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John Deere Z235
 
Approximate retail price:
$2500
Summary:

This 42-inch John Deere zero-turn-radius rider has a 2-cylinder Briggs & Stratton engine with an automatic drive system and electric PTO. It includes a more comfortable high-back seat and a washout port.

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Type: Lawn tractors ZTR
About - John Deere Z235

The John Deere Z235 is part of the lawn mower & tractor test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, lawn tractor models like the Z235 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Side discharging:
A combination of evenness, which is how close the tractor or rider came to even, carpet-like mowing, and how evenly clippings were dispersed from the side-discharge chute.

Mulching:
Reflects a combination of evenness, which is how close the tractor or rider came to even, carpet-like mowing, and how completely the mower distributed its clippings over the lawn's surface.

Bagging:
Denotes a combination of evenness, which is how close the tractor or rider came to even, carpet-like mowing, and a measurement of the effective capacity of the grass bag, determined when the bag was full or when the chute clogged and stopped collecting clippings.
About This Brand

John Deere makes and markets one of the best-selling lines of lawn tractors at retail. John Deere lawn tractors are fully featured and have deck widths from 42 to 54 inches. Most models have hydrostatic drive and Briggs & Stratton engines. John Deere lawn tractors are sold at dealers, Home Depot, and Lowe's. The company markets a small line of three very similar lawn mowers through dealers and at Lowe's. Those mowers are also available in a California-emissions version. All models feature rear-wheel drive, a 21-inch, and a Briggs & Stratton engine and are priced from $400. John Deere also markets a line of garden tractors and zero-turn riders.

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Features & Specs - John Deere Z235
info Deck size (in.) 42
info Engine power (hp) 20.0
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User Reviews - John Deere Z235
User Reviews
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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
 
3.0
Re-review after 6 months of use
12/29/2013
Pros
Cut Height Adjustment
Parts Availability
Ride
Speed Of Cut
Cons
Gas Tank
Hard To Service
Poor Maintenance Manual
Best Uses
Landscaped Lawns
Large Lawns
Comment:
No major problems, but I'm not in love with my machine any longer. 1st problem-Gas tank mounted under mower, so impossible to know gas level. I either under-fill it and run out, or spill gas on my garage floor. I don't understand why CR didn't catch this. My field has small limbs/pine cones so I installed Gator blades. Factory blades fine for grass, but small obstacles chip them. One of the blade spindles is impossible to lube. To check hydro fluid level one must drop transaxle - stupid! Dropping deck and installing belt is a chore and manual supplied doesn't cover my deck. Many bolts and fasteners are rusting - crazy for items which might add $5 to mower's cost.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
Would not buy another JD
9/29/2013
Pros
Adjustable Cut-Lengths
Cons
Briggs Motor Seized
Not For Wet Grass
Best Uses
Flat lawns
Large Lawns
Comment:
Good mower for flat and dry lawns. Some parts of the mower are of lessor quality than I expected for the price. The motor seized after having used it only 30 hours and they would not warranty the motor.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
re: No attachments
9/23/2013
Pros
Adjustable Cut-Lengths
Easy to Push & Steer
Ergonomic Grips
Cons
Cuts Unevenly
Heavy
Best Uses
Large Lawns
Comment:
Concern the comment about Z235 and having no hitch. I have a Z235 purchased from a JD dealer, and I ordered a bumper kit from them that included a hitch plate. And, it appears to be a much better setup than the ones for the home depot/lowes variety. The kit was about $140
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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