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'Z' and high grass

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by prosperity, May 18, 2007.

  1. prosperity

    prosperity LawnSite Member
    Messages: 92

    Since this is my first year with a Z (Deere 727A), I am not sure of it's capibilities yet. I am treating it like a fine finish mower only at this point.
    I have a Deere 2210 compact diesel 4wd w/62" deck that I have used for years.

    Today, I did a one time job on a lawn that was not done yet this year, and think it wasn't done much last year either. Also had a pretty good bank to it.

    I automatically took the diesel to do this job - and did a great job as expected.

    Now my dilemma - I am thinking strongly of getting a larger tractor to do lawn installs and loader work. Financially, I would have to trade the 2210 in. But, the larger tractor would not be set up with a belly mower. I do have a bush hog to use on it however.
    So, I look at this job today, and wonder if the Z could have handled it. Worst case, I could take the larger tractor with bush hog over it first, then finish up with the Z.

    I guess what I feel, is that the Z is to "tender" to do a job like this - and especially since it is new, don't want to ruin anything. I should have taken some photos before and after so I could explain myself better.
    Would my Z be able to knock down 24"-30" of grass?
  2. jwl5510

    jwl5510 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 85

    is it a 717a

    what size motor
  3. M&SLawnCare

    M&SLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 306

    I've cut grass about 24" tall with a 16hp 42" deck scotts tractor.... I've also done it with 21" mowers. IMO you can cut almost anything if you go slow enough and S/D. Just don't expect to cruise at 8mph through that.
  4. mag360

    mag360 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,445

    A commercial Z can take some serious abuse. Just use old blades.
  5. prosperity

    prosperity LawnSite Member
    Messages: 92

    727A 54" 23hp Kawasaki Deere
  6. Idealtim

    Idealtim LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 939

    The key is to go slow and cut it on the highest setting a few times first.

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