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My brand new Deere Z945M EFI with a 60" 7 Iron Pro deck. Tweel rear tires and a suspension seat - $11,178.98 out the door less tax (we're ag exempt.)

I just finished mowing maybe a combined three acres of pasture, a barn area and a sort of "yard" . Lots of oak trees to dodge for some of that acreage and roads to mow around, etc. It took me about 90 minutes, maybe a little more to mow what was taking me half a day on the 46" Gravely Promaster 100 ZTR. I have about 500 operating hours on the Gravely so I was immediately productive on the Z Trak. When I would finish all of that mowing on the Gravely, I was tired and beat up - rigid seat with minimal padding. I felt like I could easily mow for several hours on the Deere and not feel that beat up.

What amazed me was how fast the 945M was - I mean maybe three times as fast as the Gravely. I was mowing in tall grass and weeds (like 24-30" tall) as fast as the Gravely would run flat out. I am really blown away and my only regret is I didn't buy this or one like it a few years ago. I literally hated mowing with the Gravely and put off mowing until I couldn't stand it any longer.

The 27 HP fuel injected Kohler was great - when I got in a really dense area of grass/weeds/wildflowers I could hear the engine go under load and quickly recover. Never did I feel like there wasn't enough power to cut a 60" swath while moving at a fairly decent speed. It would be interesting to compare the carb version to this EFI model. Oh, fuel burn - dealer filled the tank full and the gauge is maybe a couple of needle widths above 3/4 full.

All maintenance things are easy to access, very well thought out.
 

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Thanks Stan. I forgot to comment on the Tweels, they are a winner. Traction is very good and they really soften the ride. I was thinking about ordering Z Glides for the fronts but now I’m not sure I need them.
 

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Congrats John! Looks like a really nice machine! :thumbup1gif:
 

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:bigthumb::bigthumb:
 

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Very nice machine. :thumbup1gif:
 

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Way to go John!!! :good2::good2:

Glad the tweels and suspension seat takes the edge off the ride.
 

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Awesome machine John!

The only thing missing in the pics is mud.....
Got about as much chance finding good BBQ in Texas as you do finding mud......:lol:
 

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Nice looking machine. :thumbup1gif:

Not surprised, but glad for you that it is more comfortable and productive.
 

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Man that’s nice :bigthumb:
 

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:bigthumb: :congrats: on the new mower u got. very nice -i really like the arm rests on it.:good2:
 

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Thanks for the write-up johncanfield, congratulations. :thumbup1gif:
Before we got our JD Z915B I thought our old commercial Toro Z-Master was the cat's pajamas, boy was I/we wrong. Technology sure changes things, by a lot.

Good luck with it.
 

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:thumbup1gif:Nice . Thanks for the write up was wondering how the tweels are. Thought about upgrading from my zturn but not now maybe a few years.
 

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Thank you everybody for the nice comments! My wife even noticed that I didn't look beat up like I usually did mowing with the old Gravely (and my butt noticed!) I debated about adding an air suspension seat to the Gravely (or a better seat) but the incurable problem was the small deck size.

If anybody is considering going to Tweels, I think you would be pleasantly surprised at the ride quality improvement. I'm not mowing a nice yard and mowing on slopes, but for my property at least they really are great. I have twigs, rocks, places with some erosion, etc to bounce over (and I felt every one with the old Gravely) - an ideal situation for me to benefit from the Tweel.

When I was hauling the mower home yesterday I noticed a car that was going to pass me (4 lane highway) slowed down to probably look over the mower and its unusual wheels.
 

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I'm not much for steering wheel-less machines, but that Z is one nice ride.:good2:
 

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If you were doing something other than a bunch of mostly straight mowing in squares or rectangles, etc a ZTR will outperform a traditional lawn tractor type mower hands down - not even a contest (I've had both.)

When I was shopping for my first commercial mower years ago in central Florida, I noticed what the commercial lawn guys were using when doing commercial properties. Probably 99% of them were using a ZTR and/or a rider (stand behind.) Of those two, a rider is probably much faster by the end of a work day for them because it's faster to step off the platform to pick up trash or move something out of the way to mow. But I didn't want to stand when mowing so I went the ZTR route.

When I mow long straight stretches with few trees to deal with, I'm in my air conditioned 4720 with the air suspension seat :thumbup1gif: .
 

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Sharp Machine...

... Now go get the tweels for the front, and you will be set. I dragged my feet on front tweels, but ended up biting the bullet and grabbing the smooth/flat fronts. People either love or hate the tweels, which is cool, but I say they should be ALL or NONE. With this reasoning, you need the fronts to round out the package!!!
 

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I was thinking about Tweels (or the Z Glides) for the front as a matter of fact. I read where the never-flat fronts that come on the Z900 series M/R provide a rough ride, I'm so thrilled with the overall improvement in my mowing experience I'm not sure how much the front never-flats contribute to what bouncing I do have.
 
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