John Deere Z740R
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  • Serviceability is designed-in for convenience
    4-year bumper-to-bumper warranty*

    Exclusive, 4-year, single-source, bumper-to-bumper warranty is included for all John Deere Z700 Series ZTrak mowers. The warranty places John Deere at the forefront of the mowing industry. It is hassle free, with one company handling all the paperwork.

     

    Z720E, Z735E

    4-year, 500-hour warranty

    Z730M, Z735M

    4-year, 750-hour warranty

    Z740R

    4-year, 1000-hour warranty

    Service interval decal
    Daily service decal Daily service decal

    A convenient service decal gives basic maintenance information. It provides a quick reference for keeping recommended service up to date. It is located underneath the battery cover.

    Flip-up foot platform for mower deck access
    Operator foot platform Operator foot platform
    Easy-to-remove foot platform (Z720E shown) Easy-to-remove foot platform (Z720E shown)

    The professional-style steel foot platform is easy to remove without tools:

    • Makes cleaning grass off the top of the mower deck easier
    • Provides convenient access to the mower deck for service
    Engine service
    Engine oil check/fill and drain tube (Z720E, Z730M, Z740R) Engine oil check/fill and drain tube (Z720E, Z730M, Z740R)
    Engine oil check/fill and drain tube (Z735E, Z735M) Engine oil check/fill and drain tube (Z735E, Z735M)

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

    • The engine oil check/fill tube is located at the top of the engine and easy to see and reach.
    • No-tools oil drain is convenient to use. A flexible oil drain tube is included to conveniently drain oil into a pan, thus eliminating oil spills.
    Engine air filter panel (Z735E engine shown) Engine air filter panel (Z735E engine shown)
    Air filter cover removed (Z735E shown) Air filter cover removed (Z735E shown)
    Multi-stage canister air filter system (Z740R shown) Multi-stage canister air filter system (Z740R shown)
    Air filter element (Z740R shown) Air filter element (Z740R shown)

    Engine air filters are at the top of the engine for easy service:

    • Z720E, Z735E, Z730M, and Z735M engines have knobs to remove the filer cover.
    • The Z740R has a heavy-duty, multi-stage canister air filter system, which uses a round primary and secondary filter that are easily accessed with latches on the end cap.
    Grease fittings
    Top of the mower deck Top of the mower deck

    Only three grease fittings require service:

    • Three to lubricate the mower-blade spindles, two easily accessed from the spindle covers, and the third by removing the foot platform.

    Battery accessibility
    Battery cover Battery cover
    340 CCA battery 340 CCA battery

    The battery is protected from debris, dust, and moisture:

    • It is easy to access under the panel on the left-hand side of the machine.
      • Held in place by an easy-to-remove thumbscrew
    • Powerful 340 cold cranking amp (CCA) battery provides dependable starts.
    Easy-to-clean flat-top mower deck Easy-to-clean flat-top mower deck
    Flip-up spindle cover for easy cleanout and maintenance Flip-up spindle cover for easy cleanout and maintenance

    Serviceability is designed into the mower deck:

    • Easy access is provided by the removable operator foot platform.
    • Flat-top design minimizes places for debris to collect.
    • Spring-loaded, flip-up belt guards make removing debris easy.
    • A 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.
    Mower deck serviceability
    Floating deck mounting system Floating deck mounting system
    Deck-level adjustment Deck-level adjustment

    A patent-pending deck-leveling system provides easy adjustment at all four mower mounting points:

    • Loosen the nut (B) slightly with a 15-mm wrench.
    • Using the open end of a 16-mm wrench on the hex fastener (A), raise or lower the deck as needed so the height of the rear blade tip is 3 to 6 mm (1/8 to 1/4 in.) higher than the front blade tip.
      • Tick marks on bracket (C) are provided to aid in observing movement.
    • When the deck is at the height needed, tighten the nut (B).
    Transmission bypass (tow valves)
    Tow-valve control, right (knob pictured in neutral position) Tow-valve control, right (knob pictured in neutral position)

    Tow-valve controls are provided for each transmission:

    • Controls are located at the rear of the machine and are easy to access.
    • Tow valves allow moving the machine in its neutral position when the engine is not running.
    • Simply, loosen the knob, push towards the front of the machine, and tighten the knob back. When finished moving the machine, return the rods to the operating position.
    Built-in tie-down locations
    Built-in front tie-down location, right side Built-in front tie-down location, right side
    Built-in front tie-down location, left side Built-in front tie-down location, left side
    Built-in rear tie-down location, right side Built-in rear tie-down location, right side
    Built-in rear tie-down location, left side Built-in rear tie-down location, left side

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

    Operator digital video disc (DVD)

    An operation and safety DVD is provided with each machine. Please consult the operator’s manual for other safety and operating procedures.

    *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.  

  • Heavy-duty design delivers strength and durability
    ZTrak™ Z720E Mower shown ZTrak™ Z720E Mower shown
    ZTrak Z720E Mower shown ZTrak Z720E Mower shown
    Formed and welded steel frame
    Solid steel tube front frame Solid steel tube front frame
    Strong rear frame for support and protection Strong rear frame for support and protection

    A strong, welded steel frame provides solid, reliable support for the machine components and operator:

    • Heavy-duty 3- x 2-in. (76.2- x 51-mm) frame tubing for durability
    • Rear frame provides solid support and protection for the engine
    Large, smooth-riding front caster wheels
    Large caster wheel Large caster wheel
    Caster wheel spindle housing Caster wheel spindle housing

    Large front caster wheels provide a smooth ride and level cut:

    • A large surface area helps to provide a smooth ride for the operator.
      • Pneumatic tires for the smoothest ride (Z720E, Z735E, Z730M, Z735M, Z740R)
      • Semi-pneumatic tires for extra reliability and durability (Z740R with Tweel® tire technology)
      • Better performance on slopes
    • Caster wheels turn easily on two maintenance-free sealed ball bearings for both the spindles and the wheel axles.
      • Long, trouble-free life
      • Designed to give smooth turns without damage to the turf
    Large rear drive wheels for a smooth ride and level cut
    23-in. (58.4-cm) diameter rear tire (E and M Series) 23-in. (58.4-cm) diameter rear tire (E and M Series)
    24-in. (61-cm) diameter rear tire (Z740R) 24-in. (61-cm) diameter rear tire (Z740R)

    Rear tires have high-quality tread and optimum size for superior traction and smooth ride:

    • Tire width is optimized for mower deck size.
      • 9.5 in. (24 cm) for 48-in. (122-cm) mowers (E, M, R Series)
      • 10.5 in. (26.7 cm) for 54-in. (137-cm) and 60-in. (152-cm) mowers (E, M Series)
      • 12 in. (30.5 cm) for 54-in. (137-cm) and 60-in. (152-cm) mowers (Z740R)
    • Tread pattern is optimized for excellent traction and minimum turf damage.
    • Special wheel design gives an enhanced appearance to the machine.
    • Optional Michelin® X® Tweel Turf airless radial tire technology on the Z740R provides extra reliability and ride quality.
    Heavy-duty step weldment
    Step weldment on the mower deck Step weldment on the mower deck

    A heavy-duty, permanent step weldment is located at the left front corner of the mower deck:

    • Encourages proper entry to the operator station
    • Provides a good gripping surface for the operator’s foot

    Michelin, X, and Tweel are trademarks of Compagnie Générale des Etablissements Michelin SCA.

  • Optional Michelin® X® Tweel® Turf airless radial tire technology on the Z740R for extra reliability and ride quality
    Z740R with flat-free rear tires Z740R with flat-free rear tires

    NOTE: Michelin X Tweel tires are available only in the 24x12N12 size for Z740R Mowers equipped with a 54-in. (137-cm) or 60-in. (152-cm) Mower Deck.

    Michelin is a world leader in tire manufacturing and technology. This airless radial tire solution gives additional advantages.

    Advantages of using the Michelin X Tweel Turf tires include:

    • More comfortable ride because of less bounce.
    • Mowing performance is improved.
    • Rutting is reduced 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 is possible due to the Michelin X Tweel Turf construction and flexibility.
    • More consistent cut quality is achieved 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.
      • 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 tire, side Michelin X Tweel Turf tire, side
    Michelin X Tweel Turf tire, left rear Michelin X Tweel Turf tire, left rear

    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 a Z740R equipped with a 54-in. (137-cm) or 60-in. (152-cm) Mower Deck and 24x12-12 tires.
      • Michelin X Tweel tires are not available for machines with a 48-in. (122-cm) Mower Deck.
    • 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.

    Michelin, X, and Tweel are trademarks of Compagnie Générale des Etablissements Michelin SCA.

  • Transmission offers speeds up to 10 mph (16.1 km/h) to maximize mowing efficiency
    Dual Hydro-Gear® transmissions Dual Hydro-Gear® transmissions

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

    • The unitized hydrostatic drive features a hydraulic pump combined with a commercial-grade, heavy-duty wheel motor into a single unit.
    • One pump and one motor transmission to drive each wheel provides several benefits:
      • Exceptional cooling in high-load conditions
      • Easy-to-check fluid level and refill with hydraulic oil
      • Opens up access under the seat
    • Transmissions are set low in the vehicle for excellent hillside stability.
    • Heavy-duty components stand up to the higher loads from the larger tires and greater weight of Z700 Series ZTrak Mowers.
    • Low maintenance, unitized transmissions are sealed and have no hose connections to leak hydraulic fluid.
    • Four-bolt hubs provide a reliable and convenient wheel-mounting system.

    The hydrostatic drive features two Hydro-Gear ZT-3400® transmissions for superior performance and durability:

    • Unitized hydraulic pumps and commercial-grade, heavy-duty wheel motors combined into a single unit
    • Speeds up to 10 mph (16.1 km/h)
    • Pump displacement: 0.73 cu in. (12 cc) per revolution
    • Motor displacement: 0.97 cu in. (16 cc) per revolution
    • Durable 1-in. (2.54-cm) axles for heavy loads
    • Standard shock valves for added system protection
    • Standard charge pump for increased performance
    • External oil filter for easier maintenance
    Expansion tanks and tow valve controls
    Transmission expansion tank and filler cap Transmission expansion tank and filler cap
    Tow-valve control, right Tow-valve control, right

    Transmission fluid expansion tanks are provided for each transmission. The yellow filler cap is easy to find and identify.

    Tow-valve controls are provided for each transmission:

    • Controls are located on the transmissions near the expansion tanks where they are easy to reach and use.
    • Tow valves allow moving the machine in its neutral position when the engine is not running.
    • Simply pull up on the rods and secure them into the slot. When finished moving the machine, return the rods to the operating position.

    Hydro-Gear and ZT-3400 are trademarks of Hydro-Gear Limited Partnership AF Holding Company, a Delaware Corporation and Danfoss Power Solutions (US) Company, a Delaware Corporation

  • Operator station is adjustable for superior comfort
    Operator station Operator station
    Fully adjustable operator area Fully adjustable operator area

    The operator station is designed to provide superior operator comfort:

    • Adjustable foot platform
      • Three positions allow for ample legroom
    • Adjustable seat position, armrests, and suspension to suit any operator
      • A dial can be adjusted to the operator’s weight
    • Adjustable motion-control levers
      • Upper and lower positioning combined with forward and rearward tilt offers 18 positions
        • Large, padded areas on the control levers provide multiple hand positions
    Adjustable operator foot platform
    Adjustable foot platform Adjustable foot platform
    Foot platform with standard foot pegs Foot platform with standard foot pegs

    The patent-pending, adjustable three-position toe board allows any operator to quickly adjust the footrest position for greatest comfort.

    • Easily and without tools, each operator can adjust the location of the footrest area to the most suitable position.
      • Adjustment range of 2 in. (5.1 cm)
    • Large foot platform allows a wide range of foot positions.
    • Patent-pending foot pegs are standard on the Z740R (optional on E and M Series) to provide the operator more foot placement options.
      • They can be adjusted into two different positions, horizontal and at an angle, providing more variability for foot placement during operation.
      • The foot pegs also act as handles to remove and replace the foot platform.
    Adjustable, mechanical suspension seat with ComfortGlide™ suspension system
    Mechanical suspension seat Mechanical suspension seat
    Padded armrest option installed Padded armrest option installed

    A high-back, 24-in. (61-cm) seat with armrests and 3-in. (7.6-cm) fore-aft adjustment as well as ComfortGlide suspension system is standard equipment on the Z740R. Optional padded armrests are available as a field-installed kit.

    Seat slide fore/aft adjustment lever and ComfortGlide lockout lever Seat slide fore/aft adjustment lever and ComfortGlide lockout lever
    Spring-loaded seat latch Spring-loaded seat latch

    The mechanical suspension seat is easier to adjust when off the mower, but it can also be adjusted while the operator is seated. Fore/aft seat adjustment lever is alongside the seat within easy reach and can be used by the operator while seated.

    The seat is securely held down for operator comfort and safety but is easy to raise when necessary:

    • A spring-loaded latch locks seat down when it is lowered.
    • The seat is easy to release and raise to access several service points.
    Seat suspension adjustment knob Seat suspension adjustment knob

    There is an adjustment knob at the front of the seat which can be dialed-in to suit operator preference and for the most comfortable ride. It is recommended to align the arrow on the dial with the operator’s weight for the optimal ride.

    Additional information about the seat is available at: Adjustable, mechanical suspension seat with ComfortGlide suspension system for a smooth ride

    Adjustable steering levers
    Z740R mowing Z740R mowing
    Steering levers shown in neutral/operating position Steering levers shown in neutral/operating position

    Adjustable steering levers are shaped for operator comfort and ease of controlling vehicle speed and direction:

    • The premium steering levers on M and R Series machines are painted green and have different bends for more hand positions.
    Steering lever adjustments, low position Steering lever adjustments, low position
    Steering lever adjustments, high position Steering lever adjustments, high position
    • The levers offer 18 different positions for height and position to accommodate operator preference for hand placement and leg clearance.
    Cup holder and storage compartment
    Deluxe cup holder with provision for cup handle Deluxe cup holder with provision for cup handle
    Protected-storage compartment shown with battery cover removed Protected-storage compartment shown with battery cover removed

    Operator convenience is provided with easy-to-reach and easy-to-use deluxe cup holder and storage areas:

    • Cup holder includes room for a cup with a large handle.
    • Covered storage compartment under the battery access panel provides protection for smaller items.
  • High-capacity (HC) PRO Mower Decks offer superior cut quality and versatility
    Z720E with 54-in. (137-cm) HC PRO Mower Deck Z720E with 54-in. (137-cm) HC PRO Mower Deck
    Z735M with 60-in. (152-cm) HC PRO Mower Deck Z735M with 60-in. (152-cm) HC PRO Mower Deck

    Each Z700 Series ZTrak™ Mower is equipped with either a 48-in. (122-cm), 54-in. (137-cm), or 60-in. (152-cm) HC PRO Mower Deck.

    Mower/vehicle compatibility

     

    High-capacity (HC) mower deck ZTrak model
      Z720E Z735E Z730M Z735M Z740R Z740R with Tweel® tire technology
    48-in. (122-cm) High-capacity PRO X     X X  
    54-in. (137-cm) High-capacity PRO X   X X X X*
    60-in. (152-cm) High-capacity PRO X X X X X X*

    *Not compatible with material collection system (MCS)

    Deep deck design
    Deep, flat-top deck Deep, flat-top deck
    Deep-deck mower design Deep-deck mower design

    The mower deck has a deep-deck design:

    • Constructed from heavy, 9-gauge, 0.15-in. (3.8-mm) steel.
      • Minimizes the number of welds required
      • Has a smooth underside for reduced material buildup
    • Deep-deck design delivers excellent airflow, so large volumes of material can be processed quickly and efficiently.
    • A wider and higher discharge opening provides even clipping dispersal for an excellent finished appearance in all conditions.
    • A durable, plastic deflector spreads grass clippings evenly across the lawn, is hinged, and can be raised to minimize the storage space required.
    • 1-in. (25.4-mm) cold-forged spindles are heat-treated for strength and are supported by ball bearings.
    • Standard front rollers and two double-captured wheels provide a more even mowing job and reduce the chance of scalping.
      • Adjustable for different mowing heights
    • The front edge is raised above the blade plane to allow for even cutting of tall grass.
    • Blade overlap is greater than many conventional decks for a clean cut.
    • The mower can side-discharge, mulch, or collect material, except a Z740R equipped with Tweel tires is not compatible with a material collection system.
    Mower level adjustment Mower level adjustment
    • Deck leveling and rake angle adjustment is provided at all four mower mounting points.
    Step weldment
    Operator step welded on mower deck Operator step welded on mower deck

    A permanent step weldment is located at the left front corner of the mower deck:

    • Encourages proper entry to the operator station
    • Provides a good gripping surface for the operator’s foot
    Reinforced leading edge
    Reinforced leading edge of mower deck Reinforced leading edge of mower deck
    Trim side of mower reinforcement/wear bar Trim side of mower reinforcement/wear bar

    Steel reinforcing bars are welded to the front edge and trim side of the mower deck:

    • Strengthens the deck to reduce chance of damage from obstructions
    • Increased material thickness for longer life of the deck
    Superior durability is designed in
    Deep mower deck spindle pocket Deep mower deck spindle pocket
    Flip-up spindle cover Flip-up spindle cover

    The deck has deep, strong spindle pockets to keep the blades aligned, even after years of tough operation:

    • Ribs formed in the deck shell add strength where it is needed.
    • The aluminum spindle housing has 8-in. (20-cm) base for extra strength.

    Flip-up spindle covers make cleaning the spindle area convenient.

    Wheels and rollers
    Right mower anti-scalp wheel and center rollers Right mower anti-scalp wheel and center rollers
    Left mower anti-scalp wheel Left mower anti-scalp wheel

    Dual-captured front and side anti-scalp wheels:

    • Give a more even mowing job and reduce the chance of scalping
    • Adjustable for different mowing heights
    Optional MulchControl™ attachment

    The MulchControl attachment 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
    Illustration of MulchControl baffle open Illustration of MulchControl baffle open
    Illustration of MulchControl baffle closed Illustration of 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.
      • The left mower blade area is completely enclosed and optimized for mulching and will mulch even when the mower is in the side-discharge mode.
      • Baffles around the center and right blades are optimized for mulching when the discharge baffle is closed.
    • The attachment also includes mulching blades.
    Optional 6.5-bu (229-L) ZTrak Z700 Series MCS
    6.5-bu (230-L) hopper and included weights (chute, blower and attachment bar sold separately) 6.5-bu (230-L) hopper and included weights (chute, blower and attachment bar sold separately)
    6.5-bu (230-L) rear hopper, chute, attachment bar, and blower 6.5-bu (230-L) rear hopper, chute, attachment bar, and blower

    The 6.5-bu (230-L) rear bagger efficiently collects material from a 48-, 54-, or 60-in. (122-, 137-, or 152-cm) Mower Deck:

    • Hopper, attachment bar/bumper, Power Flow™ blower, and chute components are ordered separately to make a complete MCS.
    • A weight bracket and four 18-lb (8.2-kg) weights are included for installation on the front of the vehicle to help counterbalance the weight of the hopper. For proper ballast with complete MCS:
      • Four weights are required on a ZTrak Z700 Series equipped with a 48-in. (122-cm) Mower Deck.
      • Three weights are required on a ZTrak Z700 Series equipped with a 54-in. (137-cm) Mower Deck.
      • Two weights are required on a ZTrak Z700 Series equipped with a 60-in. (152-cm) Mower Deck.
    MulchControl handle is used to control baffle
    MulchControl baffle closed MulchControl baffle closed
    MulchControl handle in closed position MulchControl handle in closed position

    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.
    • MulchControl is well suited to the following mowing situations:
      • Operators who usually mulch, but side-discharge when grass gets too long
      • Operators who usually side discharge, but would like to be able to close the chute to control clippings
      • Operators who always mulch a main lawn, but often side discharge secondary lawns
      • Operators who 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-discharge or bagging 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
    Compatibility

    MulchControl is a field-installed attachment and compatible with the 48-in. (122-cm), 54-in. (137-cm), and 60-in. (152-cm) HC PRO Mower Decks available for the Z700 Series ZTrak Mowers.

    Removing bag from 6.5-bu (230-L) hopper Removing bag from 6.5-bu (230-L) hopper
    Removing bag from 6.5-bu (230-L) hopper Removing bag from 6.5-bu (230-L) hopper

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

    • Two durable bags give a generous, 6.5-bu (230-L) capacity.
    • The bags lift out for easy emptying.
    • An efficient chute provides a smooth flow of material to reduce the chance of plugging.
      • The chute and Power Flow blower must be ordered separately.
    • Standard mower blades are used for bagging.
    • The 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.

    NOTE: Appropriate hopper, Power Flow blower, chute, and attachment bar are required and ordered separately.

    Specifications

    Capacity

     6.5 bu (230 L)

    Material:

     

       Hopper top

     High impact polypropylene

       Chute

     Polyethylene

       Blower housing

     Nylon

       Fan

     Ultra-high molecular weight (UHMW) polyethylene

       Bags

     Polyester

    Filling

     Directly into bags for emptying on ground or in trailer or into plastic liners

    Fan diameter

     13 in. (33 cm)

    Fan width

     2.75 in. (7 cm)

    Number of fan blades

     Four

    NOTE: MulchControl attachments and MCS components are not included in base equipment for a Z700 Series ZTrak machine and must be ordered separately.

    Tweel is a trademark of Compagnie Générale des Etablissements Michelin SCA.

  • Three-position, adjustable foot platform to accommodate different size operators
    ZTrak™ Z720E Mower shown ZTrak™ Z720E Mower shown
    ZTrak Z720E Mower shown ZTrak Z720E Mower shown

    An ergonomic design and professional grade components are suitable for a wide variety of operators and conditions:

    • Comfortable operator station and convenient controls help optimize operator experience.
    • Large operator platform allows a wide range of foot positions.

    Adjustable features customize the mowing experience for each operator. One of these features is an adjustable foot platform.

    Operator platform designed for adjustability and comfort
    Operator station Operator station
    Three-position foot platform for operator comfort, rearward position Three-position foot platform for operator comfort, rearward position

    The patent-pending, adjustable, three-position toe board allows the operator to quickly adjust the footrest position for greatest comfort:

    • Easily and without tools, each operator can adjust the location of the footrest area to the optimum position.
    • Adjustment range of 2 in. (5.1 cm) in 1-in. (2.5-cm) increments is possible.
    Adjustable foot platform, forward position Adjustable foot platform, forward position
    Adjustable foot platform, middle position Adjustable foot platform, middle position

    Short operators may be most comfortable with the platform in the rear position (as shown above), while tall operators may be more comfortable with the platform in the forward position. Or perhaps, the middle position provides just the right amount of leg room.

    Foot pegs (standard on R Series, optional on E and M Series)
    Foot platform with foot pegs Foot platform with foot pegs
    Foot peg mounting holes Foot peg mounting holes

    Patent-pending foot pegs (standard on R Series, optional on E and M Series) provide the operator with different foot placement options.

    • Foot pegs can be adjusted into two different positions, horizontal or at an angle, to provide more variability for foot placement. The pegs also act as handles to remove and replace the foot platform.
  • Controls, including an automatic motion-control lever/parking brake system, are easy to find and use
    Control panel
    Control panel, Z740R includes warning lights Control panel, Z740R includes warning lights
    Digital display Digital display

    The operator control panel is conveniently located and easy to use.

    The following controls are found on the right-hand console:

    • Digital display
      • Hour meter
      • Warning light for low oil pressure
      • Warning light for alternator/battery charge malfunction
    • Ignition switch
    • Power take-off (PTO) control
    • Engine speed control
    • Engine choke control
    • Mower cut-height dial
    • Mower transport position lock
    • Space for an optional light kit switch
    Adjustable steering levers
    Motion-control levers in operating position (optional light kit shown) Motion-control levers in operating position (optional light kit shown)
    Motion-control levers in park position Motion-control levers in park position

    Motion control levers are shaped and located for operator comfort and ease of control.

    Premium control levers on the Z730M, Z735M, and Z740R have a unique shape and size for more comfortable operation.

    18-position control lever adjustment, low 18-position control lever adjustment, low
    18-position control lever adjustment, high 18-position control lever adjustment, high

    The motion-control levers can be adjusted to two different height settings and nine different fore-aft settings:

    • Combined height and fore/aft adjustments provide 18 positions
    • Increased operator comfort with more leg room and more hand positions
    • Adjustable for most precise control of the machine
    Tracking adjustment
    Convenient tracking adjustment locations Convenient tracking adjustment locations
    Tracking adjustment bolt Tracking adjustment bolt

    On-board tracking adjustment can be made by the operator from the operator seat.

    • A 13-mm socket wrench is required.
    Parking brake integrated with motion-control levers for extra convenience
    Parking brake in disengaged/neutral position Parking brake in disengaged/neutral position

    A patent-pending automatic parking brake system is designed into the steering control levers:

    • The mechanical parking brake is operated by the steering control levers.
    • The parking brake is engaged when the steering control levers are moved outward, and it is disengaged when the steering control levers are moved inward to the operating position.
    • An audible click lets the operator know the brake has fully engaged or disengaged.

    The internal parking brake rotor and puck are continually lubricated and cooled for dependable operation and long life.

    Mower deck lift/cut-height adjustment
    Mower deck lift pedal Mower deck lift pedal
    Mower lift-assist spring Mower lift-assist spring

    Mower deck cutting height adjusts from 1.5 in. (3.8 cm) to 5 in. (12.7 cm) in 0.25-in. (0.64-cm) increments for excellent cut quality and performance:

    • The foot-lift pedal is used to raise the mower deck for setting cut height or locking in the raised or transport position.
    • A lift-assist spring is provided to optimize the effort required to raise the mower deck.
    Mower deck cut-height adjustment dial Mower deck cut-height adjustment dial
    Mower deck transport lock Mower deck transport lock
    • To adjust cut height, simply push down on the foot-lift pedal, adjust the dial, and release the foot-lift pedal to lower the deck to the chosen height.
    • Use the foot-lift pedal to lock the deck in transport mode. Simply depress the pedal all the way and the deck will lock into transport mode.
    • To unlock and lower the deck, push down on the foot-lift pedal, pull up on the transport unlock lever and release the foot-lift pedal to lower the deck to the chosen height.
    Safety interlock system
    Interlock switch is located under the seat Interlock switch is located under the seat
    Seat raised to show operator presence switch Seat raised to show operator presence switch

    Safety interlocks help prevent operating in an unsafe way:

    • The parking brake must be engaged for the engine to crank.
      • Parking brake is set when motion-control levers are in the outward position.
    • The operator presence system requires the operator to be in the seat to operate the PTO.
    • The key switch interlock prevents bypass starting.
    • If the operator leaves the seat when the PTO is engaged, controls are in the operating position, or the parking brake is not set, the engine will shut down.
    • The seat interlock switch disengages the mower when the operator leaves the seat.
    • The engine will stall if the operator leaves the seat without the motion-control levers in the outward position and the parking brake set.
  • Protective zone around the operator is provided by the rollover protective structure (ROPS)
    Clean, open operator station Clean, open operator station
    Standard folding ROPS Standard folding ROPS

    The spacious operator station has been designed for comfort, visibility, and ease of use:

    • Getting on and off is easy with the flat operator platform.
    • Convenient-to-use controls are located close to the operator.
    • Operator controls are color coded and designed for easy identification and operation.

    The ROPS and seat belt work in conjunction to provide a protective zone around the operator:

    • It reduces the operator’s risk of being crushed under the vehicle should it overturn.
    • In most situations, the ROPS limits the overturn to little more than 90 degrees.
    • When used with a seatbelt, the ROPS is very effective in preventing deaths and serious injuries.
      • Use of the seat belt is recommended when operating with ROPS in the upright position.
    ROPS folded to mid position ROPS folded to mid position
    ROPS folded to down position (hitch is base equipment on M and R Series and optional field installed kit on E Series) ROPS folded to down position (hitch is base equipment on M and R Series and optional field installed kit on E Series)

    Foldable ROPS and retractable seat belt are standard equipment:

    • Position adjustment pins provide a good grip and make changing the angle of the ROPS easier.
    • Easy-fold ROPS includes a built-in isolator.
    • The ROPS can be pinned halfway down to accommodate machines equipped with a material collection system.
    • Door height of most garages will accommodate the machine with ROPS in the fully raised position.
      • Easy-fold ROPS improves the ability to store the ZTrak in structures with a lower door opening.

    ROPS position Z720E and Z735E
    machine height
    Z730M and Z735M
    machine height
    Z740R
    machine height
    Full height 71.7 in. (182.2 cm) 71.7 in. (182.2 cm) 72.1 in. (183.2 cm)
    Down position 47.4 in. (120.3 cm) 49.7 in. (126.2 cm) 51 in. (129.5 cm)
  • Adjustable, mechanical suspension seat with ComfortGlide™ suspension system for a smooth ride
    Fore-aft adjustment and ComfortGlide lockout lever Fore-aft adjustment and ComfortGlide lockout lever
    Z740R seat shown with padded armrest attachment Z740R seat shown with padded armrest attachment

    A high-back, 24-in. (61-cm) seat with armrests and 3-in. (7.6-cm) fore-aft adjustment as well as ComfortGlide suspension system is standard equipment on the Z740R. An optional padded armrest kit is available as a field-installed attachment.

    Seat suspension adjustment dial Seat suspension adjustment dial
    Seat slide fore/aft adjustment lever Seat slide fore/aft adjustment lever

    The mechanical suspension seat can be adjusted for operator weight and ride preference while the operator is seated.

    A fore/aft seat adjustment lever is alongside the seat within easy reach and can be used by the operator while seated. The seat adjusts 3 in. (7.6 cm) fore and aft.

    Spring-loaded seat latch Spring-loaded seat latch

    The seat is securely held down but is easy to raise when necessary:

    • A spring-loaded latch locks seat down when it is lowered.
  • Smooth and powerful professional grade V-twin engine for performance and long life
    23.5-hp (17.5-kW) engine 23.5-hp (17.5-kW) engine
    Multi-stage canister air filter system Multi-stage canister air filter system

    Key engine features include:

    • 23.5 hp (17.5 kW) provides plenty of power.
    • Large 44.3-cu in. (726-cc) displacement provides excellent torque.
    • V-twin, 90-degree cylinder design allows for easy starts, excellent power and performance, and smooth operation.
    • Engine model is FX730V.
    • Many quality features are included.
      • Cast-iron cylinder liners provide a long-wearing surface for longer engine life.
      • Overhead V-valves allow the engine to breathe easily for excellent power and fuel economy.
      • Hemispherical combustion chambers and overhead V-valve technology help ensure low emissions, high power, and smooth operation.
      • Automatic compression release provides easy starting.
    Engine debris chopper fan guard Engine debris chopper fan guard
    Engine integrated cleanout port Engine integrated cleanout port
      • A rotating metal grass chopper screen helps keep the engine fins clean by filtering out debris and reducing the size of material that gets through so it will pass harmlessly past the engine fins.
      • The steel guard provides protection from the rotating fan.
      • Integrated cleanout ports allow for checking and cleaning the engine cooling fins
    Engine oil check/fill and drain tube end Engine oil check/fill and drain tube end
      • Full-pressure lubrication system provides plenty of oil to the engines moving parts to ensure reliable operation and long life:
        • No-tools oil drain is convenient to use.
        • A flexible drain tube can be placed above a drain pan to eliminate oil spills.
        • Replaceable oil filter keeps the oil cleaner for a longer engine life and extends the time between oil changes.
    Heavy-duty canister air filter Heavy-duty canister air filter
    Air filter element Air filter element
      • Heavy-duty, multi-stage canister air filter system thoroughly cleans the engine intake air.
      • Electronic ignition contributes to fast starts.
      • Heavy-duty shift-type starter allows for fast starts, even in colder weather.
    Rear engine guard Rear engine guard
    • A rear engine guard protects the engine and provides additional vehicle strength and integrity.
    • A flywheel alternator provides plenty of capacity to quickly recharge the battery and power electrical equipment, such as lights or a sprayer.
      • 20-amp capacity
      • Regulated to keep the battery at a full charge without risk of overcharging

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

    8-gal. (30.3-L) fuel capacity for extended mowing times
    Easy-to-see fuel sight gauge Easy-to-see fuel sight gauge
    Large fuel-fill opening Large fuel-fill opening

    The large-capacity fuel tank is easy to fill, and a convenient fuel level gauge is provided:

    • Holds 8-gal. (30.3-L) of fuel to reduce time needed for refills
    • Easy to see how much fuel is in the tank by viewing the sight gauge when approaching from the front of the machine
    • Large, 3.5-in. (8.9-cm) fuel fill diameter for easy filling and minimum chance of spills
    • Fuel fill is low for easy filling, within easy reach of any operator

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

Buyer's notes

Note 1 Flip-up and adjustable foot platform for easy service access
U.S. warranty 4 year/1000 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.)

5.0

4 Reviews
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5.0
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Jun 30, 2019

Z740R is a game changer

5/5

My old John Deere rider was 24 years before I retired it to get a new one with a bigger deck to handle the 3 acres we moved to. The Z740R was quick to hit the top of my list. I upgraded to the Tweels, which was a great choice, and added the LED light kit which puts out as much light as my F250. I've mowed 3 times in the last 10 days with the new JD and all I can say is it's a fantastic machine. The Kawasaki engine is a great match with more than enough power to move the mower at a quick pace & drive the deck with power to spare. My first mowing was a thick, 10" inch high, post rain growth and it handled it with ease. It's fast, easy to operate, and built tough...plenty tough for my property and my needs. The deck height adjust system is a dial that's easy to get to without having to bend over like the other brands require with the peg in a hole system. And the build quality looks like it will last forever. The seat is awesome. For the first time in years I don't feel beat up when I'm finished mowing and can actually walk upright to the house after putting the rig away in the workshop. Instead of the usual 3.5 hours, it's now taking me 1 hr 15 min to mow! And this time of year the bahiagrass is growing so fast I'm mowing every 4 days so the time saved adds up. From checking the fuel gauge it's looking like I'm using approx a gallon per hour so that should give me at least 6 mows per tank, maybe a bit more. The Z740R is a new model for 2019 and It definitely fills the gap between the smaller machines and the larger 900 series zero turns, and meets the needs of an acreage mower without having to go full on commercial and spend another $5 grand or more. The Z740R is well thought out, well designed, well engineered, and IMHO another great John Deere product. If your comparison shopping, cut to the chase and just get one. You'll thank me later. And definitely get the Tweels & LED light kit!

MGB53

  • From: N Tx
  • Usage Frequency: Weekly
  • Level of Experience: Beginner
5
5
5
Aug 26, 2020

Heavy duty, but not overkill

5/5

I've owned my Z740R/60" for about 6 months now and have approximately 35 hours on it. So far, this mower far exceeds my expectations. I was a little concerned about the power with the 23.5hp engine on the 60" deck, but it proves to be more than capable when mowing conditions are heavy. In super heavy conditions, it does struggle slightly, but not more than I would expect from higher HP machines. The Kawasaki engine recovery is excellent. Very impressed with the deck build. After 35 hours of fairly harsh mowing, I expected there to be more buildup in the deck than there was. The discharge is excellent and the deck efficiently moves product out. It also mows on inclines very well too, which was a concern I had. The Tweels really stick to the ground well I don't feel as if I'm slipping like I used to with my Z655 I had previously. If I've got one complaint about the Z740R, it's the lack of ComfortGlide on the seat. The suspension seat is fantastic, but I do feel like the ride quality could be exponentially better if the side would oscillate back and forth like the ComfortGlide allows on the Z900 series. Other than that, very happy with the purchase for the money. I've really put this mower through the ringer and it continues to provide an excellent cut quality and experience. Would highly recommend one if you're looking for a heavier than residential mower.

kevin740r

  • From: OKlahoma
  • Usage Frequency: Weekly
  • Level of Experience: Expert
5
5
5
Nov 01, 2019

Very pleased with my purchase

5/5

Since purchasing this new model zero-turn from John Deere, I've been high pleased with the 740R. We mow about 4 1/2 acres of rolling, hillside lawn with numerous outcrops of rocks. The 54" deck was a good choice for this environment and the mower is as stable as I had hoped it would be. The quality of the machine is very good and I fully expect to get 15-20 years of service from this mower. I did the first (break-in) oil change today and did not even need a wrench. The engineering that went into the 740R is well-thought-out and owner-friendly. I especially like the heavy-duty spindles and easy to grease zerk fittings. The flip-up spindle covers and foot-rest deck make it super easy to blow out grass debris at the end of mowing. The engine is powerful, easy to crank, and well-built. I really like the deck, which is built like a battleship. It mows level and thoroughly. My favorite thing about this mower, however, is the heavy-duty suspension seat (adjustable to your specific weight). The engineers were "spot-on" when they designed this seat. The 740R is comfortable, solid, reliable (so far), and I'm glad I bought it.

brjeff

  • From: staunton, virginia
  • Usage Frequency: Weekly
  • Level of Experience: Expert
4
5
5
Jun 02, 2019

Fantastic mower ! ! !

5/5

Easy handling, kick butt speed, comfortable, non-bone jarring seat. It cut my mowing time from 4+ hours to 1.5 hours with the ability to get around all the obstacles in our 5 acre yard. It handled the tall grass with ease at higher speeds than our yellow mower (not sure if name brands are allowed) could handle when it was new at much slower speeds. Right now, I am one happy customer.

James13

  • From: WV
  • Usage Frequency: Weekly
  • Level of Experience: Beginner
5
5
5