JD 727, or 737

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Countrymow, Sep 20, 2006.

  1. Countrymow

    Countrymow LawnSite Member
    Messages: 30

    I have spent about 2 hrs. searching and reading on this topic. I have learned alot, but it boils down to this: I can purchase a 737 w/54" deck for $200 more than the 727 w/54" deck. Both have the 23 hp Kaw. Is it worth the money? I am concerned about the vertical engine on the 727 vs. the horizontal on the 737. From what I have read there is mixed opinion on that. What is a man to do?

  2. Total.Lawn.Care

    Total.Lawn.Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 840

    Both are Kawasaki Air Cooler Engines. I have the 727 54" and I love it. Remember that the 737 is a larger frame than the 727 and if both at offered with the 23HP engine and same 54" deck, I think you would get more power from the 727. 727 weighs about 1150lbs. Not sure of the 737. I think you will get the same cut regardless and probably a little more power from the 727 due to the lighter frame. I guess it boils down to weather you want to spend the extra $200 plus tax.

    If you wanted to go with the 60" deck, then definitely go with the 737. Either way you cannot lose, but you have to decide. Both are great machines.
  3. 1999frontier

    1999frontier LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Messages: 562

    Correct me if I'm wrong about this, but doesn't the 727 have more trim side than the 737 since the 737 has a larger frame?
  4. Total.Lawn.Care

    Total.Lawn.Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 840

    I have not compared this, but probably. I was by my JD Dealer today, and while they did not have a 737 on the lot, they did have a 757 with a 60". It only had about 2" more trim than my 727. So, I would imagine that the 737 with 54 would not have as much trim as my 727.
  5. Countrymow

    Countrymow LawnSite Member
    Messages: 30

    Especially on the vertical vs. horizontal engines.

  6. stumper1620

    stumper1620 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,889

    737 with the 54" has next to nothing for trim, Wish I had a 60"
    And from what I understand the 737 weighs in at just over 900 lbs.
    I've had no problems with my engine at all. I work it hard too.
  7. bbailey

    bbailey LawnSite Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 115

    I originally looked at the 737 with a 54 but I went with the 757 with the 54. The extra 2 horses make a big difference for a minimal money upgrade. As for the smaller deck after lots of research I found the 54 to be the perfect size for my needs.
  8. Total.Lawn.Care

    Total.Lawn.Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 840

    My 727 weighs 1150. I am sure the 737 will weigh at least that much if not a little more...

    I understand that there really is not difference between them. I personally think that the Vertical shaft makes things simpler due to the pulley setup for the Hydro Pump and the Deck Spindle Pulleys.
  9. tat900

    tat900 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 261

    the 54 " 737 will scalp on uneven ground i have the 48" 717 and love it
  10. Total.Lawn.Care

    Total.Lawn.Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 840

    My 54" 727 does not usually scalp. Once in a while I have a rocky patch of land or a rise that is scalps, but for the most part, it provides a nice even cut and leaves most grasses looking like carpet.

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