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Old 05-04-2016, 08:48 AM   #1
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Out with the old in with the new.

Couldn't force myself to throw money more into my 10 year old cub cadet with 400 hrs any longer.

Although the Kohler powered 27 hp cub cadet served me pretty good over the last ten years it wasn't without heartbreak and let downs.
This unit doesn't even come close to comparing with my old cub cadet 1650.

Countless blade spindle bearings.
Frame issues.
Front axles issues.
Engine smoking.
Muffler coming loose.
As well as plenty more.


Decided to go with a Kawasaki powered 24hp John Deere Z-540m zero turn.





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Old 05-04-2016, 08:53 AM   #2
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Looks good!
Keep us posted as to how it works compared to the Cub.

I'm in the same boat, Cub with plenty of hours (but no real problems) and mowing 20+ acres of the 32 we own.

Been thinking a ZT would speed things up a bit.
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Last year I bought the Zero turn troy built which other than name and color, is the same unit as the cub cadet model. Had a small problem when I first bought it but so far it has worked great. Looked at the John Deere model you have and decided to go with the troy built due to price. Hope I don't regret it.
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Old 05-04-2016, 09:11 AM   #4
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Last year I bought the Zero turn troy built which other than name and color, is the same unit as the cub cadet model. Had a small problem when I first bought it but so far it has worked great. Looked at the John Deere model you have and decided to go with the troy built due to price. Hope I don't regret it.


What is the warranty period on yours?

4 years 300 hrs on the Deere
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Old 05-04-2016, 09:19 AM   #5
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Couldn't force myself to throw money more into my 10 year old cub cadet with 400 hrs any longer.

Although the Kohler powered 27 hp cub cadet served me pretty good over the last ten years it wasn't without heartbreak and let downs.
This unit doesn't even come close to comparing with my old cub cadet 1650.
It's amazing what regular lube/maintenance intervals do to prevent bearing, etc. failures.
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Old 05-04-2016, 09:21 AM   #6
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Looks good!
Keep us posted as to how it works compared to the Cub.

I'm in the same boat, Cub with plenty of hours (but no real problems) and mowing 20+ acres of the 32 we own.

Been thinking a ZT would speed things up a bit.


I mowed once so far in a hurry to get mowed before two days of forecasted rain.
Obviously my mow time was cut in half but all went well so far.
I'll keep posted.
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Old 05-04-2016, 09:30 AM   #7
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It's amazing what regular lube/maintenance intervals do to prevent bearing, etc. failures.


Sealed bearings = no maintenance
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Old 05-04-2016, 09:32 AM   #8
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Next thing you know, he'll be buying a Ford.
Nice to see you've left the dark side. May the 4th be with you always.

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Congrats! You are going to love that Zero turn!! I bought a Gravely 60" (Mow 5 acres) four years ago and wish I would have done it sooner! Mow time is a 1/4 of the time of my old 50" Cub!

One word of advice....DON'T let the DW use it.....you will never be allowed to mow again I made that "mistake"
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Zeros are the way to GO!!!! Will never own a regular mower if I can help it. I have a Z-force 50 for about 7 years. Mower is great(engine, frame and hydros) deck is my weak link. Next more will be a Gravley commercial or a Skag. Enjoy your new mower
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