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:
Deep mower-deck stamping gives excellent cut quality. It allows the cut and suspended material room to exit the deck without getting recut:
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:
Large discharge opening is both high and wide to handle more material:
A wash port is provided to make cleaning the underside of the mower deck easy.
MulchControl is well-suited to the following mowing situations:
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:
The flat-top shape of the deck stamping is optimal for keeping itself and the operator clean:
Cleaning a mower deck, both top and bottom, is one of the most frequent maintenance activities:
The 42A Mower Deck has strong spindle pockets, to keep the blades aligned, even after years of tough service:
Mower wheels are double-captured:
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.
The 42A Mower is designed for maximum versatility, providing the greatest ease in changing from one mower discharge mode to another:
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:
MulchControl is an innovative, simple design that is easy to use and maintain:
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:
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)|
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:
A 20-hp (14.9-kW) V-twin engine provides plenty of power and torque to handle tough mulching, mowing, and bagging conditions:
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.
The operator station is designed for operator comfort and convenience when operating all controls:
Comfortable seats make the operator experience more pleasant. Armrests, included on the Z355E seat, can be flipped up out of the way, if desired:
Large foot platform helps the operator remain comfortable and secure:
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.
The cup holder is designed to hold two common cup sizes securely.
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.
A convenient service interval decal provides basic maintenance information. It provides a quick-reference for keeping recommended service up to date.
The footrest area is hinged and easily raised for service to mower deck:
The engines are easy to service, including changing the oil and the oil filter and servicing the air filter.
Accel Deep™ Mower Decks have several features that make them easy to service:
Tie-down locations are provided for convenience and safety when trailering the machine.
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:
The operator platform is roomy and uncluttered for maximum comfort, and the controls are convenient to use:
The motion-control levers can be adjusted to two height settings and nine fore-aft settings for a total of 18 different positions:
A standard shock absorber for the motion-control levers makes maneuvering ZTrak™ Mowers easy and comfortable:
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.
The operator control panel is conveniently located and easy to use. The following instruments and controls are included:
The park brake is conveniently located:
|Specs & Compare|
|Power||22 hp 16.4 kW|
|Model number||M44 Intek|
|Displacement||44.2 cu in. 724 cc|
|Lubrication||Full pressure with replaceable filter, capacity, 2 U.S. qt 1.9 L|
|Battery||12 V 300 CCA|
|Choke/speed control||Ready start, single lever|
|Fuel tank capacity||2.1 U.S. gal. 7.9 L|
|Fuel gauge||Low-fuel light|
|Dual hydros||Hydro-Gear EZT with 1-in. (2.5-cm) axles|
|Forward speed||0-7 mph 0-11.3 km/h|
|Reverse speed||0-3.5 mph 0-5.6 km/h|
|Speed and direction control||Twin levers|
|Control adjustment||2-height/9-fore-aft, 18 positions|
|Frame||Heavy-duty frame tubing|
|Front caster tires||13x5-6|
|Front caster bearings||Sealed ball bearings|
|Service interval decal||Yes|
|Seat back height||Medium back with armrests, 15 in. 38.1 cm|
|Fore-aft adjustment||2.5 in. 6.35 cm|
|Seat suspension||Two springs|
|Type||Hand lever with optional foot lift|
|Mower cut height||1-4 in. 2.5-10.2 cm|
|Cut height increments||0.25 in. 0.64 cm|
|Preset cut height||Yes|
|Width of cut||48 in. 122 cm|
|Mower deck material||10 gauge 0.135 in. 3.4 mm|
|Mower drive system||V-belt|
|Type||Electric, 105 lb-ft 142 Nm|
|Wheelbase||47.5 in. 121 cm|
|Overall length||72.2 in. 183.5 cm|
|Width without mower||44 in. 111.9 cm|
|Width with mower||62.6 in. 158.8 cm|
|Width with mower (deflector raised for storage)||54 in. 137 cm|
|Height||36.3 in. 92.2 cm|
|Weight||With mower and fuel, 555 lb 252 kg|
|Operator presence system||Yes|
|Park brake interlock||Yes|
|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|
|Double light kit||Yes|
|Rubber floor mat||Yes|
|Light kit||Dual headlight kit|
|Material collection system||Two-bag cut-and-throw MCS, 6.5 bu 229.1 L|