John Deere has updated its line of commercial zero-turn offerings with the new Z997R Diesel ZTrak. The Z997R features a  37.4 hp Final Tier 4 diesel engine, providing a workhorse solution for customers needing a large zero-turn mower in all conditions, including tall and wet grass.

The Z997R is available with a 60-inch or 72-inch 7-Iron PRO side discharge deck, an industry exclusive 60-inch 7-Iron PRO Mulch On Demand deck, or a 60-inch 7-gauge fabricated rear discharge deck.

A new electrically powered 14-bushel hard shell dump-from-seat Material Collection System (MCS) allows the operator to accumulate material with minimized leakage and extends intervals between emptying.

The electrically powered dump-from-seat feature lessens the effort required from the operator, providing a trouble-free solution that reduces the time spent dumping.

“The new Z997R offers landscape contractors a powerful zero-turn option that will maximize acres mowed per hour, without skimping on operator comfort and cut quality,” said Nick Minas, product manager, John Deere Commercial Mowing. “The Z997R excels in the toughest mowing conditions while providing the fuel economy and durability commercial landscape contractors value.”

The Z997R has a variety of options available to increase operator comfort and reduce fatigue during long work hours. The model comes standard with a Comfort & Convenience package, which boasts a power deck lift to reduce operator strain, ergonomically angle padded hand grips and button-in-hand PTO cutoff. A fully adjustable suspension seat is also available for added operator comfort.

The Z997R is also B20 compatible from the factory, offering an alternative fuel option for contractors. 

The Z997R is an eligible purchase within the GreenFleet Loyalty Rewards program. The industry-exclusive loyalty program from John Deere is designed to help customers manage their equipment more easily and cost-effectively.

The Z997R will be available for purchase in spring 2015. Those attending GIE+EXPO 2014 can view the Z997R along with the rest of John Deere’s line of commercial mowing equipment at booth #1110.

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