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Key Features
  • 7-Iron™ PRO Mowing Deck
  • Brake-N-Go starting
  • Cross-porting hydraulic transmission

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Features

Spindle assembly provides greater performance and reliability
Spindle assemblySpindle assembly
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On every John Deere ZTrak mower deck there are three 1-in. (2.5-cm) spindles that are cold-forged and heat-treated for strength without bulk. The spindles are supported by precision ball bearings, providing great performance and reliability.
 
The spindle housing is made of aircraft-grade ribbed cast aluminum. This unique casting design embosses reinforcing gussets in the housing, which adds both strength and cooling surface area that stands up to commercial applications.
 
These spindles can be greased from the top and require no disassembly to reach. Grease channels provide lubrication to both bearings.

Powerful 35.0-hp (26.1-kW) commercial grade engine delivers class-leading performance and efficiency
Z970R engineZ970R engine
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The Z970R is powered by an air-cooled, vertical shaft engine:

  • 35.0-hp (26.1-kW) gas engine

Engine features include:

  • Overhead valve design
    • More horsepower and torque per cubic inch of displacement
    • Better fuel efficiency
  • Full-pressure lubrication with full-flow filter
    • Reduces engine wear by ensuring proper lubrication, even when operating on hillsides or uneven terrain
    • Oil filter helps keep oil clean for increased engine life
    • V-twin big block design
  • Vertical shaft
  • Easy-access dual element air filter with quick release latch
  • 15-amp alternator
  • Fuel pump
  • Complies with strict EPA and CARB emission standards without loss of horsepower or torque
  • Aluminum block engines
    • Effectively dissipate heat
    • Lightweight and strong construction
    • Extend engine life due to elimination of debilitating engine temperatures
    • Air-cooled engine design
Durable 7-Iron™ PRO decks pressed from a single piece of steel
72-in. (183-cm) 7-Iron PRO deck shown72-in. (183-cm) 7-Iron PRO deck shown
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The ZTrak™ M and R Series Mowers are equipped with either a side-discharge or Mulch On Demand™ 7-Iron PRO deck.

7-Iron PRO mower decks have demonstrated quality, performance, and durability. It delivers a high quality cut in diverse conditions.

Key features of the 7-Iron PRO mower deck:

  • Deck is stamped from 7-gauge, 0.179-in. (4.6-mm) steel to minimize the number of welds and provide a smooth underside, with fewer sharp corners for reduced material buildup.
  • Significantly fewer welds on the deck shell to wear or break- it is stamped from a single sheet of steel rather than multiple fabrications. Anti-skid step on the deck provides for easy machine mounting.
  • Higher blade tip speed than many competitors - 18,500 fpm (5,639 m/min) for more blade cuts per inch mowed.
  • A deep-deck design of 5.5 in. (14 cm) delivers excellent airflow so material can be processed quickly and efficiently.
  • The wider and higher discharge opening provides even clipping dispersal for an excellent finished appearance in all conditions.
Mower rectangular leading-edge reinforcementMower rectangular leading-edge reinforcement
Dual-captured anti-scalp wheelDual-captured anti-scalp wheel

Key features of the 7-Iron PRO mower deck:

  • Deck has rectangular leading deck edge reinforcement and the rounded corners of the stamped deck help distribute impact stress to reduce the potential of damage when the mower contacts trees, rocks, curbs, and other fixed obstacles.
  • Dual-captured front and rear anti-scalp wheels provide deck flotation over even the toughest terrain.
  • Three 1-in. (2.5-cm) cold-forged spindles are heat-treated for strength without bulk and are supported by ball bearings, providing reliability and performance; spindle housings are ribbed cast aluminum providing both excellent strength and heat dissipation.
  • The front edge is raised above the blade plane to allow even cutting of tall grass and reinforced with a square bar for durability. The front baffle has been redesigned to better manage airflow and control clippings.
  • Three spindle grease fittings are accessible from the top.
  • Blade overlap is 1.6 in. (40 mm), nearly 0.79 in. (20 mm) greater than previous decks, to reduce striping between blades.
  • Quick-change cutting-height adjustment.
7-Iron PRO mower deck
M SeriesR Series
Z920M - 48 in. (122 cm), 54 in. (137 cm), 60 in. (152 cm)Z930R - 54 in. (137 cm), 60 in. (152 cm)
Z925M Flex Fuel - 54 in. (137 cm), 60 in. (152 cm)Z950R - 60 in. (152 cm), 72 in. (183 cm)
Z930M - 54 in. (137 cm), 60 in. (152 cm)Z970R - 60 in. (152 cm), 72 in. (183 cm)
Z930M EFI - 60 in. (152 cm) 
Z950M - 60 in. (152 cm), 72 in. (183 cm) 
Z960M - 60 in. (152 cm), 72 in. (183 cm) 
Mower deck step shown on 72-in. (183-cm) mowerMower deck step shown on 72-in. (183-cm) mower
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The deck step safely aids the operator's entrance and egress from machine.

Three-year bumper-to-bumper warranty
Z930M ZTrak MowerZ930M ZTrak Mower
Z970R ZTrak MowerZ970R ZTrak Mower
E and M Series three-year/1200 hour bumper-to-bumper warranty

An exclusive two-year/unlimited hour, three-year/1200-hour (whichever comes first) bumper-to-bumper warranty is standard for all John Deere E and M Series Mowers. The warranty is best in class and places John Deere at the forefront of commercial mowing. It is also hassle free, with one company handling all of the paperwork.

36 months or 1200 hour, whichever comes first. First 24 months, no hour limitation.

R Series three-year/1500 hour bumper-to-bumper warranty

An exclusive two-year/unlimited hour, three-year/1500-hour (whichever comes first) bumper-to-bumper warranty is standard on all John Deere R Series mowers. The warranty is best in the industry and puts John Deere at the forefront of commercial mowing. It is also hassle free, with one company handling all of the paperwork.

36 months or 1500 hour, whichever comes first. First 24 months, no hour limitation.

Michelin® X® Tweel® Turf rear tire solution for ZTrak™ Mowers eliminates downtime and reduces the cost of operation
Flat-free rear tire on ZTrak Mower Flat-free rear tire on ZTrak Mower

John Deere leads the commercial zero-turn mower industry with use of the Michelin X Tweel Turf technology for the ZTrak Z900 Series Mowers.

 

Michelin is a world leader in tire manufacturing and technology. This airless radial tire solution is an industry first for John Deere, which provides an additional advantage to John Deere customers.

Advantages of the Michelin X Tweel Turf include:

  • Mowing performance is improved.
    • Reduced rutting because the Michelin X Tweel Turf has more support across the surface for improved flotation and better ground contact.
    • Unique energy transfer within the poly-resin spokes reduces the bounce associated with pneumatic tires.
    • Excellent curb climbing due to the Michelin X Tweel Turf construction and flexibility.
    • More consistent cut quality because inconsistent tire pressure is eliminated.
  • Uptime is improved.
    • The exclusive technology eliminates downtime and associated cost due to flat or damaged tires.
    • Punctures and sidewall damage no longer result in downtime.
  • Cost of operation is reduced.
    • Cost of repairs and maintenance is reduced. One single unit replaces the current tire, wheel, and valve assembly. There is no need for complex tire-mounting equipment.
    • No need to spend time checking and optimizing tire pressure.
    • The need to purchase and stock plug kits and spare tires is eliminated, particularly for professional landscape contractors and government agencies who normally stock them.
    • The tire tread will last up to three times longer than current pneumatic tires because automotive-grade rubber is used for the tread.
Michelin X Tweel Turf Michelin X Tweel Turf
Michelin X Tweel Turf Michelin X Tweel Turf

Heavy-duty construction provides the ultimate in performance and reliable operation:

  • High-strength poly-resin spokes carry the load.
  • Four-hole, heavy-duty steel hub easily bolts onto any 54-in. (137-cm), 60-in. (152-cm), or 72-in. (183-cm) John Deere ZTrak 900 B/M/R Series Mower with 24x12-12 tires.
  • Deep, open-tread design provides excellent cleaning and traction.
  • Zero degree, high-tensile proprietary carcass provides great lateral stiffness while resisting damage from impact and penetration.

NOTE: Tweels are not compatible with the ZTrak Z997R Diesel.

Michelin, X, and Tweel are trademarks of Michelin North America, Inc.

Available Mulch On Demand™ deck
Mulch On Demand mower deckMulch On Demand mower deck
Mower deck with chute closedMower deck with chute closed

The Mulch On Demand mower deck delivers unprecedented levels of productivity and versatility to commercial mower operation. With the ability to switch between side discharge and mulching operation with the flip of a lever as you mow, keeping most clippings out of landscaping features and where they are wanted is extremely easy.

Mulch on Demand openMulch on Demand open
Mulch on Demand closed (latch standard on MCS-equipped models only)Mulch on Demand closed (latch standard on MCS-equipped models only)
Lever position open (latch standard on MCS-equipped models only)Lever position open (latch standard on MCS-equipped models only)
Lever position closedLever position closed

Key features of the 7-Iron PRO Mulch On Demand mower deck:

  • Deck can be converted from a wide-open side discharge mode to a fully chambered mulching mode with a single move of a lever. Note: Mulch On Demand decks are a balance between a side discharge deck and a side discharge deck with a mulching kit.
  • Deck is stamped from 7-gauge, 0.179-in. (4.6-mm) steel to minimize the number of welds and provide a smooth underside, with fewer sharp corners, for reduced material buildup.
  • Significantly fewer welds on the deck shell to wear or break- it is stamped from a single sheet of steel rather than multiple fabrications. Anti-skid step on the deck provides for easy machine mounting.
  • Mulch On Demand decks are superior to aftermarket chute blockers due to the movable baffles.
  • Higher blade tip speed than many competitors - 18,500 fpm (5,639 m/min) for more blade cuts per inch mowed.
  • Rounded corners of the stamped deck help distribute impact stress to reduce the potential of damage when the mower contacts trees, rocks, curbs, and other fixed obstacles.
  • Deep-deck design of 5.5 in. (14 cm) delivers excellent airflow so material can be processed quickly and efficiently.
  • Wider and higher discharge opening provides even clipping dispersal for an excellent finished appearance in all conditions.
  • Three 1-in. (2.5 cm) cold-forged spindles are heat-treated for strength without bulk and are supported by ball bearings, providing reliability and performance; spindle housings are ribbed cast aluminum providing both excellent strength and heat dissipation.
  • The front edge is raised above the blade plane to allow even cutting of tall grass and reinforced with a square bar for durability. The front baffle has been redesigned to better manage airflow and control clippings.
  • Dual-captured anti-scalp wheels provide deck flotation over even the toughest terrain.
  • Three greasable spindle zerks accessible from the top.
  • Blade overlap is 1.6 in. (40 mm), nearly 0.79 in. (20 mm) greater than previous decks, to reduce striping between blades.
  • Quick-change cutting-height adjustment.
7-Iron PRO Mulch On Demand mower deck
M SeriesR Series
Z920M - 48-in. (122-cm) MODZ930R - 54-in. (137-cm) MOD
Z925M EFI-FF - 54-in. (137-cm) MODZ950R - 60-in. (152-cm) MOD
Z930M - 54-in. (137-cm) MOD
Z930M - 60-in. (152-cm) MOD
Z970R - 60-in. (152-cm) MOD
Z930M EFI - 60-in. (152-cm) MOD 
Z950M - 60-in. (152-cm) MOD 
Z960M - 60-in. (152-cm) MOD 
Standard comfort and convenience allows for easy deck height adjustment and PTO shutoff
Comfort and convenience handlesComfort and convenience handles
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The comfort and convenience package combines large, ergonomically angled control levers with specially padded grips to provide unmatched comfort and reduced fatigue:

  • Keeps hands on the control sticks to minimize equipment damage and make them more comfortable over long operating days

The control levers have built-in electronic controls to raise or lower the mower deck or disengage the mower blades.

Control buttonsControl buttons

The push button (A) on the left motion control lever raises the mower deck.

The push button (B) on the right-hand control lever shuts off the power take-off (PTO).

Once the PTO has been shut off using the button, the PTO switch must be pushed down and pulled up again to engage the PTO.

Three seat choices that offer exceptional operator comfort
Deluxe and isolation seatDeluxe and isolation seat
Suspension seatSuspension seat

There are three seating options available on the M and R Series. The deluxe comfort seat from the Z900A Series is standard on all Z900 Series models. In addition, there is now an isolation seat option that is available on the M and R Series which reduces vibration and increases operator comfort. A full suspension seat is also offered. The full suspension seat also offers adjustable back angle as well as adjustable lumbar support. All seats are factory installed.

 

Standard and isolated seats have rubber springs to increase ride comfort. A convenient seat latch makes it easy to lift the seat.

Specifications

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Engine
Manufacturer
Model no. FX1000V
Horsepower (gross) At 3,600 rpm, 35 hp
26.1 kW
Displacement 61 cu in.
999 cc
Cylinders Two
Crankcase capacity With filter, 2 U.S. qt
1.9 L
Oil filter Full flow, replaceable
Lubrication Full pressure
Cooling Air
Air cleaner Pre-cleaner
Yes
Heavy-duty canister type with safety element
Fuel system
Fuel type Gasoline
Fuel consumption Under normal conditions, load, operation, and dependent on loads and operating conditions 1.1-1.9 U.S. gal./hr
4.2-7.2 L/hr
Fuel tank capacity 11.5 U.S. gal.
43.5 L
Fuel tank switch/shut-off valve Yes
Electrical system
Charge system 20 amp
Battery voltage 12 V
Cold cranking amp 300 amp
Hour meter Standard, digital
Operator presence starting system Brake-N-Go (foot)
Drivetrain
Wheel motors Tuff Torq heavy-duty integrated piston wheel motor
Travel speed Forward
0-12 mph
0-19.3 km/hReverse
0-4.5 mph
0-7.2 km/h
Speed and direction control Twin levers
Hydraulic capacity 5.9 U.S. qt
5.6 L
Hydraulic oil cooler
Filter Internal, replaceable
Hydraulic pumps
Tires
Drive tires 24x12-12
Rear tires
Load rating 4 PR
Brakes
Dynamic braking Twin levers
Park brake Internal wet disk integrated in the transmission
Park brake actuation Foot brake
PTO
Type Electro-magnetic, 225 lb-ft
305 Nm
Drive V-belt
Mower decks
Available widths 60, 72 in.
152, 183 cm
Deck construction 7-Iron PRO, one-piece stamped steel with reinforcements
Deck thickness 7 gauge
0.18 in.
4.6 mm
Discharge Side, MOD
Height-of-cut range Increments
0.25 in.
0.64 cm
1-5.5 in.
2.54-14 cm
Cutting width 60, 72 in.
152, 183 cm
Blades
Length Varies by deck size
Thickness 0.25 in.
0.64 cm
Tip speed Approximately 18,000 fpm
5,486 m/min
Number Three
Wheels
Caster wheel type Flat free
Caster wheel size 13x6.5-6
Front anti-scalp rollers RH, center, LH
Rear anti-scalp rollers Optional
Dimensions
Length 84 in.
213 cm
Width With chute down, 74, 86 in.
188, 218 cm
Height With ROPS up, 73 in.
185 cm
With ROPS down, 47 in.
119 cm
Weight 1,336 to 1,345 lb
606 to 610 kg
Additional information
Date collected 24-Apr-2017

Accessories and Attachments

Lighting

Front Light (2) Kit - TCB11281
Front light kitFront light kit

The front light kit provides the ability to mow at twilight, increasing productivity hours.

 

Includes instructions, two lights, and mounting hardware.

Miscellaneous

Hitch Kit - TCB11531
Rear hitchRear hitch

The rear hitch acts as a mounting point for rear and tow-behind attachments:

  • The hitch can install directly to the engine shroud of a Z900 without the cast-iron bumper or with the cast-iron bumper installed.
  • Z900 models all have a 400-lb (181-kg) towing capacity.
Isolated Suspension Seat Kit - BTC10907

The field-installed isolated suspension seat kit for the gas Z900 ZTrak Mowers provides operators with maximum ride comfort and reduces operator fatigue when mowing for prolonged periods of time.

This is a dealer-installed kit that converts a base seat with no suspension to an isolated suspension seat.

Compatible with all model year 2015 and newer gas Z900 ZTrak Mowers with base seats that have no suspension and a serial number break of (30,000-).

Suspension Seat Kit - BTC10908

The field-installed suspension seat kit for the gas Z900 ZTrak Mowers provides operators with maximum ride comfort and reduces operator fatigue when mowing for prolonged periods of time.

This is a dealer-installed kit that converts a base seat with no suspension to a suspension seat.

Compatible with all model year 2015 and newer gas Z900 ZTrak Mowers with base seats that have no suspension and a serial number break of (30,000-).

Trash Receptacle Kit - TCB11248
Trash receptacle kitTrash receptacle kit
Trash receptacle kit with pick stick and bucketTrash receptacle kit with pick stick and bucket

The trash receptacle kit provides mounting for 5-gal. (19-L) bucket and trash-grabbing apparatus (not included). It enables trash pickup and storage without having to leave the mower seat. 

 

The kit also keeps the bucket out of the way and away from the trim side of mower. The bucket attaches quickly and easily with purchased elastic straps:

  • Strong, long lasting, and will meet a variety of operator needs
  • Saves time - allows the operator to continue mowing while picking up debris
  • No more plastic trash bags hanging from the mower
  • No more shredded paper on the lawn
  • Saves money - accommodates debris that can cause damage to a mower

 

Mower Deck and Mower Deck Attachments

Rubber Flap Striping Kit for 54" & 60" Decks - BTC10286
Striping kit - 72 in. (183 cm) shownStriping kit - 72 in. (183 cm) shown
StripesStripes

Striping kits are available for all B, M, and R Series Mowers. All kits utilize a rubber flap to achieve the striping effect on lawns. Please note that different types of grass will stripe differently.
 
Striping kits mount behind the deck and can be adjusted for best performance.

Rubber Flap Striping Kit for 72" Deck - BTC10287
Striping kit - 72 in. (183 cm) shownStriping kit - 72 in. (183 cm) shown
StripesStripes

Striping kits are available for all B, M, and R Series Mowers. All kits utilize a rubber flap to achieve the striping effect on lawns. Please note that different types of grass will stripe differently.
 
Striping kits mount behind the deck and can be adjusted for best performance.

Mulch Kits

Mulch Kit (1524-mm (60-in.) 7-Iron, 7-Iron II and 7-Iron PRO) - TCB10953
Mulch kitMulch kit
Mulch kit shown on Estate ZTrak™ mower deckMulch kit shown on Estate ZTrak™ mower deck

The mulching attachment allows converting the mowers so they can be used to perform the mulching function (grass or leaves) of this system.

The attachment consists of special mulching blades, mulch baffles to direct the clippings into the blade for recutting, and a discharge closure and hardware. The adjustable baffle can be moved to one of five positions to match conditions using the convenient wing nuts.

 

Operating tips when mulching:
  • Mow when the grass is dry.
  • Observe the one-third rule.
    • No more than one-third of the grass blade should be cut off at one time. This allows more efficient mulching and will promote the continued good health of the grass. If the desired cut height cannot be achieved by cutting off one-third, or there is clumping of the clippings, it may be required to cut higher; wait a day, then lower the mower and make a second pass.
  • Mow at proper intervals - approximately every four days to five days.
  • Always mow with sharp blades.
Mulch Kit (72 In. 7-Iron, 7-Iron II and 7-Iron PRO) - TCB10951
Mulch kitMulch kit
Mulch kit shown on Estate ZTrak™ mower deckMulch kit shown on Estate ZTrak™ mower deck

The mulching attachment allows converting the mowers so they can be used to perform the mulching function (grass or leaves) of this system.

The attachment consists of special mulching blades, mulch baffles to direct the clippings into the blade for recutting, and a discharge closure and hardware. The adjustable baffle can be moved to one of five positions to match conditions using the convenient wing nuts.

 

Operating tips when mulching:
  • Mow when the grass is dry.
  • Observe the one-third rule.
    • No more than one-third of the grass blade should be cut off at one time. This allows more efficient mulching and will promote the continued good health of the grass. If the desired cut height cannot be achieved by cutting off one-third, or there is clumping of the clippings, it may be required to cut higher; wait a day, then lower the mower and make a second pass.
  • Mow at proper intervals - approximately every four days to five days.
  • Always mow with sharp blades.

Order Zone

Beacon Light Kit - LP40112
Beacon light kitBeacon light kit

This light kit signals that unit is approaching. The light is positioned on top of the canopy or on rollover protective structure (ROPS) with a breakaway bracket; this ensures that, if struck, the light will not break but will move out of the way.

Sun Canopy - LPA11548
Sun canopySun canopy

 

Ordering information

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

 

Sun canopy

Order number: LPA11548

Spark Arrester

Spark Arrester Screen - AM115838
Spark arrester mufflerSpark arrester muffler
Spark arrester muffler screenSpark arrester muffler screen

A spark arrester screen is available to meet current law in areas requiring use of mufflers under certain conditions or where needed to comply with local ordinances.

 

Includes instructions, a spark arrester screen, and mounting hardware.