John Deere



Issue I5

Mid-Mount Z-Trak

997 PIN(020001-)


Export Version

Litho in the Netherlands


Thank You for Purchasing a John Deere Product
Using Your Operator’s Manual
Machine Use
Special Messages

Product Identification

Record Identification Numbers

Safety Labels

Pictorial Safety Signs
Read Operator’s Manual
CE Certification, Specification and Sound Labels


Maintenance and Storage
Checking Mowing Area
Parking Safely
Rotating Blades are Dangerous
Protect Children
Avoid Tipping
Use Seat Belt Properly
Keep ROPS Installed Properly
Keep Riders Off
Stay Clear of Rotating Drivelines
Checking Wheel Hardware
Wear Appropriate Clothing
Prevent Fires
Tire Safety
Handling Fuel Safely
Handling Waste Product and Chemicals


Daily Operating Checklist
Avoid Damage to Plastic and Painted Surfaces
Operator Station Controls
Miscellaneous Controls
Mounting and Dismounting Machine Safely
Raising and Lowering Seat
Adjusting Seat
Adjusting Luxury Seat (Optional)
Using Seat Belt
Lowering ROPS
Adjusting Mower Deck Cutting Height
Adjusting Mower Deck Anti-Scalp Wheels
Testing Safety Systems
Testing PTO Switch
Testing Park Brake Switch
Testing Neutral Start Switch
Testing Seat Switch
Testing the Park Brake
Using the Park Brake
Using the PTO Knob
Using the Throttle Lever
Using the Hour Meter
Using the Motion Control Levers
Leveling Mower Deck
Starting the Engine
Stopping the Engine
Engaging Mower
Using the Free-Wheeling Pump Release Valves
Using Fuel Shut Off Valve
Transporting Machine
Mowing Tips
Mowing Travel Speeds
Dismounting to Inspect Mower

Optional Attachments & Kits

Exchanging Wheels

Replacement Parts

Service Literature
Part Numbers

Service Intervals

Servicing Your Machine
After Each Use
Break In After First 5 Hours
Break In After First 15 Hours
Break In After First 50 Hours
Every 50 Hours or Yearly
Every 100 Hours
Every 200 Hours
Every 500 Hours or Yearly
Every 1500 Hours or Two Years
Every 2000 Hours or Two Years
Every 3000 Hours or Three Years
As Needed

Service Lubrication

Changing Gearbox Oil
Lubricating Front Caster Spindles
Lubricating Deck Lift Support Blocks
Lubricating Height-of-Cut Ball Detent
Lubricating Mower Deck Spindles
Lubricating Mower Deck Idler Pivot
Lubricating Mower Deck Push Arms
Lubricating PTO Shaft
Lubricating Engine Drive Shaft

Service Engine

Engine Warranty Maintenance Statement
Avoid Fumes
Engine Oil
Checking Engine Oil Level
Changing Engine Oil and Filter
Cleaning Pump Drive Blower Fan
Cleaning Engine Cooling Fins
Service Cooling System Safely
Servicing Air Cleaner Elements
Cleaning Rubber Dust Unloading Valve
Checking Air Filter Restriction Indicator
Recommended Engine Coolant
Checking Coolant Level
Draining Cooling System
Flushing Cooling System
Filling Cooling System
Bleeding Cooling System
Servicing Belt
Adjusting Belt
Replacing Fuel Filter
Checking Water Separator Bowl

Service Transmission

Hydrostatic Transmission Oil
Cleaning Hydraulic Oil Cooler
Checking Hydraulic Oil Level
Changing Hydraulic Oil and Filter
Checking and Adjusting Motion Control Linkages

Service Steering & Brakes

Adjusting Front Caster Spindle Bearing
Checking and Aligning Motion Control Levers
Adjusting Park Brake

Service Mower

Installing Deck
Clean Grass and Debris From Machine
Removing and Installing Foot Plate
Removing and Installing Mower Deck Drive Belt Shields on Side Discharge Mower Deck
Adjusting Mower Deck Drive Belt Tension 60 Inch
Replacing Mower Deck Drive Belt 60 Inch Rear Discharge
Replacing Mower Deck Drive Belt 60 Inch Side Discharge
Checking and Replacing Mower Blades
Sharpening Blades
Balancing Blades

Service Electrical

Service the Battery Safely
Checking the Battery (Sealed Batteries)
Cleaning or Replacing Battery
Cleaning Battery and Terminals
Using Booster Battery
Replacing Fuses and Relays
Replacing Light Bulb

Service Miscellaneous

Using Proper Fuel (Diesel)
Filling Fuel Tank
Removing and Installing Drive Wheels
Tightening Drive Wheel Hardware
Removing and Installing Caster Wheels
Checking Tire Pressure
Tightening ROPS Hardware
Cleaning Plastic Surfaces
Cleaning and Repairing Metal Surfaces


Using Troubleshooting Chart
Electrical System
Mower Deck


Storing Safety
Preparing Machine for Storage
Preparing Fuel and Engine For Storage
Removing Machine From Storage


Bag of Parts
Remove Machine from Crate
Assemble Machine
Prepare Deck
Level Mower Deck
Prepare Machine
Check and Adjust Motion Control Linkages
Check Machine Safety System


Drive Train
Electrical System
Fuel System
Steering and Brakes
Travel Speeds
Fast Idle Engine Speed
Speed of Rotation of the Cutting Device
Sound Measurements
Vibration Measurements
Recommended Lubricants

Declaration of Conformity

Mid-Mount Z-Trak™ 997 Diesel

Service Statement

John Deere Parts
The Right Tools
Well-Trained Technicians
Prompt Service

Service Record

Record Service Dates