DVC500 at last wrote:
markviii wrote:I will soon be tractor-less.
I'm so sorry for your loss Rob, our condolences to you and your family.
I will probably post some pictures of the new John Deere mower in the zero turn thread...31hp with a 72" deck, it should really eat some grass.
Oh there we go! Thats what I'm talkin about!
I can't wait to see the pics.
Old with the old, in with the new! I hated to see my Massey go down the road, but the mowing performance of the "new horse" eased the pain quickly. Sorry for the crappy picture of the John Deere, it was starting to rain and I couldn't bring myself to pull it outside. When I get some better pictures I will post them in the zero turn thread. The JD barely fits in my extra shop bay, but at least that gives me good reason to clean out the junk that has been accumulating in that bay.
The Massey compact was a GC2300 with a 60" deck, 22.5 hp diesel. The John Deere is a Z950a, 72" deck with a 31hp vertical V-twin gasoline engine (Kawasaki). It usually took me 4-4.5 hours to mow the 4 acre lawn with the tractor, yesterday I mowed everything in just under two hours with the John Deere. Obviously the bigger deck makes a big difference, but the reduced amount of turning and backing up is huge also. Something I did not expect is the dramatic difference in how much better the JD deck "flows" in heavy grass. In heavy grass I always had to slow down with the Massey so it didn't leave streaks of unmowed grass. The JD just laughs at it, and the difference in the appearance of the lawn is amazing.
I posted the last picture to give everyone an idea of how well the JD deck performs. I'm not sure what my ground speed was when I mowed that area, but I was moving pretty good. This thing blows the grass about 12' out the discharge chute, and does a MUCH better job of dispersing the clippings. I already had someone ask me if I was using a bagger or sweeping the clippings...nope, just blasting the grass over a wide area. It seems to have power to spare, and it is a pleasure to mow with.