CARY, N.C. — John Deere announces five new models in its residential ZTrak zero-turn radius mower line, the Z335MZ345MZ345RZ355R and Z375R. The models are priced under $3,500.00. The new and step-up model additions to the ZTrak Z300 series feature improved cut quality, easy-to-use ergonomic controls, enhanced engine performance and upgraded comfort features.

The Accel Deep mower deck, introduced in 2016, will now be available on all Z300 Series residential ZTrak models. Available in 42-, 48- and 54-inch cutting widths, these mower decks will provide homeowners with better grass dispersion and improved cut quality at faster ground speeds.

"Homeowners are attracted to the speed and overall performance of zero-turn radius mowers, but some perceive ZTRs as too expensive," says Kim Ridel, tactical marketing manager, John Deere. "New for 2017, we're introducing five new residential zero-turn models under $3,500.00 providing homeowners with the speed and performance they need, at the attractive price they want."

Several enhancements to the ZTrak Z300 series focus on the John Deere commitment to improving the comfort and convenience for homeowners. Comfort enhancements will be noticed across models, such as those on the Z345R, including a medium back seat that doesn't require a tool for seat adjustment, control levers with improved ergonomics, and standard floor mats.

Additionally, a wider tire option on some models provides a smoother ride and a foot-operated deck lift option allows for quick and efficient engagement of the deck without leaving the operator seat.

The ZTrak Z300 series also receives an upgrade in engine performance with horsepower ranging from 20 horsepower on the Z335E up to 25 horsepower on the Z375R.

The Accel Deep mower deck on the ZTrak Z300 models are compatible with the MulchControl kit. MulchControl allows operators to quickly switch between side discharge and mulching with the flip of a lever, all year long. Mulching returns finely cut clippings to the soil as a beneficial natural fertilizer to enhance lawn health.