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Key Features
  • Compact design for easy hauling
  • Hydrostatic drive system
  • Commercial-quality engine
  • Easy to maintain

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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.

Optional altitude kit is required when operating at altitudes above 2000 ft (610 m). The operator’s manual provided 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 www.propane.com/commercial-landscape/programs-and-incentives/ for further information.

Propane tank mounting bracket options:

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

 Optional tank and 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.
    • Single-tank bracket 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.
    • Single-tank right-side bracket designed for one 33-lb (15-kg) Worthington tank.
      • Tank is not included.
    • Dual-tank brackets designed for two 20-lb (9.1-kg) Worthington tanks.
      • Tanks are not included.
  • ZTrak Mowers have single-tank and dual-tank mounting options.
    • Single-tank left-side bracket designed for one 33-lb (15-kg) or 43-lb (19.5-kg) Worthington tank.
      • Tank is not included.
    • Dual-tank brackets 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 collections system.

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) tank5.14.84.83.4
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

 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

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 FFZ930MZ930M EFIZ950MZ960MZ930RZ950RZ970R
Engine modelCV742FX730VFCV740FX801VECV749FX850VFX921VFX801VFX850VFX1000V
Engine displacement747 cc726 cc747 cc852 cc747 cc852 cc999 cc852 cc852 cc999 cc
Propane kit model numberNot availableFX726cc*Not availableFX852cc*Not availableFX852cc*Not availableFX852cc*FX852cc*Not available
*Not compatible with 48-in. (122-cm) Mower Decks.

Worthington tanks are manufactured by Worthington Industries, Inc.

48-in. (122-cm) fabricated mower deck is made from 7-gauge, 0.177-in. (4.6-mm) steel for reliability and performance
QuikTrak™ mower deckQuikTrak™ mower deck
Mower deck reinforcementMower 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, 0.177-in. (4.6-mm) fabricated mower deck delivers a higher quality of cut in more diverse conditions to enhance mowing performance and the opportunity for profit for lawn-care businesses.

 

Key features of the fabricated mower deck include: 

  • The mower deck is manufactured from 7-gauge, 0.177-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.

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'll get snagged by immovable obstacles, thus improving maneuverability and reducing damage.

 

Mower lift leverMower lift lever
Mower lift lever (minimum cut-height position)Mower lift 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 full-up position from the operator's station.
    • Convenient when transporting from one mowing area to another and when loading on a trailer or truck
    • 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 shields (652M shown)Easy-to-remove mower deck shields (652M shown)

Mower cutting height can be set from 1.25 in. (3.2 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, with one knob, 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)
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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.
Controls are easy to locate and use for operator comfort and productivity
QuikTrak™ mowing (648M shown)QuikTrak™ mowing (648M shown)
Control console (636M shown)Control console (636M 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 8.2 mph (13.2 km/h) forward and 3.5 mph (5.6 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.

    • It is obvious whether the choke is on or not.
    • 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 bars are easily adjusted, if necessary, to maintain effective operation.
Mower deck height-of-cut adjustment
Mower deck lift handleMower deck lift handle
Mower deck height-of-cut adjustmentMower deck height-of-cut adjustment

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 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.

 

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

Compact design for easy hauling and excellent maneuverability
Overhead view of 636M showing compact designOverhead view of 636M showing compact design
Side view of 652M showing compact designSide view of 652M 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 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.
  • 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 saved time and money.
Mowing a tight area with QuikTrak 636MMowing a tight area with QuikTrak 636M
QuikTrak 652MQuikTrak 652M

Whether mowing hills or on the level, 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 center of gravity at the operator's feet where body weight can be used to keep traction on the higher wheels to mow across slopes at higher speeds with greater control.
  • Faster ground speeds get work done quicker.
  • Less polar motion means quicker turns.
  • 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 (636M shown)Inset caster wheels (636M shown)
Inset caster wheels (648M shown)Inset caster wheels (648M shown)

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

  • Bull-nosed shape of front edge of mower deck allows caster wheels to be set back further, closer to the blades, for more effective ground following.
  • Compact design takes less space for mowing tighter areas and may allow room for an extra machine when hauling to the worksite.
Hydrostatic drive system is reliable and easy to use
QuikTrak 636M mowingQuikTrak 636M 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™ 0.61-cu in. (10-cc) axial piston, variable displacement pumps provide hydraulic power to the wheel motors:

  • Pumps are linked to the hand-control levers to allow the operator to make speed and direction changes.
  • 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 12-cu in. (196.6-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

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

Hydro-Gear is a trademark of Hydro-Gear Company.

Safety features are built-in to protect the operator and bystanders
Operator trimming around tree with QuikTrak™ 652MOperator trimming around tree with QuikTrak™ 652M
Mower discharge deflectorMower discharge deflector

High-quality mower deflector directs cut clippings across the lawn for optimum appearance. Plastic material flexes if contacted to minimize damage.

Operator controlsOperator controls
Curb wheelsCurb wheels

Key safety features of QuikTraks include:

  • Operator presence starting system

    • Operator on platform
    • 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 ANSI B71.4 2004 safety certification specifications for commercial turf care equipment.

Commercial-quality engine is reliable and provides excellent performance and life
Engine (636M engine shown)Engine (636M engine shown)
Heavy-duty dual stage air cleaner (636M engine shown)Heavy-duty dual stage air cleaner (636M engine shown)

A commercial-quality 22-hp* (16.4-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
    • Helps keep oil clean for increased engine life
  • V-twin design
    • Fast starts
    • Smooth operation
  • Vertical shaft for efficient transfer of power to the transmission and mower
  • 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 Resource Board emission standards, without loss of horsepower or torque
  • Air-cooled engine design for minimum maintenance and maximum reliability
  • Aluminum cylinder block
    • Effectively dissipates heat
    • Lightweight and strong construction
    • Extends engine life due to elimination of debilitating engine temperatures

*The engine horsepower and torque information are provided by the engine manufacturer
to be used for comparison purposes only. Actual operating horsepower and torque will be less.
Refer to the engine manufacturer’s Web site for additional information.

Engine oil-fill tube, filter, and drainEngine oil-fill tube, filter, and drain
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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.

Maintenance is simple and easy to reduce time and cost
QuikTrak™ 648MQuikTrak™ 648M
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.
Dual-stage air cleanerDual-stage air cleaner
Engine oil fill/check tube, oil filter, and oil drainEngine oil fill/check tube, oil filter, and oil drain

 Dual-stage air cleaner is easy to reach and easy to service:

  • Air cleaner has two filter elements.
  • Element is 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 on the back of the hydraulic-oil reservoir under the leaning pad for convenience in keeping up on required service.

Access to hydraulic pumpsAccess to hydraulic pumps
Hydrostatic transmission control linkageHydrostatic transmission control linkage

One large knob is used to remove service access shields on the mower deck, battery box, etc.:

  • Panels are easy to remove and install.

Threaded ball and socket rod ends are used throughout the QuikTraks:

  • Provide precise control over a long period of time
  • Easily replaced when necessary
Covenient access panelCovenient access panel
Hydrostatic pump maintenance accessHydrostatic pump maintenance access

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

 

Transmission tow valves enable moving the vehicle without the engine running.

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

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

  • Cover is easily removed for servicing the battery.
Front tow holeFront tow hole
Rear tow holeRear tow hole

Four tow holes, two at the front and two at the rear, are provided for safely towing or anchoring the vehicle.

Specifications

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John Deere648M QuikTrak™ Stand-On Mower
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Engine
Manufacturer
Model no. FX691V
Horsepower (gross) At 3,600 rpm, 22 hp
16.4 kW
Displacement 44.3 cu in.
726 cc
Cylinders Two, V-twin
Crankcase capacity With filter, 2.2 qt
2.1 L
Oil filter Full flow, replaceable
Lubrication Full pressure
Cooling Forced air
Air cleaner Dry type, dual stage
Fuel system
Fuel type Gasoline
Fuel consumption
Fuel tank capacity 5.5 U.S. gal.
20.8 L
Fuel tank switch/shut-off valve Yes
Electrical system
Charge system At 3,600 rpm, 15 amp
Battery voltage 12 V
Cold cranking amp 300 amp
Hour meter Digital
Operator presence starting system Yes
Drivetrain
Wheel motors Hydro-Gear HGM-P, 12 cu in.
196 cc
Travel speed Forward
Infinite, 0-8.2 mph
Infinite, 0-13.2 km/hReverse
Infinite, 0-3.5 mph
Infinite, 0-5.6 km/h
Speed and direction control Twin hand-controlled levers
Hydraulic capacity With filter, dry, 5 qt
4.7 L
Hydraulic oil cooler Yes
Filter Spin-on replaceable
Hydraulic pumps
Tires
Drive tires 18x10.5-10 Turf Master
Rear tires
Load rating 4 PR
Brakes
Dynamic braking Dual hand-controlled levers
Park brake Tire engagement
Park brake actuation Hand lever
PTO
Type Electro-magnetic with brake, 125 lb-ft
169 Nm
Drive Dual B-section V-belt with Kevlar� cord
Mower decks
Available widths 48 in.
122 cm
Deck construction Fabricated steel, floating mount system
Deck thickness 7 gauge
0.18 in.
4.6 mm
Discharge Side
Height-of-cut range Increments
0.25 in.
0.64 cm
1.25-5 in.
3.2-12.7 cm
Cutting width 48 in.
122 cm
Blades
Length 16.5 in.
41.9 cm
Thickness 0.203 in.
0.516 cm
Tip speed 18,900 fpm
5,761 m/min
Number Three
Wheels
Caster wheel type No-flat semi-pneumatic with sealed bearings
Caster wheel size 11x4.5-6
Front anti-scalp rollers Double-captured center
Rear anti-scalp rollers
Dimensions
Length 59.75 in.
151.8 cm
Width Deflector down, 62 in.
157.4 cm
Height 46 in.
117 cm
Weight With full fuel and oil, 820 lb
372 kg
Additional information
Date collected 21-Apr-2017

Accessories and Attachments

Miscellaneous

48 In. (1219 mm) Mulch Kit - BUC10059
Optional mulching attachment and blades (similar design shown)Optional mulching attachment and blades (similar design shown)
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  • 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.

The mulching attachment allows converting the mower deck so it can be used to perform the mulching function (grass or leaves). And here's a small change.

 

These mulching attachments are used on QuikTrak™ mowers with cutting widths of 36 in. (91 cm), 48 in. (122 cm ), 52 in. (132 cm), and 61 in. (155 cm).

Operating tips when mulching:

  • Mow when grass is dry.
  • Observe the one-third rule.
    • No more than one-third of the grass blade should be cut off at one time. This allows more efficient mulching and will promote the continued good health of the grass. If the desired cut height can't be achieved by cutting off one-third, or there is clumping of the clippings, it may be required to cut higher; wait a day, then lower the mower and make a second pass.
  • Mow at proper intervals - approximately every four to five days.
  • Always mow with sharp blades.

Oil

Spark Arrester Screen for Muffler - AM108146
Spark arrester screenSpark arrester screen

Available to meet current law in areas requiring use of mufflers under certain conditions or where needed to comply with local ordinances.

Includes instructions, spark arrester screen and mounting hardware.