I just bought my 1st Zero Turn, a residential model Z345M 42" cut. Very pleased with everything about it. Not much lawn to mow, but I just like the idea of getting it done in 25 minutes as opposed to 60.
My question is about cutting height.
I have the deck set to 4", which is the max. Yet it still seems to be too short. I've been using a Cub Cadet 33" Walk-behind which has a max mowing height of 3-1/2" and it seems to leave the grass taller than the JD/ZT.
Is there any way to raise the deck another 1/2" with the leveling bolts?
OK for those interested, I broke out the wrenches and started playing around with the cutting height.
At the highest "factory" setting, using the John Deere Deck/Blade adjustment scale, the blades measured 3-3/8" in the front and 3-1/2" in the back. WAY too short for the highest setting. That means if I lower it a couple inches I'll be mowing DIRT!
So I cranked the rear deck bolts as far as they would go and still be able to move the deck to the highest setting, then adjusted the front deck bolt to match.
Now, on the "4" setting, I'm sitting at 4-3/8" in front and 4-1/2" rear. I was able to adjust a full inch, still having plenty of room to easily lower if needed.
Missouri/Kansas are known for HOT/DRY summers and I'm sure I'll need that 4.5" setting for those long drought periods.