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#7 John Deere Z425 54 inch Review

Introduction

John Deere has been around since the early 1800s and has always been a “household” name for lawn mowers. Their reputation and quality have always been high. Now for over 50 years John Deere has been building machines for residential use. The EZtrak Z425 is known for his quality, durability, comfort and to be one of the best entry level zero turn mowers on the market.

 

John Deere EZtrak Z425 service intervals sticker zero turn mowerThe EZtrak Z425 has one of the strongest frames in this price range and it have exceptional value when compared to other residential ZTR's in it's price range. Remember that it is still a residential mower and is designed for homeowner's with larger yards 2-4 acres. For all of you Zero Turn first time buyers maintenance is made easy by John Deere. Underneath the seat there are service interval decals that show what service is needed at which hours of operation. These will make it convenient for owners to keep up with all the recommended services which will prolong the life of the mower. Engine maintenance is easy as you will read below in the engine section. Features like this really make this a great option for first time zero turn mower owners.

 


John Deere EZtrak Z425 54 inch zero turn mowerJohn Deere EZtrak Z425 54-inch

 

Number seven on our Top Ten Residential Zero Turn Mower list the EZtrak Z425 received an overall 4.4 out of 5.0 rating.
Features: 4.0/5
Quality: 4.4/5
Ease of Use: 4.5/5
Value: 3.9/5
This information was gathered from 172 consumer reviews.

 

 


Brand: John Deere
Manufactured By: John Deere
Model: EZtrak Z425
Item Number: BM24631
MRSP: $3,999.00
Buying Options: Online on Ebay or Authorized Dealers

 

When you buy the John Deere z425 from an authorized dealer near you most dealers will assemble and perform a complete inspection to ensure operation. At the time of delivery the Certified Professional will teach you on site how to operate and properly maintain the zero turn mower. This is one of the most valuable things for a first time Zero Turn owner.

 

If there is not a authorized dealer close enough you will have it shipped to you. You will have to take it out of the crate and get it ready to mow yourself. It’s not a big job. You’ll need a wrecking bar or heavy claw hammer to take the crate apart and a few hand tools to install the steering wheel, seat, grass deflector and battery.


Specifications

Cutting Width: 54 inches
Acres per Hour: 3.5 acres @ 8mph
Top Speed: 8.5mph
Weight: 660lbs
Warranty: 2-year/120 hours bump-to-bumper whichever is first
Engine brand: Private label'd made by Briggs and Stratton
Horse Power/CC: 22hp/724cc
Height Cutting range: 1” – 4”
Fuel Capacity: 3.5 Gallons
Discharge: Side-discharge, Bagging or Mulching
Drive System: Duel Hydrostatic Tuff Torq TZT7-D with 1-inch axles
Recommended for moderate slopes? Manufacture suggests flat to lightly slopped terrain
Mow in Reverse? Yes


Accessories


John Deere offers all kinds of great attachments that will help you customize your EZtrak Z425. Many say they are made of commercial grade quality and will last with the life of the mower. See below some more detail about what is available for the Z425.

 

Bagger System:

John Deere EZtrak Z425 bagger zero turn mowerThe rear bagger efficiently collects lawn debris and grass clippings from the mower deck with a capacity of 6.5 bushels. There is a blower option called Power Flow that connects to the side of the mower deck and blows material up the chute and into the bags. This helps eliminate clumping and makes for a clean yard. Bag are easily lifted out of the hopper for easy emptying. The kit includes two weights which go on the front of the Z425 to help offset the extra weight of the bagger. Installation of the bagger doesn't not require tools after the initial installation.

 

EZtrak Special Edition Kit:

Add comfort, durability and versatility with the special edition kit that comes with a Rear hitch, Foot extensions and a rear bumper bar.

 

Deck lift assist:

The deck lift assist is a foot pedal that mounts on the right front of the Z425. It connects to the deck and allows you to lift the mower deck with ease. This will allow you to lift the deck while cutting to avoid hitting debris or to make height adjustments easier.

 

Mulching Kit:

This kit helps control the flow of clippings while mowing to effectively provide excellent mulching performance. The kit comes with deck plugs and special mulching blades.

 

Mounted Sprayer:

This is a unique John Deere attachment. A 15 gallon sprayer that mounts on the rear of the EZtrak over the top of the engine. A 100-psi SHURflo pump and 60 inch spray hose make it easy to spray weeds, for bugs, fertilizer, pesticides, etc from the comfort of your John Deere. No tools required for mounting.

 

Grass Groomer:

The Grass Groomer lawn striping kit helps homeowners achieve the professional results seen on baseball fields and Nascar speedways. Make custom patterns, stripes, checkers, etc with these adjustable brushes that mount the mower deck. It is recommended to use to assisted deck lift kit with the lawn striper for the best results.

 

Headlights:

John Deere makes a dual headlight kit for the Z425 made with LED's. This provides a bright and clean way to light the pave in case of night time use.

 

Home Maintenance Kit:


John Deere makes a maintenance kit to help simplify for the Do It Yourselfers. The kit includes the Engine Oil Filter, 2 gt engine oil, Fuel Filter, Air Filter and 2 Spark Plugs needed to do services that are specified in the owners manual and Service Interval Sticker located under the operator seat.

 

Attachment bar and Hitch kit:

 

Some of the John Deere attachments require the attachment bar. Of course don't forget your hitch for rollers, dump carts, etc.


Pros

-Smooth easy to use controls.
-Large rear tires give good ride quality have good tread for improved traction.
-Maintenance is easy.
-Deck wash makes for easy clean up of the cutting deck.
-Service Interval Sticker under the seat ensures you wont miss a service.
-Lower center of gravity makes it easy to go under tree branches and easier use on slopes.
-Comfortable adjustable seat.
-Fuel tank level window.

 

Cons

-Seat does not have a high back.
-Bounces around a lot on uneven terrain.
-Not the most comfortable seat, but could be worse.



Deck

John Deere eztrak z425 54 inch deck zero turn mower

The John Deere EZtrak Z425's 54-inch wide deck is made of 10-gauge stamped steel. This 3 blade design is capable of side-discharge, mulching or bagging. Smooth underside of the mower and a deep deck design prevent grass build up and lift grass for a clean, even disbursement of grass clippings. The outer edges of the deck are roller for extra strength and durability.

 

John Deere eztrak z425 mower deck lift zero turn mowerThe deck paint is applied in a dual stage process, E-coat and Powder paint coatings. This provides extra protection from rust. Two anti scalping wheels on front of the mowing deck help guide it over the lawn which reduces the chance of scalping. Deck height is adjustable in ¼” increments from 1 inch to 4 inches. Use of the height foot pedal assist make adjusting the deck height easy as well it allows you to raise the desk well mowing to avoid objects. There is a built-in deck adjustment to easily return to the desired cutting height after raising the deck.

 

John Deere eztrak z425 mower deck removable footrest platform zero turn mowerThe foot platform flips up for easy accessibility to the top of the mower deck for maintenance and cleaning. There is also a Inspection Guide Decal on the foot platform to help you with checking the components of the deck. The deck washout ports allow you to simply connect a garden hose to clean the inside of the desk. This eliminates the need to take the deck off and manually do it like on older traditional lawn tractors.

 


Engine

John Deere eztrak z425 engine zero turn mowerThe John Deere private label'd engine is made by Briggs and Stratton 724cc 22 horse power V-twin engine delivers good power with smooth operation. The over head valve design makes for more power and fuel economy. Cast iron cylinder walls make for long tasting durability. V-twin designs allow for less vibrations, greater torque and better sound quality. The V-twin is equipped with an electronic ignition for fast and painless starts. A full-pressure lubrication system helps deliver exceptional consent protection. This will help with oil distribution while operating on slopes.

 

All of the maintenance points for the engine are easily accessible. John Deere covers its engines with an engine protection guard. A intake screen cover snaps to the engine cover to keep damaging debris from entering into the engine. The 3.5 gallon fuel cell is located on the left side of the mower. It's location is easy to get and features a closed pressurized system just like newer automobiles have to lower emissions. The cap is tethered to the mower to eliminate the chance of loosing it. The fuel spout is 2 inches wide to reduce the change of spills while refueling. There is a fuel level window on the side of the tank.

 

The battery and fuses are located in a covered compartment underneath the seat. This additional protection ensures debris will not mess up the electronics or corrode the battery. There is an additional storage compartment that could used to store keys, cell phone or small tools.


Transmission

John Deere eztrak z425 tuff torq tzt2 d transmission zero turn mowerDual Tuff Torq TZT2-D transmissions with beefed up 1 inch axles provide strength, reliability and durability. These are sealed maintenance free transmissions that have no hose connections. So no leaking hydraulic fluid to worry about. These transmissions are known to provide great control and stability while mowing on slopes. One of the features John Deere has that no other ZTR's have on your Top Ten Residential Zero Turn Mower List is tow valve controls. This valves allow you to un lock the hydraulics of the transmissions and essentially put the machine in neutral. This features allows you to push the mower without having to start it. Just be sure to re engage the valves because the mower will not work otherwise.

 


Steering

John Deere eztrak z425 adjustable control lever zero turn mowerThe control bars have built in shock absorbers which dampen any movement. This is allow for a smoother operation of the controls and make maneuvering the EZtrak Z425 comfortable and easy. The large rear wheels and great tread pattern will ensure good traction and help eliminate scalping or digging of the lawn. As with any traditional zero turn mower there is a bit of a learning curve for any first time operators. Check out the video section to view some how-to's and safety videos.

 

 

 


Comfort

John Deere eztrak Z425 controls zero turn mowerThe control bars are fully adjustable to provide any sized operator a comfortable ride and smooth precise control. Built in shock absorbers help reduce arm fatigue. The The color coded controls makes it easy to adjust settings while in operation. The control panel has the Hour Meter, PTO control, Ignition switch and Engine throttle/choke. The choke feature is built into the engine throttle control. Built in shock absorbers on the control bars help reduce muscle fatigue.

 

The 15 inch high back seat sits on two springs comes with armrests. It is adjustable backward and forward within 5 and ½ inches in 10 different positions. The parking brake lever is large and conveniently located within operators reach.


What John Deere EZtrak Z425 54 inch Owners are saying:

-”My Z425 54 inch mower has 155 hours usage now. It is tough, well built and does a fair job.”

-”Have owned for several years with great reliability.”

-”I got my Z425 with a 54 inch deck in 2010 and it was one of the best investments I have made. I mow 5+ acres a week, some of it flat and some of it with hills and very stable! I feel very safe using this mower.”

-”Bumpy ride but my yard is not the flattest.”

-”I've owned my Z425 for 6 years and I mow 2 acres sometimes needing to cut twice a week, no issues, just general maintenance.”

-”We bought the z425 with a 54" deck last June 2013. We use it on two acres and it does the job well. The unit starts quickly, runs smoothly, and maintenance is easy. I highly recommend this zero turn mower.”


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