April 5, 2011

John Deere and How to Choose a Mower

deere_zero_turn.jpgJohn Deere is introducing a bunch of new lawn mowers this season; 8 new ones in the 100 series and a couple of zero-turn models. The new 100s are marked by better fuel efficiency and lower emissions, as well as a redesign of the operator area. The zero-turn mowers, according to John Deere, come equipped with more horsepower and faster speeds than any other residential zero-turn units. There is plenty more information about these new releases in the press releases, which we've put after the jump.

John Deere has also put together a list of items to think about if you're considering a riding mower purchase this summer. We usually don't publish articles that come directly from a manufacturer, but this one doesn't specifically promote John Deere and it's filled with good points. A riding mower is a big investment and if you're thinking of getting one, these items are a good place to start. Here goes...

Choosing the right mower:
There's a number of elements and factors that should be taken into consideration when choosing a new mower this spring. Here's a few tips from John Deere:

  • Know your lawn - How big is your yard? Is it flat and smooth, or sloping? Do you need to mow around trees, sweep off your patio or plow yourdriveway? All of these are questions you want to ask yourself when considering buying a new mower. They'll help narrow down your options and ensure you pick the right mower for the job.
  • All grass isn't alike - Grass comes in a variety of types and it's important to know what makes up your lawn. If you want your mower to stick around for a while, you'll need to make sure you have enough power to handle the grass in your yard
  • Think about after-sale service - The goal is to save money AND headaches in the long run, so make sure your equipment provider offers reliable after-sale support and can guarantee quick repair if you run into any problems.
  • Keep it safe - It might not be the most interesting book on the shelf, but the operator's manual is essential to understanding the specific safety features on your equipment. General safety reminders and standards are also available through the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute at www.opei.org.

Riding mower or tractors versus zero-turn radius mowers:

Both machine types offer benefits and features that cater to different types of properties, understand the difference by reviewing below.

Choose a riding mower or tractor if:

  • You have plenty of jobs to do around your property and need a variety of attachments. In other words, you want to do more than just mow.
  • You have uneven terrain that you have to navigate.
  • You like using controls that are familiar and auto-like.
  • Your property has plenty of obstacles you need to trim around.

Choose a zero-turn radius mower if:

  • You want to improve your productivity, mowing your property in as little time as possible.
  • Your property is fairly flat.
  • You enjoy a mower that has more speed and can turn quickly.
  • You just want to mow, pure and simple.

More information at John Deere. And as promised, the press releases follow...

John Deere Unveils the New 100 Series Lawn Tractor

CARY, North Carolina (February 01, 2011) - John Deere announces the new 100Series Tractors with better fuel efficiency, reduced emissions and sound levels, and enhanced operator comfort and visibility.

"The 100 Series tractors have always been great machines, but now owners will have greater fuel economy, feel more comfortable when operating the machine, and enjoy increased visibility from the seat," said Greg Weekes, John Deere group product marketing manager.

The new 100 Series includes eight models. All have engines exclusively designed for John Deere that operate with greater fuel economy and reduced sound levels, a new fuel tank to reduce emissions, and a redesigned hood and operator's area to improve visibility and operating comfort.

All models also come with The Edge™ Cutting System. This 3-in-1 mowing deck lets the operator choose between mulching, bagging and side-discharging, and a more precise mowing height can be controlled within a ¼-inch using the height of cut adjustment.

Attachments are easily installed on all 100Series Tractors with the exclusive CargO Mount™ System, which enables owners to easily add or remove the appropriate attachment for mowing, plowing, aerating and hauling.

"These machines have the reputation of being the easiest to own, operate and maintain in the industry," said Weekes, "and the new D100 Series will continue to build upon that reputation."

New 100 Series Tractors

* D100 - 17.5-hp engine, 5-speed transmission and versatile CargO Mount™ System
* D110 - 19.5-hp engine, automatic transmission, 2-pedal forward/reverse, increased travel speeds
* D120 - Increased horsepower (21-hp), convenient cruise control, high back seat
* D130 - V-twin engine with increased horsepower (22-hp), double bar bumper, high back seat, fender flares
* D140 - Wider, 48-inch mower deck with 3 blades, electric mower blade engagement (PTO)
* D150 - V-twin, ELS, 24-hp engine, deluxe steering wheel, front bumper
* D160 - V-twin, ELS, 24-hp engine, Comfort Package features lumbar adjustable seat and deluxe steering wheel, double bar bumper
* D170 - V-twin, ELS, 24-hp engine, Widest, 54-inch mower deck, Comfort Package features lumbar adjustable seat and deluxe steering wheel, double bar bumper

John Deere Expands EZtrak™ Mower Line-Up

CARY, North Carolina (February 1, 2011) - John Deere announces two new mowers to the EZtrak line-up. The Z645 and Z655 will provide homeowners with the fastest ground speed in the homeowner market, the highest horsepower available in a residential zero-turn mower, and an exclusive, high-capacity mowing deck. The Z600s will also offer a 4-year/500-hour, bumper-to-bumper warranty.

"Our EZtrak mowers have consistently provided superior cut quality, and now with the new Z600s, customers can mow more in even less time with our exclusive high-capacity deck, and top speeds of 9 MPH," says Kim Ridel, John Deere tactical marketing manager.

The new Z645 and Z655 provide commercial-grade construction and durability, for use in residential mowing applications. Both models feature a 27-hp John Deere 5 Step Cyclonic engine, which has been specially designed for the unique challenges of zero-turn mowing. The engine enhances airflow to run cooler and features a heavy duty starter, oil cooler, commercial grade seals and dual-barrel carburetor.

Both the 48" and 54" High-capacity decks are stamped from 9-gauge steel for maximum durability, and provide double-captured gauge wheels, a reinforcement bar, and commercial-grade spindles for a long cutting life. The deep shell of the deck allows for enhanced airflow for greater clipping throughput and the smooth underside of the deck minimizes material build-up.

In addition, the Z600 Series offers adjustable handles, convenient controls, on-board tracking adjustment tool, and a flip-up foot platform for easy cleaning and service.

"The new Z600 Series mowers will let homeowners mow like the pros and get superior cut quality in their own yard," says Ridel, "All with the added confidence of a 4-year/500-hour bumper-to-bumper warranty."

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