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    X700 decks good for commercial mowing?

    do the 54 and 60HC decks provide a cut quality good enough for a commercial application?
    - 2002 John Deere 4510 TLB PR,
    -Woods BB60X 60" rotary cutter
    -Countyline box blade,
    -Allis Chalmers sickle mower,
    -RED windrow rake,
    -titan 48" 3000 pound forks/bale spear
    - Farm Star rear bale spear

    Yamaha Rhino 700, Yamaha Rhino 660,
    Murray 624 mower/38" deck

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    I scheduled a demo with a jd z920 w/54" pro deck yesterday. I live in Carlisle, Pa. I live in the country - across from farm fields. I have clover and probably every other imaginable grass growing in our yard (some maybe even not known to modern man). I did my research and listened to forums like this and others and felt the jd z920 w/54" pro deck was the way to go. For me, it is not. The grass cut, for me, was not what I expected. Grass with the rate it's been growing has been crazy around our area the last two years. It seems all the neighbors (and me) cut grass a lot - and we aren't commercial type people that do grass cutting for a living (but maybe I do). The jd z 940m performed well but left areas in the yard where grass was 6"-8" tall spit out on top of the ground. Yes, it cut the grass to the dialed in height of the mower deck but did not chop it up to acceptable finer pieces as expected - not even after repeated cuts. I will say this "grass" is of a very broad type leaf structure and "veiny". I was miffed and puzzled because I expected a "perfect" cut. One other thing. I mow all but 4 acres. The jd z920m w/54" pro deck is not a smooth ride by itself. While it is capable of going plenty fast I couldn't because it would jar my sides to much with it's harsh ride on my turf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redrhinoman View Post
    I scheduled a demo with a jd z920 w/54" pro deck yesterday. I live in Carlisle, Pa. I live in the country - across from farm fields. I have clover and probably every other imaginable grass growing in our yard (some maybe even not known to modern man). I did my research and listened to forums like this and others and felt the jd z920 w/54" pro deck was the way to go. For me, it is not. The grass cut, for me, was not what I expected. Grass with the rate it's been growing has been crazy around our area the last two years. It seems all the neighbors (and me) cut grass a lot - and we aren't commercial type people that do grass cutting for a living (but maybe I do). The jd z 940m performed well but left areas in the yard where grass was 6"-8" tall spit out on top of the ground. Yes, it cut the grass to the dialed in height of the mower deck but did not chop it up to acceptable finer pieces as expected - not even after repeated cuts. I will say this "grass" is of a very broad type leaf structure and "veiny". I was miffed and puzzled because I expected a "perfect" cut. One other thing. I mow all but 4 acres. The jd z920m w/54" pro deck is not a smooth ride by itself. While it is capable of going plenty fast I couldn't because it would jar my sides to much with it's harsh ride on my turf.

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    - 2002 John Deere 4510 TLB PR,
    -Woods BB60X 60" rotary cutter
    -Countyline box blade,
    -Allis Chalmers sickle mower,
    -RED windrow rake,
    -titan 48" 3000 pound forks/bale spear
    - Farm Star rear bale spear

    Yamaha Rhino 700, Yamaha Rhino 660,
    Murray 624 mower/38" deck

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    Quote Originally Posted by redrhinoman View Post
    The jd z 940m performed well but left areas in the yard where grass was 6"-8" tall spit out on top of the ground.
    These zero-turn mowers are finish mowers - not brush hogs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnH123 View Post
    do the 54 and 60HC decks provide a cut quality good enough for a commercial application?
    John, I have a X738 with the 54HC deck and have a mulching kit installed.. It cuts beautifully and I mow around three acres of grass, garbage and roads thru my property.. I love the cut and have never had an issue with the deck.. I would say yes it will do a commercial job as good as any other mower.. JT
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    The cut will be good enough but if using the machine commercially on a daily basis you may find it will start to wear out fast and start costing you money in repairs.
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    I moved this to the lawn and garden section where you will get more responses from X700 owners.
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    I would not call them a "commercial grade deck" that will put up with extended pounding. It seems the hanger design would come out of adjustment often.
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    Quote Originally Posted by birdhouse View Post
    I would not call them a "commercial grade deck" that will put up with extended pounding. It seems the hanger design would come out of adjustment often.
    can you elaborate, please?
    - 2002 John Deere 4510 TLB PR,
    -Woods BB60X 60" rotary cutter
    -Countyline box blade,
    -Allis Chalmers sickle mower,
    -RED windrow rake,
    -titan 48" 3000 pound forks/bale spear
    - Farm Star rear bale spear

    Yamaha Rhino 700, Yamaha Rhino 660,
    Murray 624 mower/38" deck

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    I'm basing my opinion on the older x7** decks like what is on my x744 and dad's x749. They may have changed the shape a bit but the attachment design is the same. Compared to my old Cub 982, the x7** decks level adjustment changes quite a bit with time (just plan on re adjusting it). Also, the x7** range of motion is limited as in going over uneven ground. Now, our x744 is only driven by my wife and me, over fairly level ground, not hitting rocks and hidden farm machinery, will last as long as I need it to. The neighbor's x700 is used by a hired hand and will not last as long as mine will. The last jd tractor he had literally had its wheels driven off. My idea of "commercial" is being able to sustain years of hired hand use. If a person uses common sense, these things will mow a ton of grass for many years.
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