Kubota makes some nice machines, but I'd be hard pressed to take one over a Deere due mainly to the 7 Iron deck and the resale value, which tends to be better with Deere. My only complaint with my Z950 is that I wish I had bought the std Pro deck instead of the MOD deck. The MOD is handy for certain times, but the std deck cuts a better IME, especially in taller grass.[/QUOTE]
Since you mention taller grass, one thing I am worried about is the JD has a 25hp compared to the Kubota with a 27hp. Do you have any experience with this mower in tall grass? Does it have enough juice to power through?