John Deere 652R
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  • Commercial-quality engine is reliable and provides excellent performance and life
    Heavy-duty, dual-stage air cleanerHeavy-duty, dual-stage air cleaner

    A commercial-quality, 23.5-hp (17.5-kW) at 3600 rpm, air-cooled engine powers the QuikTrak™ Mower:

    • Overhead valve design
      • More horsepower and torque per cubic inch of displacement
      • Better fuel efficiency
    • Full-pressure lubrication with full-flow filter
      • Reduces engine wear by ensuring proper lubrication, even when operating on hillsides or uneven terrain
      • Filtered oil reduces risk of contamination for increased engine life
    • V-twin design
      • Fast starts
      • Smooth operation
    • Vertical shaft for efficient transfer of power to the transmission
    • Standard dual-element, canister-type, dry replaceable, heavy-duty air cleaner with secondary safety element
    • Fuel pump for consistent and reliable fuel supply to the carburetor
    • 50-state compliant engine, which complies with strict U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board emission standards, without loss of horsepower or torque
    • Air-cooled engine design for minimum maintenance and maximum reliability
    • Standard cleanout ports for easy access to remove debris collecting in cooling fins
    • Aluminum cylinder block
      • Effectively dissipates heat
      • Lightweight and strong construction
      • Extends engine life due to elimination of debilitating engine temperatures
    Engine oil-fill tube, filter, and drainEngine oil-fill tube, filter, and drain

    The engine is equipped with a replaceable oil filter for longer engine life.

    Engine oil fill/check tube, oil filter, and oil drain are located close together for easy and convenient service.

  • Hydrostatic drive system is reliable and easy to use
    652R QuikTrak™ Mower mowing652R QuikTrak™ Mower mowing
    Hydrostatic pumpsHydrostatic pumps

    QuikTrak Mowers use a heavy-duty hydrostatic pump and wheel-motor drive system that gives reliable and consistent performance and long life:

    • Heavy-duty components stand up to the rigors of commercial use.
    • Individual pump and wheel motor design allows placement of these heavy components low in the vehicle for a low center of gravity and excellent hillside stability.

    Two Hydro-Gear™, 0.73 cu in. (12-cc), axial piston, variable-displacement pumps provide hydraulic power to the wheel motors:

    • Rugged construction is ideal for high-performance commercial use.
    • Piston design gives efficient and consistent performance. 
    • A replaceable hydraulic filter helps ensure long life of the pumps and wheel motors.

    Two individual, 15-cu in. (245.8-cc), piston wheel motors power the QuikTrak drive wheels. Their heavy-duty construction and super-efficient axial-piston design provides superior performance and seamless power to the wheels:

    • Integrated high-pressure shaft seal gives greater reliability.
    • Large bearings are designed with the capacity to carry heavier loads and give long life.
    Transmission oil filterTransmission oil filter
    Transmission fluid oil reservoirTransmission fluid oil reservoir

    A spin-on type replaceable hydraulic oil filter is conveniently located:

    • Extends life of transmission components by keeping oil clean
    • Easy-to-reach for easy and fast service

    A hydraulic fluid oil reservoir is located behind the leaning pad:

    • Located in a cleaner environment
    • Easy to access for inspection and service
    • Sight glass built into the tank reduces risk of contamination when checking fluid level.
    Transmission bypass valveTransmission bypass valve

    Transmission bypass valves are provided on each hydrostatic pump to permit moving the QuikTrak without the engine running.

    Hydro-Gear is a trademark of Hydro-Gear Limited Partnership AF Holding Company.

  • Michelin® X® Tweel® Turf rear tire solution for QuikTrak™ R Series Mowers eliminates downtime
    Tweel rear tire on QuikTrak Mower Tweel rear tire on QuikTrak Mower

    NOTE: 18x8.5N10 Tweel turf tires are available as an ordering option for QuikTrak 648R, 652R, 652R EFI, 661R, and 661R EFI Mowers. Tweels for QuikTrak Mowers are not available as base code equipment.

    John Deere leads the commercial zero-turn mower industry with use of the Michelin X Tweel Turf technology for the QuikTrak Mowers.

    Michelin is a world leader in tire manufacturing and technology. This airless radial tire solution is an industry first for John Deere, which provides an additional advantage to John Deere operators.

    Advantages of the Michelin X Tweel Turf include:

    • Mowing performance is improved.
      • Unique energy transfer within the poly-resin spokes reduces the bounce associated with pneumatic tires.
      • Excellent curb climbing due to the Michelin X Tweel Turf construction and flexibility.
      • More consistent cut quality because inconsistent tire pressure is eliminated.
    • Uptime is improved.
      • The exclusive technology eliminates downtime and associated cost due to flat or damaged tires.
      • Punctures and sidewall damage no longer result in downtime.
    • Cost of operation is reduced.
      • Cost of repairs and maintenance is reduced. One single unit replaces the current tire, wheel, and valve assembly. There is no need for complex tire-mounting equipment.
      • No need to spend time checking and optimizing tire pressure.
      • The need to purchase and stock plug kits and spare tires is eliminated, particularly for professional landscape contractors and government agencies who normally stock them.
      • The tire tread will last up to three times longer than current pneumatic tires because automotive-grade rubber is used for the tread.
    Michelin X Tweel Turf Michelin X Tweel Turf
    Michelin X Tweel Turf Michelin X Tweel Turf

    Heavy-duty construction provides the ultimate in performance and reliable operation:

    • High-strength, poly-resin spokes carry the load.
    • Four-hole, heavy-duty steel hub easily bolts onto any R Series QuikTrak Mower.
    • Zero degree, high-tensile, proprietary carcass provides great lateral stiffness while resisting damage from impact and penetration.

    Michelin, X, and Tweel are trademarks of Michelin North America, Inc.

  • Maintenance is simple and easy to reduce time and cost
    652E QuikTrak™ Mower652E QuikTrak™ Mower
    Open engine compartmentOpen engine compartment

    All service components are easy to access:

    • Servicing is simplified because of the open engine compartment.
    • All service and maintenance points are within easy reach.
    Heavy-duty canister-type air cleanerHeavy-duty canister-type air cleaner
    Engine oil fill/check tube and oil filterEngine oil fill/check tube and oil filter

    Canister-type heavy-duty air cleaner is easy to reach and easy to service:

    • Air cleaner has two filter elements; a large outer filter and a smaller inner safety filter.
    • Both filters are easy to access and easy to change.

    Engine oil service points are grouped together in easy-to-reach locations:

    • Reduces the time required to check and/or change the oil and filter.
    Leaning pad raised for service accessLeaning pad raised for service access
    Periodic service chartPeriodic service chart

    Simply raising the leaning pad exposes the hydrostatic oil reservoir, control linkage and other service areas.

    A periodic service chart is provided for convenience in keeping up on required service.

    Easy-to-remove access panelEasy-to-remove access panel
    Hydrostatic transmission control linkageHydrostatic transmission control linkage

    Remove service access shields on the mower deck, battery box, etc. to service the machine:

    • Panels are easy to remove and install

    Threaded ball and socket rod ends are used throughout the QuikTrak Mowers:

    • Provide precise control over a long period of time
    • Easily replaced when necessary
    Hydrostatic pump maintenance accessHydrostatic pump maintenance access
    Transmission bypass valveTransmission bypass valve

    Access to check and service the hydrostatic pumps and motors is readily available at the rear of the machine.

    Transmission bypass valves are located on the hydrostatic pumps to enable moving the vehicle without the engine running.

    Battery boxBattery box
    Battery cover removed for service accessBattery cover removed for service access

    A secure battery box is provided to protect the battery, for reliable operation:

    • Cover is easily removed for servicing the battery.
    Front tie downFront tie down
    Rear tie downRear tie down

    Four tie-down locations, two at the front and two at the rear, are provided for safely towing or anchoring the vehicle.

  • Field-installed propane conversion kits for Commercial Walk-Behind Mowers, QuikTrak™ Mowers, and Commercial ZTrak™ Mowers
    Propane conversion kit on a Walk-Behind MowerPropane conversion kit on a Walk-Behind Mower
    Propane conversion kit on a ZTrak MowerPropane conversion kit on a ZTrak Mower

    John Deere provides application-specific Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved field-installed propane conversion kits for specific John Deere Commercial Walk-Behind Mowers, QuikTrak Mowers, and ZTrak Mowers. The conversion kits include all components required to convert the engines to operate on propane fuel. Single-tank or dual-tank brackets (depending on the vehicle) are provided for securely holding the propane tank(s) to the vehicle.

    Propane tanks are not included.

    An optional altitude kit is required when operating at altitudes above 2000 ft (610 m). The operator’s manual with the propane conversion kit provides further details. Parts must be ordered separately through John Deere Parts.

    Propane facts:

    • Propane is flammable and commonly used as a fuel.
    • The molecular formula of propane is C3H8, and it is in the family of liquefied petroleum gases (LP gases). The other LP gases include butane, propylene, butadiene, butylene, isobutylene, and mixtures thereof.
    • Propane is commonly available and has proven to be a dependable, safe, economical, and clean-burning fuel. It can be used as household fuel, industrial fuel, and fuel for internal combustion engines. Propane has been used as a fuel since 1910.
    • At atmospheric pressure, propane boils at -44°F (-42.2°C), meaning it typically exists as a vapor. However, when contained under pressure, such as in a propane cylinder, it can exist as a liquid.
    • Propane is naturally odorless, but includes an additive odorant, usually mercaptan, which gives it a distinct odor.
    • Vapor propane is heavier than air, meaning it will settle in low areas such as along the ground or in drains.

     Advantages of John Deere propane conversion kits include:

    • Reduced fuel costs, up to 30 percent depending on fuel prices
    • Lower emissions
    • Reduced fuel-system maintenance
    • Maintains John Deere warranty
    • EPA and CARB certified
    • May qualify for national and state rebate and incentive programs. Please visit for further information.

    Propane tank mounting bracket options:

    Single propane tank shown on QuikTrak MowerSingle propane tank shown on QuikTrak Mower
    Dual propane tanks shown on ZTrak MowerDual propane tanks shown on ZTrak Mower

     Optional tank configurations and sizes are available to provide operators the ability to tailor for run time:

    • Commercial Walk-Behind Mowers have only a single-tank mounting option.
      • The single-tank bracket is designed for one 20-lb (9.1-kg) or 33-lb (15-kg) Worthington tank.
        • Tank is not included.
    • QuikTrak Mowers have single-tank and dual-tank mounting options.
      • The single-tank, right-side bracket is designed for one 33-lb (15-kg) Worthington tank.
        • Tank is not included.
      • The dual-tank brackets are designed for two 20-lb (9.1-kg) Worthington tanks.
        • Tanks are not included.
    • ZTrak Mowers have single-tank and dual-tank mounting options.
      • The single-tank, left-side bracket is designed for one 33-lb (15-kg) or 43-lb (19.5-kg) Worthington tank.
        • Tank is not included.
      • The dual-tank brackets are designed for two 33-lb (15-kg) Worthington tanks.
        • Tanks are not included.
        • ZTrak Mowers with dual-tank configurations are not compatible with any material collection systems.

    NOTE: Reference the Propane and Attachment Compatibility Chart to determine tank configurations that are compatible.

    Estimated run-time comparison
    Engine displacement FS603ccFS726cc FX726ccFX852cc
    Average consumption (lb [kg]/hr)3.9 (1.8)4.2 (1.9)4.2 (1.9)5.8 (2.6)
    Run time (hours) with 20-lb (9.1-kg) tank5.
    Run time (hours) with 33.5-lb (15.2-kg) tankNot available8.08.05.8
    Run time (hours) with 43.5-lb (19.7-kg) tankNot available10.410.47.5
    Field-installed propane conversion kit compatibility:

    NOTE: Conversion to propane is not intended for units with engines having more than 250 hours of use.

    Commercial Walk-Behind Mowers (model year 2018 and prior)

     WG SeriesWH SeriesWHP Series
    Model                                WG32AWG36AWG48AWH36AWH48AWH52AWH61AWHP36AWHP48AWHP52AWHP61A
    Engine modelFS481VFS481VFS481VFS481VFS600VFS600VFS691VFS481VFS600VFS600VFS691V
    Engine displacement603 cc603 cc603 cc603 cc603 cc603 cc726 cc603 cc603 cc603 cc726 cc
    Propane kit model numberNot availableNot availableNot availableFS603ccFS603ccFS603ccFS726ccFS603ccFS603ccFS603ccFS726cc

    Commercial Walk-Behind Mowers (model year 2019)

     WM SeriesWR Series
    Model                                W36MW48MW36RW48RW52RW61R
    Engine modelFS481VFS481VFS600VFS600VFS600VECV740-EFI
    Engine displacement603 cc603 cc603 cc603 cc603 cc747 cc
    Propane kit model numberNot availableNot availableFS603ccFS603ccFS603ccNot available

    QuikTrak Mowers

     E SeriesM SeriesR Series
    Model                                  652E636M648M652M648R652R652R EFI661R661R EFI
    Engine modelFX691VFS600VFX691VFX691VFX691VFX730VECV740 EFIFX730VECV740 EFI
    Engine displacement726 cc603 cc726 cc726 cc726 cc726 cc747 cc726 cc747 cc
    Propane kit model numberFX726ccNot availableNot availableNot availableFX726ccFX726ccNot availableFX726ccNot available

    Commercial ZTrak Mowers

     E SeriesM Series     R Series 
    Model                                  Z915EZ920MZ925M EFIZ930MZ945M EFIZ950M Z955M EFIZ960MZ930RZ950RZ970R
    Engine modelCV742FX730VECV740FX801VECV850 EFIFX850VECV860J EFIFX921VFX801VFX850VFX1000V
    Engine displacement747 cc726 cc747 cc852 cc824 cc852 cc824 cc999 cc852 cc852 cc999 cc
    Propane kit model numberNot availableFX726cc*Not availableFX852cc*Not availableFX852cc*Not availableNot availableFX852cc*FX852cc*Not available
    *Not compatible with 48-in. (122-cm) mower decks.

    Worthington tanks are manufactured by Worthington Industries, Inc.

  • Compact design for easy hauling and excellent maneuverability
    Overhead view of 652E showing compact designOverhead view of 652E showing compact design
    Side view of 652E showing compact designSide view of 652E showing compact design

    From the operator's platform to the mower deck, John Deere QuikTrak™ Mowers have a compact and functional design:

    • The compact design allows the QuikTrak to operate in tighter areas that a larger machine cannot. Often, this means the area can be mowed with a QuikTrak so it is not necessary to switch to a walk-behind mower, reducing the time on site.
    • With the compact design of QuikTrak Mowers, less space is required on a truck or trailer - which can mean there is room for an extra mower, resulting in less time on property, saving time and money.
    Mowing a tight area with 652R QuikTrakMowing a tight area with 652R QuikTrak
    652R QuikTrak652R QuikTrak

    Whether mowing hills or on level terrain, trimming or mowing straight-away, the operator of a John Deere QuikTrak is able to affect the performance of the machine with their body:

    • The compact design of the QuikTrak allows the operator to use their body to help control the machine.
    • The innovative QuikTrak design puts the operator in line with the rear axle to keep traction when mowing across slopes, providing greater control.
    • Faster ground speeds get work done quicker.
    • Better traction on slopes gives more control and increased productivity.
    • Superior stability gives more control and confidence when mowing hillsides.
    • Better visibility allows more-timely operator reaction to the terrain and obstructions.
    • Standing area is designed for improved range of motion to allow the operator more room to move and avoid obstacles.
    • Minimal operator-station obstruction allows safe and fast exits for clearing mower-path obstacles.
    • Operator area is designed for more comfort and less fatigue.
    Inset caster wheels (652E shown)Inset caster wheels (652E shown)
    Inset caster wheels (652R shown)Inset caster wheels (652R shown)

    John Deere QuikTrak Mowers are designed, tested, and manufactured to provide the best commercial mowing machines available:

    • Bull-nosed shape of the front edge of the mower deck allows caster wheels to be set back further, closer to the blades, for more effective ground following capability.
    • Compact design takes less space for mowing tighter areas and may allow room for an extra machine when hauling to the worksite.
  • 52-in. (132-cm) fabricated mower deck is made from 7-gauge, 0.179-in. (4.6-mm) steel for reliability and performance
    652R QuikTrak™ mower deck652R QuikTrak™ mower deck
    652R QuikTrak mower deck reinforcement652R QuikTrak mower deck reinforcement

    A well-designed mower deck can make the difference between just getting the job done and getting eye-catching results. The 7-gauge, 0.179-in. (4.6-mm) fabricated mower deck delivers an even higher quality of cut in even more diverse conditions to enhance mowing performance.

    Key features of the fabricated mower deck include: 

    • The mower deck is manufactured from 7-gauge, 0.179-in. (4.6-mm) steel to minimize the number of welds and provide a smooth underside, with fewer sharp corners, for reduced material buildup.
    • A compact footprint delivers greater maneuverability when working in tight quarters.
    • A deep-deck design delivers excellent airflow so material is processed quickly and efficiently.
    • A powerful vacuum effect is created by the deck's unique air-flow design, which pulls more grass upright so that the blades can cut more evenly.
    • 48-in. to 61-in. (122-cm to 155-cm) decks come standard with an adjustable striping flap to enhance the after-cut appearance.
    Flexible mower-discharge deflectorFlexible mower-discharge deflector
    Large, inset caster wheelsLarge, inset caster wheels

    The wide-discharge opening and raised deflector provide even clipping dispersal for an excellent finished appearance in all conditions.

    Caster wheels with flat-free tires contribute to a smooth, even cutting job:

    • Large, flat-free caster wheels carry the mower deck smoothly over the lawn.
    • Caster wheels are recessed to reduce the vehicle footprint and turning radius.
      • With the wheels less exposed, there is less chance they will get snagged by immovable obstacles, thus improving maneuverability and reducing damage.

    Anti-scalp rollers are double-captured for durability. They enable the deck to float over the ground and provide a smooth, level cut on even the most challenging terrain.

    Mower lift leverMower lift lever
    Mower lift spring and lever (minimum cut-height position)Mower lift spring and lever (minimum cut-height position)

    The QuikTrak is equipped with a floating mower deck that offers several advantages over a fixed mower deck:

    • The lift lever allows the operator to raise the mower to the fully-up position from the operator's station.
      • Convenient when transporting from one mowing area to another and when loading/unloading.
      • Allows the operator to raise the mower over roots or other obstructions in the lawn on the fly.
    • Lift-assist springs reduce the effort required to raise the mower deck.
    Cutting-height adjustmentCutting-height adjustment
    Easy-to-remove mower deck shieldsEasy-to-remove mower deck shields

    Mower cutting height can be set from 1.5 in. (3.8 cm) to 5 in. (12.7 cm) in 0.25-in. (0.64-cm) increments:

    • Pull the lift lever back to the full-raised position.
    • Remove the tethered pin and place it at the desired cutting height.
    • Lower the lift lever; the lift lever and mower will stop at the desired cutting height.


    Mower deck shields are easy to remove for access to the drive belt and other service points.

    Optional mulching attachment
    Optional mulching attachment and blades (similar design shown)Optional mulching attachment and blades (similar design shown)

    Optional mulching attachment and special mulching blades are available:

    • This is a high-performance mulching attachment that includes formed steel baffles to control the material for superior performance.
    • The special mulching blades can also be used for side discharging, though overall cutting performance may be slightly less than with the standard blades.
  • Safety features are built-in to protect the operator and bystanders
    652R QuikTrak™ Mower652R QuikTrak™ Mower
    Mower discharge deflectorMower discharge deflector
    Curb wheelsCurb wheels

    Key safety features of QuikTrak Mowers include:

    • Start circuit requirements
      • Park brake engaged
      • Power take-off (PTO) disengaged
      • Control levers in neutral
      • Ignition key used to start the engine
    • A high-quality polyethylene mower-discharge deflector
      • Deflects if it strikes a solid obstruction, causing less damage
      • Returns to its original shape and function
    • Operator station designed to allow fast exit
    • Two large curb wheels
    • Easy to remove and replace shields
    • Stationary handles on either side of the traction controls for operator security
    • Control levers return to neutral when released
    Mower deck safety certification

    QuikTrak mower decks are evaluated by the manufacturer (John Deere Turf Care) and conform to American National Standards Institute (ANSI) B71.4 2004 safety certification specifications for commercial turf care equipment.

  • Controls are easy to locate and use for operator comfort and productivity
    QuikTrak™ Mower mowing (652R shown)QuikTrak™ Mower mowing (652R shown)
    Control console (652E shown)Control console (652E shown)

     Controls are color coded and logically placed to make them easy for the operator to find and use:

    • Ground speed and direction are easily controlled by moving the two hand-lever hydrostatic drive controls forward or reverse.
      • Speeds are infinitely variable up to 9.5 mph (15.3 km/h) forward and 5.5 mph (8.9 km/h) reverse.
      • A positive neutral-lock position for the levers provides added safety.
    • Two stationary reference bars are provided for operator convenience and security.
      • Front reference bar is included to control speed and reduce fatigue from control lever operation.
      • Rear reference bar is included to make reverse operation easy while maintaining operator confidence.
    • Control levers return to neutral automatically for safety and convenience.
    • Separate choke is easy to locate and use.

      • Less adjustment is needed with the separate choke.
    Brake lever (engaged position)Brake lever (engaged position)
    Brake barBrake bar

    A tire brake is provided to give stability for parking the vehicle on hillsides and for transport; it should be engaged whenever the machine is not being used:

    • Brake must be engaged to start the machine, for added safety.
    • The tire brake is easily adjusted, if necessary, to maintain effective operation.
    Mower deck height-of-cut adjustment (648R, 652R, 661R)
    Mower deck lift handle (648R, 652R, 661R)Mower deck lift handle (648R, 652R, 661R)
    Mower deck height-of-cut adjustment (648R, 652R, 661R)Mower deck height-of-cut adjustment (648R, 652R, 661R)

    On the 648R, 652R, 652R EFI, 661R, and 661R EFI QuikTrak Mowers, an easy-to-use cutting height adjustment system allows the operator to adjust the mower deck cutting height with no tools and minimal effort:

    • Pull the lift lever back to the fully-raised position.
    • Remove the tethered pin and place it at the desired cutting height.
    • Lower the lift lever; the lift lever and mower will stop at the desired cutting height.


    NOTE: Additional information on mower cutting height adjustment can be found in the mower deck section.


Number Three
Blade tip speed 18,900 fpm
5,761 m/min


4 Reviews
Apr 08, 2017

Awesome Machine


I bought this machine primarily to mow an acre and a half sloped lot I plan to build on next year. The lot is still rough, but I wanted to keep my neighbors happy by keeping the area looking nice. This Machine holds hills I would not attempt with a sit down machine. The lot has not been smoothed out yet, so the standing really takes the shock out of my body that I had while mowing while sitting. This lot looks better than the other finished yards after I cut it. My current lawn looks like a vacuum cleaner has been across the floor, nice stripes and a clean cut. My current neighbor has me mowing his yard now too, because he loves the look. I still have a lawn tractor for attachments, but the mowing is done with this machine!


  • From: Alvaton, KY 42122, USA
  • Usage Frequency: Weekly
  • Level of Experience: Intermediate
Mar 31, 2016

Poor Engine life!


We have 5 of these mowers and they do not even come close to the longevity of our other mowers. Engine life should be around 2000-2500 hours, we are replacing them at 900-1500 hours. All 5 mowers burn around a quart of oil a day. One of the replacement engines even burns this much oil with only 490 hours! Yes, we adjust the valves at around the 250-300 hour range and right before the beginning of the cutting season. These mowers also have frame issues. John Deere knows about these and is pretty good about replacing them. However, your still going to be down a mower for a week while it gets replaced. These mowers spend a lot of time in the shop for repairs! I would not recommend this model for commercial use.


  • From: Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA
  • Usage Frequency: Daily
  • Level of Experience: Expert
Feb 04, 2016

Our preferred mower


I own 2 661Rs and am purchasing 2 652Rs. These machines are the most efficient of our 6 mowers. They fly past the 2 Exmark Vantages that we own. I am all Green from now on. Stand On mowers are the way to go for the professional. We use the riders primarily on large properties. All of my guys prefer the JDs over the Exmarks.


  • From: Gallatin, TN, USA
  • Usage Frequency: Daily
  • Level of Experience: Expert
Apr 24, 2016

great mower


ordered it back in November of 15 got it in January and its my first standup mower will never go back to a sit down mower again its faster than most sit down ones easier to operate and steer in tight places no big rear to watch in tight areas love it so much placed a order for another one this time I ordered one with m\the mulch on demand for the businesses parking lots I cut around so keeps me from throwing grass on vehicles and around windows


  • From: Sedalia, MO 65301, USA
  • Usage Frequency: Daily
  • Level of Experience: Intermediate