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  • Greatly reduce triplex ring with exclusive offset cutting units
  • Save time with Quick Adjust Cutting Units
  • Exceptional contour-following and steering of cutting units in turns
  • On-board diagnostics

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Easy service access to minimize time to perform daily maintenance tasks
    Daily service checksDaily service checks
    Access panelAccess panel

    Several serviceability features were incorporated into the design of the 2500B PrecisionCut™ Riding Greens Mower to make routine checks and adjustments as easy as possible.

    Features include:

    • Good visibility to components, with a tilt-back hood and tilt-up seat platform. With the hood and seat platform in the raised position, access and visibility to the components underneath is very good.
    • All daily service checks — engine oil level, air restriction indicator, engine coolant level, and hydraulic oil level — are made from the left side of the machine.
    • Quick-attatch cutting units — one pin located at the front of the lift arms removes the cutting units from the traction unit with no tools.
    • Quick-attatch cutting unit motors — just loosen the two hold-down nuts, twist the motor, and pull it out away from the cutting unit.
    • Remote grease fittings for the front lift arms are located on the front hydraulic fitting bulkhead. These remotely mounted fittings allow ease of lubrication for the front lift arm pivot pins.
    • Electronic controller that provides service diagnostics by means of lighted circuits.
    • There is also an access panel on the operator platform that can be easily removed to provide access to the backlap valve and battery.
Optional direct mount front grass-catcher system easy to install and remove

    The optional direct mount front grass catchers provide the choice of systems to meet the needs on your golf course.


    The grass catcher is mounted directly to the front cutting unit using a similar design as the SL Walk Greens Mowers.

    This provides quick access for the removal and installation of the grass catcher as well as superior ground following and collection due to position of the catcher to the cutting unit.

    It is recommended that catchers be emptied after each green during normal and heavy growth times to reduce weight on the cutting unit.

    The direct mount grass catchers will fit model year 2009 to current 2500B and 2500E E-Cut Riding Greens Mowers with Quick-Adjust 5 (QA5) cutting units.

    Rear grass catcher (1) and bail system (2) Rear grass catcher (1) and bail system (2)

    The rear grass-catcher mounting system simplifies removal and installation of the rear grass catcher and reduces effort.

    Rear grass catcherRear grass catcher

    The grass catcher can be easily removed without spilling the clippings by rotating the grass catcher back toward the front of the machine until the front grass catcher lip is above the cutting unit side plate. Then, simply pull it out to the side. This can be accomplished with the cutting unit in the raised or lowered position.

    Adjustable top shieldAdjustable top shield

    Adjustable cutting-unit top shields also ensure that grass is thrown into the back of the catcher, even as the reel diameter decreases due to wear. The catchers are shaped and vented to allow the air from the reel to escape while retaining the clippings.

    Top-shield extension for dry conditionsTop-shield extension for dry conditions

    Extensions for the cutting-unit top shields are for use in dry conditions to maximize the flow of dry clippings into the grass catcher. If mowing predominantly in wet-turf conditions, remove the cutting unit shield extensions to reduce buildup and accumulation of clippings on the front of the grass catcher.

Larger, 63.5-mm (2.5-in.) front grooved disc roller compatible with Fairway Tender Conditioner (FTC) and Greens Tender Conditioner (GTC) attachment for 22 In. (55.9 cm) Quick Adjust 5 reel cutting units
    Grooved disc rollerGrooved disc roller

    The grooved disc roller can be used with 55.9-cm (22-in.) Quick-Adjust 5 (QA5) cutting units, in combination with the GTC and FTC, to provide additional roller options for fairway, tees, and approach areas.


    The increased diameter improves the durability over smaller rollers and it features hardened discs for improved wear which retains spring tension for reduced maintenance, making it an ideal roller for fairway, tee, and approach mowing.

Quick-Adjust 5 (QA5) 14-blade cutting unit lowers frequency of clip (FOC)
    14-blade reel14-blade reel

    Using the QA5 14-blade cutting unit option on Greens Mowers will lower the FOC and also provide a clean, smooth cut. It can increase the playability of the putting surface and greens speed.


    FOC is defined as the distance traveled between consecutive cuts. It is how far the machine moves from the time one blade passes across the bedknife until the next blade passes. The lower the FOC, the less distance that is traveled until the next blade passes.


    There is a point of diminishing returns when it comes to FOC. The less distance the mower travels between consecutive cuts, the more times the same grass blade is going to be impacted by the reel. Too low an FOC can cause bruising of the turf — especially in the overlap from pass to pass.


    FOC is often used as a measurement of cut quality; however, there are other key factors that attribute to gaining superior quality of cut that are more critical than FOC. The factors that lead to good cut quality are:


    • Geometry of the cutting unit
    • Sharpness of reels and bedknife
    • Proper cutting-unit setup (parallel and bedknife-to-reel clearance)
    • Height of cut (HOC) (effective versus bench HOC)
    • Bedknife selection
    • Roller selection for the turf conditions
    • Turf conditions


    The geometry of John Deere cutting units makes the optimum range for FOC between 0.160 in. (4.064 mm) and 0.190 in. (4.824 mm) for Walk Greens Mowers and 0.044 in. (1.1176 mm) per 1 mph (1.6 km/h) for Riding Greens Mowers. Technology of the QA5 cutting units excel and provide a superior cut and after-cut appearance.


    Minimum FOC
    in. (mm) with 14-blade

    180 E-Cut™ Walk Greens Mower

    0.125 (3.18)

    220 E-Cut Walk Greens Mower

    0.125 (3.18)

    2500B PrecisionCut™ Riding Greens Mower and 2500E E-Cut Riding Greens Mower

    0.034 (0.86) per 1 mph (1.6 km/h)

Smooth, quiet gasoline engine
    Gas engineGas engine

    These mowers feature a 617 cc 21.0 hp* (15.7 kW) engine that is rated at 3600 rpm engine manufacturer gross power tested in accordance with SAE J1995. It has a single fuel tank with a 7..9-gal. (29.9-L) capacity for a productive day of mowing.
    It features smooth, quiet, and efficient operation:

    • Twin cylinder
    • Overhead valve
    • Full-pressure lubrication

    * 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 website for additional information.

Smooth and turf tire options to meet a variety of mowing conditions and areas
    Smooth and turf tire options shownSmooth and turf tire options shown
    Balloon-rounded tire optionBalloon-rounded tire option

    There are four tire options:

    • 18x10.50-10 2-ply smooth tires are recommended for those who want the minimum amount of ground compaction. These tires have a large footprint to spread the weight of the vehicle over a larger area. This tire also lowers the overall height of the machine and reduces ground clearance of the cutting units. Compensation for ground clearance can be made by adjusting the cutting unit chain on the back of the cutting unit.
    • 20x10-10 4-ply rated balloon-rounded smooth tires are recommended for those who want maximum ground clearance, increased ply rating and desire to use a more rounded tire. The 4-ply side wall rating has recommended operating tire pressure of 103 kPa (1.03 bar) (15 psi). Increased pressure may leave marks in softer turf conditions.
    • 20x10-10 2-ply smooth tires are recommended for those who want maximum ground clearance while operating at the lower tire pressure of 83 kPa (0.83 bar) (12 psi).
    • 20x10-10 4-ply rated smooth tires are recommended for those who want maximum ground clearance and increased ply rating. The 4-ply sidewall rating has recommended operating tire pressure of 103 kPa (1.03 bar) (15 psi). Increased pressure may mark in softer turf conditions.
    • 20x10-10 turf tires are for those who need additional traction for mowing more difficult areas, such as elevated tees or fairways.


    Each of these tire options includes a complete set of three tires and wheels that are all the same size. (This includes the turf tires, which come as a set of three treaded tires.)



  • Type Gas model
    Liquid-Cooled, Gas
  • Horsepower Gas horsepower
    At 3600 rpm: 21.0 kW
    21.0 Hz
    Engine Manufacturer Gross Power,Tested in accordance with SAE J1995. 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.
  • Air cleaner Semi-cyclone, dry-type, dual stage
  • Cooling Oil filter
    Full-flow filterEngine oil capacity
    With filter: 1.7 L
    2.0 U.S. qtPressurized lubrication system
    StandardNumber of cylinders
    617 cc
    37.7 cu in.

Electrical System

  • Charging system Flywheel, alternator
  • Alternator capacity 16 amp
  • Ignition CDI
  • Battery type BCI group 40 maintenance-free: 12 V
  • Starter Electric (solenoid shift)

Vehicle Specifications

  • Wheels and tires Front/rear
    18x10.5-10, 2-ply, smooth (low compaction); 20x10-10, 2-ply, smooth; or 20x10-10, 2-ply, turf
  • Brakes Type
    Dual, 15.2 cm
    6 in.
    Single-pedal, 2-wheel disc brakes
  • Mowing speed Adjustable mow stop: 0-6.4 km/h
    0-4 mph
  • Transport speed 0-13.7 km/h
    0-8.5 mph
  • Reverse speed 0-4.8 km/h
    0-3 mph
  • Ground clearance with catcher 10.2 cm
    4 in.
  • Fuel tank capacity In a single tank: 29.9 L
    7.9 U.S. gal.
  • Muffler Horizontal discharge below frame
  • Hydrostatic drive system capacity 28.8 L
    7.6 U.S. gal.
  • Hydraulic reservoir capacity (only) 20.4 L
    5.4 U.S. gal.
  • Ground drive, reel drive Drive wheels
    FrontTraction drive
    Hydrostatic, 2-pedal controlReel drive
  • Pump 3-section gear
  • Reel control valves Electro-hydraulic, one valve reel on-off and one valve raise-lower
  • Filtration 10-micron

Operator Controls

  • Steering Hydrostatic, adjustable steering column
  • Reel drive and reel lift Right-hand operated (optional foot-lift controls)
  • Throttle Right hand
  • Park brake Right foot
  • Hydrostatic speed control Forward
    Right footReverse
    Right foot
  • Ignition Key start and shutoff


  • Engine oil pressure LED Warning Light
  • Alternator LED Warning Light
  • Hydraulic oil temperature LED Warning Light
  • Engine coolant temperature LED Warning Light
  • Hourmeter Digital

Weights and Dimensions

  • Wheelbase 129.5 cm
    51.0 in.
  • Tread width 101.5 cm
    40.0 in.
  • Mowing position width 157.5 cm
    62.0 in.
  • Turning radius, uncut circle 45.7 cm
    18 in.
  • Weight (full fluids, no operator or fuel) 559.2 kg
    1233 lb
  • Height With ROPS: 195.6 cm
    77 in.

Cutting Units

  • Number 3 - offset design
  • Size, in. (cm) Quick Adjust QA5 floating: 55.9 cm
    22 in.
  • Backlapping Standard on-board micro-backlapping and reel speed control
  • Clip frequency For 14 blade: 0.541 mm/km/h
    0.034 in./mph
    with 11-blade reel: 0.689 mm/km/h
    0.044 in./mph
    with 7-blade reel: 1.082 mm/km/h
    0.069 in./mph
  • Front rollers Optional 2-in. (5.1-cm) smooth, grooved, or spiral
  • Reel diameter 5 in. (12.7 cm)
  • Bedknife adjustment Bedknife-to-reel
  • Height of cut 2.0-19.0 mm
    0.078-0.75 in.
    with front roller: 51 mm
    2 in.
    or 16-32 mm
    0.625-1.25 in.
    with front roller: 76 mm
    3 in.
  • Number of blades 7 or 11 blades
  • Mower lift (1) Cylinder for front two units; (1) cylinder for rear unit
  • Reel speed Adjustable


  • Number ANSI B71.4-2004
  • ROPS 2-Post SAE J21294 Roll Over Protection Structure with seat belts meets ISO 21299 standards
  • Engine Meets CARB and EPA

Sound Levels

  • Operator ear 80 dBA
  • Measuring standard ISO 11201
  • Attachments installed GTCs and Power Brushes, reels engaged