New JD opinion

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Grass Cake, Apr 30, 2007.


Your opinion counts too!

  1. Shut up low balla!

    1 vote(s)
  2. Bake me a Grass Cake.

    2 vote(s)
  3. Deers are purty!

    3 vote(s)
  4. Deers are for huntin.

    2 vote(s)
  5. Thanks for sharing.

    2 vote(s)
  1. Grass Cake

    Grass Cake LawnSite Senior Member
    from Zone C
    Messages: 303

    Picked up a 737 this morning and here's my score card!
    Each observation gets a 1-10 rating.

    737/54" deck

    1.The 7 iron deck( speaks for itself,but i give it) 10 x 2=20
    2.The 23hp Kawasaki( perfect match for a 54"'er) 10
    3.The handling/controls ( excellent when i get
    them tweaked to suit me) 9
    4.The ride ( average,could use a spring
    suspension seat) 7
    5.The speed ( as fast as i want to go while
    mowing grass) 9
    6.Slopes-horizontal ( excellent,pleasant surprise) 9
    7.Slopes-vertical-down ( controllable,doesn't
    instantly lose its grip) 8
    8.Slopes-vertical-up ( wheelie-ville,somebody
    hold me down!) 3
    9. The engine cover/grille (rattles like a mofo,
    lucky i have the 60 klonipin per month because
    this will drive me nuts!) -1
    10.Durability (the front right caster bearing failed
    within the first 3 hrs of use,wtf? no zerf fitting on
    the wheels? BOZO design!) < worked it like a dog
    all day and it stilled loved me! 8

    Total Score = 82
    Bonus points
    The dealer was patient with me and my attitude
    about the caster bearing.( i'll be honest though,
    this machine had not been "setup" other than
    slapping it together and putting "for sale" on it!)
    Bonus points = 5

    Final Score = 87

    Anyone that has the Deere Regional Rep. for the southeast
    feel free to PM me. (insurance policy against the locals...evil grin)

    Let the bashing/slashing begin!

    Grass Cake
  2. prosperity

    prosperity LawnSite Member
    Messages: 92

    I just spent my first day with my 727A yesterday...and I can agree with your list of 1-8.
    Although, #8 - I felt the same thing going up a steep grade (caster wheels actually stopped turning), but I pushed it a little further, and didn't go any higher in the front - started getting comfortable with the wheelie some....

    #9 - all bots should have been torqued at the dealer before delivery - thus the rattling I would guess.

    #10 - I'll have to go out and look again, but I could swear that I have zerks on my caster wheels......

    Bonus - my dealer is the same in that they just throw it together. They do however, torque all the bolts, but do not set the deck up properly - spent 1.5 hours leveling it before I used it.

    Thanks for your scorecard - just thought I would share my feelings about the one size smaller machine with yours.
  3. jsf343

    jsf343 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,786

    a few questions...
    have you used it in wet conditions? how does it rate for that? (cut included)
    how much do they go for? is it the m.o.d. deck?
  4. Grass Cake

    Grass Cake LawnSite Senior Member
    from Zone C
    Messages: 303

    Were to buy a 727a...but my eyes wandered.
    You welcome...good luck with your green machine.
  5. Grass Cake

    Grass Cake LawnSite Senior Member
    from Zone C
    Messages: 303

    I'll try to answer 3-4 of your questions.
    I haven't used it in rain soaked grass yet,but i
    drifted into a pasture of tall lush/thick stuff and
    cut it down to 3" and it was beautiful.

    I paid $8400 + tax ( too much i suppose but thats the best i could do locally.)

    No mulch on demand, i disharge everything (although i may get a mulch kit for fall)
  6. slclawn

    slclawn LawnSite Member
    from IN
    Messages: 71

    I love the 7 iron deck it cut very well in the wet grass mine are 757's and they are awsome on hills also they do pop the fronts off the ground when going up a steep hill but the back hit keeping it from fliping over. My dealer set them up before they sell them so no problems with that. I also have a older jd z track 655 that has now over 7 thousand hours on it i gave it to my dad he uses it for his lawn and if i need a back up its there jd i the way to go.:cool2: :usflag: :usflag:
  7. Grass Cake

    Grass Cake LawnSite Senior Member
    from Zone C
    Messages: 303

    >10.Durability (the front right caster bearing failed
    >within the first 3 hrs of use,wtf? no >zerf fitting on
    >the wheels? BOZO design!) < worked it like a dog
    >all day and it stilled loved me! 8

    two mistakes in the same sentence

    caster bearing= wheel bearing

    just to be clear
  8. Grass Cake

    Grass Cake LawnSite Senior Member
    from Zone C
    Messages: 303

    The decks are wind machines. I'm convinced i could sit on a dusty bare patch and create a tornado.
  9. Travis E

    Travis E LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,761

    I have a 737 with a 60" deck, the power is a little low at times (mainly with wet, tall grass. Been mowing wet lawns this week and the cut has been awsome..although if I cut too much off or go to fast it will tend to clump a little..but not terrible! I have tried ditches with mine and now i will just push mow them. This is mainly because if i can not go back up the ditch, I will have to go down and my striping kit that is mounted behind the mower will get me stuck! :dizzy: (happened twice so far)
  10. robbo521

    robbo521 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 601

    love my 717A!hope you have good luck with it.

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