John Deere’s updated Z-Trak “Estate Series” residential zero turn lawn mowers will arrive at local Deere dealerships next week. With a Kohler 22 HP or 25 HP V-twin engine, it can whiz along at 10 mph to get to your back forty — and chop some serious grass. Other cool features: a simplified electric start system, padded grips with integrated electronic controls to raise and lower the mower deck, and a folding roll bar.
You can also adjust the Z-Trak’s cut height in 1/4″ increments right from your seat. But the best part: it features two cup holders. Of course, this ball of features doesn’t come cheap. The base model starts at around $6,500 — or about what it’d take to pay someone $50 a week to cut your lawn for the next two-and-a-half years.
Granted, the Z-Trak’s price isn’t out of line with its current zero turn competition. But I’ve still always wondered what sort of homeowner buys them new. If you have one, drop me a line.