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dozerdogue
10-19-2008, 08:11 PM
Well here she is and she is a beast. If you have any questions ask away.:cool2:

Yerkz
10-19-2008, 08:15 PM
Seeing alot of Kubota's in my area this year. Looks like they are taking a nice share of the market. One dealer in my area sells Kubota, Toro, Wright, and Walker. A great lineup of quality mowers.

Lehighlawnpros
10-19-2008, 09:01 PM
Congratulations, that looks like an awesome machine.
Kubota diesel rocks!

If you've tried the deck maintenance lift feature, does it work well/easy to operate?

Bob
Lehighlawnpros

davidcalhoun
10-19-2008, 09:05 PM
Do you think that this Kubota deck will mow better than the Grasshopper deck you had? Did you have issues with the Grasshopper in some way?

I not trying to be critical, I just do not hear of someone switching from a Grasshopper 400 series to a Kubota very often.

dozerdogue
10-19-2008, 09:09 PM
Congratulations, that looks like an awesome machine.
Kubota diesel rocks!

If you've tried the deck maintenance lift feature, does it work well/easy to operate?

Bob
Lehighlawnpros

The deck maintenance lift feature is really slick and really allows easy access to the blades. Also the ability to take of the blades with an electric impact gun easily doable.

mjealey
10-19-2008, 09:19 PM
I was looking at the Kubota machines a couple weeks ago. First time that I really spent some time looking at them and they were really impressive. If you don't mind me asking, how much does the zd 331 cost these days?

dozerdogue
10-19-2008, 09:19 PM
Do you think that this Kubota deck will mow better than the Grasshopper deck you had? Did you have issues with the Grasshopper in some way?

I not trying to be critical, I just do not hear of someone switching from a Grasshopper 400 series to a Kubota very often.

The cut quality is easily as good as the grasshopper although it does not stripe as well. The power difference from the 428 to the 331 is huge. This thing is a brush hog to say the least. I think it really transfers a lot more power to the deck probably due to the pto gearbox. Also since the deck is 6.5" deep it handles heavy wet and thick grass easily. I demoed this machine alongside a toro 29dfi 60", a ferris IS4500 28HP cat 60", a John deere 997 72" 31hp yanmar, exmark lazer z xs 35hp BVG 66" and finally my Grasshopper 428D 28hp kubota 60". It easily had the most power and could not be bogged down.

dozerdogue
10-19-2008, 09:21 PM
I was looking at the Kubota machines a couple weeks ago. First time that I really spent some time looking at them and they were really impressive. If you don't mind me asking, how much does the zd 331 cost these days?

If you shop around they can be had for 12.5-13k before tax.

cpel2004
10-19-2008, 09:25 PM
The cut quality is easily as good as the grasshopper although it does not stripe as well. The power difference from the 428 to the 331 is huge. This thing is a brush hog to say the least. I think it really transfers a lot more power to the deck probably due to the pto gearbox. Also since the deck is 6.5" deep it handles heavy wet and thick grass easily. I demoed this machine alongside a toro 29dfi 60", a ferris IS4500 28HP cat 60", a John deere 997 72" 31hp yanmar, exmark lazer z xs 35hp BVG 66" and finally my Grasshopper 428D 28hp kubota 60". It easily had the most power and could not be bogged down.

Congratulations on a nice beast of a mower. Other than power what was some other deciding factors you were concerned with?

dozerdogue
10-19-2008, 09:33 PM
Congratulations on a nice beast of a mower. Other than power what was some other deciding factors you were concerned with?

Run flat tires, oscilating or fixed deck feature, easily service access, fit &finish, cut quality, power, steering response, large fuel tanks, this mower I felt is the most mower for the money, wet multi disk clutch, shaft drive, powerful fuel saving diesel, and a good warranty backed by a strong dealer.:weightlifter:

dozerdogue
10-19-2008, 09:36 PM
I also had a chance to try an Aos 28hp diesel Bad boy in a parking lot but did not get a chance to cut with it. I thought the fit and finish was rather crude in comparison. For the same money I feel I got a far superior machine in every aspect.

RRI CHIEF
10-20-2008, 09:56 PM
Looks like a built machine. I have seen this 331 mower's in action and Its incredible that these 331s can mow with out bogging down in wet grass and not have a build up of wet grass clippings stuck to the underside of the deck.

You mentioned that The cut quality is easily as good as the grasshopper although it does not stripe as well. Question? What striper kit are you using factory or after market? because I have seen these 331's lay down stripes that were awesome.:hammerhead:

dozerdogue
10-20-2008, 09:59 PM
I'm not presently using any striping kit so I guess the Kubota was compared unfairly as the grasshopper comes with one from the factory.

Weedas_Lawn_Care
10-21-2008, 01:48 PM
love it with it was mine lol

snpr308
10-22-2008, 06:02 PM
Well let me tell you all why. He cuts his 1/2 acre with it but has TONS of money and free time so he needed a new toy. MUST BE TOUGH. Oh yeah hes my brother in law. He may be making up for a a size issue somewhere else. cough cough... you know what I mean DR. FREUD PAGING DR. FREUD. Oh yeah I only have a 22 inch push mower.

:)*trucewhiteflag*:laugh::walking::cool2::waving::hammerhead::dizzy::weightlifter::nono::canadaflag: :rolleyes:

dozerdogue
10-22-2008, 06:25 PM
He is my brother in law and he is correct about me. But I can not say anything because he will kick my ass. He is really huge and would rip me off my little feet.

snpr308
10-22-2008, 06:31 PM
He is my brother in law and he is correct about me. But I can not say anything because he will kick my ass. He is really huge and would rip me off my little feet.

I do kick butt

Apples
10-25-2008, 06:52 AM
Congrats on the new 331! How does it compare to the Grasshopper, on hills?

Donald A
10-25-2008, 08:57 AM
I purchased a ZD331 early spring this year with a 72" deck. I have 5 acres and my son has 3. The 331 is awesome. I can mow at full throttle and never have a problem with cut quality.
I am a homeowner and have no experience with other ZTR'S, but I do have a lot of experience with Kubota Diesel tractors. My purchase of the 331 was based upon the success I've had with the tractors.

luckylawnboy
10-25-2008, 09:14 AM
Has there been any reports of the wheels falling of. The aluminum casing looks like it needs supported. Other then that it looks like a nice machine with nice fit and finish.

dozerdogue
10-25-2008, 08:40 PM
Has there been any reports of the wheels falling of. The aluminum casing looks like it needs supported. Other then that it looks like a nice machine with nice fit and finish.

Kubota has been building commercial tractors for many years and has incorporated their technology into their commercial ZTR. I highly doubt a wheel would just break off. Check out the picture

LawnMowerKing10
10-25-2008, 10:14 PM
Nice! purchase

Micheal2008
10-25-2008, 10:21 PM
What the price of one of those?

dozerdogue
10-25-2008, 10:23 PM
They retail for 15.5k but can be had for around 13k.

nosparkplugs
10-25-2008, 10:51 PM
Nice Diesel, you cannot go wrong with a Kubota ZD331 plenty of fuel sipping, stump pulling, diesel power for the 60" deck, It was my second choice, and still a great machine.