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John Deere Z235 42 in. 20 HP V-Twin Hydrostatic Zero-Turn Riding Mower - California Only

John Deere

Z235 42 in. 20 HP V-Twin Hydrostatic Zero-Turn Riding Mower - California Only

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Product Overview

All John Deere EZtrak Residential Zero-Turn-Radius Mowers offer unmatched quality, performance and comfort. They are designed for use by residential customers looking for an efficient mowing machine with exceptional maneuverability and trimming capability. EZtrak has a heavy-duty frame, large tires, and convenient controls to provide the customer with excellent value.

  • Most orders process within 3 business days. Product is shipped to your local John Deere Dealer who will professionally inspect and deliver the unit to you within 7-14 business days. At Delivery the customer will be taught by John Deere how to operate and maintain the mower.
  • 20 HP V-twin John Deere branded engine for powerful performance, cast-iron cylinder liner for long engine life and overhead valves for excellent power and fuel economy
  • 42 in. deck offers a smooth underside to prevent grass buildup and the deep deck design lifts grass for a better cut, a wash port is included for your convenience cleaning the underside of the deck, the cut heights range from 1 in. to 4 in., in 1/4 in. increments
  • EZtrak¬†Mowers are designed with a heavy-duty formed and welded steel frame for strength and reliability
  • A foot platform flips up for easy a ccess to the top of mower deck for easy maintenance and cleaning
  • High back seat , multiple position motion control levers, and adjust tracking in the seat provide added comfort and easy operation
  • Color coded operating controls, standard hour meter, cup holder, and storage compartment are added for operator convenience and comfort
  • Baggers are sold separately
  • Free White Glove Service available on this riding mower

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Name Z335M 42 in. 20 HP Dual Hydrostatic Gas Zero-Turn Riding Mower Z345R 42 in. 22 HP Dual Hydrostatic Gas Zero-Turn Riding Mower Z355E 48 in. 22 HP Dual Hydrostatic Gas Zero-Turn Riding Mower-California Compliant Z235 42 in. 20 HP V-Twin Hydrostatic Zero-Turn Riding Mower - California Only
Brand John Deere John Deere John Deere John Deere
Ratings (1) (1) (1) (86)
Engine Make OEM Branded OEM Branded OEM Branded OEM Branded
Deck Type Stamped Stamped Stamped Stamped
Horsepower (hp) 20 22 22 20
Features Cup Holder,Deck cleanout,Deck cleanout,Hour Meter,Mulching Lawn Mower,Zero-Turn Capable Cup Holder,Deck cleanout,Hour Meter,Mulching Lawn Mower,Zero-Turn Capable Cup Holder,Deck cleanout,Hour Meter,Keyed start,Mulching Lawn Mower,Single-lever height adjustment,Zero-Turn Capable Cup Holder,Deck cleanout,Hour Meter,Keyed start,Mulching Lawn Mower,Zero-Turn Capable
CA (CARB) Compliant Not CARB Compliant Not CARB Compliant CARB Compliant CARB Compliant
Assembled Depth (in.) 72 in 72.2 in 75.07 in 72 in
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Customer Questions & Answers

Does this mower mow in reverse or do the blades disengage?

Asked by: Beanie
Yes it mows in reverse by moving the handles backward. I back into tight areas to mow corners.
Answered by: RFarm50
Date published: 2015-09-20


What is the engine? Mfr?
Asked by: fran
Thank you for contacting the Home Depot website. The engine is a A 20-hp* (14.9-kW) V-twin engine that provides plenty of power and torque to handle tough mulching, mowing, and bagging conditions which is manufactured by John Deere. The V-twin cylinder is designed for greater torque, lower vibration, and improved sound quality.
Answered by: JohnDeere
Date published: 2015-09-20

Does the mower have a place to attach a cart?

Asked by: Bare
No ho place to hook up cart
Answered by: Chuck
Date published: 2015-09-20

Is this fuel efficiant? How many hours to the gallon?

Asked by: YoMomma
I have logged 2.1 gallons at 2.4 hours run time during initial break in hours. Answer... 1.2 hours per gallon.
Answered by: Tradewinds63
Date published: 2015-11-07
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Customer Reviews

Z235 42 in. 20 HP V-Twin Hydrostatic Zero-Turn Riding Mower - California Only is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 86.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best 42" residential zero turn. I bought this zero turn mower last July (2013) with the mulching kit installed. I looked at and compared the John Deere Z235 with other 42" zero turns by Craftsman, Toro, Ariens, Cub Cadet, Husqvarna, and Troy-Built. The John Deere had the best features for the price compared to competing 42" zero turn mowers. The fit and finish is excellent and much better than competing models. With the mulching kit this can mow rather long grass at a decent speed without clumping. The only issues I have had with the machine are the location of the fuel fill which makes it difficult to fill without a little spillage and the lack of a way to visually see the fuel level in the tank.
Date published: 2014-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 2* Years Later... I'm heading into my third season of using the Z235, and my opinion has not changed; 5 stars. I have had no problems with my equipment after the first 58 hours of use. It still runs, cuts, and looks great. After the first year, the cut quality deteriorated significantly. If you experience the same issue, you'll likely need to adjust the mowing deck. I suspect the cables stretch more during the first year of use, so the deck may not need adjusting as often going forward. Comprehensive instructions to adjust the deck are in the Owner's Manual. Also, my tires lost a lot of pressure after the first year, so you'll also want to keep tabs on the air pressure to maintain a nice cut. Do these two things, and change the oil/plugs/filters as specified, and you'll have a reliable machine for years to come (I hope).
Date published: 2015-04-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Rear Wheels too wide for deck The rear wheels are too wide for the 42" deck. One has great control with the Zero Turn, but if you trim around a rain gutter downspout watching the mower deck, you'll run over it with the rear tire. Also where we have cement edging around the landscaping, to get close the rear wheel is up on the cement, so that side cuts high. We love the zero turn and machine has plenty of power but everybody who drives it run over things with back tires.
Date published: 2014-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Good, But A Few Issues Overall, this is a good machine. My last JD was built in 1988 and it is still a good mower, I now only use it to pull my lawn fertilizer attachment. The new Z235, is fast and fun to drive, but with a few issues: (1) the lack of a fuel gauge is a BIG BIG problem as when you add fuel, you cannot tell how full the tank is until it overflows. (2) The right mower deck spindle cannot be lubricated without dropping the deck at the front support and jacking up the frame. (3) The mower did not cut well when it was delivered. I checked the level myself, it was out by almost an inch, side to side. After adjusting it, it cuts very well. (4) You will have a difficult time draining the oil and replacing the filter without getting oil all over the place.
Date published: 2014-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Z 235 ---- a speed demon! LOVE THIS MOWER! The zero turn cuts your mowing time in half. The engine is loud; so I suggest good ear protection and let her go!. The fuel tank is small and I really miss not having a gas guage. The first time you try the zero turn; it makes you think that you are drunker than a skunk, but in just a few minutes; you feel like you have been using the mower forever. We definitely are a John Deere family and proud of it.
Date published: 2015-05-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not that great! This is a cheap entry level ztr. I have checked the deck for levelness and it still doesn't cut correctly. There always seems to be strips of grass popping up right where the tires went over it. No matter what speed you go. I took it to the dealer and they laughed and told me to buy a better bigger mower. After they checked over the deck and replaced one of the steering controller shocks (under warranty) they said they made a minor adjustment to the deck to level it and it cut just fine. I took it home and same thing, disappointment! This year i tried gator blades by Oregon on it but same issue! Now after 165 hours multiple blade sharpening and deck cleaning and new spindle bearings. Still the same results. Now the frame is cracking at the footrest on both sides and on both sides of the rear engine guard. I'm very disappointed! I wish i would have spent my money elsewhere! Bad cut! Junk spindle bearings@less than 100 hours, 4 cracks in guards and frame
Date published: 2015-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Update/Retraction i didn't see a way to reply or update my previous review so I had to create a new name, but I want to retract my statements made on May 2nd (MJSquared). After talking to a friend and showing him how poor of a cut this mower made, he asked if I had set it up. I had not touched the setup, assuming the dealer had done all that before they delivered it. We looked in the owner’s manual to see how to set it up, but he told me about an easier way using a 2x4 piece of wood. I parked the mower on the drive way and checked the deck. It was not adjusted right at all, one side was almost an inch lower than the other! Now that I have it adjusted correctly, it is mowing great! It’s a night and day difference, almost like a completely different mower. So my previous negative review should have been for the DEALER, not the mower itself.
Date published: 2014-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific! I sold my Husqvarna tractor after nine years Of reliable use and replaced it with the JD Z235. I love it! It is my first experience with zero turn so it took a couple of cuts to feel confident. Now, I can cut my lawn in half the time, it looks even better with straighter lines, and it is fun to cut my 3/4 acre lot. I bought the mulch kit, and got Gator Mulch Blades for a really nice cut with no clumping. The only complaint I have is the lack of a gas gauge. Anybody looking for a zero turn should look no further than the Z235!
Date published: 2013-05-27
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