John Deere Z735M

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Heavy-duty design delivers strength and durability

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 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

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.

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

  • Operator station provides plenty of room for comfortable operation.
  • Flat operator station makes getting on and off easy.
  • Step weldment on mower deck is convenient for the operator.
  • Controls are located close to the operator for convenience.
  • Operator controls are color coded for easy identification and operation.

ZTrak Z700 Series Mowers are equipped with a foldable Roll-Gard rollover protective structure (ROPS) and retractable seat belt:

  • They help protect the operator in the event of tip over.
  • Easy-fold ROPS improves the ability to store the ZTrak in a garage.
  • The ROPS is designed to meet or exceed American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASAE) safety standards.
  • Easy-fold ROPS includes a built-in isolator.
  • When the ROPS is up, the overall height is 71.1 in. (182.2 cm) for all models except the Z740R, which is 72.1 in. (183.2 cm).
  • When the ROPS is down, the overall height is 47.4 in. (120.3 cm) for E Series, 49.7 in. (126.2 cm) for M Series, and 51 in. (129.5 cm) for R Series.
  • To fold, remove the two pins and rotate the top of the Roll-Gard downward.
  • The Roll-Gard must be in the upright and locked position when low clearance is not required.
  • The ROPS and seat belt are included in base equipment.
  • Use of the seat belt is recommended when operating with ROPS in the upright position.

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 Michelin North America, Inc.

Three-position, adjustable foot platform to accommodate different size operators

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.

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.

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.

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. 

Smooth and powerful V-twin engine for performance and long life

Key engine features:

23 hp (17.2 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 FR691V.

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.
  • Automatic compression release provides easy starting.
  • Internally vented carburetor maintains proper fuel mixture and minimizes emissions.
  • Fuel shutoff solenoid stops excess fuel from entering the exhaust system and causing after bang upon shut down.

Full-pressure lubrication system provides plenty of oil to the engine’s moving parts to ensure reliable operation and long life:

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 air filter system thoroughly cleans the engine intake air.
    • Cover flips up for easy filter service.
  • Electronic ignition contributes to fast starts.


8-gal. (30.3L) fuel capacity for extended mowing times

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

Transmission offers speeds up to 8 mph (12.8 km/h) to maximize mowing efficiency

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 heavy-duty wheel motor into a single unit.
  • One pump and 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
  • Hydraulic oil check/fill accessed by raising 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-3100® transmissions for superior performance and durability:

  • Unitized hydraulic pumps and commercial-grade, heavy-duty wheel motors combined into a single unit
  • Speeds up to 8 mph (12.8 km/h)
  • Pump displacement: 0.61 cu in. (10 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


Transmission fluid expansion tanks are provided for each transmission. 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-3100 are trademarks of Hydro-Gear Limited Partnership AF Holding Company, a Delaware Corporation and Danfoss Power Solutions (US) Company, a Delaware Corporation.




Engine power 25 hp
18.6 kW
Engine model number M49 810CC SSC
Forward speed 0-9.5 mph
0-15.3 km/h
Front caster tires 13x6.5-6
Drive tires 23x9.5-12 (48-in. decks)
23X10.5-12 (54- and 60-in. decks)
Seat back height High back witd adjustable armrests, 22.5 in.
57.1 cm
Widtd of cut 48 in.
122 cm
54 in.
137 cm
60 in.
152 cm
Mulching system Optional MulchControl™ attachment
U.S. warranty 4 year/750 hour bumper-to-bumper* (*Term limited to years or hours used, whichever comes first, and varies by model. See tde LIMITED WARRANTY FOR NEW JOHN DEERE TURF AND UTILITY EQUIPMENT at or for details.)
25 hp
18.6 kW
Model number M49 810CC SSC
Displacement 49.4 cu in.
810 cc
Cylinders V-twin
Lubrication Full pressure witd replaceable filter, capacity, 2 U.S. qt
1.9 L
Type Overhead valve
Battery 12 V
340 CCA
Choke/speed control Separate control levers
Cooling metdod Air
Fuel tank capacity 8 U.S. gal.
30.2 L
Fuel gauge Fuel level sight line
Dual hydros Hydro-gear ZT3200 witd 1-in. (2.54-cm) axles
Hydraulic pumps  
Wheel motors  
Forward speed 0-9.5 mph
0-15.3 km/h
Reverse speed 0-4 mph
0-6.4 km/h
Speed and direction control Twin premium levers
Control adjustment 2-height/18 positions
Frame Heavy-duty frame tubing
Primer/paint E-coat/powder
Front caster tires 13x6.5-6
Front caster bearings Sealed ball bearings
Drive tires 23x9.5-12 (48-in. decks)
23X10.5-12 (54- and 60-in. decks)
Hourmeter Yes
Service interval decal Yes
Storage compartment Yes
Cup holder Yes
Seat back height High back witd adjustable armrests, 22.5 in.
57.1 cm
Fore-aft adjustment While seated, +/- 2 in.
5.08 cm
Seat suspension Two four-position springs witd ComfortGlide™ fore/aft suspension
Type Spring assisted foot lift
Mower cut height 1.5-5 in.
3.8-12.7 cm
Cut height increments 0.25 in.
0.64 cm
Preset cut height Yes
Widtd of cut 48 in.
122 cm
54 in.
137 cm
60 in.
152 cm
Type High-capacity (HC) PRO side discharge
Mower deck material 9 gauge
0.15 in.
3.8 mm
Mower drive system V-belt
Type Electric, 125 lb-ft
169 Nm
Drive V-belt
Wheelbase 49.9 in.
126.7 cm
Overall lengtd 82 in.
208.4 cm
Widtd witdout mower 48.6 in.
123.5 cm
Widtd witd mower 48 HC, 62.3 in.
158.2 cm
54 HC, 68.2 in.
173.2 cm
60 HC, 73.3 in.
186.1 cm
Widtd witd mower (deflector raised for storage) 48 HC, 53.2 in.
135.1 cm
54 HC, 59.4 in.
151 cm
60 HC, 64.8 in.
164.5 cm
Height ROPS up - 71.1 in.
182.2 cm
ROPS down - 49.7 in.
126.2 cm
Weight Witd mower and fuel, 48 HC, 950 lb
431 kg
Witd mower and fuel, 54 HC, 965 lb
437 kg
Witd mower and fuel, 60 HC, 990 lb
449 kg