Oct. 25 2021 07:55 AM

The company commemorated the launch of the zero-turn mower line in 1997.

John Deere, Moline, Illinois, marked 25 years of manufacturing its ZTrak commercial zero-turn mower lineup at the 2021 GIE+EXPO, commemorating a history that started in 1997 with the launch of the F620 andF680 zero-turn mowers. The brand continues with the recent launch of the Fastback Pro rear-discharge mower deck.

“Ever since the first ZTrak zero-turn mower, Deere has kept the pedal down in terms of product improvements,” says Nick Minas, go-to-market manager, John Deere. “For us, there's always an improved model or attachment around the corner. This anniversary celebrates 25 years of providing value and innovative products to our customers. We are excited to continue developing and designing the most effective equipment solutions for years to come.”

Richard Miller, corporate sales manager for commercial and retail segments at TriGreen Equipment, celebrates this anniversary by reflecting on the past 25 years. “In looking back at the last 25 years, we’ve come to realize how the zero-turns truly changed the commercial mowing business as a whole,” says Miller. “From additions like rollover protection devices to the innovative Michelin X Tweel Turf airless radial tires, we’ve seen great advancements since the mid-‘90s,and John Deere has always been at the forefront.”

Jon Schebler, small ag, turf and compact construction equipment sales manager for United Ag & Turf, reflected on this proud milestone by stating, “One of our largest customers performs head-to-head comparisons of Deere equipment against other competitors in the areas of efficiency and cost of ownership, and every time, Deere excels. The ease of use, performance and cost of ownership combined make this the best portfolio of zero-turns we have experienced.”

To commemorate the anniversary of the ZTrak, John Deere featured a 25th anniversary unit front and center at this year’s GIE+EXPO, with a special decal included on all manufacturing year 2022 ZTrak Z900 Series units to highlight the milestone.