JD 717a or JD737

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jwl5510, May 18, 2007.

  1. jwl5510

    jwl5510 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 85

    Need some advice

    I am stuck between getting a 2007 JD 717a(48")or the JD737 (54") Took a 757 "60" out this week nice on the big lots and good on a few residential.But for the most part too big to mow homes.

    what are other guys with JD using?

    I do mostly Residential with 1/2 acer lots some are 1acer

    Also have 5 commercial lots that are 2-4 acer each

    Looking for a ZTR but do not want to buy a mower for show or trailer time.
  2. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,943

    I use my 60" ZTR on 1/2 acre lots all the time. Unless your doing mostly 1/4 acre lots, enjoy the benefits of the large frame ZTR's and get yourself a nice WB.
  3. jwl5510

    jwl5510 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 85

    have the WB thing covered

    using 2 JD GS45 and 1 48 lesco

    tired of walking and paying employees to run mowers
  4. robbo521

    robbo521 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 601

    i have the 717a and love it for small stuff and its great on big stuff to.i would love to have a 60'' but just cant right now.the 48'' does it just not as fast.i have 3 yards smaller than 1/2 and it works great on them.about 15 passes and your done.my biggest is 8 acres.60'' would be better on it but the 48'' does it fine to.
  5. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,087

    717 or 737...?

    That's a tough call.

    What about the 727? (717 w/54" basically)

    Boy... I'm a lot of help huh?

    I think that it's worth considering anyways.

    Personally, I liked the 717 & 727 more when Deere wasn't making them.
    Now that Deere is making them, they have made a few changes that make me like them less and like the 737/757 more. These are personal preferences and cosmetics though.

    Anyways, back to the point, the reason I brought up the 727 is this...

    In my opinion, the 717 is too big of a machine for a 48" deck.
    And I have the same opinion of the 737 with the 54" deck.

    Both machines are barely able to cut out their own tire tracks.
    So they have no "trim capacity".... (deck sticking out past the tires)

    The 727 and 757 are both equipped with a deck size that offers some trim capacity with the frame size.
  6. prosperity

    prosperity LawnSite Member
    Messages: 92

    Although I am biased, I would ask that you look at the 727A also.

    I find it a fits what I do very well. Small, nimble machine to do those smaller jobs, but also big enough for the larger jobs with the 54" deck. Also very good deck overhang on the trim side. And the 23hp Kawasaki seems matched fairly well.
  7. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,087

    Maybe Grass Cake will be along to weigh in on his 737 experience....
  8. Grass Cake

    Grass Cake LawnSite Senior Member
    from Zone C
    Messages: 303

    I'm not hijacking every thread that contains some mention of a Deere!
  9. Grass Cake

    Grass Cake LawnSite Senior Member
    from Zone C
    Messages: 303

    Didn't finish the edit in time...new post.

    Envy is right! The width between the 737 rear tires is your cutting area.

    If your debating 717 vs 737? Save your money and
    go 727.( same deck,23hp,less weight,more trim)
    IMHO....a 48" ZTR is a waist of time(unless you cut
    a ton of tiny circles).
  10. Mike Royce

    Mike Royce LawnSite Member
    Messages: 29

    We use 2 757's (60" deck) on all our accounts except in fenced areas where the big zeros can't fit. The 60" deck works fine in our smallest yards, and at our largest. Go with a 60" deck if you are going to shell out for a good zero. And get the striping roller and have the dealer install it. About $350. Well worth it. The new 7-Iron II decks work better than the older decks. A much cleaner cut.

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