Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by TC Lawns, Jun 5, 2008.

  1. TC Lawns

    TC Lawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 57

    I am looking for a second mower. I found a 1999 John Deere F620 54" Z-TRAC for sale. It is about a 4 hour drive for me so I cant go take a look at it without making a day out of it. There are a few issues I was wondering about.

    Is thing a good option for a commercial mower? (this is the larger Z-TRAC with the 3rd single wheel in the back.

    The owner says that he took the deck off to paint it and when he put it back on, it does not cut even. He says that he did not remove any pullys or bearings, etc. He says that the back of the deck look higher than the front, and that when he cuts, it leaves a tall strip in the center. I am not familiar with this model and have never seen one. Is the some kind of adjustment that he is missing? Is this a true floating deck? What could cause this.

    Next issue, he says that the original motor (Kohler 20) has about 1100 hours on it. But it slung a rod and he rebuilt the motor. He said he put 2 new piston rods in, and a new head. And he says that there was minimal damage inside the piston. He says that since he rebuilt it, it has 5 hours on it, and it runs strong. Im not sure how much he knows about rebuilding motors but he says that it runs great now and that he would let me test it out.

    Is there anything I should be cautious about, or should the motor be ok?

    Mostly I need opinions on what could be wrong with this deck. He says that he will sell it for $2000, and he just cant figure out why it cuts uneven, I hope it is just a simple ajustment that he is missing. But I am not familiar with this model and it's deck.

    Opinions Please, Thanks in advance.



  2. IN2MOWN

    IN2MOWN LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,993

    I would not even consider buying that thing.
  3. TC Lawns

    TC Lawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 57

    Thats what I was thinking. Too many issues.
  4. scchamblee

    scchamblee LawnSite Member
    Messages: 161

    there is one for sale on the merchandise forum
  5. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,220

    Dont get it......

    as a rule of thumb. Most ZTR'S are so expensive only LCO's can afford them " NOT always But most of the time" there for they dont let them go untill they have ran them into the ground. and some LCO's will try to patch them up "like painting them and such" to look pretty...

    you being inthe lawn business, need to cut grass NOT work on a machine 3 to 4 days a week.....

    Good LUCK
  6. QualityLawnCare4u

    QualityLawnCare4u LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,758

    Pass on this one, I have a feeling this guy is not telling you everything. For about twice the money(or less) you can get a good used commercial ztr with a lot less hours than that. That maching was so unpopular here the dealer did not carry them, I forget what issues he said they had being it was a few years back.
  7. TC Lawns

    TC Lawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 57

    ok thanks for the advice guys. I think I am going to stick with my original plan and try to find a good running walker around here.:usflag:

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