John Deere Zero Turn Z235 Review

Renowned for reliable farm equipment, the world over, John Deere and its characteristic bright green is instantly recognizable everywhere. This John Deere Zero Turn is no different. A combination of bright green mashed up with a bright yellow seat and deck packaged into a small footprint while still managing to pump out over 20HP from a V-Twin Hydrostatic engine that powers a deck measuring 42 inches. Designed exclusively for residential users, this ZTR is efficient and laden with superior trimming abilities. It features EZtrak heavy-duty frame, conventional two-handle controls and large tires.

Product Info:

  • Riding Lawn Mower
  • Zero Turn Mower
  • 20.5HP (14.9 kW) V-twin OHV Engine
  • Hydrostatic Transmission


  • 42-in. Edge™ deck
  • 7.0 mph mowing speed
  • 12 Height Positions
  • Heavy Duty Frame
  • Weight: 460 lbs
  • Bag, mulching and rear discharge kit are optional
  • 2-year/120-hour bumper-to-bumper warranty

Z235 42 in. 20-HP Hydrostatic Gas Zero-Turn Riding Mower

Last update was on: July 13, 2024 8:57 pm

In-Depth Review of the John Deere Zero Turn Z235

Ease Of Use

No complains as far as ease of use is concerned. Remember that when you purchase John Deere riding lawn mowers, you also get a free demo from a qualified technician who shows you around the Zero turn mower. Driving it is a bit different compared to similar models from other makers, but the ultimate result is always consistent and even, regardless of the slope or type of surface. Operating up or downhill with this ZTR is always safe and quick. However, try not to climb hills if the surface appears even remotely wet. The 42 inch deck makes light work of properties over 2 acre helping finish mowing in less than 2 hours at all times.

Cut Quality

Be it mulching, rear discharging or side discharge, the cut quality delivered by the John Deere Zero Turn Z235 mower  is beyond comparison. Yes, this is a more than able mower that can handle all kinds of grass and manage dry, wet or soggy pitches just as well.

Motor Power

At just 20 HP the Briggs’ & Stratton 656cc engine delivers just ample power to carry a maximum weight of 250lb plus one rider. It can mulch just as well as it cuts the toughest grass strains. Add to this the ability to attach a rear discharge chute or even a mulching blade (both are considered out of market purchase.) By the way, you can pull along a small trailer or a wheel barrow, but don’t try to overload the mower since it isn’t designed for anything heavy.

Height Adjustment

Most ride-on mowers start with a deck height of 1.5 inch and provide as far as 3.5 inches, but not this John Deere. It begins at 1 inch and ends at 4 inches. Easy control levers handle everything including the height adjustments.


I haven’t yet come across any major necessity of service nor replacement. However, some clients have complained in the past about the noise and the sudden dullness of the blades. I guess John Deere decided to cut costs on this model by trying to go consumer grade. You will be better served using ear plugs, your m3 player and a brand new set of professional blades.

Cost Effectiveness

This John Deere Zero Turn Z235 lawn mower may not have a lot going for itself, but what more than justifies getting this mower is its cut quality. You get what you pay for after all.

  • Suberb cut quality
  • Height Adjustments
  • Overall quality of machine
  • Easy to use



  • Bagger, mulching kit and rear discharge option are not included
  • Maintenance on the blades
  • Price tag



Total Score
Outstanding Cut Quality!
If you want something for your lawn, but aren’t looking at making a massive investment just yet, search for a second hand John Deere lawn mower and if you can find this particular model by any chance, then you may stand to purchase this John Deere zero turn mower at less than $3,500 making it an awesome investment. Nevertheless, for just under $5,000 this happens to be an extremely reliable new zero turn lawn mower.
Ease of Use
Cut Quality
Height Adjustment
Motor Power
Cost effectiveness

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