Back in the 1970, 80's and 2000 was the best years for owning a John Deere or a Cub Cadet. Even though both still make their riding tractors, they both sub-contracted to MTD for the makings of their zero turns. This was the biggest mistake both of these companies could have done, because now you still pay for the John Deere name, but you're getting MTD quality.
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I hate to say it because I rather not write a bad review, but I don't want people being swindled out of their hard earn money. I had to bring in my Cub Cadet 60 inch mower because of electronic clutch problems and the let me take this John Deere EZtrak Z425 Riding Mower right out of the grate, they oiled, greased, and gassed her up and I put it on my trailer. Because the John Deere has a tractor round deck on it, I had to make the trailer gate almost flat so the bottom blades didn't hit it. Another thing I don't like about this zero turn mower is the dashboard is off in the backside of you on the left hand side, being lefty didn't faze me until I had to reach off to the side to turn on the blades with the PTO switch.
Even though I don't like the passive style of the deck, it did have a good grass cutting purring noise to it and with three blades cutting from a 23 horsepower Briggs & Stratton engine there was no bogginess when hitting the thick parts of people's yards. With the 3.5 fuel tank you get three hours of cutting in before refilling. It does have some professional parts on it that I do like, the height adjuster lets you cut from 1.5 to 4.5 inches at .25 increments and she is positioned at the calf of your right legs. The parking brake is on the left side at arms length just in case you have an emergency, or just need to park. The engine is a few decimals louder that the Kohler engine but performs about the same. We made a conscience decision with the lighter frame body and the bigger engine, all MTD was thinking about was speed. Can't wait until they think quality comes first.
The seat is there most common mid back seat that just protects your lower lumbar and with the padded seat is good seat if not mowing all day. The lap bars can be adjusted for your height and chubbiness. They turn on a dime when mowing, so striping a lawn is good here if you keep within the mowing lines. With the forward speed of 8.5 miles a hour I was able to do a acre home in a half hour, but it was completely flat. Both John Deere and I only recommend this mover for flat properties, being a hundred pounds lighter than other models it doesn't have a balanced frame or body to do incline. With MTD's lack for quality the guys and I think this machine was totally assembled in a hour maximum. Even on little slants of the properties we used this machine on the 20 inch turf tires were spinning and I can't have burn marks in the lawns I do. I even experience some difficulty doing the water swales out in front of the house, even though the deck is balanced out with 5 deck rollers, it doesn't give you that even cut when your on a angle.
Overall, I wouldn't spend the 4 thousand dollars on this machine even if I desperately needed one. The cup holder is behind you on the right even with the tire and even if you have a lid on your drink it's all over the best in a matter of minutes and I just drank bottled water when I knew I was cutting 2 acres or more. I can only recommend this machine for home use only and if your property is flat.
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