John Deere Z425 Z445 Z465 Operator Manual
Z225 Z245 Z425 Z445 Z465 Operator Manual
Introduction Thank You for Purchasing a John Deere Product We appreciate having you as a customer and wish you many years of safe and satisfied use of your machine. Using Your Operator’s Manual This manual is an important part of your machine and should remain with the machine when you sell it.
Engine Serial Number:
Z225 – On engine blower cover over starter.
Transmission / Transaxle Serial Number:
Z200 models – SN tags at rear of transaxles.
Z400 models – SN tag on top of transmission/pump (lift seat to access).
Reading your operator’s manual will help you and others avoid personal injury or damage to the machine. Information given in this manual will provide the operator with the safest and most effective use of the machine. Knowing how to operate this machine safely and correctly will allow you to train others who may operate this machine.
This John Deere manual and safety signs on your machine may also be available in other languages (see your authorized dealer to order). Sections in your operator’s manual are placed in a specific order to help you understand all the safety messages and learn the controls so you can operate this machine safely. You can also use this manual to answer any specific operating or servicing questions.
John Deere Z425 Z445 Z465 Operator Manual
Table of Contents
9 Operating – Controls
24 Service Lubrication
25 Service Engine
26 Service Transmission
33 Service Mower
38 Service Electrical
47 Service Miscellaneous
59 Getting Quality Service
61 Service Record
The machine shown in this manual may differ slightly from your machine, but will be similar enough to help you understand our instructions. RIGHT-HAND and LEFT-HAND sides are determined by facing in the direction the machine will travel when going forward. When you see a broken line, the item referred to is hidden from view. Before delivering this machine, your dealer performed a predelivery inspection to ensure best performance.
Operating Safely This cutting machine is capable of amputating hands and feet and throwing objects. Failure to observe the following safety instructions could result in serious injury or death.
• Read, understand and follow all instructions on the machine and in manuals provided, and view safety video, before starting. Be thoroughly familiar with the controls and the proper use of the machine before starting.
• The residential zero radius lawn mower drives differently than a traditional riding mower. Learning to operate the controls smoothly and safely will take some time.
• Practice operating the residential zero radius lawn mower in a large open area with the blades off. Keep practicing until you feel confident in your maneuvering and driving skills.
• Only allow responsible adults, who have practiced driving the residential zero radius lawn mower and are familiar with the instructions to operate the machine. Local restrictions may restrict the age of the operator.
• Do not put hands or feet near rotating parts or under the machine. Keep clear of the discharge opening at all times.
• Clear the area of objects such as rocks, wire and toys which could be thrown by the blades.
• Be sure the area is clear of bystanders before operating. Stop machine if anyone enters the area.
• Never carry passengers.
• Do not mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary. Always look down and behind before and while backing.
• Never direct discharged material toward anyone. Avoid discharging material against a wall or obstruction. Material may ricochet back toward the operator. Stop the blades when crossing gravel surfaces.
• Do not operate the machine without the entire grasscatcher, discharge guard, or other safety devices in place and working. Never operate with the discharge deflector raised, removed, or altered, unless using a grasscatcher.
• Slow down before turning.
• Never leave a running machine unattended. Always turn off blades, lock park brake, stop engine and remove key before dismounting.
• Disengage blades when not mowing. Shut off engine and wait for all parts to come to a complete stop before cleaning the machine, removing the grasscatcher, or unclogging the discharge chute.
• Operate machine only in daylight or good artificial light.
• Do not operate the machine while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
• Watch for traffic when operating near or crossing roadways. Stop blades before crossing roads or sidewalks.
• Use extra care when loading or unloading the machine into a trailer or truck.
• Always wear safety goggles or safety glasses with side shields when operating the machine.