Looking for comments on JD F687

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Brian M, Feb 10, 2005.

  1. Brian M

    Brian M LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Messages: 94

    Does anyone have any experience with the John Deere F687?
    It looks like a really nice machine, it has a front mounted deck and the deck flips up for easy cleaning. I don't thing it's a true zero-turn, although it does have the levers for steering. I don't know of any other mower with a flip up deck that's not a dedicated rear discharge mower. You can side discharge, mulch or attach a rear mounted collection system. Plus it takes several attachments up front like a rotary broom & snowblower!
    I'm looking for any comments good or bad.
  2. Texas Mower Parts

    Texas Mower Parts LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 472

    Grasshopper 600, 700, and 900 series do that plus more.
  3. DeereHauler

    DeereHauler LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 604

    i used one , or similar to it, the F620. for a couple years. i liked it, i didn't like the length compared to my Mid-Z i have now. the bagger was excellent, a little wide with the blower attachment, but it worked so well, and being able to dump it from the seat was great. it is a true zero turn, you just have to watch the back end when turing that you don't hit something. i never had the chance to use the other attachments, but i considered getting another one so i could. the entire body of the F687 flips up for service, seat, bars, and all! also a lot easier to clean the deck than mine.

    hope that helps ya
  4. Brian M

    Brian M LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Messages: 94

    anyone else?
  5. Travis Followell

    Travis Followell LawnSite Silver Member
    from KY
    Messages: 2,206

    We have an F-620 which is basically the same thing. Ours has a 20 hp Kohler with a 60" deck and it is way underpowered and it is slow. I'd say it goes about 6 mph max. The machine is built like a tank and we use it for rough area's and roadsides mostly. I think the top speed on the F-687 is about 8 mph so if you want to be productive I suggest you look at a Grasshopper.
  6. Brian M

    Brian M LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Messages: 94

    Landscape supply,
    I did look into the Grasshopper and they do have every attachment I could ever possibly need but I think they're too pricey and there isn't a dealer close by so I'm leaning towards JD over Exmark, not to rag on Exmark but I think they got their name from the "marks" it leaves on the lawns, and I'm not just talking about divots from z-turns but tire track marks as well. I've got a light weight LZHP with a 48" deck and it tends to leave tire tracks on a high percentage of the yards I do, I don't understand why it's happening considering it's the lightest Lazer Z they make but it's time to look into a different machine! The JD 687 disperses it's weight onto six wheels so maybe that will make the difference for me, plus I won't have to crawl under it everyday to scrape off the deck or change the blades!
  7. edward hedrick

    edward hedrick LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 871

    Brian, Ihad 620 bought at Lomac in e. Windsor had it about

    a week returned to Dealer. Some compaints same as others

    bought a Scag STHM easier on hillsides. Bought a Walker

    MT-20. Alot better package. I like getting off to dump box.

  8. PLM-1

    PLM-1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,640

    I'm a grasshopper guy. they are pricey but well worth it IMO. I've gotta diesel which should last me at least twice as long as a l/c gas. wise investment IMO. hard to beat the front mount and flip up deck. very nice riding machine as well. i do suggest the bar tread lp tires. i never leave ruts and i mow some pretty wet stuff sometimes.
  9. QuikKutLawn

    QuikKutLawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 36

    Brian M, check out the string titled John Deere F687. Just search for that name, I'm not sure how to direct you there otherwise...
  10. Brian M

    Brian M LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Messages: 94

    Already did!

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