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New JD 737...my opinion

Your opinion counts too!

  • Shut up low balla!

    Votes: 1 10.0%
  • Bake me a Grass Cake.

    Votes: 2 20.0%
  • Deers are purty!

    Votes: 3 30.0%
  • Deers are for huntin.

    Votes: 2 20.0%
  • Thanks for sharing.

    Votes: 2 20.0%

  • Total voters
    10

Grass Cake

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Zone C
Picked up a 737 this morning and here's my score card!
Each observation gets a 1-10 rating.

737/54" deck
SCORECARD

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
 

prosperity

LawnSite Member
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.
 

jsf343

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Portland,Oregon
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?
 
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Grass Cake

Grass Cake

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Zone C
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....


Thanks for your scorecard - just thought I would share my feelings about the one size smaller machine with yours.
Were to buy a 727a...but my eyes wandered.
You welcome...good luck with your green machine.
 
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Grass Cake

Grass Cake

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Zone C
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?
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)
 

slclawn

LawnSite Member
Location
IN
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:
 
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Grass Cake

Grass Cake

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Zone C
>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
zerf=zerk

just to be clear
 

Travis E

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Delphos, Ohio
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)
 
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