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It's an invasion from Pa. So it seems.....Long time JD owner here, just found this site and thought I would give it a ho. New to computers as well. Things move at a slow pace here in the rural farming communities of Pa. I have owned many JD tractors and lawn mowers over the years.

I am in the market for a new mower and visited my local JD store and looked in the Zero turn line. I mow approx 8 acres and figured the Zero turn would speed things up for my bride. I liked the 970R with the 60 inch deck but am wondering on the MOD deck and the Michelin Tweels. I feel the MOD deck are more of a marketing item since they never really worked well and more than likely still don't...looking for any feedback from real users. I also liked the 960M , I can get the regular60 inch deck, 31 HP motor but no cross port hydro's or push button PTO and raise and lower deck ...more gimmicks in my opinion. The cross porting to keep things cool sounds like the only real improvement... So if anyone can offetanyfeedback on the R's vs the M's
Unit would be appreciated... If think the 960M units offer best value with the 31 HP motor..
 

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Welcome to GTT Bradfordfarmer.
You don't read too many good reviews about the MOD. I'd leave it in the store.
What do ya mow with now?
 

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Welcome to GTT Bradfordfarmer.
You don't read too many good reviews about the MOD. I'd leave it in the store.
What do ya mow with now?

Thank you !

I mow with a JD M665 I bought brand new in 2002. It just flipped 1000 hours so I figure it's time for a new one...I feel the best pieces of green Iron for my dollar is the 960M. Big 31 HP motor same as the 970R motor wise just missing the push button PTO engage and raise/ lower deck and cross ported hydro's but the M is about 4 k cheaper. 4k is allot of money for cross porting and a few push buttons....Am I missing something ?
 

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Welcome to the site.

You've come to the right place if you want to spend lots of :gizmo:

We have several "pro's".
 

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Thank you !

I mow with a JD M665 I bought brand new in 2002. It just flipped 1000 hours so I figure it's time for a new one...I feel the best pieces of green Iron for my dollar is the 960M. Big 31 HP motor same as the 970R motor wise just missing the push button PTO engage and raise/ lower deck and cross ported hydro's but the M is about 4 k cheaper. 4k is allot of money for cross porting and a few push buttons....Am I missing something ?
If you are looking for an argument from me you're not going to get one. :lol: I agree with ya. :good2:
I'm not so sure the new mower will be much faster than you old mower though. I'd still buy the new mower.:lol:
 

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If you are looking for an argument from me you're not going to get one. :lol: I agree with ya. :good2:
I'm not so sure the new mower will be much faster than you old mower though. I'd still buy the new mower.:lol:
Ha ha ! Not looking for a fight at all ....they never fail yo confuse me with the obvious....a few buttons isn't worth a few thousand dollars to me m besides we got along just find without them up until now so I see no need to change anything at this point..its been my experience that the more nonsensical items on any machine that can fail , WILL !

I don't think it will be much faster or any for that matter, just time for something new. I really liked the deluxe suspended seat. Truth be told if there was a Ferris dealer close by I would be buying a 3200 model with the suspension. I drove one that one of my friends has and it quite the machine. Very nice is every regard.

It looks like I will be taking the 960 M with the 60 inch standard deck , deluxe seat, and Michelin twheels . I have the wheels on my skid steers and think they are well worth the added expense. Great traction, extremely long wear life, no flats..
 

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Ha ha ! Not looking for a fight at all ....they never fail yo confuse me with the obvious....a few buttons isn't worth a few thousand dollars to me m besides we got along just find without them up until now so I see no need to change anything at this point..its been my experience that the more nonsensical items on any machine that can fail , WILL !

I don't think it will be much faster or any for that matter, just time for something new. I really liked the deluxe suspended seat. Truth be told if there was a Ferris dealer close by I would be buying a 3200 model with the suspension. I drove one that one of my friends has and it quite the machine. Very nice is every regard.

It looks like I will be taking the 960 M with the 60 inch standard deck , deluxe seat, and Michelin twheels . I have the wheels on my skid steers and think they are well worth the added expense. Great traction, extremely long wear life, no flats..
:lol: Me either, just agreeing with you on all of it. :thumbup1gif:
I know what you mean by wanting a new one. We traded a 12 year old Z to get our Z915B.
 

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:lol: Me either, just agreeing with you on all of it. :thumbup1gif:
I know what you mean by wanting a new one. We traded a 12 year old Z to get our Z915B.

Tell me your thoughts on the 915B..... Looks like a great machine...I find that JD and most of the othet manufacturers make it overly complicated When it truly doesn't need to be. Their marketing approach is very common these days, offer a multiple of models and features and then make certain models only have certain options etc etc.. I remember a day when you went in yo buy a new farm tractor they had three models, big, bigger and biggest. Fun stuff ! I continue to lean towards the 960M with the standard 60 inch deck , deluxe seat, and Michelin wheels....then again who knows , I officially turned it over to my lovely bride since she does most of the mowing with one simple direction, Pick the one you want and get it on order or delivered...

Thanks for taking the time to offer your thoughts...I appreciate it... I'll let you know what she chooses...
 

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Welcome to GTT, from the deep south. :bigthumb:
 

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Tell me your thoughts on the 915B..... Looks like a great machine...I find that JD and most of the othet manufacturers make it overly complicated When it truly doesn't need to be. Their marketing approach is very common these days, offer a multiple of models and features and then make certain models only have certain options etc etc.. I remember a day when you went in yo buy a new farm tractor they had three models, big, bigger and biggest. Fun stuff ! I continue to lean towards the 960M with the standard 60 inch deck , deluxe seat, and Michelin wheels....then again who knows , I officially turned it over to my lovely bride since she does most of the mowing with one simple direction, Pick the one you want and get it on order or delivered...

Thanks for taking the time to offer your thoughts...I appreciate it... I'll let you know what she chooses...
Like your bride, Babycakes here does most of the mowing. We like our Z915B, a lot.
I will say (IMO) you don't want a 25 HP engine tired to a 60" deck. I'd stay with the 960M. Is most of your mowing flat, smooth mowing?
If I were mowing 8 hours a day, 5 days a week I'd probably want a few other options.
 

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I happen to like Pennsylvania. Really nice state, good riding, excellent history, and beautiful back country.

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I like my B quite a bit, but it sure does ride like a bucking bronco. Much better with the Puffer Seat, but it's no Cadillac. :lol:
 

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mowing is nothing but flat....inclines, pond dyke, declines etc...flat in the front yard only....what kind of riding are you referring too my friend from Tennesee ?

She picked the 970R ....deluxe seat, 60 inch deck, Michelin wheels and a hitch to tug the lawn roller around each Spring...Salesman told her 3 to 4 weeks as he had to order it in...it's getting pretty expense to mow your lawn these days.
This will more than likely be the last mower we ever buy. I hope it's as good as my M665 was/is....
 

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....what kind of riding are you referring too my friend from Tennesee ?
I learned how to ride motorcycles in your neck of the woods, more specifically the Altoona area. I lived just in Gettysburg for a number of years ago when I was a youngster.


Congrats on your new mower! :bigthumb:
 

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Enjoy!
 

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I learned how to ride motorcycles in your neck of the woods, more specifically the Altoona area. I lived just in Gettysburg for a number of years ago when I was a youngster.


Congrats on your new mower! :bigthumb:
Very cool. We stil, ride GNCC and local Hare scramble along with some vintage MX..I did some National level trials riding in your neck of the woods at the trials training center. Dan a brown is a friend of mine....small world... Looking forward to the 970R...great site here. Very friendly and helpful folks...think I'll stay a spell!
 

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Welcome from northeastern Pennsylvania.
 

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