Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 86
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Eddd EZTrac's pros and cons
After a year of enthusiastic learning, I have some observations, good and not so good. We changed blades and added an air dam to give us best leaf pickup characteristics, which it does well.
Good first: once you develope some proficiency controlling the machine, it almost seems to anticipate your wishes and drive itself with the grace of a balerina. Almost. The cut on a scale from 1 to 10 is a 6 or 7 possibly due to the type of grass. It tends to lay down more than I would like.
Not so good next: the cutting deck edge is inline with the rear wheel. If you cut close to a fence post the wheel will graze, some times hit the post. I have to leave a small uncut margin by such obstacles. I have to cut higher than with other mowers to avoid scalping off high places.
If i turn too sharply the rear wheel on the inside scrubs off the grass leaving a bare spot. The front wheels caster and may to a lesser degree make a divot when they pivot. With time, I have learned to avoid scaring the lawn most of the time.
Bottom line: I enjoy mowing with this equipment and recommend it.
September 10, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by MikeK Tires to wide of a track for deck size.
Rear tires extend out past deck .Not easy to cut close to curbing, flower beds, etc.
August 26, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Mykhael Cheap and not worth the hassle
Have owned for 1.5 years nothing but trouble.
Side discharge has fallen off and the front bar that holds front of deck up has fallen off from the front.
Had to use a bolt to hold it in place and now tab has broken and needs welded.
August 6, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by RFarm50 Reliable and Awesome FUN FUN FUN to drive
The 42 inch JD Zero Turn mows our yard around the farm house fast and around the 350 new trees on our farm land with ease. I also mow the house yard in the city with its sharp turns. I load it onto my truck with steel ramps and it fits great between the wheel wells. It easily mows the hill on the pond dam. It is fun to drive and always starts. The 42 inch mows level even with the pig holes in the fields. My son changed the oil and oil filter after 10 hours of use as instructed with no tools. Changing the oil only took a few minutes. Home Depot had the mower delivered to my home and the delivery man explained the mower operations to us. He waited while we test drove it and helped us load it into our truck.
July 22, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Cheap DON'T GET EXCITED JUST YET
Purchase this mower and it ran great for a couple of months. Mower deck "steel" cable snapped and the mower deck fell in the middle of me mowing my grass...
Since I've been getting so much of a run around from Home Depot I decided to research parts for the mowers that's being sold.
These and other mower are made with cheaper parts and built in another country.
Before you purchase this product, please ask about the parts, and how durable is the "steel"
September 18, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by allyg8tr GETS THE JOB DONE... I NEVER KNEW HOW FUN MOWING COULD BE!
Upgrading from a D130, which I loved too, I found this mower awesome in design and functionality. It's works well and leaves a nice even cut. Maneuverability is totally different from the D130, but it doesn't take long to master. Plus is makes it really fun to drive.
I ordered the John Deere Rear Bumper with hitch and it fit perfect. I put a 3/4" shank ball in it and it pulls my trailer with not problem.
Only cons are no fuel gauge, and it is a tad loud. But hey, put in some ear buds with your favorite tunes and sing a-long!
September 5, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Basfiji So Far No Complaints
First let me say no John Dr person went over this machine with me, the guy dumped it and left so don't believe that BS. I will say its not hard to use and figure out, and if you really need help you can go to the dealer or watch an online video.
I have mowed with this 3 times now and no issues high grass it cuts fine didn't bog down. Yes it doesn't have fenders but you will not get muddy. I got this thing stuck in the mud and no one spec flew up one me. It is fast to the guy next to me has a rider and he was 1/2 done when I started and I finished before him.
The cut is quality so far, but it is brand new so I would expect that with any mower. I do need to pick up the mulching kit though as the bag accessory has horrible reviews from what I seen.
All in all very please with this mower glad I pulled the trigger on the J.D.. Plus it is American Made!
May 21, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by TomLuvsHisDeere Great Mower for non-Professional.. level yards
For the individual this mower is just fantastic. I bought the optional mulching kit (a plug and new blades) as well as the bumper/hitch kit. It is just plain FUN to mow in this thing.. you don't want to get off. I mow my entire acre in about 17 minutes. The accuracy around corners and tight areas is insane, same with the power and speed. Holy smokes..!! It will definitely move you faster than you should mow (for an even cut). My 14 year old now wants to mow every 3 days.. Dad when do I GET TO mow the grass!?
If you have a 2 acre plus lot you should think about the 245 with the larger deck. My only complaint is on delivery, shows a white glove like experience, But it was bubba from the tractor place saying I don't have time to teach you about what you should already know.
For those of you that just got the mower.. make sure parking break is on and handles are out before starting.
June 16, 2014