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  • The 42-in. (107-cm) Accel Deep™ (42A) Mower Deck cuts clean and is versatile
    Z335E ZTrak™ with Accel Deep 42A MowerZ335E ZTrak™ with Accel Deep 42A Mower
    Accel Deep 42A MowerAccel Deep 42A Mower

    The 42-in. (107-cm) Accel Deep Mower Deck is a stamped-steel, deep, flat-top design that delivers excellent cut quality, productivity, cleanliness, durability, and versatility. Optimal performance and dispersion of clippings is provided, even at faster mowing speeds:

    • 4.5-in. (11.4-cm) deep throughout the entire deck shell for optimum mowing, mulching, and bagging performance
      • Optional MulchControl™ attachment for superior mulching performance and versatility
    • Stamped-steel design eliminates sharp edges and corners where material can build up and diminish mowing performance
    • Mower deck suspended from the vehicle for a smooth and level cut
      • Adjustable mower wheels, positioned just above ground level, for reduced scalping
    Excellent cut quality
    42A Mower top (similar mower from X300 Series Tractor shown)42A Mower top (similar mower from X300 Series Tractor shown)
    42A Mower underside (similar mower from X300 Series Tractor shown)42A Mower underside (similar mower from X300 Series Tractor shown)

    Deep mower-deck stamping gives excellent cut quality. It allows the cut and suspended material room to exit the deck without getting recut:

    • Reducing the amount of recutting enables more power to be used to cut incoming grass, which greatly improves mower capacity.
      • Helps maintain excellent cut quality at faster mowing speeds
    • Clean flow of material out of discharge area prevents cut material from interfering with cutting the incoming grass, making it possible for the blades to cut incoming material cleanly.
    • Even in mulching mode, cut evenness is improved compared to other designs because the additional depth allows for continuous circulation, optimal recutting, and an even distribution of clippings.
    Productivity - gets the job done fast
    Side-discharge chute on Accel Deep 42A Mower DeckSide-discharge chute on Accel Deep 42A Mower Deck

    Deep mower-deck stamping gives high productivity, which gets the job done fast. It allows the cut and suspended material room to exit the deck quickly, reducing the amount of re-cutting so more power is available to process incoming grass:

    • Greatly improves the mower's capacity to maintain excellent mowing performance in difficult mowing conditions and at higher speeds

    Large discharge opening is both high and wide to handle more material:

    • Gives a smooth, even discharge of clippings at all mowing speeds
    • Reduces the chance of plugging, especially important when operating in wet, thick, or dense grass and when bagging
    • Cut-and-throw chute has a large, optimized inlet which aids in collecting material by using airflow from the large deck opening
    Mower wash portMower wash port
    Mower wash port with hose connectorMower wash port with hose connector

    A wash port is provided to make cleaning the underside of the mower deck easy.

    • Hose connector is included with the mower deck.
    MulchControl baffle closedMulchControl baffle closed
    MulchControl handleMulchControl handle
    • The MulchControl handle is located on top of the mower deck and used to open and close the discharge baffle.
      • The operator is required to get off of the machine in order to engage or disengage mulch mode.
    • Changing from mulching to side discharge or vice versa takes only a few seconds.

    MulchControl is well-suited to the following mowing situations:

    • Usually mulch, but side discharge when grass gets too long
    • Usually side-discharge, but would like to be able to close the chute to control clippings
    • Always mulch a main lawn, but often side discharge secondary lawns
    • Bag clippings, but want to go farther before emptying bags

    While in the side-discharge mode, MulchControl will still mulch about one third of the material. Therefore, the side-discharge mode is essentially a partial-mulch mode. This can be an advantage when side discharging or bagging, as it helps to reduce the amount of material being discharged. Other times this could work as a disadvantage:

    • When cutting strong southern grasses, such as Zoysia and Bermuda
    • When cutting in wet, high-growth conditions, such as those found in the Pacific Northwest United States
    • When optimum bagging and lawn clean-up is desired
    Cleanliness - for the mower and the operator
    Accel Deep 42A Mower DeckAccel Deep 42A Mower Deck
    Accel Deep 42A Mower DeckAccel Deep 42A Mower Deck

    The flat-top shape of the deck stamping is optimal for keeping itself and the operator clean:

    • There are few places to catch and hold material on the top and underneath the deck.
      • Top of deck stays cleaner, reducing time and effort needed for cleaning and service
      • Underside of deck is self-cleaning to maintain optimum performance without build-up of material to interfere with the flow of air and clippings
      • Less need to clean and remove build-up of material from underside deck
    • The depth of the Accel Deep Mower Deck minimizes the amount of material that escapes from the front of the deck
      • Limited amount of material to drift onto the operator and mower deck
      • Even flow of material discharged out the chute, less re-cutting results in larger pieces that are less likely to end up on the operator
      • Mulching prevents the discharge of material completely
        • Versatility of MulchControl attachment makes mulching a practical solution for most mowing situations

    Cleaning a mower deck, both top and bottom, is one of the most frequent maintenance activities:

    • The flat-top design reduces places for material to build up and makes material that does collect easy to remove.
    Superior durability is designed in
    Spindle pockets on the 42A MowerSpindle pockets on the 42A Mower
    Mower wheels are double-capturedMower wheels are double-captured

    The 42A Mower Deck has strong spindle pockets, to keep the blades aligned, even after years of tough service:

    • Ribs in the deck shell add strength where it is needed.
    • The 42A has a 16 percent heavier overall weight than the Edge™ Xtra 42-in. (107-cm) Mower Deck that it replaces.

    Mower wheels are double-captured:

    • Provides greater strength and durability for longer, trouble-free life.
    • Single-bolt adjustment makes setting wheels to the correct height for the cutting height quick and easy.

    Low-tension belt-drive design reduces the side load on the engines lower bearing and mower deck bearings for longer life.

    Rolled outer edge of the deck provides extra strength and protection.

    Dual-stage E-coat and powder-paint coatings provide extra protection from rust.

    Versatility - easy to change between side discharge, mulch, and bagging modes
    Rear MulchControl baffle (A) that must be removed for baggingRear MulchControl baffle (A) that must be removed for bagging
    Rear MulchControl baffle removed to allow for chute installation (Mower shown on X330 Tractor)Rear MulchControl baffle removed to allow for chute installation (Mower shown on X330 Tractor)

    The 42A Mower is designed for maximum versatility, providing the greatest ease in changing from one mower discharge mode to another:

    • The mower's cut-and-throw design allows bagging with just the addition of the bagger chute, once the special bagging blades have been installed.
      • The 42A cut-and-throw chute is easy to install and securely held in place at the front and rear to provide a tight seal between the mower deck and the chute.
        • The rear latch is adjustable to allow for the optimum setting for easy use and a tight seal.
      • The bagging blades can be used for side discharging also.
    • With the optional MulchControl attachment installed (along with the special mulching blades), changing from side-discharge to mulching or vice versa is done with the simple flip of a lever.
    • The rear bagger can be used with the MulchControl blades installed.
    • The front baffle, either the one included with the rear bagger chute or the one included with MulchControl (B), can remain in place for side discharging.
      • For ultimate side-discharge performance this baffle can be removed.
    • The optional MulchControl attachment includes a rear MulchControl baffle (A), held in place by two carriage bolts, at the rear edge of the discharge opening. This baffle:
      • Must be removed for installation of the rear bagger chute, a 13-mm (0.51-in.) wrench is required (the bagger chute cannot be installed without removing this baffle)
      • Can remain removed for side discharging material
      • Must be re-installed for mulching
    MulchControl option

    The MulchControl attachment for the 42A Mower Deck makes mulching more practical for many mowing situations because it not only does an excellent job of mulching but it also allows the mower to be easily converted for times when it is more desirable to side discharge or collect the lawn material. Advantages of mulching grass clippings include:

    • A beautiful looking lawn
    • Grass clippings not blown onto the operator, driveways, or flower beds
    • Less fertilizer use
    • Elimination of the effort needed to dispose of clippings
    How MulchControl works
    MulchControl baffle openMulchControl baffle open
    MulchControl baffle closedMulchControl baffle closed

    MulchControl is an innovative, simple design that is easy to use and maintain:

    • The MulchControl attachment includes baffles to control the flow of material under the deck.
      • When the MulchControl baffle is open, most of the material passes through the discharge opening.
      • When the MulchControl baffle is closed, the material stays within the deck and gets chopped into mulch and deposited in the turf.
    Mower blades
    Mower blades shipped with the rear baggerMower blades shipped with the rear bagger

    High-lift bagging blades are included with the chute. They provide optimum performance when bagging in difficult conditions, such as when the grass is moist, dense, or long:

    • High-lift bagging blades also work well when side discharging material.

    Mulching blades are included with the MulchControl attachment. They can be used for mulching, side discharging, and bagging in most conditions.

    Mower blade use chart

     Mode(s) of operation Mower blade
     Side discharging mode only  M170639 side-discharge blade (shipped with mower) 
     Bagging mode only GX25668 bagging blade (shipped with BG20754 rear bagger chute)
     Mulching mode only M170642 mulching blade (shipped with BM24794 MulchControl)
     Side discharge and mulching M170642 mulching blade (shipped with BM24794 MulchControl)
     Side discharge and bagging GX25668 bagging blade (shipped with BG20754 rear bagger chute)
     Side discharge, mulching, and bagging M170642 mulching blade (shipped with BM24794 MulchControl)
    6.5-bu (230-L) rear bagger
    Z335E equipped with optional rear baggerZ335E equipped with optional rear bagger

    An optional 6.5-bu (230-L) cut-and-throw rear bagger material collection system (MCS) is available for use with the 42-in. (107-cm) Accel Deep Mower. It provides an efficient means of collecting grass clippings and leaves.

    The hopper design provides modern styling, great bagging performance, cleaner operation, and easy-to-empty bags:

    • 6.5-bu (230-L) capacity
    • Easy-to-attach lower chute
    • Air exhaust duct
    • Convenient spring-latch
    • Airflow fill indicator
    • Quik-Tatch mounting
    • Sealed hopper top
    • Loose-knit bags available
  • Operator station is designed for comfort and convenience
    Operator station (Z335E shown)Operator station (Z335E shown)
    Color-coded controls are easy to identifyColor-coded controls are easy to identify
    Low fuel warning light illuminatedLow fuel warning light illuminated

    The operator station is designed for operator comfort and convenience when operating all controls:

    • Excellent visibility forward and to the trim side of the deck makes operation easy and comfortable for the operator.
    • Controls are color coded for easy identification.
    • Low-fuel warning light is easily visible in daylight.
    • Twin-lever controls adjust, using cut-height pin/socket, for convenience and operator comfort.
    • A shock absorber dampens motion control lever movement to give smooth operation.
    Comfortable seat
    Comfortable seat (Z335E shown)Comfortable seat (Z335E shown)
    Comfortable seat (Z355E shown)Comfortable seat (Z355E shown)

    Comfortable seats make the operator experience more pleasant. Armrests, included on the Z355E seat, can be flipped up out of the way, if desired:

    • Z335E – 15-in. (38-cm) high seat back without armrests
    • Z355E – 15-in. (38-cm) high seat back with adjustable armrests
    Comfortable seat (Z345M shown)Comfortable seat (Z345M shown)
    • Z335M and Z345M – 18-in. (46-cm) high seat back with adjustable armrests
    Operator foot platform
    Comfortable operator's platformComfortable operator's platform

    Large foot platform helps the operator remain comfortable and secure:

    • Volcano grips give a secure grip.
    • Raised footrests at the front of the platform provide a comfortable area for the operator's feet.
    Seat suspension
    Seat suspension springsSeat suspension springs
    Making seat fore-aft adjustmentMaking seat fore-aft adjustment

    Two steel coil suspension springs under the seat absorb shocks when traveling over rougher areas to provide a smoother ride.

    The seat has a 2.5-in. (6.35-cm) fore-aft adjustment. The cut-height pin/socket can be used to loosen the bolts in order to make seat adjustments.

    Cup holder and storage compartments
    Cup holderCup holder

    The cup holder is designed to hold two common cup sizes securely.


    Storage compartment with cover located under seatStorage compartment with cover located under seat
    Open storage on left side of vehicleOpen storage on left side of vehicle
    Open storage on left side of vehicleOpen storage on left side of vehicle

    Covered storage under the seat and open storage along the left side of the vehicle provide safe and secure places for the operator to keep safety equipment, a cell phone, etc.

  • Engine is smooth and powerful V-twin design
    22-hp (16.4-kW) engine, left rear view22-hp (16.4-kW) engine, left rear view
    22-hp (16.4-kW) engine, right rear view22-hp (16.4-kW) engine, right rear view

    A 22-hp (16.4-kW) V-twin engine with 44.2-cu in. (724-cc) displacement provides plenty of power and torque to handle tough mulching, mowing, and bagging conditions:

    • V-twin cylinder design for greater torque, lower vibration, and improved sound quality
    • Engine model M44
    • Electronic ignition for fast starts
    • Cast-iron sleeves for longer engine life
    • Overhead valves for excellent power and fuel economy
    • Spin-on oil filter with pressure lubrication for keeping the oil cleaner for long engine life and extended time between oil changes; pressure lubrication is also more effective when operating the tractor on an incline
    • Easy access to the no-tools oil drain valve for oil changes
    • Rear engine guard for protecting the engine and providing additional strength and integrity

    The Z525E engine has extended life series (ELS) features for enhanced performance and longer life.


    Engine oil check/fill tube and oil-drain tubeEngine oil check/fill tube and oil-drain tube
    Replaceable fuel filter and oil filterReplaceable fuel filter and oil filter

    Replaceable fuel filter and oil filter are easy to access and change to minimize service time and cost.

    John Deere recommends the use of fuel stabilizer in gasoline. See Fuel-Protect for gasoline engines (8 oz) for more information

  • Serviceability is designed-in for convenience
    Service interval decal (Z300 Series shown)Service interval decal (Z300 Series shown)
    Service interval decal (Z500 Series shown)Service interval decal (Z500 Series shown)

    A convenient service interval decal provides basic maintenance information. It provides a quick-reference for keeping recommended service up to date.

    Mower deck access
    Footrest easily removed for access to mower (Z335E shown)Footrest easily removed for access to mower (Z335E shown)
    Footrest removal bolt and hand grip (Z335E shown) Footrest removal bolt and hand grip (Z335E shown)

    The footrest area is hinged and easily raised for service to mower deck:

    • It is necessary to remove just one bolt that can be conveniently removed with the lift-height pin.
    • Easy to clean grass off the top of the mower
    • Provides convenient access to the mower drive
    Loosening bolt to remove platform for access to mower deckLoosening bolt to remove platform for access to mower deck
    Footrest opens for access to mower deckFootrest opens for access to mower deck
    Engine service
    Z335E engineZ335E engine
    Z335E engine oil and fuel filters shownZ335E engine oil and fuel filters shown
    Z535M and Z535R engineZ535M and Z535R engine
    Z540M and Z540R engineZ540M and Z540R engine
    Easy-to-access oil filter, fill/check oil tube, and oil drainEasy-to-access oil filter, fill/check oil tube, and oil drain

    The engines are easy to service, including changing the oil and the oil filter and servicing the air filter.


    Accel Deep Mower DeckAccel Deep Mower Deck
    Tie-down locationsTie-down locations

    Accel Deep™ Mower Decks have several features that make them easy to service:

    • Flat-top design minimizes places for debris to collect.
    • Spring-loaded, flip-up belt guards make removing debris easy.
    • Provision is provided for a standard, 3/8-in. (9.5-mm) ratchet wrench to be used for releasing belt tension when removing the drive belt.

    Tie-down locations are provided for convenience and safety when trailering the machine.

  • Design includes a heavy-duty formed and welded steel frame
    ZTrak™ Z335E shownZTrak™ Z335E shown
    ZTrak Z535M shownZTrak Z535M shown

    ZTrak Mowers are designed around a heavy-duty formed and welded steel frame for strength and reliability.

    Large front caster wheels and large rear drive wheels provide several operator benefits:

    • Smoother ride
    • Better slope performance
    • More operator comfort over uneven ground
    • Better traction

    The operator platform is roomy and uncluttered for maximum comfort, and the controls are convenient to use:

    • Easy to get on and off the mower
    • Ample legroom for comfortable operation
    • Adjustable motion-control levers for height and position, enabling the operator to stay comfortable while using them
    • Color-coded and logically placed controls
  • Instruments and controls are convenient and easy to use
    Motion-control levers
    Operator using motion-control leversOperator using motion-control levers
    Adjustable motion-control leversAdjustable motion-control levers

    The motion-control levers can be adjusted to two height settings and nine fore-aft settings for a total of 18 different positions:

    • Increased operator comfort
    • Adjustable for more precise control of the machine
    Shock absorber for motion-control leversShock absorber for motion-control levers
    Cut-height pin doubles as tracking adjustment toolCut-height pin doubles as tracking adjustment tool

    A standard shock absorber for the motion-control levers makes maneuvering ZTrak™ Mowers easy and comfortable:

    • Shock absorber modulates the movement of control levers for smoother operation.
    • Operator can smoothly and precisely control the machine.

    On-board tracking adjustment from the operator seat is quick and easy. The cut-height pin includes a 13-mm wrench and doubles as a convenient tool for adjusting tracking and the motion-control lever position.

    Control panel
    Control panel (Z335E shown)Control panel (Z335E shown)
    Low fuel warning light illuminatedLow fuel warning light illuminated

    The operator control panel is conveniently located and easy to use. The following instruments and controls are included:

    • Hourmeter
    • Low fuel warning light
    • Ignition switch
    • Power take-off (PTO) control
    • Engine speed/choke control
      • A choke position is built into the engine speed control.
    Park brake
    Park brakePark brake

    The park brake is conveniently located:

    • Large lever is easy to use.
    • Lever is color-coded for easy identification.
    • Park brake effectively holds the machine in the parked position.
    • Park brake must be engaged (in the upper position) to start the engine.
    • Once the engine is started, the park brake must be disengaged before operating the motion-control levers.
    Mower deck lift/cut-height adjustment
    Mower deck lift/cut-height adjustmentMower deck lift/cut-height adjustment
    Mower deck lift/cut-height adjustment in placeMower deck lift/cut-height adjustment in place
    • Mower deck cutting height adjusts from 1 in. (2.5 cm) to 4 in. (10.2 cm) in 0.25-in. (0.64-cm) increments for excellent cut quality and performance.
    • Mower deck adjustment has built-in memory so the operator can easily return to the desired cutting height after raising the deck.

Buyer's notes

Note 1 Mower wash port makes cleaning the deck easier
Note 2 Flip-up foot platform for easy service access
Note 3 18-position adjustable motion-control levers
U.S. warranty 2 year or 120 hour bumper-to bumper* (*Term limited to years or hours used, whichever comes first, and varies by model. See the LIMITED WARRANTY FOR NEW JOHN DEERE TURF AND UTILITY EQUIPMENT at or for details.)