IMO, I think it will be a great way for beginner to start with. There are alot of attachments that you can add to 400 and 500 series tractors for other work such as a loader for moving soil or mulch. With a ZTR, it cannot take attachments.
     
  6. MuskTurfKing

    MuskTurfKing LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 338

    I agree with ya. It sounds like it would be a valueable piece of equipment for Scottie since he does do a lot of work with soil and stuff of that sort. That type of work doesn't really attract me though...

    Hank
     
  7. stslawncare

    stslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    from DE
    Messages: 1,484

    i dont one, i was just asking, i have a tractor and my next mower will be a walkbehind then a z
     
  8. andyslawns

    andyslawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 83

    I looked at a new JD 455. They are nice but not that nice for $11k. And my Buddy has a Kabota AWS it is pretty nice, Feels like you are doing donuts when you turn. But it was $9100 and had very few attachments for it. Buy a ZTR and be done with it.
     
  9. southside

    southside LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 790

    Kubota make the G1800. It has 4WS,16hp diesel,48"deck.
    Very quick for their size.Quite manueverable,although not as good
    as a Z. Definately not for home owners. I don't think their cut
    quality is as good a a good Z mower. Tends to scalp a little.
    Not enough float on the deck.
    JD don't hav an 4WS model over here yet.
     
  10. rockcreeklawnser.

    rockcreeklawnser. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    Just remember that the more moving parts that you have, there is more to go wrong. I have never tried one, but I tink I would go with a ztr. All equipment has it`s ups and downs. As an ex farmer a small piece of advice... if it has t*ts or wheels it`s gonna give you problems!
     

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