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wemfan
04-25-2009, 08:08 PM
I am building a house on 10 acres so I need a mower that is up to the task. After some research I have narrowed down my choices to these two mowers. The land is mostly flat but there is a fairly steep pond embankment. There is also a fence at the bottom of the embankment so I need a mower that I can control on the way down. The pond has the one embankment and the rest of it is a crooked shoreline like a lake. The pond is about two acres. There are not many trees but there will be a house, barn and some other structure to mow around and a lot of open area.

Which of these two mowers would you recommend that I buy? I plan to buy one this coming week. The 72" 331P is $13000 and the 60" 326P is $12500.

I have never had to mow this much land so I don't really know what to expect. It will be all in Bermuda grass and I plan to keep it all mowed like a lawn. My concern is holding the hill with the 72" but the extra foot might significantly shorten my mowing time. Thanks for the help...

lilweeds
04-25-2009, 09:29 PM
Based on the fact that you have one very steep hill in the picture, with a pond to fall in no less I would stay away from the Kubotas. I had one and it was a tank. I will say their trans is a bit smoother which makes control a bit better, but they do slide big time with the weight. Will the dealer let you demo one? If you are going to go with the brand, I would go with the 31 to spin then 72" deck. Not because you have to have it, but it will be appreciated later.

IHusky
04-25-2009, 11:41 PM
I don't know if its in the budget but have you considered a used walk behind for the steep part by the pond (less chance of drowing than the 72" ztr) and a 72" zero turn for the flat area. You can pick up used walkbehinds for dirt cheap. Thats 72" is going to be a big mower and if you fall in that pond, its going to be ugly if not deadly. Good luck.

wemfan
04-25-2009, 11:51 PM
The side that is steep that I will be mowing is not on the water side but on the backside of the pond. It is steep, but nothing extreme. There is a fence at the bottom that I don't want to slide into.

grassman177
04-26-2009, 12:43 AM
they are very heavy and dont hld hills well unless you are very good with it, i havehad much practice believe me. about 3000 hrs on kubotas. theya re seriously tank though and are great for everything else. if the hillside is your concern, then mow with something else or not at all unless the ground is dry. the c enter of gravity is high on these machines not to mention the weight! overall, i would go for the 72, much more pracital and for barealy any more, worth it!

lilweeds
04-26-2009, 08:37 AM
Have they fixed the hydros on the bota's yet? I know mine had 400 hours when the right side started going out. Now given it was a ZD25 not the new 3 series, but I have heard some say the new ones aren't any better.

IHusky
04-26-2009, 10:17 AM
Take a look at the Scag Turf Tiger, it sits lower, has fuel tank under the seat (lower center of gravity) and wide tires. Its good on hills.

grassman177
04-26-2009, 11:55 AM
i have to defend the Kubotas. we have used them since the originals withthe stamped decks. they honored the extended warranties on the older models like clockwork, and i have racked up more than 1000 hrs on the new ones, 1008 on my mower alone, plus some on the other two we own. no problems at all with these and we are quite demanding i think on our machines(but with all the respect of great maintenance). they have held fine. i was PLOWING througn thick kinda tall grass all day yesterday and only went through aobut 5 gal of fuel. the diesel and high capacity decks are a great combo. we mowed very hilly demanding terrain for the first 4-5 hrs too. great machines

wemfan
04-26-2009, 12:15 PM
Thanks for the responses.

Illweeds, I can't demo one and use it on the hill because the hill was just constructed and there is no grass on it yet. The area is still a construction site.

Ihusky, I am hoping to keep it to one mower but walking up and down that hill behind a mower doesn't sound good to me, either. I really need a ZTR that will handle the hill. I did consider a Skag but have made a decision to go with a Kubota unless it appears it won't do the job.

Grassman, You seem to like the Kubotas. Any experience with the 331 or 326? If I determined the degree of angle of the hill would that tell any of you guys what would work? I really lean toward the Kubotas but it would be very bad if I buy one and I can't do my pond bank.

Also, will a 72" 331 shorten my mowing time significantly? I am flying a blind here. I am a home a owner and have never had a large area of grass to mow. I do appreciate all of the help.

IHusky
04-26-2009, 01:37 PM
Wemfan, it might help if you could post a picture of the hill you need to cut and determin the slope. I would definatley go with a 72" deck for 10 acres. Good luck.

wemfan
04-26-2009, 02:07 PM
Wemfan, it might help if you could post a picture of the hill you need to cut and determin the slope. I would definatley go with a 72" deck for 10 acres. Good luck.

I will take a pic later today and if I can figure it out, post it on this thread. Are the two machines about the same except that one is a bit wider? The construction has about 4 acres now in dirt but the grass on the rest of it is starting to grow. I will be mowing it very soon. Thanks for the help...

wemfan
04-26-2009, 07:46 PM
http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii30/garnettt/dirt001.jpg

wemfan
04-26-2009, 08:00 PM
Does this look too steep for a 72" 331?

http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii30/garnettt/dirt020.jpg

wemfan
04-26-2009, 08:02 PM
http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii30/garnettt/dirt005.jpg

Mickhippy
04-26-2009, 08:14 PM
Man, if a Kubota cant handle that I would be very surprised! Just go across the slope, not up and down!

wemfan
04-27-2009, 09:55 AM
It is actually some steeper than the pics show. Am I anywhere near where i should be concerned about a mower being able to handle it?

br549oicu8
04-30-2009, 11:26 PM
Grassman's Dad here... The hills don't look anywhere near the slopes we cut with our Kubotas. We have 3 ZD-326 machines and, as Grassman said, they have really been outstanding. Earlier versions...the ZD-25 and ZD-28 gave us tranny fits. It seems that Kubota has resolved these issues and they really took care of us during those earlier trying times.
I have been a Kubota owner since 1981. Must have purchased at least 15 or more of their units. Great power and economy and built like a tank.
Best of luck with whatever you choose.

wemfan
05-01-2009, 11:49 PM
I hope I have as much good luck with my Kubota as you have had with yours. However, I am going to see if I can determine just what degree of slope the hill has before making my decision. I am leaning toward the 331 72" which seems to be preferred when I read through old posts.

NEWGUYRI
05-02-2009, 12:24 AM
I have a huge hill and my kub handles fin

Toad
05-14-2009, 01:19 AM
That hillide is not to bad at all, should not be a problem. Just stay off it when the grass is wet. You will gain a 40% increase in productivity going from 60' to 72'', so yes the 72'' is what you want for your kind of acreage. Kubota ROCKS!!!

wemfan
05-14-2009, 12:52 PM
Thanks for the replies. I have been to look at the Kubotas and have pretty much decided on the 72". It is raining in my area every day or so and my truck is in the shop but I plan to buy a 72" 331 early next week and start mowing with it. The two dealers in my area are both $13000.

Apples
05-14-2009, 06:55 PM
Does the 13K price include the $200 dollar coupon at the Kubota web site?

lawns Etc
05-14-2009, 07:52 PM
My Kubota dealer has the 331/60" for $11500 I think your dealer can do better.

Apples
05-14-2009, 08:00 PM
Wow $11,500 for a 331/60 diesel? The cheapest around here is $13000.

wemfan
05-14-2009, 11:16 PM
I saw the coupon on the Kubota site but my guess is that while making the deal the coupon will have been included.

lawns etc, that is $1000 less than what I was quoted on the 60". So, maybe I can get the 72" for $12000or a bit under? I plan to give it a try.

grassman177
05-14-2009, 11:32 PM
always room to negotiate!!! yeah, as my dad said, very good and onceyou are familiar with the hyrdos it will be fine, never point the mower down hill it will take you down easier. the hyrdos are quite touchy, it was a bit long of a learning curve when i was used to the older ones. but, after used to them, they are the smoothest driving i have ever felt. happy mowing