John Deere EZtrak Z225 Review

The John Deere EZtrak Z225 is a lever-steered, zero-turn-radius riding lawn mower. It gains from John Deere’s reputation for reliability and quality, but its compact engine and majority may make it less nimble than its rivals. As of 2014, John Deere is no longer manufacturing the Z225, but some retailers have units available.

Engine, Transmission and PTO

The Z225 is powered by a 500 cc single-cylinder engine rated at 18.5 horsepower. It is equipped with an electric start system powered by a 12-volt batterypowered. The engine’s power is transferred to the rear wheels via dual Hydro-Gear EZT transmissions, along with the machine can attain a maximum forward speed of 7 mph and a maximum reverse speed of 3.5 mph. The Z225 is equipped with a PTO that generates 105 foot-pounds of torque. Compared to models from makers that are competing, the Z225 is a little underpowered; Cub Cadet’s RZT 42, as an example, is equipped with a Kohler engine, as is your Ariens Gravely ZT 42.


The stamped-steel deck of the Z225 utilizes two blades to cut a swath. Its cutting height is adjustable using a hand lever at increments between 1 and 4 inches. The Z225’s deck is similar to that of the Ariens ZT 42, but its 12-gauge steel deck is much lighter compared to the 13-gauge deck around the Cub Cadet RZT 42. The deck of the RZT 42 offers fewer height adjustment options.


Despite its power lack, the Z225 is considerably heavier than the Ariens and the Cub Cadet, a discrepancy which could lead to a scarcity of sprightliness. Whereas the Cub Cadet weighs 480 pounds along with the Ariens 440 pounds, the Z225 weighs at 545 pounds. The Ariens is more compact compared to Deere, too, with an overall length of 64 inches compared to the Z225’s 74 inches.

Newer Model

At John Deere’s 2014 product lineup, the slot formerly occupied by the Z225 is filled from the Z235, a weapon whose electricity is more in accord with that of its rivals. The Z235 is equipped with a 656 cc engine which generates 20 horsepower. The Z235 lags behind the Cub Cadet RZT 42 electricity plant, although the Ariens Zoom includes a 20-horsepower motor also.

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