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Z345R ZTRAK MOWER

ZTrak™ Mower with 42-in. Deck

  • 22 HP* V-Twin engine
  • 42-in Accel Deep™ Mower Deck with optional MulchControl™ Kit
  • Hydrostatic Transmission
  • Comfortable armrests, standard
  • Floor mats for extra protection, standard
  • 7-mph mowing speed
  • 2-year/120-hour bumper-to-bumper warranty
$ 2,899.00 MSRP
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Features



Engine, left rear view Engine, left rear view
Engine, right rear view Engine, right rear view

A V-twin engine with 44.2-cu in. (724-cc) displacement provides plenty of power and torque to handle tough mulching, mowing, and bagging conditions:

  • V-twin cylinder design for greater torque, lower vibration, and improved sound quality
  • Engine model M44
  • Electronic ignition for fast starts
  • Cast-iron sleeves for longer engine life
  • Overhead valves for excellent power and fuel economy
  • Spin-on oil filter with pressure lubrication for keeping the oil cleaner for long engine life and extended time between oil changes; pressure lubrication is also more effective when operating the tractor on an incline
  • Easy access to the no-tools oil drain valve for oil changes
  • Rear engine guard for protecting the engine and providing additional strength and integrity

 

Engine oil check/fill tube and oil-drain tube Engine oil check/fill tube and oil-drain tube
Replaceable fuel filter and oil filter Replaceable fuel filter and oil filter

Replaceable fuel filter and oil filter are easy to access and change to minimize service time and cost.

John Deere recommends the use of fuel stabilizer in gasoline. See Fuel-Protect for gasoline engines (8 oz [237 mL]) for more information

Z335E ZTrak™ with 42A Mower Deck Z335E ZTrak™ with 42A Mower Deck
42A Mower Deck 42A Mower Deck

The 42-in. (107-cm) Accel Deep Mower Deck is a stamped-steel, deep, flat-top design that delivers excellent cut quality, productivity, cleanliness, durability, and versatility. Optimal performance and dispersion of clippings is provided, even at faster mowing speeds or in tall grass:

  • 4.97-in. (12.6-cm) deep throughout the entire deck shell for optimum mowing, mulching, and bagging performance
    • Optional MulchControl™ system provides superior mulching performance and versatility
  • Stamped-steel design eliminates sharp edges and corners where material can build up and diminish mowing performance
  • Mower deck suspended from the vehicle for a smooth and level cut
    • Adjustable mower wheels, positioned just above ground level, help reduce scalping
  • 0.25-in. (6.4-mm) cut-height increments allow the mower to be set at the desired cut height
  • Compatible with efficient 6.5-bu (230-L) two-bag cut-and-throw material collection system
Excellent cut quality
42A Mower Deck top (similar mower from X300 Series Tractor shown) 42A Mower Deck top (similar mower from X300 Series Tractor shown)
42A Mower Deck underside (similar mower from X300 Series Tractor shown) 42A Mower Deck underside (similar mower from X300 Series Tractor shown)

Deep mower-deck stamping gives excellent cut quality. It allows the cut and suspended material room to exit the deck without getting recut:

  • Reducing the amount of recutting enables more power to be used to cut incoming grass, which greatly improves mower capacity.
    • Helps maintain excellent cut quality at faster mowing speeds
  • Clean flow of material out of discharge area prevents cut material from interfering with cutting the incoming grass, making it possible for the blades to cut incoming material cleanly.
  • Even in mulching mode, cut evenness is improved compared to other designs because the additional depth allows for continuous circulation, optimal recutting, and an even distribution of clippings.
Productivity - gets the job done fast
Side-discharge chute on Accel Deep 42A Mower Deck Side-discharge chute on Accel Deep 42A Mower Deck

Deep mower-deck stamping gives high productivity, which gets the job done fast. It allows the cut and suspended material room to exit the deck quickly, reducing the amount of recutting so more power is available to process incoming grass:

  • Greatly improves the mower's capacity to maintain excellent mowing performance in difficult mowing conditions and at higher speeds

Large discharge opening is both high and wide to handle more material:

  • Gives a smooth, even discharge of clippings at all mowing speeds
  • Reduces the chance of plugging, especially important when operating in wet, thick, or dense grass and when bagging
  • Cut-and-throw chute has a large, optimized inlet which aids in collecting material by using airflow from the large deck opening
Mower wash port Mower wash port
Mower wash port with hose connector Mower wash port with hose connector

A wash port is provided to make cleaning the underside of the mower deck easy.

  • Hose connector is included with the mower deck.
MulchControl handle MulchControl handle
  • The MulchControl handle is located on top of the mower deck and used to open and close the discharge baffle.
    • The operator is required to get off the machine in order to engage or disengage mulch mode.
  • Changing from mulching to side discharge or vice versa takes only a few seconds.

MulchControl is well-suited to the following mowing situations:

  • Usually mulch, but side discharge when grass gets too long
  • Usually side-discharge, but would like to be able to close the chute to control clippings
  • Always mulch a main lawn, but often side discharge secondary lawns
  • Bag clippings, but want to go farther before emptying bags

While in the side-discharge mode, MulchControl still mulches about one third of the material. Therefore, the side-discharge mode is essentially a partial-mulch mode. This can be an advantage when side discharging or bagging, as it helps to reduce the amount of material being discharged. Other times this could work as a disadvantage:

  • When cutting strong southern grasses, such as Zoysia and Bermuda
  • When cutting in wet, high-growth conditions, such as those found in the Pacific Northwest United States
  • When optimum bagging and lawn cleanup is desired
Cleanliness - for the mower and the operator
Accel Deep 42A Mower Deck Accel Deep 42A Mower Deck
Accel Deep 42A Mower Deck Accel Deep 42A Mower Deck

The flat-top shape of the deck stamping is optimal for keeping itself and the operator clean:

  • There are few places to catch and hold material on the top and underneath the deck.
    • Top of deck stays cleaner, reducing time and effort needed for cleaning and service
    • Underside of deck is self-cleaning to maintain optimum performance without build-up of material to interfere with the flow of air and clippings
    • Less need to clean and remove build-up of material from underside deck
  • The depth of the Accel Deep Mower Deck minimizes the amount of material that escapes from the front of the deck
    • Limited amount of material to drift onto the operator and mower deck
    • Even flow of material discharged out the chute, less recutting results in larger pieces that are less likely to end up on the operator
    • Mulching prevents the discharge of material completely and MulchControl makes mulching a practical solution for most mowing situations.

Cleaning a mower deck, both top and bottom, is one of the most frequent maintenance activities:

  • The flat-top design reduces places for material to build up and makes material that does collect easy to remove.
Superior durability is designed in
Spindle pockets on the 42A Mower Deck Spindle pockets on the 42A Mower Deck
Mower deck wheels are double captured Mower deck wheels are double captured

The 42A Mower Deck has strong spindle pockets, to keep the blades aligned, even after years of tough service:

  • Ribs in the deck shell add strength where it is needed.
  • The 42A has a 16 percent heavier overall weight than the Edge™ Xtra 42-in. (107-cm) Mower Deck that it replaces.

Mower wheels are double captured:

  • Provides greater strength and durability for longer, trouble-free life.
  • Single-bolt adjustment makes setting wheels to the correct height for the cutting height quick and easy.

Low-tension belt-drive design reduces the side load on the engines lower bearing and mower deck bearings for longer life.

Rolled outer edge of the deck provides extra strength and protection.

Dual-stage E-coat and powder-paint coatings provide extra protection from rust.

Versatility - easy to change between side discharge, mulch, and bagging modes
Rear MulchControl baffle (A) that must be removed for bagging Rear MulchControl baffle (A) that must be removed for bagging
Rear MulchControl baffle removed to allow for chute installation (Mower shown on X330 Tractor) Rear MulchControl baffle removed to allow for chute installation (Mower shown on X330 Tractor)

The 42A Mower Deck is designed for maximum versatility, providing the greatest ease in changing from one mower discharge mode to another:

  • With the optional MulchControl system installed (along with the special mulching blades), changing from side discharge to mulching or vice versa is done with the simple flip of a lever.
  • The cut-and-throw rear bagger can be used with MulchControl installed by removing the rear MulchControl baffle (A) before installing the bagger chute. The baffle is held in place with two carriage bolts. To return to mulching, the chute needs to be removed and the baffle replaced.

 

MulchControl option

The MulchControl system for the 42A Mower Deck is an optional field-installed attachment and makes mulching practical for many mowing situations because it not only does an excellent job of mulching, but it also allows the mower to be easily converted for times when it is more desirable to side discharge or collect the lawn material. Advantages of mulching grass clippings include:

  • A beautiful looking lawn
  • Grass clippings not blown onto the operator, driveways, or flower beds
  • Less fertilizer use
  • Elimination of the effort needed to dispose of clippings
How MulchControl works
MulchControl baffle open MulchControl baffle open
MulchControl baffle closed MulchControl baffle closed

MulchControl is an innovative, simple design that is easy to use and maintain:

  • The MulchControl attachment includes baffles to control the flow of material under the deck.
    • When the MulchControl baffle is open, most of the material passes through the discharge opening.
    • When the MulchControl baffle is closed, the material stays within the deck and gets chopped into mulch and deposited in the turf.
6.5-bu (230-L) rear bagger
Z335E equipped with optional rear bagger Z335E equipped with optional rear bagger

An optional 6.5-bu (230-L) cut-and-throw rear bagger material collection system (MCS) is available for use with the 42-in. (107-cm) Accel Deep Mower. It provides an efficient means of collecting grass clippings and leaves.

The hopper design provides modern styling, great bagging performance, cleaner operation, and easy-to-empty bags:

  • 6.5-bu (230-L) capacity
  • Easy-to-attach lower chute
  • Air exhaust duct
  • Convenient spring-latch
  • Airflow fill indicator
  • Quik-Tatch™ mounting
  • Sealed hopper top
  • Loose-knit bags available
Mower blades
Mower blades shipped with the rear bagger Mower blades shipped with the rear bagger

High-lift bagging blades are included with the chute. They provide optimum performance when bagging in difficult conditions, such as when the grass is moist, dense, or long:

  • High-lift bagging blades also work well when side discharging material.

Mulching blades are included with the MulchControl attachment. They can be used for mulching, side discharging, and bagging in most conditions.


Mower blade use chart

 Mode(s) of operation  Mower blade
 Side discharging mode only   Side-discharge blade (shipped with mower) 
 Bagging mode only  Bagging blade (shipped with rear bagger chute)
 Mulching mode only  Mulching blade (shipped with MulchControl)
 Side discharge and mulching  Mulching blade (shipped with MulchControl)
 Side discharge and bagging  Bagging blade (shipped with rear bagger chute)
 Side discharge, mulching, and bagging  Mulching blade (shipped with MulchControl)
Operator station (Z375R shown) Operator station (Z375R shown)
Color-coded controls are easy to identify Color-coded controls are easy to identify
Low fuel warning light illuminated Low fuel warning light illuminated

The operator station is designed for operator comfort and convenience when operating all controls:

  • Excellent visibility forward and to the trim side of the deck makes operation easy and comfortable for the operator.
  • Controls are color coded for easy identification.
  • Low-fuel warning light is easily visible in daylight.
  • Twin-lever controls adjust, using cut-height pin/socket, for convenience and operator comfort.
  • A shock absorber dampens motion control lever movement to give smooth operation.
Comfortable seat
Comfortable seat (Z345R shown) Comfortable seat (Z345R shown)

Comfortable seats make the operator experience more pleasant. Armrests included on the Z345R, Z355R, and Z375R seat can be flipped up out of the way, if desired:

  • Z345R, Z355R, and Z375R – 18-in. (46-cm) high seat back with adjustable armrests
Seat suspension
Seat suspension springs Seat suspension springs
Making seat fore-aft adjustment (Z335E pictured) the Z375R has a seat slide lever Making seat fore-aft adjustment (Z335E pictured) the Z375R has a seat slide lever

Two steel coil suspension springs under the seat absorb shocks when traveling over rougher areas to provide a smoother ride.

The seat has a 2.5-in. (6.35-cm) fore-aft adjustment. The cut-height pin/socket can be used to loosen the bolts in order to make seat adjustments.

Cup holder and storage compartments
Cup holder Cup holder
#

The cup holder is designed to hold two common cup sizes securely.

 

Storage compartment with cover located under seat Storage compartment with cover located under seat
Open storage on left side of vehicle Open storage on left side of vehicle
Open storage on left side of vehicle Open storage on left side of vehicle

Covered storage under the seat and open storage along the left side of the vehicle provide safe and secure places for the operator to keep safety equipment, a cell phone, etc.

Operator foot platform
Comfortable operator's platform Comfortable operator's platform
#

Large foot platform helps the operator remain comfortable and secure:

  • Volcano grips give a secure grip.
  • Raised footrests at the front of the platform provide a comfortable area for the operator's feet.
Service interval decal (Z300 Series shown) Service interval decal (Z300 Series shown)

A convenient service interval decal provides basic maintenance information. It provides a quick reference for keeping recommended service up to date.

Mower deck access
Footrest easily removed for access to mower (Z335E shown) Footrest easily removed for access to mower (Z335E shown)
Footrest removal bolt and hand grip (Z335E shown) Footrest removal bolt and hand grip (Z335E shown)

The footrest area is hinged and easily raised for service to mower deck:

  • It is necessary to remove just one bolt that can be conveniently removed with the lift-height pin.
  • Easy to clean grass off the top of the mower
  • Provides convenient access to the mower drive
Loosening bolt to remove platform for access to mower deck Loosening bolt to remove platform for access to mower deck
Footrest opens for access to mower deck Footrest opens for access to mower deck
Engine service
Z335E engine Z335E engine
Z335E engine oil and fuel filters shown Z335E engine oil and fuel filters shown

The engines are easy to service, including changing the oil and the oil filter and servicing the air filter.

Replaceable fuel filter and oil filter (Z365R shown) Replaceable fuel filter and oil filter (Z365R shown)

The Z365R engine has the John Deere Easy Change™ 30-second oil change system.

Accel Deep Mower Deck Accel Deep Mower Deck

Accel Deep™ Mower Decks have several features that make them easy to service:

  • Flat-top design minimizes places for debris to collect.
  • Spring-loaded, flip-up belt guards make removing debris easy.
  • Provision is provided for a standard, 3/8-in. (9.5-mm) ratchet wrench to be used for releasing belt tension when removing the drive belt.

Tie-down locations are provided for convenience and safety when trailering the machine.

Motion-control levers
Operator using motion-control levers Operator using motion-control levers
Adjustable motion-control levers Adjustable motion-control levers

The motion-control levers can be adjusted to two height settings and nine fore-aft settings for a total of 18 different positions:

  • Increased operator comfort
  • Adjustable for more precise control of the machine
Shock absorber for motion-control levers Shock absorber for motion-control levers
Cut-height pin doubles as tracking adjustment tool Cut-height pin doubles as tracking adjustment tool

A standard shock absorber for the motion-control levers makes maneuvering ZTrak™ Mowers easy and comfortable:

  • Shock absorber modulates the movement of control levers for smoother operation.
  • Operator can smoothly and precisely control the machine.

On-board tracking adjustment from the operator seat is quick and easy. The cut-height pin includes a 13-mm wrench and doubles as a convenient tool for adjusting tracking and the motion-control lever position.

Control panel
Control panel (Z335E shown) Control panel (Z335E shown)
Low fuel warning light illuminated Low fuel warning light illuminated

The operator control panel is conveniently located and easy to use. The following instruments and controls are included:

  • Hour meter
  • Low fuel warning light
  • Ignition switch
  • Power take-off (PTO) control
  • Engine speed/choke control
    • A choke position is built into the engine speed control.
Park brake
Park brake Park brake

The park brake is conveniently located:

  • Large lever is easy to use.
  • Lever is color-coded for easy identification.
  • Park brake effectively holds the machine in the parked position.
  • Park brake must be engaged (in the upper position) to start the engine.
  • Once the engine is started, the park brake must be disengaged before operating the motion-control levers.
Mower deck lift/cut-height adjustment
Mower deck lift/cut-height adjustment in place Mower deck lift/cut-height adjustment in place
  • Mower deck cutting height adjusts from 1 in. (2.5 cm) to 4 in. (10.2 cm) in 0.25-in. (0.64-cm) increments for excellent cut quality and performance.
  • Mower deck adjustment has built-in memory so the operator can easily return to the desired cutting height after raising the deck.
Foot pedal on Z375R Foot pedal on Z375R
Foot pedal on Z345R Foot pedal on Z345R

The Z345R, Z355R, Z365R, and Z375R include a foot-lift pedal along with the hand-lift lever to make raising the mower deck easier. The foot-lift pedal also provides a convenient way to temporarily raise the mower deck over an obstruction while mowing.

Heavy-duty power take-off (PTO) clutch
PTO clutch PTO clutch

The PTO clutch is designed to operate through many on/off cycles.

CAUTION: Children or bystanders may be injured by rotating blades. Before traveling forward or rearward:

  • Carefully check the area around the machine.
  • Disengage the mower before backing up.

NOTE: Operating the mower while backing up is strongly discouraged.

Interlock switches
Switch senses if hopper is installed Switch senses if hopper is installed

A switch senses if the hopper is installed. If the hopper is not installed and the PTO switch is actuated, the PTO will not operate.

A brake interlock switch is provided so the tractor will not start unless the brake is depressed or the parking brake set.

A tractor seat switch will turn off the PTO if the operator leaves the tractor seat; it will also shut-down the engine if the park brake is not set and the operator leaves the seat.

Either the operator needs to be in the seat or the hopper or deflector installed for the engine to run.

Steering is easy with large diameter front caster wheels
Motion-control levers shown on Z335E Motion-control levers shown on Z335E
Shock absorber dampens movement of control levers Shock absorber dampens movement of control levers

Motion-control levers are designed for comfortable and easy operation.

A shock absorber is included to dampen the movement of the control levers so any operator can make smooth, controlled turns.

Front caster wheel (Z335E) Front caster wheel (Z335E)
Front caster wheel (Z365R) Front caster wheel (Z365R)

Pneumatic caster wheels give a smoother ride and easier steering:

  • Large diameter front caster wheels provide extra ride comfort and better steering control.
  • Caster wheels have sealed bearings for long life and easy steering.
  • Tires are sized for the size and weight of the vehicle.
ZTrak™ model Caster wheel tire size
Z335E, Z345M, Z345R 11x4.0-5
Z355E, Z355R, Z365R, Z375R 13x5.0-6
Controls are designed to promote safe operation
Park brake (Z365R shown) Park brake (Z365R shown)
Motion-control levers (Z365R shown) Motion-control levers (Z365R shown)
  • Park brake must be engaged for the engine to crank.
  • Motion-control levers must be in the outward position for the engine to crank.
    • Premium control levers on the Z345R, Z355R, Z365R, and Z375R are painted green and have a unique shape and size for more comfortable operation.
  • Park brake must be disengaged before operating the motion-control levers or the engine will stall.
Interlock switch is located under the seat (Z365R shown) Interlock switch is located under the seat (Z365R shown)
  • Seat interlock switch disengages the mower when the operator leaves the seat.
  • Engine will stall if the operator leaves the seat without the motion-control levers in the outward position and the park brake set.
ZTrak™ Z335E shown ZTrak™ Z335E shown

ZTrak Mowers are designed around a heavy-duty formed and welded steel frame for strength and reliability.

Large front caster wheels and large rear drive wheels provide several operator benefits:

  • Smoother ride
  • Better slope performance
  • More operator comfort over uneven ground
  • Better traction

The operator platform is roomy and uncluttered for maximum comfort, and the controls are convenient to use:

  • Easy to get on and off the mower
  • Ample legroom for comfortable operation
  • Adjustable motion-control levers for height and position, enabling the operator to stay comfortable while using them
  • Color-coded and logically placed controls
Styling is both functional and attractive
ZTrak Z335E ZTrak Z335E

The styling of ZTrak Mowers is functional and attractive to appeal to residential owners who value product appearance and the easy, comfortable operation that comes with thoughtful control designs:

  • Color-coded controls are not only attractive, but easy to find and use.
  • Large foot platform, surrounded by frame rails, has a safe and inviting appearance and provides easy access for the operator.
  • Contoured shape of the fenders provides improved visibility to the drive tires, minimizes storage space required, and adds to the stylish appearance of the vehicle.
Heavy-duty welded steel frame for reliability and long life
Heavy-duty frame tubing Heavy-duty frame tubing
ZTrak mower frame ZTrak mower frame

The ZTrak frame includes 1- x 1.5-in. (2.5- x 3.8-cm) steel tubing for long-term durability:

  • Heavy-duty frame tubing provides a solid support.
  • Reinforced frame offers additional strength where needed.
Loosening bolt to remove platform for access to mower deck Loosening bolt to remove platform for access to mower deck
Footrest opens for access to mower deck Footrest opens for access to mower deck
The footrest area is easily removed, utilizing the on-board tool, for access to the mower deck.
Hydrostatic transmissions set low in vehicle Hydrostatic transmissions set low in vehicle
Hydro-Gear transmissions Hydro-Gear transmissions

Dual transmissions efficiently power the ZTrak™ mower forward and reverse and give steering capability:

  • Transmissions are set low in the vehicle for excellent hillside stability.
  • Hydro-Gear® transmissions are reliable and durable.

    • Beefed-up 1-in. (2.5-cm) axles for greater strength
  • Maintenance-free unitized transmissions are sealed and have no hose connections to leak hydraulic fluid.
Hydro-Gear EZT transmission Hydro-Gear EZT transmission
Tow-valve control (left side shown) Tow-valve control (left side shown)

Four-bolt hubs provide a reliable and convenient wheel-mounting system.

Tow-valve controls are provided for each transmission and located above the vehicle frame on either side of the engine:

  • Easy to reach and use
  • Allow the vehicle to be moved without the engine running

Hydro-Gear is a trademark of Hydro-Gear, a joint venture of Sauer-Danfoss and Agri-Fab. Sauer-Danfoss is a trademark of Sauer-Danfoss Incorporated. Agri-Fab is a trademark of Agri-Fab Incorporated.

Fuel tank location Fuel tank location
Fuel-fill cap Fuel-fill cap

The fuel tank holds 2.1 U.S. gal. (8 L) of fuel. It is located low on the left side of the machine:

  • Fuel-fill opening is located low and angled for easy refueling.
  • Large, 2-in. (5.1-cm) fuel-fill opening reduces the chance of spilling when adding fuel.
  • Cap is tethered to the fuel tank.
  • Less chance of fuel cap getting lost
Low fuel warning light Low fuel warning light
Low fuel warning light illuminated Low fuel warning light illuminated

The low fuel warning light is clearly visible in daylight.

Specifications


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Key Specs z345r-ztrak-mower
Current Model
Engine power22 hp
16.4 kW
Engine model numberM44 Intek
Forward speed0-7 mph
0-11.3 km/h
Front caster tires11x4-5
Drive tires18x8.5-8
Seat back heightMedium back with armrests, 18 in.
45.7 cm
Width of cutAccel Deep™ mower deck, 42 in.
107 cm
Mulching systemOptional MulchControl™ attachment
Warranty2 year or 120 hour bumper-to bumper* (*Term limited to years or hours used, whichever comes first, and varies by model. See the LIMITED WARRANTY FOR NEW JOHN DEERE TURF AND UTILITY EQUIPMENT at JohnDeere.com or JohnDeere.ca/TUWarranty for details.)
Engine
Power
22 hp
16.4 kW
Model numberM44 Intek
Displacement44.2 cu in.
724 cc
CylindersV-twin
LubricationFull pressure with replaceable filter, capacity, 2 U.S. qt
1.9 L
TypeOverhead valve
Battery12 V
300 CCA
Choke/speed controlSingle lever
Cooling methodAir
Fuel tank capacity2.1 U.S. gal.
7.9 L
Fuel gaugeLow-fuel light
Drive train
Dual hydrosHydro-Gear EZT with 1-in. (2.5-cm) axles
Hydraulic pumps
Wheel motors
Travel speed
Forward speed0-7 mph
0-11.3 km/h
Reverse speed0-3.5 mph
0-5.6 km/h
Speed and direction controlTwin premium levers
Control adjustment2-height/9-fore-aft, 18 positions
Chassis
FrameHeavy-duty frame tubing
Primer/paintE-coat/powder
Front caster tires11x4-5
Front caster bearingsSealed ball bearings
Drive tires18x8.5-8
HourmeterYes
Service interval decalYes
Storage compartmentYes
Cup holderYes
Seat
Seat back heightMedium back with armrests, 18 in.
45.7 cm
Fore-aft adjustment2.5 in.
6.35 cm
Seat suspensionTwo springs
Lift system
TypeHand lever and foot lift
Mower cut height1-4 in.
2.5-10.2 cm
Cut height increments0.25 in.
0.64 cm
Preset cut heightYes
Mower deck
Width of cutAccel Deep™ mower deck, 42 in.
107 cm
TypeSide discharge
Mower deck material12 gauge
0.105 in.
2.7 mm
Mower drive systemV-belt
PTO
TypeElectric, 105 lb-ft
142 Nm
DriveV-belt
Dimensions
Wheelbase47.5 in.
121 cm
Overall length72.2 in.
183.5 cm
Width without mower44 in.
111.9 cm
Width with mower51.9 in.
131.9 cm
Width with mower (deflector raised for storage)46.3 in.
117.6 cm
Height40.1 in.
101.9 cm
WeightWith mower and fuel, 500 lb
227 kg
Operation
Rollover protective structure (ROPS)No
Slope operating limit13 degrees; 10 degrees with Material Collection System
Operator presence systemYes
Park brake interlockYes
Operator videoYes
Buyer's notes
Note 1Mower wash port makes cleaning the deck easier
Note 2Flip-up foot platform for easy service access
Note 318-position adjustable motion-control levers
Warranty2 year or 120 hour bumper-to bumper* (*Term limited to years or hours used, whichever comes first, and varies by model. See the LIMITED WARRANTY FOR NEW JOHN DEERE TURF AND UTILITY EQUIPMENT at JohnDeere.com or JohnDeere.ca/TUWarranty for details.)
Optional attachments
Mulching systemOptional MulchControl™ attachment
Rubber floor matStandard
Sun shadeYes
Mounted sprayerNot available
Storage coverYes
Light kitDual headlight kit
Material collection systemTwo-bag cut-and-throw MCS, 6.5 bu
229.1 L

Offers and Discounts

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0% APR fixed rate for 24 Months¹ OR No Interest if Paid in Full within 12 months² OR 4.90% APR fixed rate for 60 Months³

on New John Deere Z300 Series ZTrak™ Zero-Turn Mowers

  • 0% APR fixed rate for 24 Months¹ OR
  • No Interest if Paid in Full within 12 months² OR
  • 4.90% APR fixed rate for 60 Months³
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Accessories and Attachments

Complete Mcs

6.5-bu (229-L) rear bagger, chute, and ballast6.5-bu (229-L) rear bagger, chute, and ballast
Removing bag from 6.5-bu (229-L) hopperRemoving bag from 6.5-bu (229-L) hopper

The 6.5-bu (229-L) rear bagger efficiently collects material from the mower deck:

  • Attachment includes hopper, chute, ballast, attachment bar, hitch, and blades needed for ZTrak™ Z300 Series Mowers with 42-in. Accel Deep™ Mower Deck.

The hopper design provides efficient bagging performance, clean operation, and easy-to-empty bags:

  • Two durable bags give a generous, 6.5-bu (229-L) capacity.
  • The bags lift out for easy emptying.
  • Efficient chute provides a smooth flow of material to reduce the chance of plugging.
  • High lift bagging blades are included with the rear bagger. They provide optimum performance when bagging in difficult conditions, such as when the grass is moist, dense, or long.
    • High-lift bagging blades also work well when side discharging material.
  • Air exhaust duct directs air from the hopper back and toward the ground for clean operation.
  • Convenient latch makes opening and closing the hopper easy.
  • No-tools installation makes the hopper easy to install and remove. No tools are required after initial installation.
  • Ballast is included for installation on the front of the vehicle to help counterbalance the weight of the hopper.

An easy to install or remove chute is included.

Two-piece bagger chute
Two-piece bagger chuteTwo-piece bagger chute
Upper chute with handle and full indicatorUpper chute with handle and full indicator

The rear bagger chute for the 42-in. (107-cm) Accel Deep™ Mower Deck (42A) is provided for use of the 2-bag, 6.5-bu (229-L) Rear Bagger:

  • The chute is a two-piece design to allow easy installation at the mower deck, without the rear of the chute being encumbered by the hopper.
  • A convenient handle is included on the top section of the chute to make installation and removal easier.
  • The top section of the chute slides into the flexible hose that is attached to the hopper and is held securely to the bottom section with an easy-to-use bungee cord.
  • A hopper-full indicator tells the operator when the bags are getting full.
Major components included with bagger chuteMajor components included with bagger chute
Toe guard with chute-install features and front baffle installedToe guard with chute-install features and front baffle installed

The rear bagger attachment includes special mulching blades, a toe guard (A) with features for installing the bagger chute, and a front bagger baffle (B) to direct the material rearward into the bagger chute:

  • The replacement toe guard is intended to remain on the mower deck and to be used for any mower application - bagging, side discharging, or mulching.
  • A baffle to narrow the side-discharge opening (where the bagger chute is installed on the mower deck) and direct the material into the chute is provided with the rear bagger and needs to be bolted underneath the deck at the front.
    • This baffle may remain in place when the bagger chute is removed for side discharging material, however for ultimate side-discharge performance it could be removed.
    • This front baffle included with the bagger attachment is not required if the mower deck is equipped with the MulchControl™ attachment. The MulchControl front baffle can remain, with the gate open for bagging, and serves the same purpose.
Chute front pin inserted in tube located at end of toe guardChute front pin inserted in tube located at end of toe guard
Lower chute installedLower chute installed

Installing the chute is easy:

  • First, slide the front mounting pin into the tube that is on the front end of the toe guard.
  • Next, swing the chute toward the back and lock it in place at the rear.
Rear chute latchRear chute latch
Front mounting pinFront mounting pin

The bagger chute is securely held in place at the front and rear to provide a tight seal between the mower deck and the chute.

The rear latch is adjustable to allow for the optimum setting for easy use and a tight seal.

When a mower deck is equipped with both the optional MulchControl attachment and a rear bagger
Rear MulchControl baffle (A) that must be removed for baggingRear MulchControl baffle (A) that must be removed for bagging
Rear MulchControl baffle removed to allow for chute installationRear MulchControl baffle removed to allow for chute installation

The operator's manuals provided with the rear bagger and the MulchControl attachment should be used as the primary guide, however these tips may be helpful to keep in mind:

  • Both the rear bagger chute and the MulchControl attachment come with a baffle that bolts inside the mower deck along the front edge to narrow the discharge opening, which has been optimized for side discharging material, and direct the material into the bagger chute.
    • If the mower deck is equipped with MulchControl, the front bagger baffle included with the bagger chute is not used.
  • The front baffle, either the one included with the rear bagger or the one included with MulchControl (B), can remain in place for side discharging.
    • For ultimate side-discharge performance this baffle can be removed.
  • The MulchControl attachment includes a rear MulchControl baffle (A), held in place by two carriage bolts, at the rear edge of the discharge opening. This baffle:
    • Must be removed for installation of the rear bagger chute, a 13-mm wrench is required (The bagger chute cannot be installed without removing this baffle.)
    • Can remain removed for side discharging material
    • Must be re-installed for mulching
Mower blades
Mower blades shipped with the rear bagger chuteMower blades shipped with the rear bagger chute

High lift bagging blades are included. They provide optimum performance when bagging in difficult conditions, such as when the grass is moist, dense, or long.

  • High-lift blades also work well when side discharging material.

Mulching blades are included with the MulchControl attachment. They can be used for mulching, side discharging, and bagging in most conditions.


Mower blade use chart

 Mode(s) of operation Mower blade
 Side discharging mode only  M170639 side-discharge blade (shipped with mower) 
 Bagging mode only GX25668 bagging blade (shipped with BG20754 rear bagger chute)
 Mulching mode only M170642 mulching blade (shipped with BM24794 MulchControl)
 Side discharge and mulching M170642 mulching blade (shipped with BM24794 MulchControl)
 Side discharge and bagging GX25668 bagging blade (shipped with BG20754 rear bagger chute)
 Side discharge, mulching, and bagging M170642 mulching blade (shipped with BM24794 MulchControl)

Drawbar

Magnetic hitch pinMagnetic hitch pin

Fits John Deere lawn and garden tow behind attachments.

  • Strong magnetic grip
  • Rust resistant
  • Easy to install, secure fit
Ordering information

Customers, please contact your local John Deere dealer for availability and pricing information.

Magnetic hitch pin

Order number: LP63768

Home Maintenance Kits

Typical home maintenance kitTypical home maintenance kit
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Home maintenance kits are a handy and convenient way for dealers to supply a customer with the maintenance-interval parts as specified in their operator's manual.

The LG276 home maintenance kit includes the following:

QuantityDescription
1

Engine oil filter

2Engine oil quart
1Fuel filter
1Air filter cartridge
2Spark plugs

Miscellaneous

Battery chargerBattery charger

This fully automatic 1.5-amp battery charger and maintainer safely charges lawn and garden, RV, deep-cycle, and most batteries that require long storage periods. It is particularly useful during winter months when the vehicle is not being used regularly, to ensure the battery stays charged:

  • Automatically determines if the battery is 6- or 12-V and adjusts accordingly
  • Helps maintain battery in good condition and ensures it is fully charged
  • Powers on to charge battery and powers off when fully charged
  • 'Onboard' feature allows mounting next to the battery on collector, street rods, and other occasional-use vehicles
  • 1.5-amp trickle charges small batteries in 2 to 12 hours
  • Maintains large battery charges
  • Hookup protection guards battery and charger from damage 

 

Includes a choice of battery connection methods:

  • Standard color-coded clips to connect to any battery
  • Cable with quick-disconnect plug and end loops that can be bolted to battery terminals and easily unplugged from charger when not in use
Boarding stepBoarding step

Compatible with EZTrak™ Z200-series and ZTrak Z300-series mowers, the ZTrak Z3 boarding step allows for easier mounting and dismounting of a zero-turn mower. A complete bolt-on solution, this kit attaches to the left side of the mower frame for convenient access.

Ordering information

Please contact a local John Deere dealer for availability and pricing information.

ZTrak Z3 Boarding Step
Order number: LP66653

Striping kit brushStriping kit brush
Brush adjusts to varying ground conditionsBrush adjusts to varying ground conditions

Features and benefits:

  • Homeowners can now achieve results just like the professionals.
  • The attachment works extremely well with the suspended mower design.
  • The attachments are easy to adjust for varying mower cutting height.
  • The brush adjusts to varying ground conditions and allows the operator to freely maneuver the vehicle without damaging the turf.
  • The brush fits the ZTrak 42-in. (107-cm) mower deck.
  • The brush is very economical and functional.

Specifications

 

 Item number LP63763
 Compatible mowers ZTrak 42 in. (107 cm)
 Installation time 30 minutes
 Warranty Two-year consumer warranty
Ordering information

Customers, please contact your local John Deere dealer for availability and pricing information.

 

ZTrak grass striping kit for 42-in. (107-cm) mower deck
Order number: LP63763

Dual-headlight kitDual-headlight kit
Dual-headlight kit installedDual-headlight kit installed

The dual-headlight kit is available for the EZtrak™ Z235, Z255 and ZTrak™ Z335E, Z335M, Z345M, Z345R, Z355E, Z355R, and Z375R Mowers.

Light-emitting diode (LED) lamps provide superior performance, long life, and efficient operation.

Protective cover (partially removed)Protective cover (partially removed)
Protective cover (vehicle fully covered)Protective cover (vehicle fully covered)

This cover provides heavy-duty protection for EZtrak™ and ZTrak riding mowers. It protects against sun damage, rain, dust, birds, and tree sap.

Dual reinforced air vents let air circulate and help prevent ballooning in winds. Elastic cord in bottom hem gives a quick and custom fit. Side handles are included for easy fitting and removal.

Ordering information

Please contact your local John Deere dealer for availability and pricing information.

EZtrak and ZTrak protective cover

Order number: LP64430

Sun canopySun canopy

The sun canopy fits ZTrak™ Z300 Series Mowers:

  • Custom metal frame attaches to engine guard for a secure fit
  • Protects operator from the sun’s rays
  • Tough woven polyester construction for strength and durability
  • 72-in. (183-cm) from ground to top of canopy
  • Compatible with all Z300 Series ZTrak mowers
Ordering information

Please contact a local John Deere dealer for availability and pricing information.

ZTrak Z300 Series Sun Canopy
Order number: LP66974

Mower Decks

Z335E ZTrak™ with Accel Deep MowerZ335E ZTrak™ with Accel Deep Mower
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The 42-in. (107-cm) Accel Deep Mower Deck is a stamped-steel, deep, flat-top design that delivers excellent cut quality, productivity, cleanliness, durability, and versatility. Optimal performance and dispersion of clippings is provided, even at faster mowing speeds:

  • 4.5-in. (11.4-cm) deep throughout the entire deck shell for optimum mowing, mulching, and bagging performance
    • Optional MulchControl™ attachment provides superior mulching performance and versatility.
  • Stamped-steel design eliminates sharp edges and corners where material can build up and diminish mowing performance
  • Mower deck is suspended from the vehicle for a smooth and level cut
    • Adjustable mower wheels, positioned just above ground level, help smooth out the mowing job
Mower top (similar mower from X300 Series Tractor shown)Mower top (similar mower from X300 Series Tractor shown)
Mower underside (similar mower from X300 Series Tractor shown)Mower underside (similar mower from X300 Series Tractor shown)
Mower deck leveling gaugeMower deck leveling gauge

Leveling gauge allows quick and accurate mower deck leveling and cutting height adjustment.

Can be used for:

  • Lawn tractors
  • Lawn and garden tractors
  • Riding mowers
  • Front mowers
  • Commercial walk-behind mowers
  • Zero-turn-radius mowers

Mulch Kits

MulchControl advantages and benefits
Z335E ZTrak™ with Accel Deep MowerZ335E ZTrak™ with Accel Deep Mower
X350 Tractor with Accel Deep MowerX350 Tractor with Accel Deep Mower

MulchControl for the 42-in. (107-cm) Accel Deep (42A) Mower Deck makes mulching more practical for many mowing situations because it not only does an excellent job of mulching but it also allows the mower to be easily converted for times when it is more desirable to side discharge or collect the lawn material. Advantages of mulching grass clippings include:

  • A beautiful looking lawn
  • Grass clippings not blown onto the operator, driveways, or flower beds
  • Less fertilizer use
  • Elimination of the effort needed to dispose of clippings
How MulchControl works
MulchControl baffle openMulchControl baffle open
MulchControl baffle closedMulchControl baffle closed

MulchControl is an innovative, simple design that is easy to use and maintain:

  • MulchControl includes baffles to control the flow of material under the deck.
    • When the MulchControl baffle is open, most of the material passes through the discharge opening.
    • When the MulchControl baffle is closed, the material stays within the deck and gets chopped into mulch and deposited in the turf.
MulchControl baffle closedMulchControl baffle closed
MulchControl handleMulchControl handle
  • The MulchControl handle is located on top of the mower deck and used to open and close the discharge baffle.
    • The operator is required to get off of the machine in order to engage or disengage mulch mode.
  • Changing from mulching to side discharging or vice versa takes only a few seconds.

MulchControl is well-suited to the following mowing situations:

  • Usually mulch, but side discharge when grass gets too long
  • Usually side-discharge, but would like to be able to close the chute to control clippings
  • Always mulch a main lawn, but often side discharge secondary lawns
  • Bag clippings, but want to go farther before emptying bags

MulchControl puts the operator in control of the clippings. The operator can have all the benefits of mulching with the ability to easily change to side discharging when needed.

MulchControl limitations

While in the side-discharge mode, MulchControl will still mulch about one third of the material. Therefore, the side-discharge mode is essentially a partial-mulch mode. This can be an advantage when side discharging or bagging, as it helps to reduce the amount of material being discharged. Other times this could work as a disadvantage:

  • When cutting strong southern grasses, such as Zoysia and Bermuda
  • When cutting in wet, high-growth conditions, such as those found in the Pacific Northwest United States
  • When optimum bagging and lawn clean-up is desired
  • 42A Mower Deck requires a MulchControl baffle be removed to install the bagger chute; see 42A versatility explanation for more information

Rear Hitch

Attachment bar and hitch kitAttachment bar and hitch kit
Attachment bar and hitch kit installedAttachment bar and hitch kit installed

The attachment bar and hitch kit provides towing capability for approved equipment. It also provides additional protection for the back of the machine.

These components are also included with the 6.5-bu (229-L) rear bagger attachment to provide support and attaching capability.

NOTE: The loaded weight of any equipment towed by an EZtrak™ or a ZTrak™ Mower not to exceed 250 lb (113 kg).

Spark Arrester

Spark arrester screenSpark arrester screen

Allows tractor to meet restrictions imposed by certain areas.

Weights

Ballast bracket kitBallast bracket kit
Quik-Tatch weight installed on ballast bracket kitQuik-Tatch weight installed on ballast bracket kit

The ballast kit makes provision for mounting two 42-lb (19-kg) Quik-Tatch weights (not included) to the front of the EZtrak™ or ZTrak™ Mower. Quick-pull pins hold the weights securely in place while providing easy installation and removal.

NOTE: The ballast-bracket components are also included in the 6.5-bu (229-L) rear bagger attachment.

Reviews

4.13

23 reviews

Rating Snapshot

15
2
2
2
2
4.22
4.3
4.38

Poor design on the drive belt

1/5

Poor design on the drive belt A belt keep slipping off and or breaking the mower is only designed for cutting a lawn not for a property with any kind of twigs are small branches a single sweet gum bowl will take the belt off every time. John Deere answer was cut down all the sweet gum trees I’ve had itOther mowers cutting the same grass for 20 years and never had these kind of problems this is one of those buyer beware issues that you should strongly consider

Pros

Cons

Steve R

From:

Length of Ownership: 1yearOrLonger

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise:

2
2
5

Wanted a new zero turn

5/5

Bought it 12/29/20. My old z225 had 600 hrs and I felt it was time to buy a new zero turn. This time I purchased the z345R

Pros

Cons

Aloha 44

From: Marietta Georgia

Length of Ownership: 1month

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Intermediate

5
2
5

my first and maybe last john deere

2/5

I ordered a Z345R zero turn mower and received it two days ago. I purchased it through Lowes. The only option I added was the 6.2 bushel bagger attachment. With that attachment it included the bagger, modifications to the mower deck, and bagger attachment hardware. I have used the mower once and here is my initial impression. First... The 6.2 bushel bagger is a lot smaller than my older (non John Deere) zero turn that I have used for 10 years. The gas tank is very small for a riding mower. Just over 2 gallons. The hydrostatic controls are a lot more sensitive than my old one. The bagger seems to work better at moving material and should be better on long or slightly wet grass. We will see. The instruction manuals for adding the attachments are TERRIBLE. I've seen better manual out of china, and that's not saying much. Parts are hard to identify, and the assemble instructions and photos will leave the average home assembler very frustrated. They leave out how many bolts to use and often where they go. They change the name of some of the parts, from the parts list, so you can play "guess which one." Whoever is doing their instructions should get some serious "retraining." As I said, I've only used this mower once, but I expected a lot better from a "made in America" product...

Pros

Cons

Tradonline

From: Washington state

Length of Ownership: 1week

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Intermediate

3
2
5

More than I expected

5/5

I have my mower over a year and feel qualified to present a review. I did considerable research and in every category the Z345R appeared to excel. Although slightly more expensive than similarly sized competitor models, this unit greatly surpasses them in materials and construction. I am completely satisfied. BTW I added the mulching kit and the towing package. They are well designed and well made.

Pros

Cons

TOM22

From: Lewes, de

Length of Ownership: 1yearOrLonger

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Intermediate

5
2
5

Getting too old for pushing anymore!

5/5

Bought the Z345r to get me off my feet, in my "older" age. Got the bagger with it, as I bag my lawn and side discharge my neighbors. Very satisfied with this machine. It does a great job of cutting and there is some "blow-out" from the deck but I don't consider it much of a problem, even tho it would be nice not to have it. I have 2 negatives : 1st- the install and removal of the bagger chute from the deck discharge chute area, it's almost a 2 person job and frustrating! My older Deere's used a much easier system. 2nd- adjusting of the gauge wheels using the bolt/nut system and having to use a wrench to adjust wheels (I keep a ratchet & socket on machine to use, instead of their hand wrench). Again, their old system just used a pin with quick pull pin and holes in adjustment bracket. Of course I cut our lawn at a different height than our neighbors, so I'm always changing height and bagger, off and on. I mow 3days a week! Otherwise it's a great machine.

Pros

  • great cut & fast
  • quality machine

Cons

  • bagger on&off
  • gage wheel adj.

SPEDEE3

From: up OF mICHIGAN

Length of Ownership: 3months

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Expert

5
2
5

Nice mower

5/5

Just bought it today and picked it up at Ag Pro Kennedy Tx. Gonna try it out tomorrow. Delivery and walkthrough was fine. Looking forward to some quality mowing time

Pros

  • perfect size for my work

Cons

Acoustic

From: Fulton Tx

Length of Ownership: 1week

Usage Frequency:

Level of Expertise:

4
2
5

learning curve to start but EXCELLENT after

5/5

This is my 1 start lawn mower, and coming over from living in a condo I haven't mowed grass in 8 years so I was nervous about how this handles. However, after about the 3 time mowing it starts to become very easy. If you don't watch it will pivot your grass (learned this the first time), but once you get the hang of it I was able to turn without destroying the grass. Not an issue if you are a heavy set individual. I'm 5'9" with about a 42" waist and able to comfortably place my feet on the feet rest and have no issue pulling the handle bars towards me for backing up. You might have issues if your waist is over 46". Seat is super comfortable, more comfortable than some cars, I have small hills in my yard and it just takes it with ease. Steering is super easy and after mowing once or twice you won't even think about it. I couldn't imagine having no foot panel, it spoils you, its so much easier to use your foot to raise and lower the deck. Even the paddle handles are comfortable, it really is a nice mower. A bonus they put in alot of safety features which benefits a beginner like me. So if you move the handle bars in drive with the brakes on, it shuts off the engine. If you put the brake on while the mower blades are running it will turn your engine off. So there are alot of safety features in this mower. It cuts so good too, I would highly recommend this mower. Lawn Size: 1/2 acres How long does it take to mow: Around 30-40mins Experience: No experience prior, 1st zero turn

Pros

  • comfortable
  • for heavy individuals
  • easy to drive
  • stripes

Cons

Chris316

From: CONNECTICUT

Length of Ownership: 3months

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Beginner

4
2
5

Never knew cutting grass could be so much fun

5/5

I am getting older now and pushing my self propelled mower is miserable in the summer here in Florida. After 6 weeks my Z345R arrived along with a mulch kit and bagging system. Mower was a bit of a mess but that's Lowe's fau!t. It took a few hours to install the bagger system (directions confusing, I suggest better photos). I also bought the mulch kit and wanted to be able to use either one, but no go. Bagger came with weighting for the front which in my opinion is not needed unless you plan on driving up a tree. Mower starts easily and worked great, bagger picked up every blade of cut grass perfectly (seems others have discharge issues which might be from installation as mine worked great). I found it easy to use and like not having to dump the bags as often. After several hours I needed to adjust tracking but that's it. Great system by JD

Pros

  • high quality
  • easy to use
  • well made
  • easy maintenance

Cons

  • accessory instructions need clear photos not para

Slowrower

From: Orlando, FL

Length of Ownership: 1month

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Intermediate

5
2
5

GOOD BUT NOT GREAT

3/5

This is my first z-turn, and first JD. The pros: Small and easy to get around Quiet operation Easy to drive(once the tracking is adjusted) Good fuel consumption The Cons:Excessive grass blowout from the top left of the deck(even after service tech adjusted it) Frame flexes when driving over bumping ground Drive handles are to close to the driver(even with seat all the way back. Not recommended for a tall person or a big person) My biggest complaint is the blowout. JD has made kits for other decks so its a known issue and still they keep making the same mistakes on these decks. There is no fix for this deck unless you build it yourself so that means drilling into the deck,which may void the warranty.

Pros

  • quiet
  • small

Cons

  • blowout
  • frame
  • flex
  • handles

jason1974

From: slave lake, alberta

Length of Ownership: 1month

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Intermediate

4
2
5

Great for mowing 1/2 acre lawn

4/5

I bought this to replace my Toro Z4200. It is better in every way.

Pros

Cons

revans45

From: Munroe Falls

Length of Ownership: 1month

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Expert

5
2
5

Great mower

5/5

I bought this to replace my tractor once we moved out to a bigger lot. It took some getting used to but the learning curve was short and this machine blows my 2 year old e120 out of the water. Highly recommend

Pros

Cons

GeEbs

From:

Length of Ownership: 1week

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Beginner

5
2
5

Not 100% Satisfied with this mower

3/5

I've used this mower for one complete season and I have some issues with it as follows: 1)There is a significant amount of blow-out from under the front left section of the mower deck. It is enough to cover my feet and legs with debris and can cover the foot rest area. When the bagger is used, there is a significant amount of debris that blows out also. If a baffle kit is available and is needed, then that tells me that Deere knows this is a problem and with $4k invested, why should I have to pay for this kind of a fix. Photo below... 2) On my former John Deere, the bagger attachment was easily put on and taken off. The bagger attachment for this mower is bolted on so you cannot remove it easily. 3)You have to purchase a rear bumper assembly in order to have towing capability. $120 +/- 3)Trivial, but the cup holders are so near the motor that nothing stays cold.

Pros

  • sufficient power & speed

Cons

  • deck blow out

Daled

From: Salisbury, md

Length of Ownership: 1yearOrLonger

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Expert

4
2
5

solid machine

5/5

I have a one acre property on a corner lot with sidewalks in 2 directions. I was spending about 2.5 hours to completely mow and trim my lawn. I was mowing with a 42" L111 JD lawn tractor. Now with my new Z345R I get everything done in 1.5 hours and my lawn looks very manicured. My neighbors are commenting about the good looks. The cut is precise with no scalping. The 22 HP engine is strong having ample power for taller grass after a good rain and plenty of sun. Maneuvering around my trees and flower beds is super simple. For smaller 1-2 acre properties, you can't do any better. The machine is solidly built and easy to operate. I definitely recommend this machine and if I ever need to purchase another it will certainly be a John Deere.

Pros

  • can't beat it!

Cons

hwdeac55

From: mcdonough, ga

Length of Ownership: 3months

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Expert

4
2
5

Great Mower

5/5

So first of I went from a Craftsman y3500 to the z345R and I love this mower. It got plenty of power with the vtwin motor and rides across my rough lawn with ease. I would suggest the mulching kit because it does trow clippings pretty far. The only "complaint" I have with it is the rear wheel base is 44" and I choose the 42" deck. So I can't get right up against my landscaping but then again I get to use my sthil trimmer more. The 345R is a perfect blend of comfort convenience and power in a zero turn.

Pros

  • comfort
  • great cut
  • power
  • ease of use

Cons

  • rear wheel base

JDyke82

From: NE Indiana

Length of Ownership: 1week

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Expert

4
2
5

Easy to use

4/5

Starts every time and handles great. Need to get used to ztr as it can skid grass on turns until used to mower. That could happen on any ztr. Only negative issue is no fuel tank gauge. Really needs a gauge. Overall mows well and fast. Great mower.

Pros

  • starts well
  • fast mow

Cons

  • no gas gauge

Corny

From: Normal, IL

Length of Ownership: 3months

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Intermediate

4
2
5

Just get it.

5/5

For a 1 to 2 acre property, the 42 inch deck is the right choice. That size gives very good maneuverability. Also, I live on a bluff, that ends at a major river, ie boggy at end. So, hill use & weight in boggy conditions is a factor. John Deere uses a floating deck, this is ideal for a hill. Also the high quality stamped deck, dramatically reduces the weight, ie won’t sink in. A welded deck is far heavier, and also has no give on a hill, or against a unforeseen object. So, then I was down to selecting the right John Deere model. My best friend looked into it, he was a former commercial use lawn guy. He checked on line, then with a dealer. This is it. Is it pricey, yes. Is it ever a great deal, or on sale, no. I think John Deere has kept its profits reasonable, to allow a great product to be within reach of a homeowner. Hence, no sales. Here’s a brake down from my old Z225 and this now 22 horse Z345R. It is very well designed. The seat is outstanding. The floor deck lever is great. The seat arms are totally useless unless your 12 year old cuts the grass. My shoulders are wider then the arms of the seat, I took them off. This model is geared for speed. Also, one pass now looks like the old Z225 after two passes. JD is no joke on cut quality. My wife even commented, “The grass smells so good.” It is a very clean cut. Now, it’s powerful, so yes it blows more grass out, & farther. But I’m not going to complain that it’s too good. Use sunglasses, brush yourself off, no big deal. Back to the 22 horse engine, get it. It’s now geared for such forward speed, reverse is only for small maneuvers, unlike the older models. The old 18.5 feels like it has the same Torque, so the 20 horse would be underpowered if using on a hill or wet boggy conditions. The hose deck cleanup is very cool, and works. The design spreads the weight out, keeping the deck in a good floating position. Nice floor mats.

Pros

  • speed
  • cut quality
  • seat comfort
  • ease of maintenance
  • design

Cons

  • pricey
  • reverse is geared to slow

CRHJax

From: Jacksonville, FL, USA

Length of Ownership: 1week

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Intermediate

4
2
5

Great mower

5/5

Like the ease of operation. Does a great job, makes mowing fun.

Pros

Cons

  • not a true 4" cut when set on high.

Derf

From: Francesville, IN 47946, USA

Length of Ownership: 1month

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Intermediate

5
2
5

Excellent purchase

5/5

I wasn't sure about spending $3000 on a mower, but now am so glad I did. It runs great, is easy to drive, and the yard looks great. What used to be a 1 1/2 hour job with the push mower is now 25 minutes, and now I don't even break a sweat. I have a few small trees to mow around, so needed the zero turn mower to get in the tight places, and it does great. I added the mulch kit, which I recommend as it also does a great job.

Pros

  • quality
  • easy to drive

Cons

  • cost

Chad68

From: Bettendorf, IA

Length of Ownership: 1yearOrLonger

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Intermediate

5
2
5

My first ZRT , love it

5/5

Mowed my yard twice. Pleased how it cuts and handles, very little residue on the lawn. Not had any issue with being covered with grass. Had a mulching kit installed.

Pros

  • great cut ease of operatiion

Cons

  • wish it had a gas indicator.

hrdtop57

From: Gallatin TN

Length of Ownership: 1week

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Intermediate

5
2
5

Regret it now

1/5

Well I waited for years and years to finally get a John Deere. Sold my perfect 26 year old Craftsman and pulled the trigger on this one. Had them put on a bagger before I picked it up. I can not even make 2 laps without being COVERED up with grass and dust coming out the front of it. Time I get done the floor pan is full. I have never had a mower that I had to go take a shower before I can even put the lawnmower up. The dealer blames it on the bagger so I took it off and still does the same thing. They say its normal. Can not be normal, no one would put up with this. With 4 hours on it I am going to have to sell it to get a riding mower again. So disappointed.

Pros

  • looks good
  • fun to drive

Cons

  • dealer are horrible
  • throws grass all over you from the front

Mudcon

From: Flowery Branch, GA, USA

Length of Ownership: 3months

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Expert

1
2
5

Love it !

5/5

I purchased a Z345R to replace a traditional John Deere riding mower that I had owned for a couple of years. I sold it to purchase this mower. I have cut my mowing time in half ! I had no idea how much fun these zero turn mowers were to operate. Yes they do take some getting used to, but practice makes perfect. Just take it slow ! One thing I did not realize was that maximum cutting height is 3 1/2 inches, not 4 inches. There is a metal bracket on the left side of the deck that keeps you from adjusting it past 3 1/2 inches. You need to leave a minimum of 1/4 inch between the top of that bracket and the bottom of the operators platform to allow for movement when you hit a bump in your yard. I normally cut my grass at 4 inches, but had to lower it by 1/2 inch to match my trim mower, which is now set at 3 1/2 inches. I have found that I do not need to use my trim mower as much as I did before. The accel deep deck is a huge plus and will handle any grass volume that you throw at it. If you are hesitant to purchase a zero turn mower, spend the extra $$ on this model, you will be glad that you did ! It comes standard with all the accessories that I would add, including the seat which is very comfortable. I removed the arm rests on each side of the seat because I did not use them, and they left me feeling a little cramped in the seat. Another fine mower from John Deere....

Pros

  • manuverability
  • ease of operation

Cons

  • max cutting height is 3.5 inches

DeerefMan59

From:

Length of Ownership: 3months

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Expert

5
2
5

Love it

5/5

This is one very nice machine easy to use does a great job mowing, they say zero turns are no good on hills if you go straight up and down you can mow hills that are 45 degree, the mulch kit is a must the yard looks like you bag it with this option , the bumper and hitch kit are rock solid on this machine. John Deere has done a great job of listening to their customs.

Pros

Cons

verminater

From: Seaton, IL 61476, USA

Length of Ownership: 1month

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Intermediate

5
2
5

Warning: Z345R has starting problem

2/5

I have had my Z345R for three weeks. The first time I tried to start, it would not start. Called the dealer and they mentioned they have had several other calls with same problem. The Auto Choke is not working. They told me a little trick to do to get it working, by lifting the chock lever by engine. Today, I went to mow and it started right off. I turned off the mower and now I cannot get it to start, no matter what I try! There really is no neutral lever, so I had to get my big four wheeler out to put it off my front lawn. I'm planning on calling and having dealer pick up and returning z345r, it appears to be a lemon!

Pros

  • fast mow

Cons

  • auto start

Kurt82

From: Highland, UT, USA

Length of Ownership: 1month

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Intermediate

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5