Powerful 35.0-hp (26.1-kW) commercial-grade engine delivers class-leading performance and efficiency
The Z970R is powered by an air-cooled, vertical shaft engine with 35 HP. It features an overhead valve design to provide more horsepower and torque per cubic inch of displacement, and greater fuel efficiency.
The engine utilises full-pressure lubrication with a full-flow filter, which reduces engine wear by ensuring proper lubrication, even when operating on hillsides or uneven terrain.
ZTrak™ Z900 Mowers are equipped with a dual-element, canister-style air filter, easily accessible from the rear of the machine without tools.
Durable 7-Iron™ PRO decks pressed from a single piece of steel
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. They deliver a high quality cut in diverse conditions.
The deck is stamped from 7-gauge, 0.179-in. (4.6-mm) steel to minimise the number of welds and provide a smooth underside with fewer sharp corners for reduced material buildup. A deep-deck design of 5.5 in. (14 cm) delivers excellent airflow so material can be processed quickly and efficiently.
The Z970R is available with a choice of mower decks: 60 in. (152 cm) or 72-in. (183-cm).
Available Mulch On Demand™ deck
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 the operator mows, keeping most clippings out of landscaping features and where they are wanted is extremely easy.
The deck can be converted from a wide-open side discharge mode to a fully chambered mulching mode with a single move of a lever. Mulch On Demand decks are superior to aftermarket chute blockers due to the movable baffles and a higher blade tip speed than many competitors – 18,500 fpm (5,639 m/min) for more blade cuts per inch mowed.
Two seat choices with ComfortGlide™ fore/aft suspension offer exceptional operator comfort
There are two seating options available for the R Series, all of which are factory installed :
- Deluxe comfort seat with armrests and isolation
- Fully adjustable suspension seat with armrests
Each seat has the ComfortGlide fore/aft suspension system that gives superior ride comfort over uneven areas. Both these options come installed by the factory.
Standard comfort and convenience allows for easy deck height adjustment and power take-off (PTO) shutoff
The comfort and convenience package combines large, ergonomically angled control levers with specially padded grips to provide unmatched comfort and reduced fatigue.
The control levers have built-in electronic controls to raise or lower the mower deck or disengage the mower blades.
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-year, bumper-to-bumper warranty
R Series 3-year, 1500-hour bumper-to-bumper warranty
An exclusive 2-year, unlimited hour/3-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.
NOTE: 36 months or 1500 hours, whichever comes first. For the first 24 months, there is no hour limitation.
Mower decks are safety certified
Mowers decks are evaluated by the manufacturer (John Deere Turf Care) and conform to American National Standards Institute (ANSI) B71.4 2004 safety certification specifications for commercial turf care equipment.
Heavy-duty frame provides strength and durability
A steel rear bumper provides protection for the machine. The bumper is made of two pieces, making it easy to remove and install when using a material collection system (MCS).
A rear hitch can be added to the steel bumper for towing purposes. ZTrak E, M, and R Series Mowers can tow up to 400 lb (181.4 kg).
Durable, hydrostatic drivetrain including cross porting delivers better cooling and provides easy access
The hydrostatic drive features two 13-cc (0.8-cu in.) unitized hydraulic pumps combined with commercial-grade, heavy-duty wheel motors into a single unit.
One pump and one motor drive each wheel on the ZTrak™ E and M Series Mowers. This provides several benefits:
- Exceptional cooling in high-load conditions
- Easy-to-check level and refill hydraulic oil
- Opens up access under the seat
Michelin® X® Tweel® Turf airless radial tire technology for ZTrak™ Mowers eliminates downtime and reduces cost of operation
John Deere provides the commercial mower industry with the Michelin X Tweel Turf technology for Commercial ZTrak Mowers, with a variety of sizes available to suit different mowers.
These tires offer several advantages including reduced rutting, excellent curb climbing, and a more consistent cut quality. Uptime is also improved as the exclusive technology eliminates downtime and associated cost due to flat or damaged tires.
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.
Mower is easy to service with many accessible components
The design of the Z900 Series makes many service components reachable and easily accessible from the ground. The large, open engine compartment at the rear of the machine provides convenient servicing and ensures the engine heat is directed away from the operator.
All ZTrak™ Mowers come with an onboard maintenance chart that is conveniently located inside the right-hand console. The service interval chart gives necessary service intervals.
The ZTrak™ Z900E, M, and R Series Mowers are equipped with a standard two-post folding ROPS and seat belt. The folding ROPS enhances operator safety and provides ample clearance when storing the mower in garages or sheds, has ISO21299 certification and is foldable for ease of storage.
Spindle assembly provides greater performance and reliability
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 on 48-in., 54-in., and 60-in. (122-cm, 137-cm, and 152-cm) decks, including Mulch On Demand™ configurations. 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.